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Shimura Trouble (Rei Shimura Mysteries Book 10) Kindle Edition

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From Publishers Weekly

In Agatha-winner Massey's engaging 10th mystery to feature antiques dealer and part-time spy Rei Shimura (after 2006's Girl in a Box), Rei and her father, who's recovering from a stroke, travel from California to Hawaii for a family celebration with previously unknown Shimura relatives, who turn out to be involved in a legal battle to recover land stolen from them during WWII. After Michael Hendricks, Rei's CIA colleague and current love interest, arrives in Honolulu, he helps Rei access classified information that may help to resolve the land issue, but something more sinister thickens the plot. Wildfires have been plaguing the leeward side of Oahu, where Rei and her relatives have rented a house. When Rei's newfound nephew, Braden, is arrested for arson, Rei joins Michael in a risky ploy to get evidence exonerating Braden. An appealing protagonist and memorable supporting characters blend smoothly with lessons in Hawaiian and Japanese history in a tale sure to win new readers for the series. (June)
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San Francisco undercover agent Rei Shimura has plenty on her plate. Her father, Toshiro, is recovering from a stroke, her long-denied feelings for fellow agent Michael Hendricks keep her love life in turmoil, and she and her father have been invited to a birthday celebration in Hawaii for the patriarch of a branch of the Shimura family that they didn’t know existed. They decide to go to Hawaii to meet “the other Shimuras.” Once there, it’s clear that the long-lost relations have a different agenda: reclaim land they maintain was given to the family decades earlier by a plantation owner. The story gets steadily more complicated, as a mysterious fire, a dead body, a troubled teen, and the Hawaiian mafia all play roles in what turns out to be a story of hidden secrets and deadly consequences. A bit of a departure for this series, both in setting and tone (a little less frenetic than usual), the novel makes the most of its Hawaiian setting, adding a heftier dose of romance to go with the suspense and humor. --Emily Melton

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  • File Size: 1511 KB
  • Print Length: 242 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Originally published by Severn House in 2008; 2 edition (May 14, 2011)
  • Publication Date: May 14, 2011
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0050Z3BPG
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Sujata Massey was born in England to parents from India and Germany. She grew up mostly in the United States (California, Pennsylvania and Minnesota) and earned her BA from the Johns Hopkins University's Writing Seminars program. After that she worked as a reporter at the Baltimore Evening Sun newspaper before marrying and moving to Japan. The area where Sujata once lived, an hour south of Tokyo, forms most of the settings of her Rei Shimura mysteries. The series has collected many mystery award nominations, including the Edgar, Anthony, and Mary Higgins Clark awards, and has won the Agatha and Macavity prizes for traditional mystery fiction. The Rei Shimura mysteries are published in 18 countries, and an audiobook of one of these books, The Typhoon Lover, is also available. The first book in the series is The Salaryman's Wife, and the tenth is Shimura Trouble.

In 2013, Sujata began a new series of a novels set in India. This series, Daughters of Bengal, kicks off with The Sleeping Dictionary, to be published as a trade paperback Aug 20, 2013 by Simon and Schuster. It's a historic espionage novel set in 1930s-40s Calcutta told from a young Bengali woman's point of view. Dreamworks is producing an audiobook of the novel, and the book will be released by different publishers in India, Italy and Turkey.

Sujata lives with her family near Washington DC, where she continues to write more Rei Shimura and Daughters of Bengal books.

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74 of 75 people found the following review helpful By Hikari on July 31, 2008
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
It is with great sadness that I write this review for what is almost certainly (by the author's own admission on her website), the final book featuring spunky Japanese-American girl detective Rei Shimura. I can say without exaggeration that I consider Rei to be the freshest , quirkiest and most memorable creation in the female sleuth genre I have been privileged to find. I spent nearly 7 years living and working in Japan, and discovering Rei was like making an instant new friend whom I felt I had already known for years, a fellow cultural warrior who shared many of the same struggles I did as a semi-literate guest worker in that society. Her adventures in Japan were also a nostalgia tour for me, reconnecting me to the unique culture of the country where I spent so many transformational years. I have great affection for Rei and her habitat, which made it very difficult for me to enjoy later books in this series in which I felt the author was losing her grip on what was most compelling about Rei as a character. Rei is at her best when she is in Tokyo, working in her antiques business and interacting with her colorful cast of Japanese supporting characters in the course of her adventures. Rei may only be half-Japanese, but I feel she is only fully herself when she is set loose in Japan.

It has been a very long time since we enjoyed that Rei. After events at the end of "The Bride's Kimono" led to Rei's deportation from Japan, there was a sea change in the direction Massey took this series and regretfully it was not for the better.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Anne Jensen on August 29, 2008
Format: Hardcover
As an avid fan of the Rei Shimura mysteries since The Salaryman's Wife and onwards, I was extremely excited for this new, and final, installment in the series. Sadly, Shimura Trouble does not live up to the thrill, savvy, or intigue of the previous novels. This one lacks some element which were extremely strong in the first few novels, and present in the last few. The first few Shimura mysteries possessed an essence brought on by Rei's spunk at her new surroundings, and by the setting in Japan. The later novels weren't as intense and captivating, but still readable, but this last novel is none of the above. Rei Shimura has aged and with that, her spunk and mystery-seeking nature seems to have deteriorated. Even the setting in beautiful Hawaii fails to save this novel, which is quite dull up until halfway and quite predictable. The mystery isn't much in relation to suspense or intrigue, as in her previous novels. Normally, I am able to polish off a Rei Shimura mystery in two days tops, but this one has taken me 3 weeks to get through! The focus on land ownership is a major downturn, while the dullness resulted in my barely being able to get through the chapters. Rei Shimura has changed, and sadly, not for the better. As the last installment, I expected this to surpass all the previous novels, but sadly, is the worst...Rei Shimura's series has ended not with a bang, but with a dejected whimper. This novel is the final stop in a downward spiral (after Rei Shimura left Japan, the series went downwards). To those still considering reading this, don't purchase it -- rather, just check it out at the library. A better use of time would be to go back and reread her earlier novels (The Salrayman's Wife, Zen Attitude, The Flower Master, The Floating Girl, The Bride's Kimono) -- at least then readers will leave with a better perspective of both Rei Shimura and Sujata Massey's writing skills (which have seen far better days).
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Ruthiecat on October 27, 2008
Format: Hardcover
I knew this book was coming out and had added it to my To Read list on Goodreads but they had a publication date of October. So imagine my suprise when I came accross the book at my local library. Of course I checked it out and took it home with every intention of devouring that night. Unfortunately, echoing a lot of reviews of other fans, I was disappointed to say the least. Rei was out of the fascinating Japan into a less than interesting Hawaii. Don't get me wrong, I think Hawaii is delightful but not the Hawaii Massey presented in the novel. I actually had to go back and re-read chapters because I was absolutely convinced that I had missed something. Her mom, such a vibrant character in other novels, was missing as was Massey's usual colorful descriptive voice. Her cast of characters were a sour bunch. Mrs. Massey, I would have waited longer for a better book.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By local kine librarian on June 15, 2009
Format: Paperback
I've enjoyed other Rei Shimura mysteries, and was pleased to find this on the library shelf -- I didn't even know there was a new installment.
However, as a Honolulu native, I am disappointed by the false notes struck by this book. While it is clear that Ms. Massey has been to the islands, her attempts to write local characters' Pidgin conversation fell flat. While Pidgin varies regionally, some of the pidgin constructions and actual words struck my eye and ear as wrong. Some examples: Pakolo for pakalolo. Spam musube instead of spam musubi. The Alai Wai Canal instead of the Ala Wai. And I don't think I've ever been to an L&L that offers Yoo-Hoo on the drink menu.
Also, the editing in general is sloppy -- sentences missing periods, inconsistent name spellings -- a character is listed as Delacruz in the cast of characters, De La Cruz later in the story. The most egregious error was a reference to a "Haruki Murakami painting." Um, that's actually Takashi Murakami. Halfway through the book, I also examined the cover image and thought, no one wears a lei draped that far down the back.
Altogether, these missteps were jarring and spoiled the book for me.
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