Undercover Geisha (An Aunt Jessica Mystery Book 2) Kindle Edition
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- ASIN : B08DG77HY9
- Publication date : July 26, 2020
- Language : English
- File size : 885 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 224 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,107,817 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Jessica Hamilton and her nephew Harry are traveling with a tour group in Japan. Jessica is a former archeologist and now writes for a travel magazine, also providing lectures on history and culture. Harry is a former banker who lost his position and is assisting his aunt with her presentations. On one of their stops, Harry witnesses the murder of a geisha. Before her death she calls him Fox and slips a key into his pocket, asking him to get the key to White Tiger. Assuming that Fox must be a member of their group, Harry and Jessica must find which person is Fox and the significance of the key. As the last people to see the geisha alive, they find themselves being tailed as they continue their tour and when they discover the identity of White Tiger it is too late. Their only hope is Fox.
Jessica is a seventy year old experienced traveler. She is a calming influence on Harry and provides a voice of experience. Harry is experiencing Japan for the first time. It is interesting to see his reactions to the food and culture as they tour temples, markets and a factory, noting the mix of modern and traditional. Cranswick provides an opportunity to discover Japan at a time when travel is not possible while also providing an interesting mystery and characters that will keep you entertained.
The book also features some wonderful local colour, detailing some of the most spectacular sites in Japan. An excellent read.
In the latest installment of the Aunt Jessica series, young Harry accompanies Aunt Jessica on a speaking tour of Japan. What should be a fairly safe, pleasant trip takes a horrible turn when he discovers a dead body! It isn't long before the intrepid duo is drawn into the web of mystery and intrigue and are well on their way to finding out "whodunnit".
This is my first foray into Aunt Jessica - I haven't read the others in the series - but it reads well as a standalone, no need to worry about missing important information. Though caveat, you WILL want to catch up with the other adventures!
Cranswick adds a good deal of local colour too, so if the story weren't enough - it IS - that would be a good reason to read it as well!
I received a copy of the book from the author via Voracious Readers, with no obligation to review. The opinions herein are entirely my own.]
I’m impressed with Undercover Geisha. It’s been a while since I hadn’t figured out the mystery by the halfway point of the story.
This fact actually annoyed me throughout my reading of Undercover Geisha. That and Harry’s obsession with figuring out who Fix is rather than enjoying what I’d consider my dream vacation. But when the pieces finally fall into place, things that seemed odd earlier make total sense. Definitely not wrong when other reviewers have compared the author’s writing style to Agatha Christie.
My final note is that the last chapter seemed like a hint to further adventures of Aunt Jessica and Harry. It will be interesting to see if that happens.
If you are a fan of Miss Marple and love to travel, this should be on your to-read list.
Top reviews from other countries
Like the Fiona Mason mysteries by the same author, the story centres around a group of holidaymakers, this time on a tour to Japan. Aunt Jessica has been asked to provide some lectures on the cultural and social history of Japan, and her nephew Harry goes along with her as her assistant and technical support.
It seems like a wonderful trip is in store, but almost immediately, however, Harry accidentally happens upon a murder. Harry and Aunt Jessica are plunged into the midst of ruthless conspirators bent on corruption.
Not knowing who they can trust, and surrounded by plenty of likely suspects, it's up to Aunt Jessica and Harry to figure out what happened and who did it, before there's another murder--which could just be Harry's own.
As always Judith Cranswick expertly weaves her tour-guide experience and lovely descriptions into the plot, so that the armchair tourist has just as much fun as the armchair detective.