The Flower Master (Rei Shimura #3)
Rei Shimura, a twentysomething part-California girl, part-Japanese antiques dealer, can't quite find her place in Tokyo society. Lately Rei's love life...more
If you'd have told me that I'd enjoy a mystery with a theme of flower arranging I'd have thought that you were off your head. However Massey weaves another good (and quite un-cozy) plot around the cut throat world of Japanese ikebana.
There was a good bit of timing here for me, this book takes place during the cherry blossom season in Tokyo with everyone running around... ooops no, one doesn't run in Tokyo in a dressy kimono.... walking around to cherry blossom viewing parties. The reason this i...more
Rei Shimura is a young part American, part Japanese woman working to build her antiques business in Tokyo. Rei's Aunt Norie has been most insistent that Rei join her in a course on ikebana, the Japanese art of flower arranging.
Little does she realize the cutthroat nature of this delicate art; Rei has hardly completed a lesson before one of the women in her class is murdered.
Rei and Aunt Norie are surprised when the police and press overwhelm them. Rei is befriended by ma ...more
Gives a glimpse of the cultural differences and issues a "half-breed" faces in the ethno-centric Japanese culture. I lived in Japan for two years a decade prior to the book's publication date ...more
This story was a lot of fun, and also provided ...more
I look forward to the next one, to find out how our heroine does and whether the budding romance blooms, like the flowers she's learned to arrange.
Sujata also writes historical novels set in 19th and 20th century I ...more