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Shimura Trouble (Rei Shimura #10)

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A Rei Shimura Mystery - During a family reunion on the island of Oahu, Japanese-American undercover spy Rei Shimura is roped into helping the Hawaiian branch of her family regain land stolen from them during World War II. But when fire sweeps the island and her young cousin is accused of arson, Rei, with the assistance of both her boyfriend and ex-lover, must discover the ...more
Hardcover, 173 pages
Published June 19th 2008 by Severn House Publishers
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Valerie
May 27, 2009 Valerie rated it it was ok
Shelves: beach-plane-read
I've enjoyed (and recommend) the earlier mystery novels in this series, which feature Rei, a Japanese-American antiquities dealer, and her escapades in Japan. I liked the earlier novels for their split view of Japanese culture from a young 20-something woman who is both half-outsider/half-insider. Rei talks about the food, the customs, the dress, the religious ceremonies, but all while she's solving some kind of mystery. Since the action in this book moved to Hawaii, it lost some of that exotic ...more
Cami
The final Rei Shimura book according to the author's website.
Although this saddens me, I think I'm ready for Rei to settle down too.
The plot/setting of this book seemed a bit too unlikely, even for Rei, although Ms. Massey pulled it together OK.
I like Michael's character, but I am personally still mourning Hugh Glendinning, although he makes a much appreciated cameo.
May she live happily ever after, though I sure wouldn't mind seeing this series have a sequel a few years down the road.
I hope th
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Cheyenne
Feb 20, 2009 Cheyenne rated it really liked it
This is the last book in this 10-part series.

The series overall has been uneven. I tend to prefer the ones set in Japan. I love learning about Japanese culture and history, especially as it is filtered and narrated through the eyes of Rei, the Japanese-American main character.

The books have a little bit of everything—mystery, history, romance. They are also part travelogue.

I am going to miss these book sand the characters. I have developed a lot of affection for them through the years.


Laurie
Jul 29, 2011 Laurie added it
As a resident of Hawaii for twenty years, I found this one mighty tasty reading, even though it's written from a visitor's perspective. Many of Massey's fans dislike this one because it's set in Hawaii, but though I enjoy her stories set elsewhere, this one was a real pleasure to read. I could visualize Rei going from Ala Moana Center to the yacht harbor, or travelling to a mansion on Diamond Head. I am unlikely to ever travel to Japan, so I cannot visualize the landscape in her Japanese mysteri ...more
J.
Jan 31, 2013 J. rated it did not like it
Shelves: mystery, pacific-rim
There's something that seems to pull suspense or mystery novelists to eventually doing a 'Nuptials Episode' with an ongoing detective character finally getting married. Maybe a little similar to an aging popstar doing the obligatory record album comprised of old standards, these efforts are generally a place-holder in a series, and lucky indeed if not an embarassment.

For Conan Doyle the only brush with an emotional life for his character was A Scandal In Bohemia, in which the coked-up Holmes get
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George
Sep 03, 2014 George rated it it was amazing
#10 in the Rei Shimura mystery series. Japanese-American spy and Tokyo antiques dealer is back home in San Francisco being care giver to her father who is recovering from a stroke. Her part time spy contract has ended. A letter from Hawai'i brings the discovery of a Hawai'i branch of the family that they didn't know existed. The letter invites them to Honolulu to celebrate the 88 birthday, a special Japanese mark,, so Rei, her father and uncle and cousin from Japan travel to Hawai'i to meet this ...more
Judith
Nov 05, 2011 Judith rated it liked it
Shelves: series
Although I have been a big fan of Massey's other Rei Shimura novels, this one falls short. The story takes place in Hawaii - Rei and some of her family have traveled there to help out a family member in trouble - and there is lots of good information about history and culture. But a lot of the plot seems too contrived and there are a lot of characters to keep straight. Guess I'd have to say her earlier books are her best.
Mary
Jul 15, 2008 Mary rated it really liked it
I've enjoyed reading this series and this entry proved to be no exception. It is fast-paced, witty and crammed with Japanese and Hawaiian culture tidbits, sprinkled with a hefty dose of romance. There's more than one mystery going on here, and how Rei manages to solve all of them involves a lot of suspension of belief, so just enjoy the ride.
Josephine
Apr 24, 2012 Josephine rated it did not like it
Shelves: library-book
Sometimes its better to leave a series hanging than try to tie up all the loose ends, just because you don't want to leave your heroine standing alone in a hotel bathroom holding a note from her boss...

When to stop writing a series? At least one book before your readers lose interest sufficiently to stop buying your books and two books before you start running out of inspiration. That's easy to say for a reader though. The author may be under contract to write a specific number of books. However
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Annabelle
Feb 04, 2013 Annabelle rated it it was ok
I think author Massey is a natural anthropologist, she has a natural way of picking up local culture with food, words, names of streets and attitudes that ring true. In this novel she is on the leeward side of Oahu which is a stretch for author Massey since she usually has Japan as her setting. At times her efforts for localization feel forced, as if she made a list of Hawaiian words she was going to drop in. But she does tell a good story and antique dealer, sometimes spy, Rei Shimura, is a lik ...more
Marie
Aug 17, 2008 Marie rated it liked it
Recommends it for: anyone interested in Japan or Hawaii
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Megan
The tenth installment in the Rei Shimura series was a pleasure to read -- it doesn't hurt that it was set in one of my favorite places, Hawaii :) In this one, Rei, her father, Uncle Hiroshi, and cousin Tom travel to Hawaii to meet a previously unknown branch of the Shimura family and soon get embroiled in a complex legal situation that might involve stolen land dating back to World War II. I was just glad that Rei got a chance to get in a decent cup of Kona before things went completely south! E ...more
Coffee Bean
Mar 09, 2012 Coffee Bean rated it really liked it
Shelves: ebooks, cozy-mystery
This is the tenth and supposedly the last Rei Shimura mystery, but is the first one I read. I love cozy mysteries with a medium to fast pace, and I love reading about other lands and cultures. This book catered to both my tastes. Rei Shimura, a thirty year old (? detective ? does she have some other job - I dont know because I havent come across her other books) woman is called to Hawai by a third cousin ostentably to celebrate his old father's 88th birthday, which is a big thing among Japanese. ...more
Larry Hoffer
I'm a big fan of Sujata Massey and the Rei Shimura series. While this book wasn't the strongest in the collection, it was still quite good; reading these books tend to make me feel like I'm visiting an old friend I haven't seen in a while. I'm disappointed to hear this is the last book in the series, as some of the other reviewers are saying. I don't necessarily feel as if the series has run its course, but what can you do?



This book follows Rei, her father, uncle and cousin Tom as they travel to
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Tisbury Pringle-Ennis
Good mystery but she's written better

I liked this book because of the Hawaiian influence but it h ad none of the typical elements that were in her previous books. Antiques and Japanese history. Still it was good read 3 stars.
Linda
Jan 28, 2016 Linda rated it really liked it
The author's writing has improved vastly through the series, and her characters have become much more likeable. The heroine actually finally found a "boyfriend" who was appealing rather than just handsome, and the story moved along well.
Amber Garabrandt
Apr 28, 2014 Amber Garabrandt rated it it was amazing
I read this series years ago and loved it so much that I had to track down the series and re-read it again. I love the characters and bits of info... the mystery. It is hard, knowing there isn't more.
Isana
Sep 13, 2008 Isana rated it really liked it
If you are like me and disliked Rei with Hugh and was happy for Rei with Michael, you will probably like this book. The story is interesting and just like every other Rei book, her nosiness get her in trouble, constantly. Possibly the only bad thing about this book for returning readers is that for some reason, the Rei/Michael hype dies down and becomes a bit normal (maybe unbearable even) and the happiness at no Hugh (if you are like that) goes away.

For new readers, this book is a great action/
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Ann Tonks
Apr 06, 2016 Ann Tonks rated it liked it
Seeing the heroine Rei Shimura immersed in the Japanese side of her family but in the "exotic" location of Hawaii made for a delightful read.
Karmen
May 27, 2015 Karmen rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, 2009
The Rei Shimura series has been wonderful. It has been able to provide great insight into the dilemmas mixed children face - especially if one of the parents is Asian.

This final book in the series presents the "mystery" well and yet there is almost too much to the story. I did not quite understand the Jiro/Dr. Morita subplot; what was it's importance. I did enjoy the Hawaii setting and the historical details.

While the storyline is more than adequate, I found the Rei-Michael light and almost too
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Beth Schmelzer
Dec 02, 2014 Beth Schmelzer rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Light Mystery Lovers
Recommended to Beth by: Marcia Talley
Cannot wait to read Kizuna Coast #11!! Sujata writes better and more suspenseful mysteries as Rei grows into womanhood and spyness!
Sudha Neelakantan
Jul 10, 2013 Sudha Neelakantan rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery
If you are into these books for the mystery aspect you may score it at 2 - 3 stars. This time instead of DC or Japan Rei is in Hawaii. One star off because the mystery aspect is really lame, whodunit is obvious by the time you meet the character, but I liked the spot on characterizations and back story on plantations, and Japanese internment, great beach read for a Hawaiian getaway. It was lovely to finally see a thirtysomething behave like one instead of a commitment phobic teenager. Love her w ...more
Dana
Nov 03, 2008 Dana rated it really liked it
Shelves: japan, mystery
I have such a love-hate relationship with the main character of this series. On the one hand, her love affair with Japan is easy for me to identify with, and bi-cultural characters are always interesting to me. On the other hand, her complete and utter inability to have a stable personal life gets really old, and after four or five books, she seemed like she was going to remain perpetually immature. Fortunately, without giving anything away, the end of this book seems to bode well for the future ...more
Kirsty Darbyshire
Sep 13, 2011 Kirsty Darbyshire rated it liked it
Shelves: kindle
I've missed a book out of this series. I think I'd got tired of it really as I suspect I could have got hold of the last one if I'd tried harder. I think the author was tired of the series too as this one pretty much completes it. I didn't much like the ending, the only bit where the book really came alive for me was in the middle where an old character turned up for a cameo.

Actually I think if Sujata Massey did write another book about Rei it could be quite interesting given the changes that c
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Jana Kerr
Aug 27, 2014 Jana Kerr rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really like this series. I would recommend all of these books!
Kayeb
Jul 02, 2009 Kayeb rated it liked it
part of a series......ok, stilted writing, which I think is due to the characters cultural background..but am never sure.

A Rei Shimura Mystery - During a family reunion on the island of Oahu, Japanese-American undercover spy Rei Shimura is roped into helping the Hawaiian branch of her family regain land stolen from them during World War II. But when fire sweeps the island and her young cousin is accused of arson, Rei, with the assistance of both her boyfriend and ex-lover, must discover the trut
...more
Michael
Nov 21, 2008 Michael rated it it was ok
I enjoyed two earlier Sujata Massey mysteries: "The Salaryman's Wife" and "The Flower Master." This, the last in the Rei Shimura series, was disappointing. Flimsy excuses for doing things, vacillation in the characters of Rei and Michael between being Hawaii experts and appearing to be clueless, unsatisfying dialogue, an unbelievable poisoning... I gave it 2 stars because of my previous admiration for plucky Rei.

Massey needed more of an eagle-eyed editor, too. (E.g. "We heard the sound...of a bl
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Natalie
Mar 31, 2010 Natalie rated it liked it
Recommends it for: people who want to find out what happens to Rei
Shelves: mystery
Sad. I have completely loved this series and I felt like this was a hasty "I have to tie ends up" effort from the author. Glad that Rei finally sorted out a few major things in her life, but seriously wanted to scream at certain points in the book. It was like watching a horror movie when you want to tell the character "Don't go into that room!" Massey left us with a couple of unfinished story lines too, but that's no surprise as the overall book seems like a completely sloppy effort. I wish she ...more
Noora
Aug 16, 2012 Noora rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dekkarit, viihde
Viimeinen Shimura-kirja, eikä ollenkaan sieltä parhaimmasta päästä. Juonen alku varsinkin on epälooginen ja henkilöt juttelevat toisilleen ihan liian avoimesti. Loppuratkaisu taas on niin siirappinen ja ennalta-arvattava kuin vain voi olla. Silti, jotain viehättävää näissä kirjoissa on ja varsinkin ensimmäisten Shimura-kirjojen Japaniin liittyvät kulttuuriset tiedot ja yksityiskohdat olivat kiinnostavia. Loppusarjaa kohden näiden seikkojen osuus väheni ja ehkä osittain siksi viimeisimmät osat ei ...more
Kip
Aug 21, 2009 Kip rated it liked it
Shelves: 09summerreading
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Sujata Massey is the author of historical and mystery fiction. She's well-known for the Rei Shimura mystery series, ten books which have won the Agatha and Macavity awards and been nominated for the Edgar, Anthony, and Mary Higgins Clark awards. The eleventh book in the series, THE KIZUNA COAST, will be published in November 2014.

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