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Gasa-Gasa Girl by Naomi Hirahara
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Jan 27, 11

bookshelves: mystery
Read in January, 2011

A great follow-on to Summer of the Big Bachi. The best part of the book is the excellently written viewpoint that lets the reader see the world through the eyes of a gardener. Mas is just as convincing as before, and Hirahara once again does a very good job of letting the mystery drive the book without upstaging the people and relationships that the story is really about.

Surrounded by expert understatement, the central clue about the murder is disappointingly over-obvious. But since "whodunnit" isn't the main point it isn't too much of a let-down, and there were plenty of other pieces to try to put in place.
Gasa-Gasa Girl also falls a bit short in that the historical research Hirahara delivers feels layered onto the plot, rather than woven into it as was the case in Big Bachi. That is a small point, though, and a only a slim margin keeps this book shy of five stars.

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