Naomi Hirahara

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Naomi Hirahara is the Edgar Award-winning author of multiple mystery series, noir short stories, nonfiction history books and one middle-grade novel. Her Mas Arai series, which features a Los Angeles gardener and Hiroshima survivor who solves crimes, has been translated into Japanese, French and Korean. Her two other series star a young mixed race female LAPD bicycle cop, Ellie Rush, and a Filipina-Japanese American woman in Kauai, Lellani Santiago. Her first historical mystery, CLARK AND DIVISION, will be released by Soho Crime in August 2021. She, her husband and Jack Russell dog live happily in her birthplace of Pasadena, California.

Average rating: 3.72 · 4,885 ratings · 881 reviews · 45 distinct worksSimilar authors
Summer of the Big Bachi (Ma...

3.49 avg rating — 800 ratings — published 2004 — 10 editions
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1001 Cranes

3.72 avg rating — 558 ratings — published 2008 — 6 editions
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Murder on Bamboo Lane (An O...

3.75 avg rating — 488 ratings — published 2014 — 3 editions
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Gasa-Gasa Girl (Mas Arai, #2)

3.74 avg rating — 348 ratings — published 2005 — 10 editions
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Snakeskin Shamisen (Mas Ara...

3.73 avg rating — 298 ratings — published 2006 — 9 editions
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Blood Hina (Mas Arai, #4)

3.78 avg rating — 241 ratings — published 2010 — 10 editions
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Grave on Grand Avenue (An O...

3.80 avg rating — 222 ratings — published 2015 — 3 editions
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Strawberry Yellow (Mas Arai...

3.81 avg rating — 229 ratings — published 2013 — 4 editions
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Iced in Paradise (Leilani S...

3.63 avg rating — 251 ratings — published 2019 — 4 editions
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Hiroshima Boy (Mas Arai, #7)

really liked it 4.00 avg rating — 221 ratings — published 2018 — 4 editions
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“You're a "chibi", and nobody notices you." Halfway good-looking people, according to Ricki, blended into the crowd. They never left any kind of strong impression. They were bland and anonymous. Ugly people, on the other hand, with fleshy noses or thin lips, always attracted attention.”
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Stephanie Fitzgerald Thanks, Naomi!😃📚


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Naomi Hi, Beth.

We haven't met, but you were one of the mystery authors who inspired me to join Facebook (maybe through Murder Must Advertise). I think that you were one of my first FB friends! Maybe we'll meet each other in person at Left Coast Crime. Forgive me for taking so long to reply via goodreads. Still learning this all.


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Naomi Trying to be on top of all these social networking sites! I always feel that I'm a bit behind.


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Beth Hi Naomi,
Thanks for sending a friend request to this fellow mystery author on Goodreads. I'm happy to befriend you here as well as elsewhere!


message 1: by Zoë

Zoë Sharp Hi Naomi. Thanks so much for Friending me. Lovely to catch up with you here. Happy Holidays to you. Hope the writing's going well.


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