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The Cherry Blossom Murder

(Josie Clark in Japan mysteries #1)

3.69  ·  Rating details ·  45 ratings  ·  10 reviews
Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award 2014 Quarter Finalist 

Rich symbolism and psychologically valid motivations drive this tense adventure of misdirection and murder most foul...believably crafted characters, a fast pace, and clean prose. - Publishers Weekly

Down-to-earth Londoner Josie has a great life in Tokyo with her new Japanese boyfriend and her friends in glamorous actres
Paperback, 305 pages
Published February 10th 2014 (first published January 30th 2014)
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Aug 04, 2014 rated it really liked it
A medley of Takarazuka Revue and an enthralling treasure of a Japanese dynasty spurs a murder of a young woman-- Intriguing and really very captivating!

Before beginning my review, I'd like to mention about Takarazuka Revue, since The Cherry Blossom Murder by Fran Pickering revolves around the world of Takarazuka Revue in Japan. Don't worry; it's similar like Broadway, except the actresses only take part in those lavish and gorgeous plays. In Takarazuka Revue, women form fan club of particular
Feb 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
An excellent cozy with lots of great Japanese culture. A good murder plot, a likeable heroine, and oodles of charm in this mystery. I will definitely be reading the rest of the series!
Jan 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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Josie Clark has stayed in Tokyo for longer than she intended. What began as an impulsive stint teaching English for two years turned into much more as Josie became entranced by Japanese food, customs and the bright lights of the Takarazuka Revue. Life takes an unexpected turn however when Josie discovers a body beneath a cherry blossom tree. Dissatisfied with the lack of progress in the police investigation, Josie begins to dig deeper and unearths a web of dark secrets, betrayal and revenge. Who ...more
Feb 27, 2016 rated it really liked it
I have a little bit of an obsession with Japan, I may never visit but with the help of a good book I can visit from the comfort of my own home and be immersed within the amazing sights and sounds.

The Cherry Blossom Murder is the perfect visit to Japan, viewed from the eyes of a young English woman, Josie who is living and working in Tokyo.

Josie is a member of a fan club dedicated to Takarazuka revue actress Tammy, these glamorous ladies put on incredible performances and Tammy is the best in her
Renae Lucas-Hall
Feb 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This book was a joy to read. There was a great mixture of charming and not-so-nice characters and the plot was full of twists and turns. I’ve read a lot of books set in Japan but I’ve never read a novel centred on the Takarazuka Revue, so I was really pleased to read this wonderful murder mystery. I thought this book was very well-written and I liked the way the suspense was built up gradually as I read each chapter. The Takarazuka performers follow the motto “Modesty, Fairness and Grace” and th ...more
Feb 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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The mark of a successful author, is the ability to transport a reader to a different place, absorb our imagination into a realistic character, and envelope us until we are a real part of their unfolding story. Fran Pickering's The Cherry Blossom Murder does just this, introducing the (somewhat kaleidoscopic) settling of British expat and amatuer sleuth Josie Clark into the mysterious Japanese way of life.

Her writing evokes the Eastern beauty of Japan's Cherry Blossoms, the abstraction adapting
Oct 29, 2014 rated it really liked it
For the full illustrated review -: Booktrail to Japan

Welcome to the world of the world of the famous Japanese all-female Takarazuka revue

The spring resort a few miles from Osaka, home to the famous Takarazuka ….

but last night its peaceful streets were the scene of a real life drama..

This is how we are introduced to Japan and the famous Takarazuka in a novel about murder and mystery…..and a Londoner called Josie who finds herself in the middle of it all……

This is what I love about fiction – the pl
Mar 25, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
It took me forever to finish this book. Considering that it was only 192 pages, 4 days is a long time to get that finished. So this is what you should know about this book... Don't read it just because you are a self proclaimed Japanophile, if you are the Japanophile you'll know about the cultural references in this book. Now about the actual book, it was mundane and very slow paced. It didn't pick up until maybe the last 30 pages, that's a serious problem. The writing is very dry, if you like t ...more
Noelle Walsh
Feb 24, 2014 rated it really liked it
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I found this book to be fairly good. It was a book I found difficult to putdown for very long and it was a good mystery novel. Even though I had to look up some of the Japanese references (due to being unfamiliar with them) I found that didn't detract from the enjoyment of the novel. I'd recommend it to anyone interested!

*won on GoodReads First Reads*
Marina Sofia
Sep 14, 2015 rated it really liked it
A fun read which really transposed me to Japan.
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