Kirsty Darbyshire's Reviews > Zen Attitude
I got a better sense of Japan from this book than from the first, I don't know whether that's because settings like temples seem inherently more Japanese or because the author did a better job of the setting this time. I expect that it's a bit of both. I liked the characters in this book, most of them had depth and motivations to ac as they did. Rei's rich boyfriend is visited by his globetrotting younger brother and I thought this pair were very realistic.
Some of Rei's actions are a bit cliched from a "putting the main character in peril" point of view but as an amateur detective she does admirably at not rubbing me up the wrong way, I never want her to leave the investigation to the professionals.