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Strawberry Yellow

Strawberry Yellow

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Curmudgeonly Japanese American gardener and unwitting detective Mas Arai is back in this fifth in the Edgar Award–winning series. Naomi Hirahara has created a memorable protagonist unlike any other: a Hiroshima survivor, Los Angeles gardener, widower, gambler, grandfather, and solver of crimes. In Strawberry Yellow, he returns to the strawberry farms of

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Curmudgeonly Japanese American gardener and unwitting detective Mas Arai is back in this fifth in the Edgar Award–winning series. Naomi Hirahara has created a memorable protagonist unlike any other: a Hiroshima survivor, Los Angeles gardener, widower, gambler, grandfather, and solver of crimes. In Strawberry Yellow, he returns to the strawberry farms of his youth and encounters family intrigue, danger, and murder.

The series' most compelling and evocative mystery yet is set in the strawberry fields of Watsonville, California, where young Mas first arrived as a Hiroshima survivor in the 1940s. He returns for the funeral of a cousin and quickly gets entangled in the murder of a young woman. Was his cousin murdered, too? Mas has to figure out what happened, keep himself safe, and uncover the mystery of the Strawberry Yellow blight and a new strawberry varietal so important that it could be inspiring a murderer.

Naomi Hirahara is an engaging speaker who's always a hit at bookstore and mystery events. She's very active in the Japanese American community in California and is a past president of the southern California chapter of the Mystery Writers of America. She won the Edgar Award for Best Paperback Original Mystery for Snakeskin Shamisen, the third in the Mas Arai series.


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Publishers Weekly
At the outset of Edgar-winner Hirahara’s engaging fifth whodunit featuring retired Japanese-American gardener Mas Arai (after 2010’s Blood Hina), Arai mourns the loss of second cousin Shug Arai, one of his few relatives in the U.S., who has expired of an apparent heart attack. Shug, a strawberry breeder in Watsonville, Calif., was known as Dr. Strawberry, due to his talent for developing new varieties of the fruit. After the bloody body of Laila Smith, an environmental activist concerned about genetically modified food, is found in Shug’s greenhouse, the dead man’s widow confides to Mas her suspicions that he, too, was murdered. Both deaths may be connected to the development of a new strawberry strain. An earth-shattering discovery made by Laila shortly before she was killed adds to the intrigue. Parts of the story stretch credulity, but Hirahara again wisely makes her unusual lead—and most unlikely sleuth—the focus. (Mar.)
From the Publisher

"In author Hirahara’s deft hands (she’s an Edgar winner), the human characters, especially Mas, always make for a compelling read." - Mystery Scene Magazine

"Mas is the kind of character who not only entertains, but also expands the literary landscape." -Stanford Alumni Magazine

"The complex interrelationships of this multigenerational Japanese American community and the fierce competition for control of the California strawberry industry make this a thoughtful and highly entertaining read." - Library Journal (STARRED REVIEW)

"Mas' fifth case has both depth and an intricate whodunit" — Kirkus Reviews

“His obdurance, his skill as a listener, and even his broken English are charming in a quirky, uncomplicated way.” — Booklist

“Hirahara again wisely makes her unusual lead—and most unlikely sleuth—the focus.” — Publishers Weekly

"Mas, less an amateur detective than a cranky, accidental one, is what makes the story work." — Booklist

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781938849039
Publisher:
Prospect Park Books
Publication date:
03/05/2013
Series:
Mas Arai Series , #5
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Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
256
Sales rank:
356,725
File size:
452 KB

Meet the Author

Naomi Hirahara: Naomi Hirahara is the Edgar-winning author of the Mas Arai mystery series, including Gasa Gasa Girl, Summer of the Big Bachi, Snakeskin Shamesin, and Blood Hina. She lives in California.

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Strawberry Yellow 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 27 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love mysteries as most kids do, so I read this and it was amazing. Great work
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A wonderful series with a totally engaging lead character and the weaving of Japanese history is beautifully told.
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CochabambaCon More than 1 year ago
Lived near Watsonville and found it interesting to read about the Japanese community in this area of California.
BeckyNC More than 1 year ago
This is a brief little cozy.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I don't usually read mysteries, but this one - a Nook Daily Find a while back - sounded off-beat (it is), and the "sleuth", Mas Arai, seemed unusual (he is.) Naomi Hirahara is a good writer, and generally manages the large cast of characters well, giving most characters distinct personalities. I found the back-story of the people in the California-Japanese strawberry grower community added an interesting dimension. But the plot seemed unnecessarily complex, and at times, Ms. Hirahara shifts point-of-view jarringly. She uses Japanese terms in dialogue, and occasionally the context does does not make it clear what the words mean. Overall, it's a good read, and a fairly satisfying mystery/solution. If I were more of a mystery reader, I would probably try some more Mas Arai stories.
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