Blood Hina: A Mas Arai Mystery by Naomi Hirahara
In this compelling mystery, Mas Arai is back to save a wedding from a theft that threatens to destroy it.
About the Author
Naomi Hirahara is the Edgar Award-winning and Anthony and Macavity Award-nominated author of the Mas Arai mystery series, including Strawberry Yellow, Snakeskin Shamisen, Gasa-Gasa Girl, and Summer of the Big Bachi. Her books have earned such honors as the Chicago Tribune’s Ten Best Mysteries and Thrillers and Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year. The Stanford University alumna was born and raised in Altadena, CA, where her protagonist lives; she now resides in the adjacent town of Pasadena, CA.
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Blood Hina based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
The unlikely hero of the string of books Hirahana has put together is a classic Japanese Gardener. Mas Arai is a guy I remember being around when I was a little kid. The book is a fast read, the few Japanese words are the ones we Sansei learned growing up American. Even for a non-Japanese, these fun books give you a snapshot on the Japanese Americans. I would highly recommend it!
In Los Angeles septuagenarian Japanese-American gardener Mas Arai is unhappy that his friend fellow Hiroshima survivor Haruo Mukai drafts him as his best man in his marriage to Sumako Hayakawa. The wedding rehearsal is obvious a forerunner of things to occur as that proves a disaster. Soon afterward her family accuses Haruo of stealing two ancient Japanese Girls' Days hina dolls from them. Besides the theft the purification rite the dolls represent is tainted so Sumako ends the engagement. Although he hopes otherwise Mas fears Haruo stole the family heirlooms to pay off his latest gambling debt as his friend is a betting addict. Mas investigates the theft by tracing the dolls' trail, which takes him to drug dealers making him fear his friend is guilty and homicides; several of which occurred decades ago, making him believe his friend is not. The latest Mas mystery (see Snakeskin Shamisen) is once again a wonderful amateur who-done-it that enables the reader to see deeply into the Japanese-American lifestyle. The story line is fast-paced as fans will enjoy accompanying Mas as he follows the clues of the dolls past and present through the Great Los Angeles area. Harriet Klausner