Grave on Grand Avenue

Grave on Grand Avenue

by Naomi Hirahara

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Overview

LAPD bicycle cop—and aspiring homicide detective—Ellie Rush is back on patrol in the newest mystery from the award-winning author of Murder on Bamboo Lane.
 
Ellie stops for a friendly chat with gardener Eduardo Fuentes while patrolling one of Los Angeles’s premier concert halls. A few minutes later she’s shocked to discover him lying at the bottom of a staircase, clinging to life and whispering something indecipherable. Nearby, the father of Xu, a Chinese superstar classical musician, claims Fuentes was knocked down while attempting to steal his son’s multimillion-dollar cello—a story Ellie has trouble believing.
 
Meanwhile Ellie has issues of her own to deal with—like the curious theft of her car, a 1969 Pontiac Skylark. But after the gardener takes his last breath and Xu mysteriously disappears, it’s clear to Ellie she must act quickly before someone else falls silent…

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780425264966
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 04/07/2015
Series: Officer Ellie Rush Mystery Series , #2
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 601,269
Product dimensions: 4.30(w) x 7.00(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Naomi Hirahara is the Edgar® Award-winning author of Murder on Bamboo Lane, as well as the Mas Arai Mysteries. Born and raised in Pasadena, Naomi received her bachelor’s degree in international relations from Stanford University and studied at the Inter-University Center for Advanced Japanese Language Studies in Tokyo. She worked as a reporter and editor of The Rafu Shimpo in downtown Los Angeles. She is also the author of 1001 Cranes and has written, edited, and published several nonfiction books, largely about the Japanese American experience. She lives with her husband in Southern California.

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“Ellie is a detective of a different sort. Young and resolutely urban.”—Los Angeles Times

Praise for Murder on Bamboo Lane
 
“One of the warmest, most realistic characters to hit crime fiction in a long time.”—Lee Goldberg, New York Times bestselling author
 
“A well-constructed whodunit.”—The Japan Times
 
“Scoop this one up!” —Library Journal

“Highly entertaining…Readers will want to see more of Ellie, who provides a fresh perspective on LA’s rich ethnic mix.”—Publishers Weekly

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Grave on Grand Avenue 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this mystery featuring an asian heroine and the clash of culture, both in america and abroad.
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chefdt More than 1 year ago
Grave On Grand Avenue is the second book in the An Officer Ellie Rush Mystery series. This is a great follow up to Murder On Bamboo Lane. While this series may not fall under the classification as a “Traditional Cozy” it is not to far away. Violence and bad language are at a minimum. I have discovered classical music late in life and was very happy to read a book that embraces this area of music, more than a casual mention of a composer or their works. But in no way does the reader need to be a devotee of classical music. Ellie is devastated to find that her 1969 Buick Skylark, that she fondly calls The Green Mile has been stolen right out of her driveway, without her knowing. When she arrives at the station she calls Detective Cortez Williams to report the theft. At one time Ellie had hoped there could be a romantic relationship with Williams, but she has pretty much given up hope now. Williams explains that he has been tied up on the Old Lady Bandit case and will turn over her information to the Robbery Department. Then she and her partner, Johnny Mayhew head out on patrol. They are in front of the Walt Disney Concert Hall and as Ellie is going up the steps she hears a disturbance sees a gardener falling down the steps. As she goes to investigate she hears someone yell the man, Eduardo, has tried to steal the valuable cello of his son, Xu, a renowned cellist. Soon the PR representative of the concert hall appears and tries to claim it was simply precipitated by the alleged attempted theft. Nay, Ellie's best friend and a reporter for a local campus newspaper are able to attend Xu's concert, while at the reception after the concert, Nauy meets Washington Junge, a translator for Xu and his father. Nay decides to spend some time with Junge with the hopes of gathering information as to what happened for a news article for her paper. Ellie's friendship with Nay is on the skids, expecially when Ellie learns that Xu, hid father, Washingon Junge and Nay are at a private airfield getting ready to leave the area. In addition, Ellie is upset to meet her paternal grandfather that she had known about. He was the one who had “stole” The Green Mile”, having kept an ignition key all these years. To make things even worse, he arrives at Ellie's door on Mother's Day with all of the family there. Lita punches him in the jaw and Ellie's father wants nothing to do with his dad. Aunt Cheryl is the only one wants to have anything to do with him and that is because he is sure he know who the Old Lady Bandit is and Aunt Cheryl, the Asst. LAPD chief would like to get this case solved. I love this series and am looking forward to the next book.
Carstairs38 More than 1 year ago
Death of a Gardener.  What Does It Really Mean? Bicycle cop Ellie Rush is stationed outside the Walt Disney Concert Hall.  World renown Chinese cellist Xu is scheduled to participate in the next concert and he is arriving for a rehearsal.  While she is distracted for a moment, there is a struggle with a gardener working in the area over Xu’s rare cello, and the gardener gets pushed down the stairs.  Suddenly, Ellie is caught up in what could turn into an international incident.   Meanwhile, a series of bank robberies have been taking place in LA, and the person caught on camera is an old woman.  She’s just killed someone at the most recent robbery and that’s added to the pressure to find and arrest her.  However, Ellie gets a tip from an unexpected source.  Is this information true?  What will this source mean for her personally?   I was captivated by Ellie and her world with the first book in this series, and I couldn’t wait to get back for the sequel.  Once again, I found her a compelling main character and enjoyed my tour of downtown LA and the politics of the LAPD she provided.  I did feel like the mystery took a backseat at times to these other storylines, but I could never put the book down.  The character growth is just as compelling as in the first one.   So if you are looking for something different, this book is for you.  It breaks out of the cozy mold and offers a compelling read.   NOTE: I was sent a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.
LisaKsBooksReviews More than 1 year ago
Note: For those who follow my reviews, you know ninety-nine percent of what I review are cozy mysteries. This mystery is not a cozy. It’s somewhere between a cozy and a bit grittier crime fiction. But I feel it will appeal to all mystery readers. Ms. Hirahara has written a gripping story in this second book of her Officer Ellie Rush Mystery series.  Her characters are intense and multilayered. One such character being the series lead, Ellie. She’s a good cop, and can be tough when times call for it. Her softer side shows in the loss of her car, The Green Mile, when it is stolen.  There are many twists and turns leading up to the “I didn’t see that coming” ending. And I really didn’t! I like it when a book shocks me.  Naomi Hirahara is an excellent author and a great voice in the mystery genre. I look forward to what the next book in this series has to offer.