Shimura Trouble

Shimura Trouble

by Sujata Massey
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Overview

Shimura Trouble by Sujata Massey

During a family reunion on the island of Oahu, Japanese-American undercover spy Rei Shimura is roped into helping the Hawaiian branch of her family regain land stolen from them during World War II. But when fire sweeps the island and her young cousin is accused of arson, Rei, with the assistance of both her boyfriend Michael and ex-lover, Hugh, must discover the truth, which turns out to be linked to the Shimura family history. A nuanced tale of a young woman at a crossroads who looks to her ancestors for guidance in matters of the head and heart.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940012444035
Publisher: Sujata Massey
Publication date: 05/15/2011
Series: Rei Shimura , #10
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 242
Sales rank: 695,681
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Sujata Massey is the author of ten Rei Shimura novels featuring a young Japanese-American sleuth and antiques dealer. Books in the series have won the Agatha and been nominated for the Edgar, Anthony and Mary Higgins Clark awards. She is a former journalist who also worked as an ENglish teacher in Japan. She lives in Minneapolis, MN with her family.

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Shimura Trouble 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
jeanye More than 1 year ago
This is a great read. I hope there are other books about Rei in the works.
Mystery_Reader_Guy More than 1 year ago
What a great find... This is the first book I've read of Sujata Massey, and I can't wait to get the next. I also read it quickly, like a good page turner. Also, I learned a lot about the history of plantations in Hawaii. Thank you Ms. Massey!
Pat Samour More than 1 year ago
Glad more of her books are coming out on e-book. Enjoyable read. Read it quickly because it held my interest. I like the details of culture and location Ms. Massey gives us, as well as a good story line.
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MaureenFischer More than 1 year ago
SHIMURA TROUBLE, the last book in Sujata Massey's mystery series about the sophisticated, brainy and sexy Rei Shimura, does not disappoint. Massey's deft plot-a long lost branch of the Shimura clan beckons Rei and her parents to Hawaii to celebrate an 88th birthday-leads to a surprisingly malevolent twist, as well as romance. The novel kept me turning pages and calculating who among the Hawaiian Shimuras had criminal motives at heart. As always with Massey's novels the historical subtext made the plot all the richer, and in this case, it was the issue of property stolen from Japanese American citizens during World War II. Percolating throughout is Rei's relationship with fellow spy and former Naval officer, Michael Hendricks of the ice blue eyes. Massey also juxtaposes everyday domestic life with suspenseful action, enhancing characterization and making the plot turns highly believable. Rei and Michael's romance is handled with dexterity-leading to an ending that truly surprised me. This was an absorbing and entertaining read with Massey's usual attention to Japanese mores, language and culture. Satisfying conclusion to her masterful series!
kaiCA More than 1 year ago
I have enjoyed most all of the Rei mysteries. [I was disappointed when she became a CIA contact as that seemed silly to me!] But I still enjoyed reading the series. This book, however, takes a strange turn. Overall there is the odd change of tone, almost as if a different writer took the pen. As a murder mystery, it isn't all that bad - and even has some nice action scenes one might expect from a Rei mystery. However, with all the research and background she put into it, this book is simply not well done. The first oddity is financial inconsistencies. In previous installments, the overall implication is the family comes from Old Money on both sides...However, in this book, the family has money worries as if they live paycheck to paycheck. An attempt to identify with readers or a nod to changing times? Along the same lines, how is it that Michael can suddenly jump from the Hale Koa to the five star Halekulani? Secondly Rei feels the need to explain every "local Hawaiian" term or custom. Being a California girl who is familiar with Japan, it feels: inauthentic, for her to be so foreign to island culture. Also, the "local" dialect is forced and often just plain wrong, which is very annoying! Third, her attempt to address the Sovereignty issue, mix in the plantation families, stir in prejudice and compile these with Land Rights takes on too much and ends up being offensive to all parties involved. Let me clarify by saying I am someone who understands the issues this storyline attempts to address because altho I was born in CA, my parents are both children who were born and raised on the plantations and experienced Pearl Harbor. These issues she attempts to combine (even throwing in some Kam School fights and High School rivalries) are very involved and deserve a much better context along with better understanding and depth.
Rose_N_Krantz More than 1 year ago
I have been an interested reader in the Rei Shimura series. The offbeat almost simplistic writing makes for a quick read on a plane. I have enjoyed most of the series. However, this one, it was painful. The characters were insipid. Rei, the main character, apparently suffered a lobotomy as she was flat and just annoying in this book. I wish that Ms. Massey had ended the series in a better way. This was just horrible. The editing was grade-school level. Do not waste your money! This was a waste of time. I believe that jump the shark applies here. Ms. Massey should have quit with book #9. UGH!