Avon Books (Harper Collins) mass market paperback, 378 p.
5th book in the Rei Shimura series
(Book #16 for 2007)
Antiques dealer Rei Shimura has managed to snag one of the most lucrative and prestigious jobs of her career: a renowned museum in Washington, D.C., has invited her to exhibit rare kimonos and give a lecture on them. Accompanied by a gaggle of Japanese office ladies bent on a week of shopping, Rei lands in the capital. But her big break could ultimately break her. Within hours one of the kimonos is stolen, and then Rei’s passport is discovered in a shopping mall dumpster – on the dead body of one of the Japanese tourists. Trouble is only beginning, though, for now Rei’s parents have arrived and so has her ex-boyfriend. To track down the kimono and unmask a killer, Rei’s got to do some clever juggling, fast talking, and quick sleuthing, or this trip home could be her last.It was fun to catch up with Rei and the trouble she always seems to find herself in. This book was set in the US instead of Japan, and a few references already seemed a bit dated, but I quite enjoyed it. I popped it in my bag to read on the train a couple of days ago but ended up reading it at home too. It’s an easy read and I kept saying to myself ‘just one more chapter’! I was in the mood for something fun and light though so it fit my mood perfectly. I look forward to reading the next in the series.
My Rating: 3.5/5