Strawberry Yellow by Naomi Hirahara
(A Mas Arai Mystery)

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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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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.
Published March 5, 2013 by Prospect Park Books. 242 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Crime. Fiction

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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 o

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The fifth offering in Hirahara's "Mas Arai" series (after Blood Hina) finds the curmudgeonly gardener, Hiroshima survivor, and sometime detective back in his hometown of Watsonville, CA, for the funeral of a cousin. Immediately, he is thrown into a maelstrom of suspicion, jealousy, and agricultur...

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