The Bride's Kimono by Sujata Massey

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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 her 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.


About Sujata Massey

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Sujata Massey was a reporter for the Baltimore Evening Sun and spent several years in Japan teaching English and studying Japanese. She is the author of The Salaryman's Wife, Zen Attitude, The Flower Master, The Floating Girl, The Bride's Kimono, The Samurai's Daughter, The Pearl Diver, and The Typhoon Lover. She lives in Minneapolis.
Published May 1, 2012 by Harper. 404 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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With priceless Edo-period kimonos on loan from the Morioka Museum strapped into the plane seat next to her, American-born, Tokyo-based antiques-buyer Rei Shimura is on her way to the Museum of Asian Arts, in Washington, D.C., to fill in as the exhibit’s guest lecturer—and safely courier the kimonos.

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THE BRIDE'S KIMONO, fifth in the Rei Shimura series by Sujata Massey, provides the armchair traveler with a page turning plot launched in Tokyo, which then roars through Washington, DC and Maryland, all the while giving us a thorough yet fascinating history of the kimono and of Edo period Japanes...

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The police come to some ridiculous conclusion about Rei due to what I consider doubtful evidence and while she objects, she lets it go when I'd be screaming (I know, she's got Japanese sensibilities, but as she points out, she is an American citizen, and she is treated amazingly poorly by the po...

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