The Kizuna Coast

The Kizuna Coast When an earthquake triggers a tsunami that floods Japan s northeast coast amateur sleuth Rei Shimura is pushed into her most rugged adventure yet It starts with an SOS from Rei s beloved elderly frie

  • Title: The Kizuna Coast
  • Author: Sujata Massey
  • ISBN: 9780983661054
  • Page: 381
  • Format: Paperback
  • When an earthquake triggers a tsunami that floods Japan s northeast coast, amateur sleuth Rei Shimura is pushed into her most rugged adventure yet.It starts with an SOS from Rei s beloved elderly friend, the antiques dealer Mr Ishida, who s trapped among thousands on the ravaged Tohoku coast Rei rushes from Hawaii to blacked out Tokyo, where she discovers Ishida AntiquesWhen an earthquake triggers a tsunami that floods Japan s northeast coast, amateur sleuth Rei Shimura is pushed into her most rugged adventure yet.It starts with an SOS from Rei s beloved elderly friend, the antiques dealer Mr Ishida, who s trapped among thousands on the ravaged Tohoku coast Rei rushes from Hawaii to blacked out Tokyo, where she discovers Ishida Antiques may have been burglarized and its cuddly watchdog, Hachiko, needs a caregiver.Rei and Hachiko board a bus full of disaster volunteers headed to the damaged town of Sugihama Once there, they learn about the disappearance during the tsunami of Mr Ishida s antiques apprentice, Mayumi, a troubled young woman from a famous lacquer making family.Making use of her volunteer friends, as well as her knowledge of Japanese manners and antiques, Rei investigates Mayumi s suspicious disappearance Complicating the situation is a police force overwhelmed by counting the dead, and a stalker who s set his or her own sights on Rei.

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    1. I've been a big fan of Sujata Massey's series of mysteries featuring danger-prone antiques dealer Rei Shimura for quite some time now. In 2008, when I read the 10th book in the series, Shimura Trouble, it certainly sounded as if Massey was finished spinning stories about her heroine, and I was rather upset, so when I found out that Rei had returned to the literary world, I was very excited to spend time with her and her compatriots once again.When The Kizuna Coast opens, Rei and her new husband, [...]

    2. I missed this series so much!This is one of my favorite mystery series, with a really appealing main character who is half-Japanese and half-American. Sujata Massey masterfully blends art, history, and culture with compelling storylines (devastation of the Japanese tsunami and its after-math) and fascinating characters. Rei pulls us into her life straddling two cultures and gives us touching insights about both. The details about life in Japan--including food, art, cultural differences--bring th [...]

    3. I find this difficult to review: after eleven books, I consider Rei as my dear, comforting friend. This time the themes were a shade darker, but Rei kept me entertained. Perfect summer read for fans!

    4. Vaikka olikin ihan mukava lukea Rein kuulumisia pitkästä aikaa, ei tämä kirja mikään maata mullistava lukukokemus ollut. Juoni ei ollut aiempien Shimura-kirjojen veroinen ja Rei itse oli ihan yhtä ärsyttävä kuin ennenkin. Lisäksi Rein olisi pitänyt kyllä päätellä tarinan konna reilusti aiemmin. Ihan jees, mutta ei todellakaan mikään kummoinen kirja.

    5. 3.5 starsI had thought the Rei Shimura series ended several years ago. But the author was inspired by the events of the 2011 tsunami in Japan to revisit the characters. I'm glad she did.Rei and her husband Michael are living in Hawaii, not long after their marriage. When the earthquake and tsunami strike Japan, Rei is worried about her friends and family there, particularly her elderly mentor, Mr. Ishido, whom she learns was injured and is trapped in one of the worst-hit areas. Rei travels to Ja [...]

    6. What I enjoy most about all of Sujata Massey's books is the careful explanations they offer of the art, food, and culture of Japan (and India, too, in The Sleeping Dictionary.) Kizuna Coast finds Rei Shimura investigating a suspicious death right in the middle of the overwhelming devastation following Japan's 2011 earthquake and tsunami. It's a clever plot, involving a collection of antique lacquerware and a rebellious blue-haired artist. Fans of Rei Shimura will find themselves in happily famil [...]

    7. This book takes place during an "interesting" period immediately after the Fukushima disaster in Japan, when the protagonist (Rei Shimura) goes there from Hawaii to volunteer and search for her mentor, who has disappeared. His assistant, a young woman, has also disappeared. Mystery ensues, amid a backdrop of utter civil chaos.Aside from enjoying the protagonist as I always do, I found the book to contain a lot of local color, imparting a good feeling for the extent of the disaster and various pe [...]

    8. Sujata Massey says Because of the real framework of the 2011 earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear disaster, this book could probably qualify as a modern historical novel within the Rei mystery series.As Rei Shimura ventures to the Tohoju coast in search of her mentor Ishida-san as a Helping Hand volunteer vivid description builds of the impact of the tsunami on coastal towns and villages, and of the way the Japanese community works together to rebuild lives. There is an authentic feel to the narrati [...]

    9. Sujata Massey's latest in the Rei Shimura series is more somber and stars a more mature heroine. Rei returns to Japan to help the victims of the horrendous earthquake/tsunami aftermath of 2011 when her mentor Mr Ishida calls upon her. His current apprentice Kimura Mayumi is missing and he fears the worst. Rei immediately embarks on a harrowing mission enlisting help from her husband Michael and various Japanese relatives and friends. Ms Massey does a respectful job of describing the devastation, [...]

    10. Ihan kiva oli tavata pitkästä aikaa Rei Shimura, mutta ehkä muistan ne edelliset dekkarit parempina kuin olivatkaan tai sitten Masseyn olisi vain kannattanut pysyä päätöksessään ja antaa Rein olla. Massey sijoittaa tarinan vuoteen 2011, maanjäristyksen ja tsunamin koettelemaan Japaniin. Hedelmällinen maaperä dekkaritarinalle, mutta se ei vain kulje. Tämä solahtaa kategoriaan ok välipala, joka unohtunee muistista hyvin pian.

    11. It was very nice to return to Rei and her adventures! I don't know how but I had actually missed the news that Massey had written one more Rei book, and find out only when the Finnish edition was published this summer.The book is full of details about Japan and the way of life there which I obviously love. I only wish the mystery hadn't relied so heavily on coincidences. Rei investigated things but didn't do much solving, she just got lucky.

    12. I was a fan of the Rei Shimira series and didn't notice there was an 11th book until just now! So obviously I had to read it - though I couldn't remember the original books at all anymore. This was a nice, light, and enjoyable read, I loved the mystery of having several suspects and lots of things going on. It wasn't very realistic how Rei kept stumbling onto the right answers by accident or how eager she was to solve everything herself, flying to another continent and picking locks. But that's [...]

    13. The setting is 2011 Japan after the deadly earthquake and Tsunami in Fukushima. . The main character, Rei, returns to Japan to help her mentor, Yasushi Ishida, find his apprentice, Mayumi, who had disappeared in Fukushima. While the setting showing the results of the two natural disasters was interesting it was shallow. The search and the resulting solution of where Mayumi was and what had happened to her was obvious from almost the beginning of the novel. It was overall a dull read.

    14. I enjoy this series with its mix of culture and mystery. She is an unlikely detective, but seems to end up in these situations where she gradually unravels the mystery, with a bunch of likeable characters and rogues in the mix.

    15. Hooray! Rei Shimura is back!I've been reading Sujata Massey's Rei Shimura detective series since the late 1990s, captivated by these books because the main protagonist is a Japanese-American antiques dealer turned detective, living and working in Japan. I still remember my joy in first discovering this series! Sujata Massey is part Indian, part German, like a friend of mine, and lived in Japan for several years.A fascinating character who I've always felt I could relate to more than most detecti [...]

    16. I was lucky to receive an early Christmas present of a free copy of the Kindle edition of this book in exchange for an honest review, so here it goes! (Thank you again, by the way! :)) Although I didn't discover the Rei Shimura series until fairly recently, I quickly became a fan of Rei and have been eagerly awaiting the newest installment since I heard a new book was in the works. The story is set shortly after the devastating tsunami that hit Japan in March 2011 and is a bit of combination of [...]

    17. Hooray Sujata, because of my being so tired during this long weekend after a busy holiday, I mostly just felt like reading in bed and I was able to finish this book preview after all!It was fun to finally read another REI Shimura story so soon after my first visit back to Japan (in 23 years) this past August. During that visit I stayed with my host family of 40 years in Chiba (only 150 miles from the setting in this story). While there I traveled by both commuter and Shinkansen trains through To [...]

    18. On March 11, 2011, an earthquake and resulting tsunami struck Japan and the world watched in horror as the ruinous effects unfolded, including the frightening damage to a nuclear plant and the deaths of more than 15,000 people. Four years later, more than 300,000 survivors still live in temporary housing and many who were exposed to radiation from the nuclear plant are coping with health problems.Rei Shimura's first thoughts are to find Yasushi Ishida, her mentor who is not answering his phone, [...]

    19. What can I say-I loved this book. I have read every book in the Rei Shimura series and after each one I think, "Okay, this one was my favorite in the series." I am hear to say that The Kizuna Coast is my absolute favorite in the series. I was so sad when I thought the series had ended and then I found that the fabulous author Sujata Massey had added another stellar story to the series.In her last outing Rei had retired and was living in Hawaii with her new husband Michael. The backdrop of this s [...]

    20. I fell in love with Rei Shimura and her world with the first book in the series. The Kizuna Coast is the eleventh book, and it's been six years since the last one. Welcome back, Rei!The story plays out against the immediate aftermath of the 2011 March 11 Great Eastern Kanto Earthquake and massive tidal wave. The tsunami caused massive flooding, explosions, and fires in a nuclear power plant and a refinery. Almost 16,000 people died and another 2,000 were never found.Most people would want to lea [...]

    21. Hmmh. Tämä oli koskettavampi ja koherentimpi kirja kuin edellinen Rei Shimura, mutta kirjaa vaivasi sama ongelma kuin useimpia sarjan loppupään kirjoja: epätodennäköiset sattumat. Kirjassa vaan ei ole kertakaikkiaan minkäänlaista jännitettä tai juonta, joka pitäisi lukijan pihdeissään. Tämän luki lähinnä siksi, että oli lukenut aiemmatkin osat. Loppua kohden kaiken itsestäänselvä selviäminen ja pikkusievyys alkoi ärsyttää. Rei Shimurat eivät varsinaisesti ole dekkareit [...]

    22. Oh how I've missed Rei. This is a very interesting look at the aftermath of the earthquake and tsunami in Japan. Rei rushes to Japan to help her old boss, who has been injured and is stranded away from home. While she is able to find him and reconnect him to his lovely dog, she is unable to find the new assistant, who had appeared in the area just before the disasters hit.This is a wonderful look at contemporary Japan. There are many changes happening as a result of the internet and global conne [...]

    23. The Kizuna CoastI just obtained my pre-order digital copy of #11 of Rei Shimura's adventures and I am intrigued by the plot already. I will update my review when I finish, but with December deterrents, I am reading slowly, as I savor each chapter. We don't know when Sujata Massey will grace us with another book starring this favorite protagonist. Keep writing about Japan and India, please, dear author and friend. I know I will re-read the whole series to get more of this darling girl, Rei Shimur [...]

    24. I've loved reading this series, and this latest book was no exception. I really enjoyed all of the details about contemporary Japan, told through an educated--but ultimately outsider--POV. This one was especially poignant, describing the reality of the aftermath of the 2011 tsunami & Fukushima fire, and the ongoing recovery efforts. Sujata Massey's descriptions and attention to detail have been incredible across the whole series, and she definitely didn't shy away in The Kizuna Coast from th [...]

    25. The Kizuna Coast is another great Rei Shimura mystery. This one is set in Japan right after the earthquake and tsunami in 2011. I was first introduced to the character of Rei in 2014 when I read The Flower Master. I appreciated seeing the aftermath of tsunami through the eyes of a novelist. Of the 4 Shimura mysteries that I have read, this is easily my favorite. I highly recommend it to all readers of novels, not just mystery lovers.Do you remember the movie, Hachi, starring Richard Gere? I lear [...]

    26. You will not "Coast" through this new Rei series!!!!!! Rei's radar is onnding answers to mysterious coincidences. For many of us who have read other Massey books, this one keeps you up-to-date with Rei's friends and family as she works to connect and protect those she cares about. A very engaging piece of history that we vividly learn about through Japanese history, impacts of actions that cause Rei to uncover and solve mysteries with twists that keep the reader turning pages to the end with a l [...]

    27. I'm a big fan of the Shimura mystery series, and was excited to read this latest edition. It just so happened that this week is the 5th anniversary of the tsunami in Tohoku, so this story felt especially meaningful. I liked how this book gave the reader a glimpse of the tragedy within the context of the survivors and volunteers. The mystery part of the book wasn't as engaging as I remember from previous books, and even the dialogue felt unsatisfying. However, for the reasons mentioned above, I d [...]

    28. I did miss Rei, and it was fun to get back into her world once more. I didn't re-read any of the earlier books. My first reaction in the beginning was a bit mixed feeling because it didn't feel like home coming, but a bit strange like "was Rei really like this before". I kept reading and found the book more interesting from the near history perspective than from the mystery side. It felt quite eyes opening. But don't get me wrong, I enjoyed it all.

    29. I have been a longtime fan of the Rei Shimura series and was so excited to have a new book out this year. While it took me a few chapters to remember all the characters and Rei, I loved this book. If you haven't read any of the other books in this series, start at the beginning with "The Salaryman's Wife". These books are a great peek into Japanese culture and customs. Thank you Sujata for writing another Rei Shimura book!

    30. I was so excited to find that Sujata Massey had written another book in the Rei Kimura series as I've enjoyed every single one of them. It seems she had finished the series, but the events of 3/11 inspired her to have Rei return to Japan to help an old friend.You can't help but love this book, though it isn't as tight as her others. But it may be one of the most important Rei Kimura book just do the subject matter and the emotional impact. I'm so very glad that she wrote it.

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