The Salaryman’s Wife (Rei Shimura Mysteries Book 1)
We read <a href=https://modernmrsdarcy.com/books/the-widows-of-malabar-hill-a-mystery-of-1920s-bombay/><em>The Widows of Malabar Hill</em></a> together this summer in the <a href=https://members.modernmrsdarcy.com/modern-mrs-darcy-book-club-srg-landing-page/>Modern Mrs Darcy Book Club</a> and discussed with author Sujata Massey. She talked to us about her first mystery series, set in Japan, that she wrote during her time there.
Japanese-American Rei Shimura is a 27-year-old English teacher living in one of Tokyo’s seediest neighborhoods. She doesn’t make much money, but she wouldn’t go back home to California even if she had a free ticket (which, thanks to her parents, she does.) Her independence is threatened however, when a getaway to an ancient castle town is marred by murder.
Rei is the first to find the beautiful wife of a high-powered businessman, dead in the snow. Taking charge, as usual, Rei searches for clues by crashing a funeral, posing as a bar-girl, and somehow ending up pursued by police and paparazzi alike. In the meantime, she manages to piece together a strange, ever-changing puzzle—one that is built on lies and held together by years of sex and deception.