An Only In Tokyo Mystery #1
August 2012/ ASIN: B007TCDWPC
by Cheryl Green
day started off with a hangover. She had spent the evening at the
Mad Hatter Club with her best friend, Rika Ozawa. Rika left early
for an appointment and left Yumi with her other friends to drink.
This morning, Yumi needs to hurry to make a hair appointment so
she will look good for her date with Ichiro Mitsuyama. He is son
and heir to a large fortune. Yumi's mother used a matchmaker to
set her up, and she doesn't want to disappoint her. On her way to
the hair appointment, Yumi realizes that she has Rika's cell phone.
She calls her
own number but no answer.
Police Detective Kenji Nakamura has been sent to a crime scene at
the Komagome Shinto Shrine and finds a car with three dead bodies
inside: an older man and woman, and a younger woman. From the looks
of things, it appears to be a mass suicide - a jisatsu. Strange
thing is that the suicide note the young woman has is blank. Bodies
will be autopsied. A cell phone is found nearby so it is tagged
and now part of the evidence.
to call Rika's mother to find out what happened to Rika. She finds
out her friend is dead - looks like suicide. Yumi know that Rika
would never commit suicide. Through friends Mei and Kei, Yumi finds
out that Rika was very excited to be working on a freelance article
- but not its subject. Yumi decides to investigate and try to find
information that will prove Rika was murdered. Kenji meets with
Yumi and it turns out that they had gone to school together when
they were children. And it looks like Kenji never got over his crush
that need answering: Why were 50 breath mints found whole in Rika's
body? Why was she researching suicide websites? What did Mr and
Mrs Hamada (dead couple found in the car and owners of Hamada Sweets)
have in common with Rika? Why was a long time employee of Hamada
Sweets let go and left a year's wages in their will? Will Yumi's
sleuthing get her tangled up with a killer? And who will Yumi end
up with Kenji or Ichiro?
This is the
first book in a new mystery series. I liked how the chapters are
headed Yumi or Kenji so we get two views of the story. It is well
written and fast paced. Lots of red herrings included and not the
type you eat! The glimpse we get into life in Tokyo, from the food
to the locale and events, make the story different from the type
I usually read. Who knew that wearing a kimono was not comfortable?