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User Review  - Skribe - LibraryThing

The best detective novels are supposed to introduce you to a foreign world, and this one is fascinating: the strata of aging Japanese gardeners in Alta Dena and LA environs. The main character is in ... Read full review

Review: Summer of the Big Bachi (Mas Arai #1)

User Review  - Denise - Goodreads

This is the first book in the Mas Arai series of mysteries, and oddly enough, it is the last one I read. I have enjoyed all of them and would recommend them. There are not a lot of contemporary ... Read full review

Review: Summer of the Big Bachi (Mas Arai #1)

User Review  - Audrey - Goodreads

This book was given to me as a gift and this is the first in a mystery series. The main characters are Japaneses Americans, some who have survived the dropping of the A Bomb on Japan in WWII. I liked ... Read full review

Review: Summer of the Big Bachi (Mas Arai #1)

User Review  - Rebecca - Goodreads

I made a mistake. I started Naomi Hirahara's mystery series with the most recent book. In my defense, it's the one I found first. Blood Hina left me cold because of a common problem with a series in ... Read full review

Review: Summer of the Big Bachi (Mas Arai #1)

User Review  - Martha Francis-bergweiler - Goodreads

Good read. Keep google translate or similar Japanese language dictionary nearby; the book does not have a glossary. Read full review

Review: Summer of the Big Bachi (Mas Arai #1)

User Review  - Chris - Goodreads

Excellent book! This is a success as a mystery, as a cultural insight, as a mild social commentary, and most of all as a story. Mas sounds and thinks just like the Hiroshima survivors I have spoken to ... Read full review

Review: Summer of the Big Bachi (Mas Arai #1)

User Review  - Zen Cho - Goodreads

Really liked this, and will look out for the next book. I found Mas interesting and sympathetic and liked the portrayal of a multicultural community -- felt much more convincing than the whitewashed ... Read full review

Review: Summer of the Big Bachi (Mas Arai #1)

User Review  - Mariana - Goodreads

I enjoyed reading this mystery by a women of color. Read full review

Review: Summer of the Big Bachi (Mas Arai #1)

User Review  - Nancy - Goodreads

"Bachi" is like instant retribution or punishment; for example, you yell at your spouse because you're irritated about something else (like your boss), and then as you get in the car to go to work, you catch your favorite jacket in the car door and it gets all stained with grease. Read full review

Review: Summer of the Big Bachi (Mas Arai #1)

User Review  - Barbara - Goodreads

I liked this book. It's about how secrets come back to haunt, and set against the experience of Japanese immigrants after WWII. Looking forward to the sequel. Read full review


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