Sujata Massey
Sujata Massey is an English-American author of mystery, historical fiction and suspense novels. She is best known for her Rei Shimura series. Sujata was born in England to an Indian father and a German mother. She emigrated to the United States when she was 5 and was raised mostly in St. Paul, Minnesota, although she has called Baltimore, Maryland home for over a quarter century. Sujata has a B.A. in the Writing Seminars from the Johns Hopkins University. Prior to becoming a novelist, she worked as a features reporter for the Baltimore Evening Sun. Sujata is an Agatha and Macavity award-winning author.

Sujata Massey made her debut as a published author in 1997 with the novel The Salaryman’s Wife. This began her Rei Shimura series. Below is a list of Sujata Massey’s books in order of when they were first released:

Publication Order of Rei Shimura Books


The Salaryman's Wife(1997) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Zen Attitude(1998) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Flower Master(1999) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Floating Girl(2000) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Bride's Kimono(2001) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Samurai's Daughter(2003) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Pearl Diver(2004) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Typhoon Lover(2005) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Girl in a Box(2006) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Shimura Trouble(2008) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Kizuna Coast(2014) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Publication Order of Rei Shimura Short Stories/Novellas


Junior High Samurai(2011) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Convenience Boy(2011) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Deepest Blue(2011) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Publication Order of Rei Shimura Collections


Convenience Boy and Other Stories of Japan(2011) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Publication Order of Standalone Novels


The Sleeping Dictionary(2013) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The City of Palaces(2014) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Publication Order of Short Stories/Novellas


The Ayah's Tale(2013) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Publication Order of Short Story Collections


Killer Femmes 2: Small Bites(2016) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Note: Killer Femmes 2: Small Bites also includes stories by Libby Fischer Hellmann, Christine Kling, Zoe Sharp and Julie Smith.

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Sujata Massey Synopsis: The Ayah’s Tale is a novella by Sujata Massey. In 1952, Menakshi walks into a Penang library during the rainy season. She discovers a book written by Julian Winslett, a British war hero and writer, who was a young boy she cared for while working as a 16-year-old nanny in Bengal. His book is about those old days, and features the two of them as named characters. The 1920s British Raj was an era of expansive homes and gardens, elegant rail travel, and very strict divisions between Indians, Anglo-Indians and the British. For the rulers of India, it was a glorious period; but for Menakshi, it’s a time she’d rather forget. She’d pushed away all her old feelings for Julian… but now they’re back. As Menakshi reads Julian’s book, she returns to a vanished world where luxury and deprivation co-exist in the same grand bungalow – and romance breaks all rules in the hills of Darjeeling and on the Bengal-Nagpur Railway. Menakshi’s own recollections add suspense as his family heads toward rupture, and she is torn between loyalty toward the children and her own secret dreams.


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