Order of Rei Shimura Books
Rei Shimura is the protagonist in a series of mystery novels and stories by English-American novelist Sujata Massey. Rei Shimura is an English teacher living and working in Tokyo, Japan. She is originally from California, born to a Japanese father and an American mother. Although while Stateside, Rei is mistaken to be full-blooded Japanese, she is considered to be a foreigner in Japan. Aside from teaching, she has also worked as an antiques dealer and a newspaper columnist. Her next job is one she happens upon – amateur sleuth.
Sujata Massey introduced readers to Rei Shimura in 1997 with her debut novel, The Salaryman’s Wife. The series is currently ongoing. Below is a list of Sujata Massey’s Rei Shimura books in order of when they were originally released:
Publication Order of Rei Shimura Books
Publication Order of Rei Shimura Short Stories/Novellas
Publication Order of Rei Shimura Collections
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Rei Shimura Synopsis: The Salaryman’s Wife by Sujata Massey is the first book in the Rei Shimura mystery series. Japanese-American Rei Shimura is a 27-year-old English teacher living in one of Tokyo’s worst neighborhoods. She doesn’t earn much money, but she wouldn’t go back home to California even if she had a free ticket (and 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.