Rei Shimura by Sujata Massey
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


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

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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.


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