Naomi Hirahara

Sayonara Slam By Naomi Hirahara: Review/Giveaway

by Cynthia Chow


In 2009, Dodger Stadium is hosting the World Baseball Classic between Japan and their arch-rival South Korea. With his son-in-law Lloyd the newly promoted Head Groundskeeper, Mas Arai has the privilege of being on the field to witness this match between teams that fully embrace this distinctly American sport. When an aggressively combative reporter from Japan collapses on the field, questions arise whether his death was instigated by his present-day investigations or originated from long-held, never forgotten national aggression.

Sisters in Crime Los Angeles Presents Ladies’ Night Edited by Naomi Hirahara, Kate Thornton, & Jeri Westerson

by Cynthia Chow


Beauty is only skin-deep, and that is never more apparent than in this impressive collection of short stories by the Los Angeles Chapter of Sisters in Crime. This biannual anthology takes readers on a tour that reveals the darkness hiding under the gorgeous veneer of Southern California, where illusions and play-acting are a way of life.

Grave on Grand Avenue By Naomi Hirahara

by Cynthia Chow


Ellie Rush recently finished her first year of probation with the Los Angeles Police Department, but her latest assignment on the Bicycle Coordination Unit has her serving as a crossing guard in front of Grand Avenue’s Walt Disney Concert Hall. On the way to the restroom, Ellie exchanges a few friendly words with the hall’s charming gardener, Eduardo Fuentes. Just a few moments later, she discovers that he’s been pushed down the stairs and critically injured. The culprit is still on the scene, loudly declaring that it was an act of self-defense. Fang Xu, the father of a world-famous visiting Chinese violist, is claiming that Fuentes was attempting to steal his son's cello, a Stradivarius worth five million dollars.

Coming Attractions In May

by Sunny Frazier



Interested in the exotic? Canadian author R.J. Harlick takes us to the mystical islands of Haida off the coast of British Columbia in The Silver Totem of Shame. When a totem carver is killed, Meg Harris investigates and discovers a totem pole telling the old tale of a chief's treasure that incited a deception. Find out how the story impacts our heroine's life in this, the 6th in the Meg Harris Mysteries.

Murder on Bamboo Lane By Naomi Hirahara: Review/Guest Post/Giveaway

by Cynthia Chow
& Naomi Hirahara



Barely off of probation and still a rookie with the Los Angeles Police Department, Ellie Rush is struggling to establish herself as a patrolling bicycle cop taking complaints, writing up tickets, and hearing more complaints. It’s not a glamorous job, but Ellie has the ambition and intelligence to accept menial duties if it means advancing her career. That her aunt is the highest ranking Asian-American within the LAPD is a secret few know, as while Assistant Chief Cheryl Toma is a wizard at political maneuvering she has her own detractors and list of enemies.

Strawberry Yellow: A Mas Arai Mystery by Naomi Hirahara: Book Review/Giveaway/Event

by Marilyn Meredith



I am a big fan of Naomi Hirahara’s writing for many reasons. She is able to bring to life a wonderful unassuming hero in Mas Arai. Reading her books immerses the reader in the richness of a bit of Japanese culture. She always brings to life a setting that is probably new to most—in Strawberry Yellow, Watsonville, California, and the strawberry industry.

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