BOOK REVIEW: GIRL IN A BOX
A little bit of change is good for us. Change keeps our brains stimulated and our blood flowing. The 9th book of the Rei Shimura series by Suja Massey takes our heroine stimulating spaces and places. Rei returns to Japan and is employed by a department store. This is an undercover identity as Rei gathers evidence against the Japanese Mafia (yakuza). Readers may balk about Rei’s attempt at playing James Bond, that book and screen spy icon from the 1960;s, however, why not go with the flow and enjoy the spoof!
Sujata Massey always offers her readers insightful info about Japanese culture and identity. Through Rei’s adventures, readers have added to their knowledge of antiques of all varieties, kimonos, ikebana (flower arranging) and comic book culture. Ms. Massey has also recalled the experiences of the daily problems of bi-racial citizens of Japan.
Girl in a Box is a pleasant Rei Shimura mystery. If you are a “dyed in the wool” Rei fan, this spy spoof might be a pleasant diversion. Apparently, Ms. Massey has designed Rei to be “flexible”. Why not fun, too?!
REVIEWED BY SANDRA PIANIN
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