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The Salaryman’s Wife

Rei Shimura Mysteries, Book 1
Written by: Sujata Massey
Narrated by: Justine Eyre
Length: 10 hrs and 23 mins

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Japanese-American Rei Shimura is a 27-year-old English teacher living in one of Tokyo's seediest neighborhoods. She doesn't make much money, but she wouldn't go back home to California even if she had a free ticket (which, thanks to her parents, 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.

©1997 Sujata Massey (P)2019 Tantor

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  • Beatrice
  • 30-06-19

Pleasant Surpise

This is a surprisingly good book. Justine Eyre does a great job performing the book and bringing the characters to life. The mystery has several twists and turns and I didn't find out the murderer until the end. The story dragged a bit during the middle, but I continued to listen and do not regret it. I really enjoyed this book and will get the next one.

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  • Christine Fogas
  • 30-06-19

Just ok

The story was not very compelling at all. The most interesting part was learning a bit about Japanese culture. The narration was fine, I think she did ok with the accents, but not much emotion just very flat throughout the whole story. I kept waiting for it to get better but it didn’t. It was also difficult to keep the characters straight with similar names and voices. It’s an ok book if you’re just looking for a filler until next months new releases.

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  • M Weber
  • 05-03-20

Always a good read

This is another great story by Sujata Massey. I love the lead chapter, REI Shimura. The story is a unique and interesting mix of mystery and romance, and there is always something cool to learn about Japan in each story. I wish there were more REI Shimura books recorded on audible.