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Naomi Hirahara, born and raised in Southern California, is the Edgar Award-winning author of the Mas Arai mystery series, which features a Japanese American gardener and atomic-bomb survivor who solves crimes (SUMMER OF THE BIG BACHI, GASA-GASA GIRL, SNAKESKIN SHAMISEN, BLOOD HINA and STRAWBERRY YELLOW).

MURDER ON BAMBOO LANE, her new mystery series with a female twentysomething LAPD bicycle cop, was released with Berkley Prime Crime in spring 2014. Her next in the series, A GRAVE ON GRAND AVENUE, will be released in April 2015.

She also has penned a middle-grade novel, 1001 CRANES, which was chosen as an Honor Book for the Youth Literature of the Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature in 2009.

A former editor of the largest Japanese American newspaper in the U.S., she also has released a number of nonfiction works. A number of her short stories have been included in various anthologies.

Genres: Cozy Mystery, Historical Mystery, Mystery, General Fiction

Anthologies edited
Non fiction
   Distinguished Asian American Business Leaders (2002)
   Life after Manzanar (2018) (with Art Hansen and Heather C Lindquist)
   We Are Here (2022)
Anthony Awards Best Paperback original nominee (2007) : Snakeskin Shamisen
Anthony Awards Best Paperback original nominee (2019) : Hiroshima Boy
Edgar Awards Best Paperback original nominee (2019) : Hiroshima Boy

Naomi Hirahara recommends
The Spy on the Tennessee Walker (2015)
(Maggie Fiori, book 3)
Linda Lee Peterson
"This spot will soon be filled with high praise from an acclaimed and Edgar Award-winning writer of two mystery series."
A Murder By Any Name (2018)
(Elizabethan Spy Mystery, book 1)
Suzanne M Wolfe
"Bewitching! Suzanne Wolfe opens the door to Elizabethan life through her masterful creation of the sympathetic spy, Nicholas Holt. An exciting start to a promising new historical mystery series."
An Old Man's Game (2019)
(Amos Parisman Mystery, book 1)
Andy Weinberger
"Andy Weinberger has created an absolutely charming private investigator that readers will follow from book to book. L.A.'s Fairfax District--get ready for your close-up!"
Sansei and Sensibility (2020)
Karen Tei Yamashita
"Through vignettes, recipes, and correspondence, master writer Karen Tei Yamashita takes us through the rabbit hole of Japanese America—in particular, her hometown of Gardena, California, where an ethnic community culturally transformed a middle-class bedroom town. Part Ozu meditation of everyday life, part modern folk tale with colorful characters like a truth-telling dental hygienist, Sansei and Sensibility offers a unique and necessary perspective of what it means to be the aging grandchild of Asian immigrants, wondering what you will leave behind for the next generation. As in all of her books, Yamashita deconstructs form and genre to create a work that both delights and challenges."
In Things Unseen (2020)
Gar Anthony Haywood
"In this spellbinding tale, Gar Anthony Haywood uses all of his thriller writing skills to investigate the biggest mystery of all: is God real? And can miracles touch an unbelieving modern world?"
Arsenic and Adobo (2021)
(Tita Rosie's Kitchen Mystery, book 1)
Mia P Manansala
"Finally! Filipinos, the second largest Asian American population in the US, get to be center stage with the release of this delightful cozy mystery full of aunties and other strong women--ninangs, titas and a lola! You will be rooting for Lila Macapagal to save the family restaurant and keep herself out of jail while interacting with her interfering yet well-meaning relatives. The first in a lip-smacking series!"
Monkey Around (2021)
Jadie Jang
"This hilarious take on the Bay Area and the Asian American community in the 21st Century filled me with pure joy."
Love & Saffron (2022)
Kim Fay
"Love & Saffron is an elixir for our times. It speaks to the power of food to communicate friendship and stoke a curiosity about worlds unlike our own. After you read this book, you'll want to drop a letter in the mail to someone you love."
Under Lock & Skeleton Key (2022)
(Secret Staircase Mystery, book 1)
Gigi Pandian
"Pandian is this generation's queen of the locked-room mystery! A whimsical confection."
Complicit (2022)
Winnie M Li
"Winnie M Li gives us an insider view of the intoxicating and corrupt world of the movie industry that often places women in a no-win situation. Her lead character, Sarah Lai, faces both sexism and racism in following her ambition to become a producer. How much of her integrity is she willing to sacrifice? Moving through New York City, the Cannes Film Festival and Hollywood, COMPLICIT is a page turner for our times."
Mother Daughter Traitor Spy (2022)
Susan Elia MacNeal
"Lovers of Los Angeles history will be captivated by this little-known story of local spies infiltrating Southern California-based Nazi cliques around World War II. . . . A fascinating spy novel."

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