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Strawberry Yellow

(2013)
(The fifth book in the Mas Arai series)
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Curmudgeonly Japanese American gardener and unwitting detective Mas Arai is back in this fifth in the Edgar Award-winning series. Naomi Hirahara has created a memorable protagonist unlike any other: a Hiroshima survivor, Los Angeles gardener, widower, gambler, grandfather, and solver of crimes.

In Strawberry Yellow he returns to the strawberry farms of his youth and encounters family intrigue, danger, and murder. The series' most compelling and evocative mystery yet is set in the strawberry fields of Watsonville, California, where young Mas first arrived as a Hiroshima survivor in the 1940s. He returns for the funeral of a cousin and quickly gets entangled in the murder of a young woman. Was his cousin murdered, too? Mas has to figure out what happened, keep himself safe, and uncover the mystery of the Strawberry Yellow blight and a new strawberry varietal so important it could be inspiring a murderer.

Naomi Hirahara is an engaging speaker who's always a hit at bookstore and mystery events. She's very active in the Japanese-American community in California and is a past president of the Southern California chapter of the Mystery Writers of America. She won the Edgar Award for Best Paperback Original Mystery for Snakeskin Shamisen, the third in the Mas Arai series.

Genre: Mystery

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Paperback Editions

February 2013 : USA Paperback
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Title: Strawberry Yellow: A Mas Arai Mystery (The Mas Arai Mystery Series)
Author(s): Naomi Hirahara
ISBN: 1-938849-02-7 / 978-1-938849-02-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Prospect Park Books LLC - Prospect Park Books
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   Amazon AU   


Audio Editions

May 2016 : USA MP3 CD
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Title: Strawberry Yellow (Mas Arai)
Author(s): Naomi Hirahara
ISBN: 1-5226-0679-3 / 978-1-5226-0679-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Audible Studios on Brilliance Audio
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   


March 2015 : USA Audio edition
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Title: Strawberry Yellow
Author(s): Naomi Hirahara
Publisher: Audible Studios
Availability: Amazon   


March 2015 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: Strawberry Yellow
Author(s): Naomi Hirahara
Publisher: Audible Studios
Availability: Amazon CA   


March 2015 : UK Audio edition
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Title: Strawberry Yellow
Author(s): Naomi Hirahara
Publisher: Audible Studios
Availability: Amazon UK   


Kindle Editions

March 2013 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: Strawberry Yellow (The Mas Arai Mysteries Book 5)
Author(s): Naomi Hirahara
Publisher: Prospect Park Books
Availability: Amazon   Amazon CA