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Sujata Massey

UK flag (b.1964)

Sujata Massey was born in England to parents from India and Germany. She studied writing at Johns Hopkins University and worked as a reporter for the Baltimore Evening Sun before moving to Japan, where she taught English and began writing mystery fiction. The Rei Shimura series starts with The Salaryman's Wife, which won the Agatha Award for best first novel of 1997, and continues with Zen Attitude, and Edgar and Anthony nominee, and The Flower Master. At present Sujata Massey lives with her family in Baltimore and travels to Japan to research future Rei Shimura novels.

Genres: Mystery, Historical Mystery
Agatha Award Best Novel nominee (1999) : The Flower Master
Agatha Award Best Novel nominee (2000) : The Floating Girl
Macavity Awards Best Novel winner (2000) : The Flower Master
Agatha Award Best Novel nominee (2001) : The Bride's Kimono
Agatha Award Best Novel nominee (2004) : The Pearl Diver
Agatha Award Best Historical Novel winner (2018) : The Widows of Malabar Hill

Sujata Massey recommends
Grand Delusion (2000)
(Jacob Burns Mystery, book 2)
Matt Witten
"Jacob Burns is a wise-cracking, write-at-home dad with a nose for trouble... Watch this guy."
Murder in China Red (2002)
Dean Barrett
"Edge-of-the-seat suspense."
Murder on Bamboo Lane (2014)
(Officer Ellie Rush Mystery, book 1)
Naomi Hirahara
"The most original mystery I've encountered in many years."
The Betel Nut Tree Mystery (2018)
(Crown Colony, book 2)
Ovidia Yu
"Su-Lin is the captivating, knowledgeable heroine of Ovidia Yu's stunning novel, which breathes fresh life into the forgotten world of British Colonial Singapore."
The Prisoner in the Castle (2018)
(Maggie Hope, book 8)
Susan Elia MacNeal
"The Prisoner in the Castle is a double agent of a novel! At the outset, it appears like a clever riff on Agatha Christie, but a few quick turns prove it to be an utterly modern, gripping thriller. Maggie Hope is smarter than ever, and Susan Elia MacNeal is truly at the height of her powers."
Three-Fifths (2019)
John Vercher
"A brilliant page turner. John Vercher is a gifted new voice in the crime fiction genre; I can’t wait to see what he does next."
The Henna Artist (2020)
(Jaipur Trilogy, book 1)
Alka Joshi
"Romantic, old-time Rajasthan leaps to life in the skilled hands of Alka Joshi. The Henna Artist brims over with richly drawn customs, locations, and characters. I can hardly wait for Alka Joshi's next masterpiece."
A Bend In The River (2020)
(Revolution Sagas, book 5)
Libby Fischer Hellmann
"Libby Fischer Hellmann is at her best in this novel about Tam and Mai, teen aged sisters from the Mekong Delta, who bravely flee their destroyed village to support themselves in wartime Saigon. This gripping international saga illuminates the complexities of politics and loyalty and love, and is a powerful testament to the strength of women."
Murder in Old Bombay (2020)
(Captain Jim and Lady Diana Mysteries, book 1)
Nev March
"Bravo to Nev March for capturing late 19th century Indian history so beautifully in Murder in Old Bombay. Compelling characters, striking settings and the intricacies of social stratification shine in this talented author's hands. I eagerly await more historic Bombay adventures narrated by sharp-eyed, open-hearted Jim Agnihotri."
Under Lock & Skeleton Key (2022)
(Secret Staircase Mystery, book 1)
Gigi Pandian
"A stand out mystery. The fast-reading, suspenseful tale delights, with dashes of international spice and a powerful new heroine."

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