ZEN ATTITUDE by Sujata Massey Rei Shimura has found herself a new Scottish lawyer boyfriend and a new profession as a Tokyo-based, Japanese-American freelance antiques buyer. She finds herself with an overpriced, ersatz Edo-period tansu. Bad karma comes with this to-die-for chest of drawers, and Rei becomes, in rapid succession, murder suspect, then murder target. Confused, Rei runs from her boyfriend and takes refuge on the grounds of the famous Zen temple Horin-ji. She must now discover what a young monk, a judo star and an ancient scroll have in common in order to save her life.
The main character Rei Shimura always seems to be fighting with her Scottish boyfriend, not really fitting in to the Japanese way of life, and on the look out for Japanese antiques. This book is no exception. I do love the way the author has an authentic feel of the environment.