The Bride's Kimono - Rei Shimura, Bk 5 Author:Sujata Massey Antiques dealer Rei Shimura has managed to snag one of the most lucrative and prestigious freelance jobs of her career: transporting a packet of exquisitely embroidered nineteenth-century kimonos from Tokyo to Washington, D.C., for an exhibit, and to give a lecture on them. — It's been years since Rei has set foot in the land of her birth, an... more »d in that time, she's become estranged from it. On the other hand, she does not exactly fit in with the band of Japanese office ladies she's accompanied, who have traveled to the United States for a week's worth of shopping. Still, everything seems to be going well enough, until one of the kimonos is stolen from her hotel room and Rei's passport shows up in a Dumpster behind a shopping mall -- on the dead body of one of the office ladies. In the middle of this, Rei's ex-boyfriend, HughGlendinning, inexplicably arrives in town.
The Bride's Kimono takes us on an utterly absorbing ride as Rei tries to find the stolen kimono, uncover its significance in an ancient Japanese love triangle, decide between two men, and unmask a murderer.« less
There was many twists and turns in this book.
So many things happened and I thought "I did not see that coming".
MANY books I read,you can figure out what was going to happen before it does,but not this one.
#5 Rei Shimura series in which Rei is contacted by the Museum of Asian Studies in Washington, D.C. They want her to put her expertise in ancient Japanese textiles to work giving a talk on Edo-period kimono and also to act as courier to the kimono they will be borrowing from a prestigious museum in Tokyo. Rei happily accepts and soon finds herself in deep trouble when one of the kimono is stolen, a fellow passenger on her flight from Tokyo ends up dead in a dumpster with Rei's passport in her coat pocket and then finds herself face to face with her former beau, Hugh Glendinning. I enjoyed this entry in the series quite a lot. Fast paced and interesting, and yet with plenty of details about the kimono, about how international museum loans work and the like. It's always great when you can learn something new and be entertained at the same time. Interesting stuff!