First in an all-new series of mysteries that could happen only in Tokyo…

It’s just another group suicide, thinks Tokyo Detective Kenji Nakamura – until he sees the Goth Lolita sprawled in the back seat of the late-model Lexus. Why would a doll-like eccentric dressed in black ruffles and Mary Janes choose to kill herself with a man and woman old enough to be her parents? The suicide note only adds to the mystery: it apologizes for an unnamed disaster that hasn’t yet happened.

The next morning, Kenji finds part-time English interpreter Yumi Hata camped in the police station lobby, insisting she has evidence her Gothic Lolita friend was murdered.

The clock is ticking as they race to find the killer before the next victim is targeted…

Sneak peek - read the first four chapters of Nightshade.

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Nightshade was named one of five Thrillers Of The Month for December 2012 by

“WOW…talk about culture shock! The writer moves you through the streets & underground of Tokyo with a sure hand, and you’ll feel transported to places both familiar & incredibly strange. I didn’t want this one to end. Great characters woven into a terrific tale of murder, fear & suspicion.”

– Amazon (Marilyn Swanson review)

“If you enjoy detective/mystery books, this one is well worth your time. If you’re even remotely interested in modern Japanese society and culture, it’s not to be missed. The story itself is easily as enjoyable as any best seller in the genre, but where the author really shines is her description of modern day Tokyo.”

–Libboo (Julie Adams review)

“…It’s a great story well-told and expertly written, the kind of book where you are so immersed that you forget that the characters aren’t real people that you actually know. …My only complaint about the book is that it ended.

– Amazon (Linda Castellani review)

Buy Nightshade from these online booksellers $4.99 (£2.66 in the UK, €2.77 in Europe, ¥378 in Japan)

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Other books in the series:


Book #2 Fallen Angel


Book #3 Idolmaker