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Murder, J-Style!


Naturally I considered all the deadly possibilities when I was working on the plot for Idolmaker, but I hope you won’t be disappointed if I reveal that the murder weapon is NOT A SNAKE. It was something rather unusual, though, and I hope you nip over to the sneak peek and get hooked enough to find out!

Part-time English translator Yumi Hata and Tokyo Police Detective Kenji Nakamura team up again, picking up where they left off after Nightshade and Fallen AngelBut no worries, you can dive right into this one, even if you haven’t read the others! This time, there are a few new twists…

A deadly earthquake and tsunami…
...a wedding that wasn't...
…a wedding that wasn’t…
...a celebrity suspect...
…tragically flawed idols…
...fangirl mourning frenzy...
…media-fanned mourning frenzy…
…and a race with the clock to stop a killer before he commits murder in front of thousands of screaming fans.

Read the first few chapters, or scamper right over to these venerable online booksellers and jump in with both feet!

Read a novel set in Tokyo

In the wake of a deadly earthquake, fans erupt in a frenzy of mourning when it’s discovered that their favorite pop star is among the dead. But when Detective Kenji Nakamura is sent to investigate a death at a local shrine, he finds evidence that suggests the impossible: How could the head priest have been murdered by…read more

Jonelle Patrick View All

Writing mystery books set in Tokyo is mostly what I do, but I also blog about the odd stuff I see every day in Japan. I'm a graduate of Stanford University and the Sendagaya Japanese Institute in Tokyo, and a member of the International Thriller Writers, the Mystery Writers of America, and Sisters In Crime. When I'm not in Tokyo, I live in San Francisco. I also host a travel site called The Tokyo Guide I Wish I'd Had, so if you're headed to Japan and want to check out the places I take my friends when they're in town, take a look!

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