Saturday, April 25, 2020

The Pearl Diver by Sujata Massey

I've had The Pearl Diver by Sujata Massey in my 'to be read' pile since January 2012. I purchased a used paperback copy of this mystery novel at the FOL Used Bookstore in Carpinteria, California. In an effort to read many of the older, unread books in my collection, I decided to read this book next!! I like mystery novels, so it was an easy decision to read this novel next.

The Pearl Diver by Sujata Massey is the 7th mystery novel in the 
The Rei Shimura Series. I enjoyed the premise behind this mystery novel and the happy ending for this novel. The writing is done well enough by the author. BUT the interactions between many of the characters and the sometimes superfluous drama created by the author was a major turn off to me.

The following is a summary for The Pearl Diver by Sujata Massey from Amazon:
The seventh book in Sujata Massey's Agatha and Macavity Award–winning mystery series is a witty, suspenseful story that takes its young sleuth into the Washington DC restaurant world.
A dazzling engagement ring and the promise of a fresh start bring antiques dealer and sometime sleuth Rei Shimura to Washington, DC. But just as she's starting to settle down –catching up with a long–lost cousin and undertaking a lucrative commission furnishing a trendy Japanese restaurant nearby – things begin to go haywire. First, her cousin vanishes from the restaurant's opening–night party, and then Rei is drafted to help find a Japanese war bride who disappeared 30 years earlier.
The search for both missing women becomes suspiciously linked, and along the way, Rei faces truths about herself that may change her destiny – if she lives long enough.
I am giving The Pearl Diver by Sujata Massey a rating of 2 stars our of 5 stars.

Until my next post, happy reading!!


  1. I had not heard of this series. It seems to have an interesting concept even though this particular entry was disappointing.

    1. I was hoping to love The Pearl Diver so as to continuing reading other novels in the series, but I think I'll pass.

  2. I read another book by this title, but it was not a mystery. I think it was about pearl divers in Japan and leprosy. I might like this one better, ha ha.

    1. Pearl divers in Japan and leprosy sound like quite a combo!