By Naomi Hirahara; Prospect Park Books, 2013
FROM BACK COVER: "Curmudgeonly Japanese American gardener and unwitting detective Mas Arai is back in this fifth in the Edgar-winning series of mystery novels. Author Naomi Hirahara has created a memorable protagonist unlike any other: a Hiroshima survivor, gardener, widower, gambler, grandfather, and solver of crimes.
This series' most compelling and evocative mystery yet is set in the strawberry fields of Watsonville, California, where young Mas first arrived from Hiroshima in the 1940s. Now a retired gardener who lives in an L.A. suburb, he returns for the funeral of a cousin and quickly gets entangled in the murder of a young woman. Was his cousin murdered, too?
Mas has to figure out what happened, keep himself safe in the face of considerable peril, and uncover the mystery of the Strawberry Yellow blight -- and a new strawberry varietal so important that it could be inspiring a murderer."
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