Murder on Bamboo Lane by Naomi Hirahara
I met Naomi Hirahara several years ago at a Sister in Crime meeting in Pasadena. At that time she hadn't been published. I was a speaker at the meeting talking about e-books--long before many people had a clue what they were.
Since that time, Naomi has become the award winning writer of the Mas Arai mysteries. Now, she heading in another direction with her new Officer Ellie Rush mystery series.
Officer Ellie Rush is an L.A. bicycle police officer and comes across a dead boy while working--a former college class mate. Of course the story covers Ellie's part in discovering the identity of the murderer, but there is so much more.
For me, I loved the family drama and a peek into a culture I know little about.
Best of all was following Ellie along as she traveled the streets of Los Angeles, Eagle Rock and Pasadena--places I knew well as a girl.
I loved Murder on Bamboo Lane and if you like mysteries, you will too.
And as a side-note, over the years I've run into Naomi here and there, different mystery conventions, and most recently at Left Coast Crime in Monterey where I was privileged to sit at her table at the awards banquet.
Marilyn aka F. M. Meredith