Monday, August 27, 2012

Tokyo Heist by Diana Renn

The Summer is a wonderful time for fast moving mysteries and Katie has got the perfect one for your summer reading pile:

Tokyo Heist by Diana Renn

Getting tired of the DC summer heat? Might I suggest an escape to Seattle and then on to Tokyo? If that doesn’t grab you, I’ll sweeten the deal with manga references, art thieves, intrigue, and a high class mystery. This is Tokyo Heist.

Violet is a 16 year old aspiring manga artist currently suffering through the prospect of a summer living with her artist dad, working at a comic book store, and missing her friends. Parts of that may sound familiar to many of you. But lucky Violet gets the break of a lifetime when an art commission takes her and her dad to Tokyo.

This vacation though is a little short on relaxing and high in suspense and detective work as Violet joins the efforts to recover the stolen Van Gogh sketches of her father’s clients, the Yamada family. Stolen sketches, a lost painting, gangsters, and suspects everywhere have Violet looking over her shoulder constantly uncertain of who to trust as the quest takes her from the Seattle Art Museum to Tokyo to Kyoto. Drawing inspiration from life for her art and in turn using her art to sift through clues, Violet is joined by her best friend Reika as they work to unravel the mystery before it’s too late.

This is a high octane read with a stunning cover, loveable characters, a thrilling puzzle to solve, and endless references to manga, Japanese culture, and art. It’s definitely the cheapest way to travel to Asia this summer without ever leaving the comfort of your air conditioned home.

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