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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Harper Perennial; Reprint edition (July 26 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060597909
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060597900
  • Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 2 x 20.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 272 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,523,290 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Kidnapping, death and intrigue are all on the menu for Rei Shimura in Massey's winning seventh mystery (after 2003's The Samurai's Daughter) to feature the half-Japanese, half-American antique dealer and sometime sleuth. After moving in with her fiancé, lawyer Hugh Glendinning, in Washington, D.C., Rei takes on the decoration of a trendy new Asian restaurant, Bento. Barred from reentering Japan, where her business was originally based, she hopes to plan her upcoming wedding and find a market for the art objects she's stored locally. All hell breaks loose when Rei's cousin Kendall Johnson disappears during the opening dinner at Bento, leaving Rei with Kendall's twin toddlers. Then Bento's hostess approaches Rei for help in locating her Japanese-born mother, a war bride who went missing from her Virginia home more than 30 years earlier. Finally, sweet Aunt Norie arrives from Japan to help with the wedding preparations and ever-dependable Hugh makes himself scarce for propriety's sake. Crosscultural misunderstandings and prejudices, plus behind-the-scenes machinations, add spice to an already volatile mix. Adept at crafting dead-on dialogue and juggling serious issues with humor, Massey has produced another triumph. FYI: Massey has won Agatha and Macavity awards.
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Grade 8 Up–Orphaned at 13, Quince Morris, now 17, has been living with her Uncle Davidson and managing the family's restaurant. Her best friend and the love of her life, Kieran, is a werewolf in training who can not fully control the monster in him. As a result he will not return her affection for fear of the harm he could do to her. Within weeks of the grand reopening of the new vampire-themed restaurant, chaos breaks out. The chef is brutally murdered werewolf style, thus making Kieran a possible suspect. Quince has a month to transform the newly hired chef, Brad, into Sanguini's vampire extraordinaire and at the same time deal with the fact that Kieran is abandoning her to join his own wolfpack and that Brad is making advances. Readers will be tantalized by this dark, romantic, and disturbing fantasy of vampires, werewolves, and a strong no-nonsense heroine. Fans of Stephenie Meyer and Annette Curtis Klause will eat it up.–Donna Rosenblum, Nassau Boces School Library System, NY
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By A Customer on Feb. 11 2005
Format: Hardcover
While some people may be disappointed the novel is not set in Japan, "The pearl diver " is nevertheless very entertaining. Having recently read Anthony Bourdain's "Kitchen confidential", I found the characters and setting of the most recent novel of Massey very realistic. The world of Washington DC with its restaurants where the politicos mingle, the Mall, the transportation system, the different neighborhoods, the people, all this is for me as foreign as Japan. Rei Shimura, our tireless heroine, is mixed in a story where people disappear and reappear but the reader doesn't have a clue who are the real bad guys. The many subplots are unpredictable which sustained my curiosity. The relationship between Rei and Hugh, her fiancee, has its ups and downs like real people and I truly love the way Massey has the couple interact. A well-written mystery drawing our attention to the history of the Japanese war brides in America with a serene ending.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Loved the ending July 18 2015
By language lover - Published on Amazon.com
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I am really loving this series and I think this is my favorite so far. As usual, there are several story lines going on at once. Rei's life continues to be quite complicated with her love life, her family and her attempts to be independent and make her own way. In this book, we are introduced to a cousin from her Baltimore mother's side of her family. As so often happens with family, she is quite different from Rei. But this does not prevent strong family loyalty. This is combined with kidnappings and helping an abrasive young woman, also half-Japanese, unearth truths about her Japanese heritage.These truths, of course, others are determined should remain hidden. But I most loved the ending which I would describe as poignant and very satisfying. As with other books in this series, good story-telling is combined with insight into Japanese culture and issues faced by children of mixed heritage.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars I love this series, but this is the worst of the set May 13 2006
By Teresa A. McTigue - Published on Amazon.com
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I love the Rei Shimura series. Rei is a smart and interesting protagonist and is usually surrounded by equally interesting characters. Something went wrong with this book. I think Massey was trying to show a different side of Rei, unhappy with where she's living and with her relationships. Rei comes off, however, as whiney, shallow, and uninteresting. Aunt Norie is the only truly interesting person in this book. The new characters are all superficial and border on off-the-shelf stereotypes. I'm really disappointed.

Don't let this be your introduction to the series. Read these books in order, as events carry through the series. When you get to this one, remember that you've read MUCH better from the author.
5.0 out of 5 stars The Pearl Diver Oct. 17 2007
By B. King - Published on Amazon.com
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I met the author, Sujata Massey, this past summer. She is so interesting and her books are amazing. I have purchased and read all of them. (Waiting for the newest and last one in the series) You are in Japan, with her...she uses the Japanese words when describing, so while you are reading, you are learning. I recommended all her books to my friends and family who have lived in Japan and for those of us who haven't visited as yet. The Pearl Diver is interesting, suspenseful and of course a little romantic, although Rei stays impossibly busy!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thoroughly loved this! May 15 2006
By SaltBagel - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I continue to be a fan of this series and this may be one of my favorites. The combination of history, cultural details, mystery and the DC restaurant scene all make for engrossing reading. Massey creates some very compelling characters and develops some nice, nuanced relationships (with the exception of Rei and Hugh being clunky at times--hard to believe that they are so inept in communicating with each other when they are so otherwise insightful, etc). I loved the storyline--great for new readers and fans of the series alike!
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book Feb. 14 2008
By Christine - Published on Amazon.com
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This is one in a series of books by Sujata Massey. They are all excellent, each one leaves you wanting to read the next one. The nice thing is they all stand alone as well, you don't need to read the earlier ones to enjoy this one.