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First in an all-new series of mysteries that could happen only in Tokyo…It’s just another group suicide, thinks Tokyo Detective Kenji Nakamura – until he sees the Goth Lolita sprawled in the back seat of the late-model Lexus. Why would a doll-like eccentric dressed in black ruffles and Mary Janes choose to kill herself with a man and woman old enough to be her parents? TheFirst in an all-new series of mysteries that could happen only in Tokyo…It’s just another group suicide, thinks Tokyo Detective Kenji Nakamura – until he sees the Goth Lolita sprawled in the back seat of the late-model Lexus. Why would a doll-like eccentric dressed in black ruffles and Mary Janes choose to kill herself with a man and woman old enough to be her parents? The suicide note only adds to the mystery: it apologizes for an unnamed disaster that hasn’t yet happened.The next morning, Kenji finds part-time English interpreter Yumi Hata camped in the police station lobby, insisting she has evidence her Gothic Lolita friend was murdered.The clock is ticking as they race to find the killer before the next victim is targeted…Includes more than two dozen photos of Japan!...

Title : Nightshade
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ISBN : 32062360
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 278 Pages
Status : Available For Download
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Nightshade Reviews

  • C.J.
    2018-10-29 15:37

    For a mystery fan, what's more fun than discovering a terrific new author? I heard about Jonelle Patrick from a mutual friend who's also her agent -- a recommendation I trusted enough to buy her first book, Nightshade. Now I can't wait to read her whole "Only in Tokyo" mystery series. Nightshade starts with three bodies in a car in the parking lot of a Shinto shrine -- an inexplicable scene which looks like a triple suicide, except that the third victim has no link to her two "parents." When the dead girl's best friend, Yumi, learns the horrible news, she spots other distortions in the picture the police are eager to accept. Yumi's discovery that the detective in charge is her old school friend Kenjo, who's grown into an unexpectedly attractive man, churns up all kinds of complications, first to the case and then to her ripening romance with a corporate heir. Woven through the Tokyo scenery are online connections which become strands in the web that threatens to drag Yumi to the same deadly fate as her friend.Jonelle Patrick is not only an outstanding plotter (rare) but an outstanding writer (very rare). To top it off, she has a sharp sense of what makes Japan fascinating and also baffling to Americans. I was intrigued to learn about the Goth Lolita crowd, maid cafes (where the waitress's job goes beyond serving the customer to fawning all over him), arranged marriages, the hierarchy in Japan's police force, and so much more. This is a compelling mystery with distinctive characters, a fast-moving plot, a strong romantic thread, and a wonderful setting. I'd have preferred a full resolution at the end rather than a read-the-next-book teaser, but the core mystery was resolved, so that's a minor quibble. Highly recommended!

  • Jennifer Varnadore
    2018-10-21 14:26

    This book is a wonderful cascade of detail, thrill, and fashion. You feel as if you start to know your way around Tokyo, and the Lolita scene as well. I've never seen a book before that went so much into detail with Lolita styles, and this was just purely awesome to me. I've always loved that scene, and this made it all the more real to me.Okay, now to get down and dirty. <3 I loved Ghost. He was probably my favourite character. He was a hacker that truly stood out wherever he went, and he knew how to embrace his differences, and not let them get in his way. It made me want to cry to find out he had once had a twin, and it made me realize that he also had something at stake in the investigation. If he could help that boy, then I think that it will help him too.Yumi was a very brave girl, I do have to say that. Or maybe she was slightly stupid, but hey, I guess I'd probably be stupid too if that had been my best friend. She went to great lengths and beyond in order to get to the bottom of what happened to Rika. I do like that we got to at least get a glimpse of Rika before she died, as well. It makes her more real than just words, and a faceless, lifeless corpse. That is often how it occurs in novels, as well, so this was a great way to help the readers get into the story.As for the writing style, Jonelle hooks you by throwing you straight into the action. Not only does she throw you into the action, but it's in the killer's eyes. This gives you a perspective that transcends the usual. She is a detailed writer, and she makes beautiful imagery, and situations that just sweep you away. All in all, I loved this book, and I can't wait for the next one. <3 <3

  • Hpnyknits
    2018-11-18 15:17

    the story itself is a good enough mystery, but what makes this book is the exposure of Japanese traditions old and new.the extreme found in both.exposing the suicide culture and the dress-up culture, as well as the very strong "conformism" to the way "things are supposed to be."its up to the foreigner (who is deeply mistrusted of course, at first, but proves himself worthy) to help things move along. (perhaps this is the surrogate for the author...?)for these social observations make this book stand out.having lived in Japan, this all makes perfect sense to me, but I wonder how this would seem to someone who has not lived in Japan.

  • Mim
    2018-10-25 09:36

    I really enjoyed all the details and learning about Tokyo and Japanese social customs. The mystery wasn't as tidy as I would've liked for a book (I'm sure crime in real life is not tidy). I liked Yumi as a character at the beginning of the book, but I didn't like the person she becomes at the end. I was expecting her to be the protagonist and the star of this series but she came off more as the damsel in distress. Maybe she will be in the next books or maybe Kenji is the main character? I look forward to reading the next installment.

  • RuthG
    2018-10-28 13:14

    This is a very promising debut novel. I thoroughly enjoyed reading about the lifestyle of the young unmarried people in Tokyo as well as the descriptions of the setting. The cherry blossoms and the sudden rain showers created a special atmosphere. I found the characters either likeable or acceptable but I did get annoyed at Yumi. She seemed quite grown up and independent in many ways but then seemed unable to maintain that confidence. The author explained her motivations but I was still annoyed with her. It will be interesting to see what the next book in the series will be like.

  • Darlene
    2018-11-09 15:31

    I want to thank the author and Libboo for a chance to read/reviewIt was not only an interesting read, it was educational on many aspects of modern Japanese cultures.This wasn't a page turner, even though it is a murder mystery. It was more gentle for those of us who can't handle the tension of more hard-core mysteries. There were moments, of course, but for the most part we get to see our characters grow and learn from mistakes. The characters and their world were believable and kept me interested in what would happen next.I saw a couple oopsies, one involved the time being around 10 in the morning yet the afternoon sun was shining. Another was the word 'wear' where 'wore' would be better. But I am not good at actual editing. If the story is good I hardly see mistakes. I think the worst is the interruption of the story for the Libboo ads. I usually have to read with text-to-speech helping me out and so those were blaring and yanked me right out of the story.A warning about the theme of the story being about suicide and murder. Though handled well, I think, it still might be upsetting to some. Otherwise there is enough romance and intrigue to keep you reading.Thank you for the opportunity to read this. I look forward to the sequel.

  • Cinta
    2018-10-22 10:14

    I really love these books set in Tokyo. I am learning a lot about Japanese culture, and the story is thrilling and entertaining. I really find amazing that the author decided to include photographs of different places and cultural things related to the development of the story. I had already read another one in this series and I really enjoyed it, so I decided to read the rest of them. Suspense, mysteries, and love in the exotic setting of Tokyo.Kenji Nakamura is a police officer who faces a weird case: a group suicide that looks really odd. What is a Goth Lolita doing committing suicide together with a high-profile married couple? When he finds Yumi Hata, a friend from his high school times, at the police station, claiming that the dead girl is her best friend, things get complicated. It doesn't help they have a crush on each other and Yumi is about to get engaged. Together, they will try to investigate who would be interested in killing Yumi's best friend. Suspense and thrilling situations will keep you turning the pages of this action-packed novel. Very well written, I really enjoyed this book. Perfect for a weekend of doing nothing but reading.

  • Linda Poitevin
    2018-11-12 10:26

    3.5 stars (Goodreads really needs to allow half stars!!) This book had both good and mediocre points for me. I found the mystery itself to be quite predictable, but this could be because I write suspense myself and am forever guessing whodunit in books and movies well before most people (I drive my husband nuts with this). I also found it hard to connect with the characters on an emotional level, often finding that Patrick's choice of words created distance between me and the story.What I really enjoyed however -- and I mean REALLY enjoyed -- was the portrayal of Japanese culture. Patrick absolutely shone at describing her setting; and her depiction of the Japanese way of life, their traditions, and the subcultures such as Lolita was utterly fascinating. I'll most likely be seeking out the next in the series.

  • John
    2018-11-09 11:36

    A good series entry, though I found the story longer than it seemed at first. I had read of young Japanese women who like to dress up in Bo-Peep outfits, so wasn't all "Wow - what's this!" when that appeared as part of the plot. The café with the French Maid outfits did strike me as creepy - sorry! That all having been said, the cultural background given by Patrick is strong enough that I'm planning on reading the next book in the series. Hopefully, there'll be more of police tech Loud (a/k/a "Rowdy") in that one; I had thought that since Yumi is bi-lingual, and he's Australian, they'd come to interact during the investigation.

  • Jenna Harvey
    2018-10-30 10:08

    I read this book while on vacation and very much enjoyed it! The mystery was fun to follow, and the though the conflict in the romantic plotline was one we have seen before, it was one that I enjoyed and wanted to see through to the end.More importantly, the details about Japanese culture and subcultures were fascinating, especially as someone who hopes to travel to Japan for the first time in the near future. These elements whet my appetite for further exploration of this culture about which I know so little. This read was great fun and I am looking forward to reading Fallen Angel.

  • Vishaka Rajan
    2018-11-14 11:18

    This novel is one of those great crime thrillers with a whodunit storyline. I loved that it was set in Japan and incorporated slang terms and cultural aspects. I always enjoy reading novels that are told from a different cultural standpoint because it is just so refreshing. The story itself was good and the reader was given plenty of clues throughout so that you could solve the mystery on your own. I especially liked that there was a romantic aspect involved; it added a little spice to the whole scene! Overall, this was a great crime fiction novel with enough Japanese lingo to keep me happy

  • Jessica
    2018-11-18 11:23

    This is a wonderful debut mystery that mystery lovers, Japanophiles, and anyone who loves immersion in a new and interesting subculture (in this case, Goth Lolitas and suicide websites in Tokyo) will be unable to put down.

  • Nerissa
    2018-10-28 12:37

    This was a fun vacation read while traveling in Japan. I have the next book in the series queued up.

  • Katherine Catmull
    2018-11-13 08:16

    loving so far! excellent mystery with romance on the side, plus a lot of fascinating stuff about Japanese street fashion and various subcultures there.

  • Lisa
    2018-11-16 15:13

    I really enjoyed this book and plan on reading the next in the series. Having travelled to Japan it was fun to read about the locations and social situations and be able to envision them :-)