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Exclusive for Japanagram subscribers only!

You can’t buy this book anywhere

Cover of It Was You by Jonelle Patrick

…but you can get it for FREE

Between now and October 20, 2020, when The Last Tea Bowl Thief comes out, I’m giving away copies of this all-new not-for-sale Yumi & Kenji short (76 pp) to Japanagram subscribers!

Author Jonelle Patrick holding a paperback copy of It Was You, an Only In Tokyo Short

IT WAS YOU

An Only In Tokyo Short by Jonelle Patrick

Perpetually under-employed English translator Yumi Hata is not pleased to be roped into wasting her Saturday afternoon watching amateur headbangers compete at a local live house, but her best friend Coco lost a bet with one of her clients at the “relationship coaching” business she owns with ex-host Hoshi, so she reluctantly agrees.

The band managed by Coco’s painfully awkward client is not what she expected, though, and when Coco begins to show signs of becoming dangerously involved with their success, Yumi discovers that boring salaryman Ren Noda is hiding something. She enlists Detective Kenji Nakamura to help her investigate, and the deeper they dig, the more she’s convinced that Coco is being scammed.

This isn’t the first time Coco has fallen for the wrong guy, but if Yumi doesn’t stop her from falling into a pit she may never climb out of, who will?


On August 31st, there will be a drawing for ten signed paperback copiesand I’ll send a link for the free downloadable ebook to everyone else!

I’d be so so so grateful if you’d spread the word!

Anyone who signs up for Japanagram will get their very own free digital copy of It Was You, and have a chance to win a signed paperback short too.

If you know anyone who might be interested, forward the August Japanagram email to them or click this button—it’ll take you to the sign-up form, and you can copy the link into a message of your own.

(And pssst, if you don’t win, but you really really really want a paperback copy, you can get one as a free gift if you sign up to host a pop-up book club for The Last Tea Bowl Thief. Details in the next Japanagram!)

How I pick the winners: On the last day of each month, I load all the email addresses of Japanagram subscribers into a random name picker on the Web and ask it to choose subscribers to match however many books I’m giving away that month. Then I publish the emails in the next day’s Japanagram (all emails obscured in a way so only the subscriber will be able to recognize it as their own, of course!)

Jonelle Patrick writes mystery novels set in Tokyo, and blogs at Only In Japan and The Tokyo Guide I Wish I’d Had

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