The Last Tea Bowl Thief
By Jonelle Patrick
Okay, obviously it would be weird for me to review my own book, so instead I’m going to point you over to Tokyo Authority, which beat the other reviews out of the gate because October 20th came a day earlier in Japan than in America!
Click here to read what they had to say…
And if you’re just joining me here at Japanagram, here’s what The Last Tea Bowl Thief is about:
For three hundred years, a missing tea bowl passes from one fortune-seeker to the next, changing the lives of all who possess it.
In modern-day Tokyo, Robin Swann’s life has sputtered to a stop. She’s stuck in a dead-end job testing antiquities for an auction house, but her true love is poetry, not pottery. Her stalled dissertation sits on her laptop, unopened in months, and she has no one to confide in but her goldfish.
On the other side of town, Nori Okuda sells rice bowls and tea cups to Tokyo restaurants, as her family has done for generations. But with her grandmother in the hospital, the family business is foundering. Nori knows if her luck doesn’t change soon, she’ll lose what little she has left.
With nothing in common, Nori and Robin suddenly find their futures inextricably linked to an ancient, elusive tea bowl. Glimpses of the past set the stage as they hunt for the lost masterpiece, uncovering long-buried secrets in their wake. As they get closer to the truth—and the tea bowl—the women must choose between seizing their dreams or righting the terrible wrong that has poisoned its legacy for centuries.
The Last Tea Bowl Thief was chosen as an Editor’s Pick for Best Mystery, Thriller & Suspense on Amazon
“A fascinating mix of history and mystery.” —Booklist
“Hauntingly beautiful, an instant immersion into feudal, wartime and modern Japan.” —Melissa MacGregor, author of The Curious Steambox Affair
“Without question, the best book I have read all year.” —Susan Spann, author of the Hiro Hattori mysteries and CLIMB