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Scandals and mysteries abound in this month’s recommended reads

Here are my latest book recommendations for the Northwest Asian Weekly:

Tokyo Heist
By Diana Renn
Viking, 2012

When Violet Rossi, a lover of all things Japan, finds out her father is commissioned to paint a mural in Tokyo, the 16-year-old is thrilled.

In the wake of this excitement is a dangerous treasure hunt, as her father’s clients and the Yamada family become victims of a high-profile art robbery. Someone has stolen sketches by the late, great Vincent van Gogh and is holding it hostage until they receive another missing painting. Very few people have even seen this painting and nobody knows where it is currently hidden.

Violet quickly finds herself in the thick of the mystery and begins searching for the missing painting.

While trying to solve the mystery, Violet struggles to build a relationship with her father, who she barely sees. She handles her father’s mood swings and “artist moments” with great maturity, but still has moments of teenage insecurity where she questions why she’s not good enough to capture her father’s attention. These moments could have Violet appearing spoiled, but her hurt and confusion with her father’s actions are so genuine that the reader can’t help but feel for her.

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