Naomi Hirahara will discuss her latest novel on Saturday, May 24, at 2 p.m. at the Japanese American National Museum, 100 N. Central Ave. (at First Street) in Little Tokyo.

Naomi HIrahara
Naomi HIrahara

Hirahara is best known for her Mas Arai mystery series, in which the sleuth is a curmudgeonly Kibei gardener. “Murder on Bamboo Lane” is the first in a new series featuring LAPD bicycle cop Ellie Rush.

Ellie Rush dreams of becoming a homicide detective, but it’s still a shock when the first dead body she encounters on the job is that of a former college classmate. At the behest of her aunt Cheryl Toma, the highest-ranking Asian American officer in the LAPD (a source of pride for Ellie’s grandmother, but annoyance to her mom), Ellie becomes tangled in the investigation of the coed’s murder — with equal parts help and hindrance from her nosy best friend, her over-involved ex-boyfriend, a smoldering detective, and seemingly everyone else in her extended family.

The book is available at the Museum Store.

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