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When beautiful, wealthy Yukiko and low-born artist Noriyoshi are found drowned together in a shinju, or ritual double suicide, everyone believes the culprit was forbidden love. Everyone but newly appointed yoriki Sano Ichiro.

Despite the official verdict and warnings from his superiors, the shogun's Most Honorable Investigator of Events, Situations, and People suspects the deaths weren't just a tragedy -- they were murder. Risking his family's good name and his own life, Sano will search for a killer across every level of society -- determined to find answers to a mystery no one wants solved. No one but Sano...

As subtle and beautiful as the culture it evokes, Shinju vividly re-creates a world of ornate tearooms and guady pleasure-palaces, cloistered mountaintop convents and dealthy prisons.

Part love story, part myster, Shinju is a tour that will dazzle and entertain all who enter its world.

Publisher: HarperTorch
ISBN: 9780061009501


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Dec 18, 2018

I thought the plot line was good, but the book was bogged down by too many details and too many of Sano's ruminations. I might try book #2 and see where it goes.

Oct 25, 2016

The first book in the Sano Ichiro series

Jul 29, 2012

Whoopee! I have a new favorite mystery series. The son of a poor samurai, Sano Ichiro is well educated in history and martial arts. He is also honest, altruistic and good at problem solving. Unfortunately, he's stuck in a bureaucracy that values none of these virtues. He does, however, manage to solve the mystery, fight off a plethora of bad guys, and win a promotion to detective for the Shogun. Since maintaining the power of the Shogun will require constant vigilance to outwit those plotting against him, this promises to keep Sano Ichiro very busy. I have checked the next book, Bundori, out of the library. What fun!

Jan 07, 2011

Sano Ichiro is the son of a Samurai. The series tells of Sano's journey from lowly foot patrol to chief inspector. Along the way he meets and befriends outcasts, encounters many roadblocks, challenges, class bias, and jealous foes. I enjoy reading all of The Sano Ichiro detective series by Ms. Rowland. Reading her books brings me back to my childhood. Reading her books is like watching those old Japanese samurai/detective t.v. Series in my head.

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