Book Reviews of The Samurai's Wife (Sano Ichiro, Bk 5)

The Samurai's Wife (Sano Ichiro, Bk 5)
The Samurai's Wife - Sano Ichiro, Bk 5
Author: Laura Joh Rowland
ISBN-13: 9780312203252
ISBN-10: 031220325X
Publication Date: 4/2000
Pages: 293
  • Currently 4.3/5 Stars.

4.3 stars, based on 9 ratings
Publisher: Minotaur Books
Book Type: Hardcover
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This detective/mystery series is set in the 17th century. THE SAMURAI'S WIFE is fifth in the series. The plot deals with Sano (most honorable investigator detective) on a mission to unmask a murderer who possesses the secret of "kiai," a power scream that can kill instantly. Sano is assisted by his beautiful wife Reiko. The historical details and descriptions of day to day life are wonderful, but the author has created a bond between Sano and Reiko that is far too western to be authentic and implausible for the period. I also found the solution to the mystery to be very obvious and the characters are predictable. Still, this was a fast and fun read! It felt more like a "fantasy" novel rather than a historical mystery because of the abundant use of magic in the story.
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An absolutely excellent series of mysteries set in ancient Japan
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One of the better books in the series. Complex plot with all the major characters fully engaged with both the mysteries and with their own personality conflicts. Weaves considerable amount of Japanese imperial history into the plot in compelling ways. Moves along rapidly, exposing the reader along the way to a convincing portrayal of the complex social and political systems of Japan almost 400 years ago.
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Far from the Shogun's court at Edo, Most Honorable Investigator Sano Ichiro begins the most challenging case of his career. Upon the insistence of his strong-willed and beautiful wife Reiko, Sano arrives with her at the emperor's palace to unmask the murderer--who possesses the secret of kiai, "the spirit city," a powerful scream that can kill instantly. A high Kyoto official is the victim. Treading carefully through a web of spies, political intrigue, forbidden passions, and intricate plots, Sano and Reiko must struggle to stay ahead of the palace storm--and outwit a cunning killer. But as they soon discover, solving the case means more than their survival. For if they fail, Japan could be consumed in the bloodiest war it has ever seen...
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5th in the Sano Ichiro series set in 1691.