The Pillow Book of Lady Wisteria (Sano Ichiro, Bk 7)
The Pillow Book of Lady Wisteria - Sano Ichiro, Bk 7 Author:Laura Joh Rowland In feudal Japan, passion and secrets lead to murder. . . From A Remote, Exotic World... Sano Ichiro, Most Honorable Investigator of Events, Situations, and People, awakens from a turbulent dream into a real-life nightmare. Lord Matsudaira Mitsuyoshi, the shogun's cousin and heir, has been murdered after a night of debauchery in the city's pleasu... more »re quarter...
Comes A Danger All Too Close To Home... The matter requires Sano's personal attention-more personal than Sano at first imagines. For he soon discovers that Mitsuyoshi's companion for the evening was none other than the alluring Lady Wisteria, a woman whom Sano himself once knew intimately before he was married to his beloved wife, Reiko. But the memory of Wisteria still stirs him, and it is with both dismay and relief that he learns she has vanished along with her pillow book, a diary that may contain valuable clues. The circumstances trouble him, as does the possibility that he and Wisteria might meet again with dangerous consequences...« less
I was kind of mixed about this one. While I liked the setting of the story (17th century Japan) and the descriptions of Shogan-era Japan, I didn't quite buy the premise of the Shogan's investigative and police forces. The investigator, Sano, seemed too much like an Agatha Christie-like detective from the 20th century. I kind of doubt that Medieval Japan would employ such investigators/police (I could be wrong). The story itself, about the murder of the next-in-line for Shoganship at a brothel was also rather straight forward and there were really few surprises along the way. There were also a lot of references to the previous novel in the series "Black Lotus" which based on the comments was probably a better mystery than this one. Overall, a moderate recommendation based primarily on the setting and insights into Medieval Japan.