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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Minotaur Books (27 Sep 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1250031117
  • ISBN-13: 978-1250031112
  • Product Dimensions: 20.8 x 13.7 x 2.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 422,545 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Amazon Customer on 27 May 2014
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Another great book in this series. Enjoyed storyline. When I started reading couldnt put book down. Brilliant books hope lots more to come
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The background -an enormoua earthquake - opens more insights in the Japanese society. Murder by incese game is imaginable. The characters all well definied. The introduction of the Ghost into Hiratas problems is unnecessary and sadly makes the story less
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I thoroughly enjoy Sano Ichiro and his time. Laura Joh Rowland captures the spirit and complexities. Once one novel is read I eagerly await the coming of the next.
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By mr. fred on 30 Dec 2012
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she writes well, this is not her best but her knowlege of japanese history and excellent imagination meet our expectations.
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Incense Game 4 Dec 2012
By funner things - Published on
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I happened on this series before I knew it was a series. After reading an early book, I went back and read the books from the beginning. Now I have copies of each. I look forward to each new book and reread earlier ones between publications. The Incense Game has the usual intrigue and detecting with the regular cast of characters. As good as expected. What is unique to this book is a major earthquake destroyed Edo. Buildings have crumbled; survivors are hanging on in makeshift shelters in neighborhood camps. Sano is investigating the city to see what remains and what is destroyed so he can prioritize rebuilding and bury so many dead. The cost of is enormous and beyond the government's and private individual's resources. Moreover, there are few runners available and roads are destroyed even if runners had survived. People in Edo don't have any way to learn the situation of the coast (tsunami washed away towns and killed most people) or the region outside the city. And the earthquake left people in freezing tents and remaining parts of building. There is snow...And, of course murder. An important pair of sisters died just before the earthquake, but were found early enough to show they hadn't died in the earthquake. Sano is now trying to kee the silly shogun informed--he needs his castle rebuilt first and thinks the city can be restored cheap and fast--and not let him know that the father of the girls is threatening to take over the government by force if the murderer isn't identified. The earthquake destroyed defenses so the shogun is vulnerable. The murder investigation is super secret. Yanigasawa has come out of mourning with plans to use another son to regain power. I find the Incense Game a somewhat better story among the books of this wonderful series.
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Another Good Rowland book 15 Oct 2012
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The Incense Game is an interesting novel based on the great earthquake in Japan. The characters are the same as Rowland has used...and the problem is always the same....somone is after Sano's back...which is getting a bit tedious...but this one has other intrigue to relieve it. I do wish Laura Joh Rowland would let Sano Ichiro just be in charge without someone after his other words fix this problem for him once and for all!

I do enjoy the writing and the tales. This is much better than the last few books she has written.
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Ms. Rowland is at the top of her form! 30 Sep 2012
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Just finished this, and it is definitely in the can't-put-it-down class. I have read all of the Sano Ichiro series, and this one is as good as the best in the series, which means superb. Ms. Rowland has made this novel fresh and fascinating, while continuing the saga. I am looking forward to more to come!
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Cultural mistakes aside, a good read. 28 Jan 2014
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The plot and narrative is good as usual, but in Japan, China and Korea, the color of mourning is white, not black, white is the color of death. For those of us familiar with the culture, it is something which distracts from the storyline and credibility of the the plot. Not up to her usual standards. Such cultural inconsistencies are fairly common in many books I have read. The bird of war in Japan is the dove which makes the sound of those in mourning, while the owl is the bird of peace, signifying the the rice and other crops are more bountiful when the land is not ravaged by warfare, thus giving the owl plenty of prey to feed her chicks.
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Laura Joh Rowland's historical mysteries always a treat! 19 Jan 2014
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Having read all of Rowland's Sano Ichiro detective mysteries, I can say that they are a trip into feudal Japan, fascinating in the historical sense, with thrilling plots and clever twists. Rowland's command of period detail is flawless; the reader is treated to the customs, sights, sounds, and smells of that time and place. And her plots are loosely based on actual events that she fleshes out into fascinating mysteries.

Rowland's characters are well developed. Through the series, she developed them in ways that make them more and more interesting. Sano's associate, Hirata, learns an ancient mystic art that gives him paranormal abilities. Sano's plucky wife, Reiko, as his partner in investigation, adds to our understanding of life in that era, including the relationships between men and women in an androcentric culture where the emperor's word was law. The stakes are always high, given the possibility that a mistake could be punished by execution, not only of the emperor's detective, but also of his entire family.

An earthquake nearly destroyed Edo in 1703, and in 'The Incense Game' someone used that disaster to hide a murder. The plot twists and turns as Sano, Reiko, and their associate Hirata investigate the crime. The plot includes poisoning, murder, forensic science, crime scene investigation, sex, mystic martial arts, a bombing, and a potential civil war - something for everyone. This is a good read, as interesting for a historian as for a mystery buff.
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