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Fox Magic (Sugawara Akitada Stories Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

I.J. Parker
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Sugawara Akitada, junior clerk in the Ministry of Justice, attempts in vain to convince his boss that a murder has occurred when the minister's neighbor claims a shape-shifting fox has attacked him.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 113 KB
  • Print Length: 29 pages
  • Publisher: I.J.Parker Inc.; 1 edition (8 Sept. 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005M3LQOO
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #296,698 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not really a book 4 Dec. 2014
By Smask
Format:Kindle Edition
This is an extremely short story that I downloaded through kindle unlimited to see if I would like
the work. It seems very good but I would say not as refined or elegant as the judge Dee stories
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4.0 out of 5 stars A fine series of stories! 10 April 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
This collection of short stories involving the Ancient Japanese sleuth, Akitada, is a great introduction to a wonderful series. The plots are sharp, the settings clear, the characters realistic ... and the period fascinating. A dashed good read!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Too short for the price, but interesting anyway. 20 July 2013
By Anna - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
Fox Magic is a very, very short story set in Japan about Akitada Sugawara, a junior clerk in the Ministry of Law. Whilst attending to the Minister at his summer villa one evening, Akitada stumbles upon a colleague who raves about how he bedded and killed a woman who turned into a fox. Convinced that a real crime has been committed, Akitada continues to investigate the case even after the minister has dismissed it.

It's an interesting read that introduces you to the main character in the Akitada Novels. However, it's not quite worth the USD1.49 to purchase a 9K word e-book, a third of which is the preview of the 2011 Akitada novel, The Fires of the Gods.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars do not buy 3 Sept. 2013
By ivalu - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
this book is one poor short story and the rest is from the fire of the gods which is good in its own right but i had already bought and read it.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Many cultures revere the fox 21 Sept. 2013
By Gardenergal - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Although short in length, the ideas in Fox Magic echoed native American ideas about the fox. Poor foxes, mistreated through beliefs in myths and legends. As always, the writing was lyrical and descriptive while the plot was clear and a good mystery.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Foxy Books! 27 July 2013
By C. Cowan - Published on Amazon.com
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Finding a "new" Akitada is a real pleasure. And the story did not disappoint - you don;t need to ahve read Parker's other works to enjoy this, but why limit yourself to just one? Great story, well-written.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Diverting 21 Sept. 2014
By Ellery Green - Published on Amazon.com
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This will serve for all of the Akitada stories by I.J. Parker. Having spent time in Japan, as well as having watched Kurosawa films and studied the history of Japan and its architecture, I enjoy reading of old Japan. The settings are consistent with my knowledge and experience. All of the mysteries are of similar quality and character. The characters are well drawn and believable. The crimes plots are interesting and challenge the reader, holding my attention through to their climaxes. The denouments are often terse, but leave few questions unanswered. The Akitada mysteries are entertaining, a nice contrast from modern crime dramas with their earthy language. Anyone looking for a diverting read should enjoy them.
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