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5.0 out of 5 stars Must Read, 24 Aug 2009
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Stella Philippou "Reiko" (London) - See all my reviews
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If you love Japan then this book is for you. Well the whole Sano Ichiro series. Rowland describes medieval Japan in a way that makes the reader able to see, feel and smell what the characters do. A must read.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Formulaic but still gripping., 31 Mar 2014
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I have come to the conclusion that the Sano Ichiro mystery books are very formulaic but having started the series I am now gripped and don't want to stop.

The murder mystery etc. varies between novel but the sub-plot of threat of back stabbing by other members of the Japanese government has been pretty much the same throughout the series and is now starting to drag.

These books also give some insight into how the Tokugawa regime might have worked and this can add to the enjoyment of these novels although I can't work out how close things are to the truth. The general idea of a samurai detective is still quite novel amongst novels.

I will continue to read this series but this is now probably due to addiction rather than because of the quality of the plots.
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The Dragon King's Palace by Laura Joh Rowland (Hardcover - 22 May 2003)
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