Oct 25, 2011

The Ronin's Mistress, a Novel by Laura Joh Rowland

Title: The Ronin's Mistress: A Novel (Sano Ichiro Novels)
Hardcover: 336 pages, Minotaur Books; September 13, 2011
Genre: historical mystery


A servant knelt at the threshold of the bedchamber. "There's a message from the sosakan-sama. He wants your help with a new case." Hirata was intrigued and excited. He said to Midori, "Maybe this is what we've been waiting for." (ch. 2)
Book description: The Ronin's Mistress is set in 18th century Japan and draws on the story of the fabled 47 Ronin. Japan, 1703. On a snowy night, 47 warriors murder the man at the center of the scandal that turned them from samurai into masterless ronin two years before. Clearly this was an act of revenge--but why did they wait so long? And is there any reason they should not immediately be ordered to commit ritual suicide? Sano Ichiro, demoted from Chamberlain to his old post as Most Honorable Investigator of Events, Situations, and People, has mere days to solve the greatest mystery of samurai legend--while his own fortunes hang in the balance. (amazon)

About the author: Laura Joh Rowland lives in New York. This is the 15th novel in the award-winning series set in feudal Japan. Her website is at Laura Joh Rowland.

Teaser Tuesdays asks you to choose sentences at random from your current read. Identify the author and title for readers.

14 comments:

  1. This one sounds interesting....and maybe a little educational, too. I don't know a lot about japan, but this sounds like a book that might give my some history.
    My Teaser!

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  2. I've read one review on it and it sounds interesting! I hope you enjoy it, can't wait to read your thoughts!

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  3. Oh this teaser was very interesting, and though I hadn't heard much about this book before, I will be checking back to see what you think of it. It sounds pulse-pounding!

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  4. This is a new one for me -- never heard of the series or the author. I love historical mysteries, and this one sounds exciting.

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  5. I love historical mysteries, but I don't think I've ever read one set in Japan. Sounds good.

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  6. Interesting teaser, but not sure its for me?? Hope u like it a lot

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  7. I haven't read many books about Japan or Samurai (basically Musashi and that's it). This does sound interesting though, and makes me wish I had more time on my hands to read. :)

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  8. That teaser is really great. Very interesting! Never heard of this book before. :)

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  9. Thanks for expanding my vocabulary with sosakan-sama!

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  10. It certainly sounds different.
    Maybe I'd be interested.

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  11. Hmmm....this one sounds interesting. I haven't read a book set in Japan in ages.

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  12. I'm pretty clueless about Japanese history so this one might snag me. Here's Mine

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