The Ronin's Mistress by Laura Joh Rowland
A Novel (Sano Ichiro Novels)

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The Ronin's Mistress is a brilliant new twist on the fabled tale of the 47 Ronin, from Laura Joh Rowland--an author with "a painter's eye for the minutiae of court life [and] a politican's ear for intrigue." --The New York Times Book Review

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.
 

About Laura Joh Rowland

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LAURA JOH ROWLAND is the author of fifteen previous Sano Ichiro mysteries, which have twice been named Best Mysteries of the Year by Publishers Weekly. She lived through a natural disaster when Hurricane Katrina nearly destroyed her house in New Orleans, and now lives in New York City.
 
Published September 13, 2011 by Minotaur Books. 337 pages
Genres: History, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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The ramifications of this action reverberate at home, where Sano's son fights schoolmates who mock his father and Sano's wife, Lady Reiko, gets the disappointing news from her matchmaker that the family has been rejected as unsuitable for a promising marriage.

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At the outset of Rowland's tense 15th Japanese historical featuring Sano Ichiro (after 2010's The Cloud Pavilion), 47 ronin (samurai without a master) enter the estate of Kira Yoshinaka, the shogun's master of ceremonies, and one of their number beheads Yoshinaka in delayed revenge for Kira's rol...

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I suppose having all your pertinent characters spill the beans at the most opportune moments (no deduction required!) is one way to write a mystery, but it somewhat lessens the anticipation of the reader.

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Review: Laura Joh Rowland's 15th Sano Ichiro mystery, The Ronin's Mistress, uses as its foundation an actual event from Japan's feudal history, the story of the 47 ronin, one that itself is shrouded in mystery to this day.

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