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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (362 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Laura Joh Rowland Narrator: Bernadette Dunne Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Sano Ichiro Mysteries Release Date:
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Japan, March 1700. The strife between Sano Ichiro, the samurai detective who has risen to power in the shogun’s court, and his enemies has escalated to the brink of war. Called away from the crisis by the shogun’s orders to investigate a mysterious skeleton, Sano and his wife, Reiko, must confront dangerous, long-buried secrets. What was Sano’s own mother doing on the night when a burning kimono ignited a blaze that nearly destroyed the city? The shogun gives Sano and Reiko just three days to find out—or risk losing not only their position at court but their families’ lives as well.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Pure entertainment...It takes us to an exotic time and place and overwhelms us with intrigue, romance, adventure, and frequent bloodshed.”

    Washington Post

  • “An exciting and enthralling story set in a vividly rendered setting. I was captured by it from the moment a Shinto priest, buffeted by winds, his robe flapping ‘like a swan in mad flight,’ discovers those buried remains heaved from the earth.”

    Boston Globe

  • “Outstanding…Rowland has given her hero his greatest challenge yet in this suspenseful look at feudal Japan.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “Rowland brings Sano, his wife, a cast of supporting characters, and 18th-century Japan to life with a sweet, simple writing style.”

    School Library Journal

  • “The novel displays Rowland’s gifts for seamlessly incorporating period detail and historical information into the traditional mystery format. Fans of historical mysteries—at least those few who haven’t already sampled this series—should be enthusiastically steered in Ichiro’s direction.”


  • “The historic setting is mesmerizing. Great escape fiction.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “Dunne tells this story in graceful and genteel tones. The characters represent a broad spectrum—from toddlers to octogenarians, as well as both genders. Dunne creates unique personas for each, providing continuity in an otherwise winding narrative that alternates between the present and scenes that occurred forty-three years earlier.”


  • A Wall Street Journal Best Book for Historical Mysteries

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Leigh Anna | 2/18/2014

    " Exciting. Enjoyable. A fast read. And I loved the characters and the mystery in 1700 Japan. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Susanne | 1/22/2014

    " I would give it five stars except for two scenes that were very disturbing to me. It may be correct historically, but I'd rather not have a mental image of it. Other than that it is a great story and I think Rowland is an excellent writer. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Purlewe | 1/16/2014

    " Another Sano Ichiro mystery. I like them. This was really really good until maybe the very end where I had a little problem with the story line, but not one that was too terribly upsetting that I refused the finish the book. ;) It always redeems itself this series. And so... I will continue to read my japenese edo period mystery fluff. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Bonnie | 12/25/2013

    " I picked up this audiobook at the library on a whim since it looked interesting. It was. The plot was interesting and fast moving. The characters were not as fully developed as one might like, about typically so for a murder mystery. I know very little about Japanese history and it was also interesting from a cultural standpoint. Unfortunately, it was number 13 in the series so I need to go back and start with the first one. "

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