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Author: Laura Joh Rowland Narrator: James Yaegashi Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Series: The Sano Ichiro Mysteries Release Date: April 2017 ISBN: 9781436185646
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Chosen by Publishers Weekly as a Best Book of 2007, The Snow Empress showcases author Laura Joh Rowland's deep understanding of 17th-century Japan and her impeccable gift of storytelling. This thrilling novel finds samurai detective Sano IchirO working to gain freedom for his son by investigating the murder of a lord's beloved mistress. Download and start listening now!

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Stacie | 1/27/2014

    " Fantastic! Definitely a page turner--I feel like I have to read every other book in the series if they're this enjoyable. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 RunRachelRun | 1/12/2014

    " Sometimes, I'm not too sure why I like this series so much. The characters are rather stock characters - the good ones are 100% good; the bad are totally evil. There's no in between. But then, I've read every single one of these series, so I must like them, right? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mieczyslaw | 1/7/2014

    " This is, in my opinion, the best in the Sano Ichiro series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Molly | 1/4/2014

    " Laura Joh Rowland continues her Sano Ichiro mystery series with this fabulous page turner! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Ellyn | 12/29/2013

    " Dark and confusing. But twisted enough to keep you turning pages to find out whodunnit. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jenny | 10/31/2013

    " A typical who-dunnit story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Annaliese | 8/7/2013

    " This was an entertaining and easy read. It's a mystery set in 17th century Japan, and I enjoyed the characters. I'm in a mode where I am simply reading books when I have a few minutes to decompress, so this fit the bill for that purpose. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 doug | 5/30/2013

    " I didn't enjoy the story as much as some of the other Sano Ichiro novels but the setting in Hokaido and the information on the Ainu was really nice. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cathay | 5/12/2013

    " A true "beach read" type of book. Interesting, fun mystery. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Aim | 10/9/2012

    " fine but nothing great. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kyri | 9/16/2012

    " another book read while I was in Tokyo...totally immersed myself into it...love the characters and can totally time travel while reading "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Purlewe | 8/27/2012

    " Another Sano detective story. I do like them. And so your mileage may vary. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Stephen | 8/3/2012

    " This book gets Sano out of Edo to a remote area of Japan so it's a pleasant change "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Georgia | 4/17/2012

    " A decent mystery novel, but I have been finding that Ms Rowland has been a bit formulaic with her latest installments in the Sano Ichiro detective series. It was entertaining at least, and like all of her books I finished it within two days. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Serge | 1/10/2012

    " Sano Ichiro and Reiko have to team up to find their kidnapped son. Another interesting story in Rowland's portrayal of ancient Japan. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Calli | 7/11/2011

    " Excellent book. I'm always on the lookout for something different and this was it. This mystery was set in 1699 Japan. Apparently this is book number 12 in a series, so that gives me a lot of new reading material. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rhyannon | 6/21/2011

    " This one was very good. Convoluted, but good. Looking forward to the next one! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mieczyslaw | 1/7/2011

    " This is, in my opinion, the best in the Sano Ichiro series. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Georgia | 12/10/2010

    " A decent mystery novel, but I have been finding that Ms Rowland has been a bit formulaic with her latest installments in the Sano Ichiro detective series. It was entertaining at least, and like all of her books I finished it within two days. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kyri | 9/6/2010

    " another book read while I was in Tokyo...totally immersed myself into it...love the characters and can totally time travel while reading "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Emily | 7/5/2010

    " A fascinating thriller in Japan.

    Slow in the beginning, but gets better. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rhyannon | 5/22/2010

    " This one was very good. Convoluted, but good. Looking forward to the next one! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Laura | 3/8/2010

    " Author does a great job incorporating historical issues with thrill and suspense. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Ellyn | 8/14/2009

    " Dark and confusing. But twisted enough to keep you turning pages to find out whodunnit. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 RunRachelRun | 5/11/2009

    " Sometimes, I'm not too sure why I like this series so much. The characters are rather stock characters - the good ones are 100% good; the bad are totally evil. There's no in between. But then, I've read every single one of these series, so I must like them, right? "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cathay | 2/22/2009

    " A true "beach read" type of book. Interesting, fun mystery. "

About the Author

Laura Joh Rowland is the acclaimed author of the mystery series featuring samurai detective Sano Ichiro set in seventeenth-century Japan, as well as a historical suspense series starring Charlotte Bronte, and a Victorian mystery series. Her work has won the RT Magazine’s Reader’s Choice Award and been included in the Wall Street Journal’s list of the five best historical mystery novels. Also her work has been nominated for the Anthony Award, the Hammett Prize, and the Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers Award. She holds a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Public Health degree from the University of Michigan. She is a former aerospace scientist, a painter, and a cartoonist.

About the Narrator

James Yaegashi has appeared in numerous Broadway and off-Broadway productions, film, and television roles. He was also a popular radio disc jockey in Japan. He is a four-time winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award for audiobook narration, and his voice-over credits include a featured role in the video game Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas.