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Masuda Affair (A Sugawara Akitada Mystery) Hardcover – November 1, 2010

4.5 out of 5 stars 37 customer reviews
Book 7 of 14 in the Akitada Mysteries Series

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Starred Review. More than half of Parker's terrific seventh historical set in 11th-century Japan (after 2009's The Convict's Sword) goes by before Sugawara Akitada, senior secretary in the ministry of justice, has a definite murder to solve, but a personal crisis in Sugawara's life--the death of his young son, Yori, from smallpox--more than sustains interest, providing the trigger for a series of events that involve him in the case of Peony, a courtesan whose drowning years earlier was ruled a suicide. On the first night of a festival when the spirits of the dead return home, Sugawara meets an emaciated abandoned child who reminds him of Yori. His efforts to rescue the boy from the abusive people claiming to be his parents land him in trouble with the law and entangle him in the secrets of the noble Masuda family, reputed to be the subject of a curse. The evolving relationship between Sugawara and his wife, Tamako, adds depth. (Nov.) (c)
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Readers looking for a new historical mystery with a twist will find what they’re after in Parker’s latest Sugawara Akitada mystery, set in eleventh-century Japan. Akitada, a senior secretary in the Ministry of Justice, is on his way home from a case in a nearby town when he spies a small boy—emaciated, bruised, and tearful—by the side of the road. The child tugs at Akitada’s heart because his own young son died just months earlier. But no sooner has Akitada decided to take the seemingly abandoned child home with him than he is accused by the child’s parents of kidnapping. And here begins Akitada’s most bizarre case, which involves the boy, a dead geisha named Peony, the servant Tora’s mysterious disappearance, an ill-fated love affair with terrible consequences, and a dark secret kept by one of the region’s wealthiest families. With so many disparate subplots, it’s sometimes difficult to see how Parker will tie all the threads together by the end of the book, but she does so in an unexpectedly clever way. An intriguing glimpse into an ancient culture. --Emily Melton
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Product Details

  • Series: A Sugawara Akitada Mystery
  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Severn House Publishers; 1St Edition edition (November 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0727869256
  • ISBN-13: 978-0727869258
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1.2 x 8.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,740,156 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I have read the entire Akitada series and just finished reading The Masuda Affair. I didn't think it was possible to like Akitada more, yet the author has found a way to make him more human/flawed and yet more enjoyable as the protagonist than ever. In my opinion (and in my experience, at least as a person of Japanese descent), he struggles as a Japanese and as a male to express his deep feelings of grief, sorrow and loneliness. Some of his expressions are misunderstood or are taken in the wrong way by others. He continually struggles in his career to be respectable and successful. Surrounding him are his loyal retainers Tora, Gemba and Seimei. While trouble follows Akitada everywhere and past villains return to torment him, he finds his way with intellect and fine detective work to solve several murders and determine who is at fault.

If you haven't read the previous books in this series, I encourage you to find and read them! The author has another novel for this series waiting in the wings and I look forward to reading the next installment.
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I love mystery series and the Sugawara Akitada series is by far my favorite. All the books in this series are page turners. I could not put down The Masuda Affair--it was a great read. I'm anxiously waiting for the next book in the series.
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Book 7, in the Sugawara Akitada Mystery series

This 7th novel follows the script of most of Ms. Parker's novels: set in the 11th century Japan and features a government official, Sugawara Akitada, as its main protagonist. With all the culture and ambiance of the times Ms. Parker has Akitada facing a personal crisis that is haunting him. He is having trouble moving on after the unfortunate death of his son, Yori.

This installment brings Akitada a bureaucratic misfit home to the capital of Heian-Kyo, on his way he meets an emaciated abandoned child who reminds him of Yori. His efforts to rescue the boy from the clenches of abusive parents land him in hot water with the law. Being accused of improper behavior towards the child puts his career and reputation at risk and Akitada must redirect his efforts to clear his name. While doing so he becomes entangled in the secrets of the powerful Masuda family. His research draws attention to the drowning of Peony, a courtesan known to the Masuda family. Her mysterious death was originally ruled a suicide but now many unanswered questions need answers.

Meanwhile in an unrelated plot Tora, Akitada's faithful servant is looking for his wife who has been kidnapped by a powerful man obsessed with beautiful women. The trail leads Tora and Akitada to the amusement quarter, the shadier side of a vibrant city.

The depth of the relationship between characters is what really makes this novel. The multiple threads create a moving tale about family life and how it can drastically change with the loss of a love one. Although the storyline is set in the 11th century it is narrated with a modern point of view and unravels at a steady pace. It is engaging and is very easy to relate to.

Elegantly written "The Masuda Affair" is an excellent addition to a wonderful series.
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There are many historical mystery series out these days and a lot of them are very strong, but I don't think any of them quite capture the enjoyment of reading I.J. Parker's 'Sugawara Akitada' series. These books are not only very accessible for a historical series, the characters are memorable and fully developed and continue to develop as the series goes. There's historical detail aplenty but it never bogs down or gets in the way of the great stories and characters (you don't have to know anything about Japan or it's history to enjoy these books).

'The Masuda Affair' is the 7th entry in the 'Akitada' series, set in 11th century Japan during the Heian period. Sugawara Akitada is a minor official in the Ministry of Justice in Japan's capital. He's from a noble family which has since fallen on hard times and Akitada is living in his family's dimminshed estate and is estranged from his wife, Tamako. Akitada and Tamako are still feeling the loss of their son who died of smallpox and after meeting an abandoned child who reminds them of the one they lost, Akitada gets entangled in a plot involving the tituler Masuda family. Also involved in this conflict is Tora, Akitada's long-time friend who's new bride is being pursued by a powerful man. The story mixes this series usual plot-twists, action and historical intrigue while continuing to develop the characters and their lives in believable and exciting directions.

As I've mentioned before, a lot of the joy of these books is in the characterizations of it's main protagonists. Akitada isn't just a progressive-minded hero living in a repressed and ignorant culture. His sharp-minded and inquisitive approach to situations land him in trouble, not only with his superiors but his relationships with his friends and family.
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This series continues to offer excellent stories, sense of time and place and especially, character development.
I look forward to more adventures in the next book .
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Again Parker keeps you reading till the early hours of the morning. Sugawara takes you into ancient Japan and its mysteries. Just when you think you've figured it out you realize you're wrong. Love mystery, love history, then this is the series for you!
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