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Fantastic 17th Century Japan Mystery!,
This review is from: The Perfumed Sleeve: A Novel (Sano Ichiro Mystery) (Hardcover)
I was first introduced to Laura Rowland's series through an online book club that I subscribe to (dearreader.com). The first book I read in the series was The Dragon King Palace and I was immediately hooked. I liked the book so much that I went all over the web to buy used editions of previous books in the series in hardcover for my personal collection. I have so far read 4 of the 9 books: Black Lotus, The Pillow Book of Lady Wisteria (amazing plot!), The Dragon King Palace, and The Perfumed Sleeve. I'll now go back and read the first 5 books in order. Although it's fine to read these books as stand alone novels, I suggest reading them in order because there are some spoilers about the previous books interspersed in the later ones. Also, you'll become more familiar with the characters and better understand how they relate to each other.
I lived in Japan for eight years and yet I have learned so much about Japanese culture through these books. If you liked James Clavell's Shogun and enjoy mysteries full of plot twists, history, and interesting characters, then I think you'll really like this series. Keep on with the great work, Laura! I look forward to reading book 10 next year!