The Fire Kimono: Sano Ichiro Novels 13

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Teaser: Tensions are high between Sano and Matsudaira (and Yanagisawa). Sano is making preparations to go to war when a murder attempt is made on Reiko and their two children. But it, and his issues with Matsudaira get put on hold when a skeleton belonging to a long lost cousin of the emperor is discovered.

Matters are made worse when Sano's mother becomes the prime suspect and refuses to speak up against the charge. Just when Sano was close to being rid of Matsudaira, his family and he are sentenced to death by execution if he cannot clear his mother's name.

Short Thought: The best in historical mystery. Tense, gripping, rich, and ever-developing.

Expanded Thoughts: What can I say? I have been following this series for years now and will continue to in the future. Though, I am curious to see where the story will go from here. The characters all have grown to different stages in their lives, but the tensions and dangers are ever present. I can't wait to find out!

Additional Notes: This is the 13th novel in the Sano Ichiro Mysteries. (The other books from the beginning are: Shinji, Bundori, The Way of the Traitor, The Samurai's Wife, The Concubine's Tattoo, Black Lotus, The Pillow Book of Lady Wisteria, The Dragon King's Palace, The Perfumed Sleeve, The Assassin's Touch, Red Chrysanthemum, and The Snow Empress)

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