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The Masuda Affair by I.J. Parker
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Good blend of mystery with the personal lives of Akitada Sugawara and his manservant Tora. I find the setting of 11th century Japan fascinating & Parker clearly knows the period well. The historical notes generally included at the end are much appreciated too.

The mystery in this 7th entry was very well done -- the ending was a surprise to me. ( )
  leslie.98 | Mar 19, 2015 |
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A Sugawara Akitada Mystery of Ancient Japan - Eleventh-century Japan. Government official Sugawara Akitada finds a small mute boy on a deserted road. Akitada, still grieving for his own small son, determines to find the boy’s parents. Meanwhile, Akitada’s faithful servant Tora has troubles of his own: he has lost his new bride to a powerful man who pursues beautiful women and will stop at nothing to possess them. The trails of these two seemingly unrelated cases lead Akitada and Tora to the entertainers and prostitutes of the amusement quarter, and murder follows in their footsteps . . .

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11th century government official Sugawara Akitada discovers an abandoned, mute boy, and seeks his family while his faithful servant Tora tries to deal with the loss of his new bride to a powerful man. Eventually their two quests overlap.

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