Laura Joh Rowland
September 14, 2019 Comments.. 475
Shinju Laura Joh Rowland A murder mystery set in 17th century Tokyo, replete with color, thrills, and an honest cop Sano, teacher by trade and policeman by chance, gets all the mundane assignments A Shinju a ritual double suicide by star crossed lovers seems like a routine case, but Sano soon unravels an intricate plot of political intrigue and murder.. Shinju A murder mystery set in th century Tokyo replete with color thrills and an honest cop Sano teacher by trade and policeman by chance gets all the mundane assignments A Shinju a ritual double sui
  • Title: Shinju
  • Author: Laura Joh Rowland
  • ISBN: 9780679434221
  • Page: 296
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Shinju Laura Joh Rowland

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    1 Blog on “Shinju

    1. Linda says:

      Yoriki Sano Ichiro left a cushy job as a tutor and history scholar to become Edo s newest senior police commander This was a time when the higher echelon your family belonged to, the greater your pull in society Years ago, Sano s great grandfather had saved a fellow soldier who just happened to be a very important person His father was the man that approached the family to make compensation It was Sano s duty to obey his sire and accept the family s patronage in the form of this highly prized po [...]

    2. Jane says:

      Delightful historical mystery set in feudal Japan of the 17th century Yoriki Police Commander Sano Ichiro is confronted with a supposed shinju double suicide of two lovers Sano, with the help of Dr Ito, prison doctor, ascertains that there were two murders Dr Ito performs an autopsy, which is forbidden by Japanese law at that time, as Western Against orders of Sano s superior, Sano sets about finding the culprit During his investigation, a conspiracy to assassinate the shogun is uncovered and Sa [...]

    3. Lata says:

      Interesting start to a mystery series situated in 17th century Japan The central character is a man who is a samurai, and works as a policeman He s not comfortable in his role, and felt comfortable in his previous life as a scholar Sano Ichiro, becomes involved in an investigation into what looks like a double suicide And though the mystery is interesting, with a noble family involved and various colourful commoners, too, and political machinations, what really kept me going was watching as San [...]

    4. Dawn (& Ron) says:

      This is an old review from a few years ago, with some new comments added including Ron s opinion and our combined thoughts on this first entry in the Sano Ichiro series.The author transports the reader not only to 17th century Japan but into the mindset of the Samurai ethics and culture Rowland wraps all this in an intricate mystery of a supposed ritual double suicide, of a noble woman and a commoner, which helps us to further understand the culture It is the constraints of Japanese society and [...]

    5. John says:

      I have had a number of friends recommend reading this book, so after a while, I decided to pick it up and give it a chance I enjoy historical settings and wanted to be immersed into a Rowland s Edo Japan.Immediately, the reader is introduced to Sano Ichiro, who is not your typical samurai and allows his personal sense of duty and curiosity override his obligation and duty than an ordinary samurai should However, his departure from tradition is pointed out as a break from the norm and even he st [...]

    6. Zoey says:

      I couldn t finish this book The main character, Sano, tired me with his waffling I understand that Sano was struggling against tradition and expectation, but after reading about three or four of his internal debates over this, it gets old And the number of times he folds to pressure or nearly does to give up his investigation, only to turn right back around and decide that no, he can t give up that got tiresome too.

    7. Mery says:

      Pertama liat cover buku ini di TM bookstore Woa keren tentang Samurai.Tapi ternyata setelah baca, buku ini tidak hanya menyajikan tentang Samurai saja Tapi tentang detektif mencari kebenaran.Buku ini menceritakan bagaimana seorang putra Ronin Samurai tak bertuan bernama Sano Ichiro harus mengemban tugas sebagai seorang Yoriki Komandan Polisi , sebagai seorang Samurai dia harus selalu mengabdi setia dan patuh terhadap tuannya seperti Samurai lainnya dan tidak jatuh sebagai Ronin seperti ayahnya, [...]

    8. Rie Rose says:

      Loved this book It is a fascinating look at feudal Japan The first in a long series I am eager to see of Sano Ichiro is the only son of a samurai who runs a martial arts academy Through patronage and pulled favors, he has been appointed a yoriki senior police commander in the city of Edo.He is asked to investigate an apparent double suicide or Shinju by his superior, but is really expected to just sweep the whole thing under the rug and make it disappear A former scholar and teacher, Sano is un [...]

    9. Doreen says:

      So I m something of a feudal Japanese culture aficionado I m not great with dates or names, but I very much understand even if I don t necessarily approve of the samurai ethos When I first read about this series, I thought, Feudal Japanese noir That can happen And oh yes, it can Sano Ichiro is the closest thing the era could possibly have to a hard boiled investigator Nearly all of his actions and impulses rang true to me I did have qualms with his devotion to the non samurai ideals of truth and [...]

    10. Amy says:

      Wow What a marvelous book Talk about culture shock Talk about world building Talk about complex, multi faceted plotting I m not even sure I can describe this book It s set in Japan during the Edo period, so everything is very rigid Filial duty, honor, and service to one s master are all top priorities The whole society is based on these things, so when personal ambitions, desires, and truth to oneself crop up, there are some major complications that cause shuddering ramifications to all kinds of [...]

    11. Rincewind says:

      As much as I love the history and the mystery of historical detective fiction, I take mine with two spoonfuls of mystery and one spoon of history Laura Joh Rowland s Sano Ichiro series reverses that order and gives me a different kind of a thriller Set in feudal japan, another area I enjoy immensely thanks to Stan Sakai and Kurosawa, Shinju is our introduction to Sano Ichiro, a Yoriki Samurai Cop , who holds the code of honor above anything else Tasked to investigate a twin suicide the titular S [...]

    12. Kay Michel says:

      I was very excited to begin reading this series I love historical fiction I became immersed in the story and I couldn t wait to get to the ending in a good way It was surprisingly accurate The character seems conflicted, which I liked despite some of the mixed reviews I would have given this book five stars, but some of the details seemed to drag on at times which was the only downside that I encountered.

    13. Serge Pierro says:

      Being interested in feudal japan and samurai, I find this series of books to be well researched and Rowland is able to portray the setting convincingly The series starts off a bit rough, but she really hits her stride later in the series, as both the story and her talent blossom Fans of the CCG Legend of the Five Rings will find this series to be very interesting

    14. Megan says:

      I was quite impressed with this I got a sense of the time and place without the book being overly preachy or lecturing me I found the main character believable with sensible motivations and the plot moved along well If only there had been an author s note at the end.

    15. Emma says:

      Wonderful setting for the whole series Rich history and characters Three stars for that The mystery itself was quite predictable Reader coul easily guess at early stage this was a beginning to series where a policeman strays from his path to become a private detective At the age such didn t exist until now Will definitely read the series further.

    16. Margaret Higgins says:

      1st book of japanese saga not sure will read all 15

    17. Shotgun says:

      HIstorick detektivka z obdob ry tokugawa Jde o prvn knihu ze s rie p b h , kde vystupuje Sano I ir , jeho policejn kari ru mapuj dal knihy z t to s rie.Sano je ve sv m ad jen n kolik dn a hned je nucen se edn vypo dat se inj sm en sebevra da Snad aby uk zal, e nov ko t dob e mete, dojde se pod vat na mrtvolu P ekvapiv zjist , e utopenec nem v plic ch ani deci vody, co moc nejde do kupy s motivem sebevra dy z l sky Vyprav se i do rodiny mrtv d vky a tam mu je nen padn nazna eno, e nem strkat nos [...]

    18. Rhea says:

      Distrik Edo, Jepang abad ke 17 Ketika Yukiko, si gadis cantik nan kaya, ditemukan tenggelam di Sungai Sumida bersama Noriyoshi, si seniman miskin, semua orang yakin bahwa itu adalah sinju atau ritual bunuh diri berdua karena cinta terlarang Tak ada yang ragu, kecuali Sano Ichiro, seorang penyelidik baru Tak acuh dengan perintah resmi dan peringatan dari para atasannya, Sano mencurigai kematian keduanya bukan sekadar tragedi mereka pasti telah dibunuh Mempertaruhkan nama baik keluarga dan nyawany [...]

    19. J.T. says:

      A surprisingly good mystery novel set in 17th century Japan, and a welcome respite from a stream of subpar Russia books However, one can t help but feel that a modern crime story plus its tropes was pasted into the exotic setting at times

    20. Cheshire Public Library says:

      I m a voracious reader, but my reading skills lately have been the pits This cold winter weather getting anyone else down in the dumps I finally finished a book last night, from the stack of books that have yet to be finished This particular one, Shinju, by Laura Joh Rowland, was supposed to be done for mystery book club two weeks ago Ooops.195979Shinju follows beginning investigating police office of sorts, his official title is yoriki Sano Ichiro in 17th century feudal Japan Sano, a samurai sc [...]

    21. Brent Thomas says:

      Quick Review A quite fun and rewarding read Rowland does a great job of dropping in enough details about Japan without distracting from the story Although I will admit feeling the fourth act dragged a little, I never had any problems picking the book up and emerging myself in its world Also, I think I might just have to rush and pick up book number two in the series.Spoilers Lurk Below Analysis A few years back I tried to write my own little story about set in Japan You can read the remnant here [...]

    22. Althea Ann says:

      In Japan of the 1670 s, Sano Ichiro s elderly, ailing father has pulled some strings to get him appointed yoriki which seems to be much like a police sergeant However, from the very start, Sano finds himself in conflict at his job his superior orders him to quietly bury the embarrassing discovery of the bodies of a wealthy young noblewoman and a commoner known for his erotic artworks apparently a double suicide based on their doomed love But Sano has a feeling that this was not suicide but murde [...]

    23. Tony says:

      SHINJU 1994 Laura Joh Rowland 1 2.This was the first novel in a series that featured the samurai hero, Sano As I later learned, the author has so far written eighteen novels in total continuing Sano s adventures The story is set in Edo, no Tokyo, in 1680, during the Genroku Period It all starts when a couple, tied together, is found in the river It is presumed that they died by a mutual suicide pact, called shinju It was further believed since the young woman was of noble caste, while the man wa [...]

    24. Philip says:

      I enjoyed this text immensely I enjoy stories set in the Tokugawa shogunate, and Shinju reveals a nuanced understanding of the period Much like the antecedent Detective Dee series of mysteries, this text explored honor, social pressures and justice in a time and place very different from modern Americans experience The author has clearly examined the curious balance of power between the Shogun, daimyo, and samurai class My sole concern in the author s failure to recognize that koku ration was a [...]

    25. LJ says:

      SHINJU Official Investigator Japan 1600s GRowland, Laura Joh 1st in seriesHarper Torch, 1994, PaperbackSano Ichiro is newly, and somewhat unhappily, been appointed as an investigator His first case is that of Shinju, the ritual double suicide of a low born artist and the wealthy daughter of an important family He is told to drop his investigation, but Sano is convinced it was murder and is driven to find the killer Rowland has done a good job of conveying the sights, sounds, smells, social struc [...]

    26. necromancer says:

      A solid 5 out of 5 stars The plot of this book was, for want of a better word, magical Murder, cover ups, wolves in sheep s clothing, lies Newly appointed yoriki Sano Ichiro has to deal with all this and while he tries to figure out the balance between duty and desire, conformity and self expression, in his search for the truth.One would assume that as the story is set in a place most of us know nothing about feudal Japan , it would be hard to understand all the references at first However, the [...]

    27. Mara says:

      Worth reading for the peek into the culture and daily life of 17th century Japan, though the mystery plot is not very compelling it s pretty obvious who the culprit is from early on Rowland s samurai detective spends quite a bit of this book agonizing over the conflict between his desire to solve the crime and his desire to bring honor to his family by being obedient to his superiors who have ordered him to stop pestering the elite members of society with his questions That s an interesting dile [...]

    28. Sandie says:

      This was a long book by Laura Joh Rowland, who is of Chinese and Korean descent but writes about 17th century Japan I thought the book was overly long and the writing did not endear me to the plot or the characters Her style is fairly pedantic There were a few places where a good editor could have smoothed out the story There were many marches and fights, perhaps too many Some torture as well I will most likely not read another of the many she has written about this character and period.

    29. Shari says:

      This is my first Rowland book and what I really liked about her work is the way she vividly portrayed Japan during the 17th century Her portrayal of Edo Tokyo is fascinating, giving some good background as to how the city or the capital is the way it is now physically and culturally The story was interesting Sano is a plausible character whose background and encounters give the additional twists to the mystery However, it was mostly the setting and history that got me going in my reading I m eag [...]

    30. Zip says:

      I don t usually like thriller or detective stories, but I love books about Japan, especially historic Japan of the Shoguns, so I thought I ll try didn t work I don t think I ll continue to the rest of the series.

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