Laura Joh Rowland writes a fun series featuring Sano Ichiró, a samurai in ancient Japan. Rowland lives in New Orleans so she’s somewhat a local author. The first book is Shinjú and the most recent, the eleventh, is Red Chrysanthemum. (The title comes from white flowers soaked in blood.)As the books progress, Ichiró advances from a career as a lowly policeman to that of a high government official, and there’s always a crime to solve. Details about life and customs during this period of history add to the enjoyment.