Snow and Murder

I had written earlier about Laura Joh Rowland’s Sano Ichiro series, set in ancient Japan, featuring a samurai detective. The Snow Empress is next in the series, and in it Sano travels to the Ezogashima area in search of his missing son. It’s great to read about the native tribes that live in the area, and to enjoy the mystical touches Rowland puts in this novel. One of the characters is studying martial arts intensely and is able to do some of the moves featured in movies like The Snow Empress. A fun read!samurai (Photo courtesy of Flickr)