Cloud Pavilion (Sano Ichiro #14)
FIVE STARS. "The Cloud Pavilion"by Laura Joh Rowland is a historical mystery novel that is set in seventeenth century feudal Japan in the Genroku period. Chamberlain Sano Ichiro is one of the two lead investigators working at the behest of the Shogun to solve all manner of crimes within and against his empire. Sano, together with the main antagonist,...more
Sano is approached by his estranged uncle who wishes him to investigate the abduction (and later rape) of his daughter, Sano's cousin. Rape, apparently, was not a crime in 17th century Japan. The husband,...more
It's a personal preference, but I enjoy these books the most when Rowland takes the feudal Japanese setting...more
This is probably my first real mystery book that I have read. I have to admit it is a bit mature for my age with the sexual references and such as that, but was truly well-written and intriguing. Basically Sano Ichiro is investigating the rape of his uncle's daughter. Gradually everything becomes more complicated and more rapes occur, with a varying age of women. Two suspects are eventually tried but are found in no ways guilty. Sano now has to worry for the safety of his children and family as...more
This time his estranged uncle comes to him to find his kidnapped daughter. Sano agrees, but two days later, she is found near where she disappeared, having been drugged and raped.
While investigating the kidnappers, Sano finds that two other women have had the same thing happen to them.
Meanwhile, co-chamberlain Yanagisawa is helping him find the villain(s) responsible; or is he? And what other game(s) is he playin...more
The primary mystery here is Sano's attempts to stop...more
This story is shorter than many Rowland has written and takes place entirely around and in Edo. There is much here of family relations...more
This also deals with some really horrific themes of sexual abuse towards women, which historically have been dismissed as a "real problem." It can make for some uncomfortable and frustrating reading at times,...more