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In Darkness, Death (Samurai Detective #3)

4.03  ·  Rating details ·  387 Ratings  ·  50 Reviews
An intriguing mystery set in 18th-century Japan begins with the murder of Samurai Lord Inaba, right under the nose of the shogun. Judge Ooak and his assistant, 14-year-old Seiki, are entrusted with the case. They must track down the killer, and their only clue is a delicate origami butterfly, stained with blood. Seiki sets out on a perilous trip through the countryside, wh ...more
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Published May 5th 2005 by Puffin Books (first published March 30th 2004)
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Ardani Subagio
Sep 16, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Penikmat buku dan kisah2 Jepang
Kalo harus ngasih ulasan secara singkat, buku ini bagus dan layak baca. Ngambil kisah sekitar tahun 1700an di Jepang, tempat yang masih penuh sama samurai, ninja, daimyo, dan para petaninya. Juga satu pekerjaan lagi yang jarang aku liat di kisah2 tentang Jepang; hakim.

Tokoh utama di sini, Seikei Ooka, adalah anak angkat dari hakim Ooka. Hakim yang sudah sangat terkenal, diperintah oleh shogun secara langsung untuk mengatasi berbagai kasus yang kelihatannya tidak terpecahkan. Di buku ini Seikei d
Rosa Fibrianti
Nov 12, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Buku yang memenangkan The Edgar Allan Poe Award ini bercerita tentang Seikei Konokei, seorang anak saudagar teh yang diangkat oleh hakim terkemuka di Edo yang juga seorang samurai – Hakim Ooka. Seikei pun dilatih untuk menjadi seorang samurai oleh ayah angkatnya. Hakim Ooka tertarik mengangkat Seikei menjadi anak angkat setelah Seikei membantu memecahkan kasus pencurian permata di Jalan Tokaido. Menjadi anak angkat keluarga samurai adalah sebuah kehormatan besar, namun sungguh tidak gampang menj ...more
Dec 30, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the third book in the Samurai Mysteries series; there are six books in this series. I think this was the best book in this series so far. There is more adventure and the plot is more complex.

Seikei is helping Judge Ooka to solve the mystery behind the murder of a samurai lord. In order to cover ground quicker Judge Ooka sends Seikei on an adventure with a ninja Tatsuno to track down the maker of some mysterious paper left at the scene of the crime. Seikei will learn many things on the jo
Alex Criddle
Oct 17, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: eng-356-13-25
When Lord Inaba is found murdered in his own bedroom, Judge Ooka is immediately sent to investigate. With his adopted son and young apprentice, Seikei, the judge begins finding clues in the palace both physically and verbally from servants. When Seikei discovers a bloodstained origami butterfly in Lord Inaba’s room, Judge Ooka begins to suspect who the killer may be. The judge sends Seikei with Tatsuno, a ninja, to discover where the paper was made and who purchased it. Along his journey, Seikei ...more
Samurai Lord Inaba is murdered in his sleep while under the protection of the Shogun. Judge Ooka and his adoptive son, Seikei, attempt to investigate with a bloodstained origami butterfly as their sole clue. Judge Ooka enlists the aid of a "retired" ninja, Tatsuno, to accompany Seikei as he travels across Japan searching for the maker of the origami butterfly.

Their travels lead Seikei and Tatsuno to meet impoverished farmers, wary monks, and powerful daimyos. While Tatsuno attempts to w
Jan 23, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: q3
"How did he get in? There is only one door, one way in and one way out. Tell me how he got in undetected?".............The samurai lord has been murdered in his sleep under the eye of the shogun, who turns to the famous judge Ooka- and his fourteen year old apprentice to investigate. Their only clue is a bloodstained paper butterfly. They try to find out who the killer is before the killer gets anyone else. Dorothy and Thomas Hoobler's In Darkness, Death caught my attention, I got hooked with t ...more
Kisah Seikei Konoike #3
Ok, ada polanya di sini, buku 1 ttg Kabuki, buku 2 ttg Geisha, sedangkan buku ke-3 ini tentang Ninja(!!).

Lebih seru dan kompleks dari kisah-kisah sebelumnya, karena di sini Seikei bukan hanya mengalami penyelidikan, ia juga keluar dan menjalani petualangan. Ditemani seorang Ninja, Seikei ditugaskan pergi ke Shinano, di ujung utara kekaisaran, untuk menyelidiki sehelai kertas yang petunjuk dalam kematian seorang Daimyo. Dalam perjalanannya, Seikei belajar tentang kehormata
Ira Book Lover
Tuan Inaba terbunuh secara misterius. Sebuah kupu-kupu kertas ditemukan di samping mayat. Shogun memerintahkan Hakim Ooka untuk melakukan penyelidikan, bersama anak angkatnya, Seikei dan seorang ninja bertampang pengemis bersama Tatsuno.

Hakim Ooka memerintahkan Seikei dan Tatsuno untuk menyelidiki asal si kupu-kupu kertas dan mencari tahu siapa musuh tuan Inaba. Perjalanan Seikei dan Tatsuno penuh dengan bahaya. Terutama disebabkan oleh Seikei yang masih muda dan mempunyai hati yang murni. Tatsu
Christopher Stilson
One usually doesn't expect to see books intended for the under-twelves in the mystery genre, but one should always be ready to be pleasantly surprised. This isn't a very complicated mystery (in fact it barely qualifies, being more of an adventure story), and in places it is over-westernized, but only in ways that would irritate linguists or people who actually know Japanese (it's a bit bizarre to read an otherwise solid piece of cultural fiction referring to 'ninjas,' rather than 'ninja' being b ...more
I tend not to read the end of the book (the A/N) but for some reason I did this time, and I thought it was neat how someone actually read the first book while in Japan (and even corrected something in the book). It makes me want to go there and go to the different places mentioned (even though they're not the same as then).

Better than the second book, pacing-wise.

Also, for some reason there was something about the MC that made me want to slap him at times. I guess it was mostly when he was ada
In this third book of the Samurai Mysteries, Judge Ooka is called in to help investigate the murder of Samurai Lord Inabu, who was killed while he was sleeping in his palace in Edo. One clue left at the scene is a blood-stained paper origami butterfly. Ooka sends his adopted son Seikei with the ninja Tatsune on a mission to discover the origins of the paper of the origami butterfly, and to learn more about the ninja. They have many adventures on their journey, and at one point Tatsune must even ...more
Angelic Zaizai
Jul 27, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: jepang-flavour

Ini yang paling gw suka, karena ada ninja-nya.

Seikei berkenalan dengan ninja, gara-gara ada pembunuhan Daimyo yang diduga keras melibatkan ninja.
Ayah angkatnya menyuruh Seikei membantu penyelidikan bersama Tatsuno, yang katanya Ninja. Mereka bertualang ke propinsi Shinano lalu dilanjutkan ke propinsi Etchu.
Meskipun sudah dicegah Tatsuno, Seikei yang yakin bahwa semua samurai itu baik, bertanggungjawab, ksatria dll, akhirnya menerima kenyataan bahwa keyakinannya itu tolol. Tapi tidak sebelum keya
Aug 28, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I think that overall this was a fantastic book. It was entertaining to see the progress of Seikei has he turned from an inexperienced young boy to a mature man that was able to take on his own missions instead of having someone hold his hand. It didn't give you all the details at once, it spread it evenly throughout the story to keep you pulled in. This book accurately described Japan as if you were a common person back in those times. The book provided vivid descriptions of the situations the c ...more
Nov 04, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: outside-quarter
I really liked this book. It gave me a better look at Japanese culture of the past. The mystery was also really intriguing. I just kept wanting to read more, and find out who the killer was. Once you look at all the clues, it makes sense that the killer was (view spoiler) I really liked the descriptions, especially of the Miwayama. My favorite part is when Seikei is on the mountain, and he meets the ninja Kitsune. It's susp ...more
Another great story of on of the adventures of the famous Judge Ooka and Seikei. In this book, I really liked how this shows the origin of ninjas, and it's really great explaining about the kami bonds between men and the world, and stuff like that. I hope I get to read a book more about the Tatsuno character, and his brother, for I hope they appear in other books as well. I also liked the idea how they explained how the new year was back then in Japan, and thought of the ways to bring good fortu ...more
I love these mysteries. The only part that seemed wanting was the ending; I felt there was no sense of consequence, like you have to draw your own conclusion about what was to happen next. Also, Seikei being responsible for the death of many people is never truly addressed. They regret it, but there is no way to make any of it better (and yet, it's never truly confirmed if all those people did in fact die).Loose ends, to me.

I definitely want to read the other parts of this series. Definitely a f
Aug 09, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Linden by: the authors' previous books in the series

Who would think that mysteries set in Japan between 1717 and 1744 would be a compelling story? This is the Hooblers' third in their series about Judge Ooka, a real magistrate, sometimes called the Sherlock Holmes of Japan. Fictional character Lord Inaba has been murdered in his sleep despite being under the guard of his men. The shogun calls Judge Ooka and his fourteen-year-old apprentice to investigate. The murderer has left behind only one clue: a bloodstained origami butterfly.

Grades 5 and up
Mar 07, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: teen, mystery, historical
Seikei and Judge Ooka are called in to solve the murder of one of the shogun's lords. The only clue left is an origami butterfly left at the scene of the crime. Seikei is sent with a ninja to determine where the paper of the butterfly came from. While Judge Ooka seeks for the ninja murderer. Along the way, Seikei discovers that the victim, Lord Inada, wasn't the man people thought he was. Seikei must figure out who to trust and face down a powerful ninja lord.
Jul 19, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
this book was amazing! i learned a lot about japenese culture and found that just like us they have legends and stories passed down from generation to generation. what really held me was i felt like i was actually there and could feel what was going on in the book! i would recomend this book to all my friends it was breath taking and kept me guessing the whole way through.
Jul 31, 2007 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Teens looking for the "samurai" or "ninja" books and for readers of historical mysteries
Shelves: teen-lit-read
The Hooblers nail the somtimes tenuous relationship between good story and historical accuracy/information in their samurai detective [] books. These books have been a real gift to me at work, as I have a huge audience of mystery and Japanese culture buffs lookiing for books like this!
Inilah salah satu buku detektive yg bersetting di Era nya Ninja dan Samurai. Ceritanya enak dibaca.. Alurnya terasa cepat dan nggak ngebosenin, meskipun agak kurang puas aja dengan endingnya.. Kalo menurut aku sih harusnya bisa lebih diperjelas lagi ceritanya..
Jan 06, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
Seikei continues to be frustratingly, honorably naive in his comprehension of mankind. Thankfully the story drags him through its plot and he emerges a little bit wiser.
An entertaining installment in the series.
Aug 20, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Awesome book! First that I read.....which was stupid since it was like the fourth book........oppies on me!
Rebekah Sheppard
Dec 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: asian-stories
Well written, story moves along, historically insightful and great family story (very clean with no sexual sidelines).
Mar 21, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
i luvd dis book. mi like samari books lol
they finally bring ninjas into the picture, exactly what the series needed.
Apr 01, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One more of the awesome sequels to The Ghost in the Tokaido Inn. Another great mystery.
Feb 26, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of the Hooblers, people interested in 18th century Japan
Another Samurai mystery. As I've said before, Seikei is like the thirteen-year-old Japanese version of James Bond. Which is AWESOME.
Bcoghill Coghill
Nov 25, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Teenage boys
Recommended to Bcoghill by: Reading the series
Love these, almost short story, novels of Japan in the days of the Tokugawa Shogun.
Renata Jeffcoat
Jan 21, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
This has to be one of the best books I have ever read!!! It was filled with good ninjas (if there is such thing)and weird people. I LUVED IT!!! :D
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