Sano Ichiro by Laura Joh Rowland
Sano Ichiro is the protagonist in a series of historical mystery/detective fiction novels by American novelist Laura Joh Rowland. The series is set in 17th century Edo, Japan (now Tokyo). Sano Ichiro is a samurai who has difficulty following the bushido code. He must balance serving his master as well as his wife, Ueda Reiko. The novel stays true to historical details, while taking some creative license with some characters.

Laura Joh Rowland began her Sano Ichiro historical mysteries series in 1994 with the novel Shinju, which was also her debut novel. The series is currently ongoing. Below is a list of Laura Joh Rowland’s Sano Ichiro books in order of when they were originally released (which is the same as their chronological order):

Publication Order of Sano Ichiro Books


Shinju(1994) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Bundori(1996) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Way of the Traitor(1997) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Concubine's Tattoo(1998) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Samurai's Wife(2000) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Black Lotus(2001) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Pillow Book of Lady Wisteria(2002) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Dragon King's Palace(2003) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Perfumed Sleeve(2004) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Assassin's Touch(2005) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Red Chrysanthemum(2006) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Snow Empress(2007) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Fire Kimono(2008) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Cloud Pavilion(2009) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Ronin's Mistress(2011) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Incense Game(2012) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Shogun's Daughter(2013) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Iris Fan(2014) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

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Sano Ichiro Synopsis: In Shinju by Laura Joh Rowland, a wealthy woman and a lower class artist are found drowned together in a double suicide (known as a shinju), it is believed that the reason was because their love was forbidden – by everyone except for Sani Ichiro, who has newly been appointed as yoriki (feudal lord). He is of the opinion that this is not infact a shinju, but a double murder. He must risk his family’s name and his own life in order to search for a murderer.

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