I.J. Parker was an author best known for her eleventh century Japanese nobleman/detective series, the Akitada Mysteries.

Parker was born and raised in Germany before heading to the United States for an academic career. She was the Associate Professor of English and Foreign Languages at Norfolk State University in Virginia until her retirement. She had a professional interest in Japanese literature which ultimately lead to the Akitada series.

Publication Order of Sugawara Akitada Books

Rashomon Gate (2002)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Hell Screen (2003)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Dragon Scroll (2005)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Black Arrow (2006)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Island of Exiles (2007)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Convict's Sword (2009)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Fires of the Gods (2010)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Masuda Affair (2010)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Death on an Autumn River (2011)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Emperor's Woman (2012)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Death of a Doll Maker (2013)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Crane Pavilion (2014)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Old Men of Omi (2014)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Shrine Virgin (2015)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Assassin's Daughter (2015)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Island of the Gods (2015)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Ikiryo: Vengeance and Justice (2017)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Kindness of Dragons (2018)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Publication Order of Sugawara Akitada Short Stories/Novellas

The Kamo Horse (2003)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Fox Magic (2011)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Water Sprite (2011)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Curio Dealer's Wife (2011)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Akitada's First Case (2011)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Akitada and the Way of Justice (2011)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Akitada's Holiday (2012)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Three Tales of Love and Murder (2012)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Confessions (2012)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Publication Order of Hollow Reed Books

Dream of a Spring Night (2011)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Dust Before the Wind (2012)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Publication Order of Standalone Novels

The Sword Master (2012)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Left-Handed God (2013)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

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The Dragon Scroll: A Mystery of Ancient Japan is the first in a series of books featuring Sugawara Akitada. The book features Akitada, a young government clerk in the Ministry of Justice, on his first official assignment. He is sent from the capital city to the distant province of Kazusa to discover why tax convoys keep disappearing on the way to the city. Akitada soon realizes that he has been set up to fail and has been given an impossible mission, but Akitada remains determined to finish the mission and discover the truth about this small town filled with secrets.

Another popular book in the series is called The Nuns of Nara. The book sees the nuns of the Nara temples needing help as they have misplaced an imperial concubine. The emperor is concerned for her so he sends Akitada to help find her. The recently married Akitada brings along with new wife as he hopes to combine the seemingly easy mission with a honeymoon for him and his wife. Then an old man dies in the snow and the honeymoon portion of the trip is out the window. A nun ends up in the icy river while another is bludgeoned to death. The honeymoon has suddenly gotten very dangerous and Akitada needs to solve this thing, fast.

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