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Review ?Fascinating . . . there are few things as delicious as a good old-fashioned power struggle--especially the costume-drama variety, involving sword battles and perfectly timed barbs exchanged by witty women pretending that they're just drinking tea.? ?Oprah.com?Stellar . . . Once again, Rowland sets the bar high for her hero, who must navigate treacherous political shoals as well as deduce the killer's identity.? ?Publishers Weekly (starred)?Excellent. . . . With mystery, excitement and a bang-up ending, this is one you won't be able to put down!? ?RT Book Reviews (Top Pick) Read more About the Author LAURA JOH ROWLAND is the author of fifteen previous Sano Ichiro mysteries. The Fire Kimono was named one of the Wall Street Journal's Five Best Historical Mystery Novels; and The Snow Empress and The Cloud Pavilion were among Publishers Weekly's Best Mysteries of the Year. She lived through a natural disaster when Hurricane Katrina nearly destroyed her house in New Orleans, and now lives in New York City. Read more See all Editorial Reviews

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