THE RONIN’S MISTRESS, by Laura Joh Rowland

15/series. Based in part on the ancient Japanese legend of the forty seven ronin (masterless, disgraced samurai), this intricate tale set in isolated Japan in 1703, it traces the reasons for the forty seven ronin’s actions and motives. Sano Ichiro, unjustly demoted chief of the childish, petty Emperor’s security services, investigates the ronin’s attack and, with the help of Lady Reiko, his aristocratic wife, unravels the mystery. The climactic scenes are hair-raising, making this dangerous, glamorous, mysterious world spring to life. This will keep you glued for the weekend! They're better read in order, but stand-alone could work, it's jsut ot as much fun. A 5.