When they reach Japan, Russell and Holmes are subtly challenged to arrive at a certain small onsen (a hotel around a natural spring, of which Japan abounds) at a certain time. Intrigued, they respond, only to discover they're to meet young Hirohito, future emperor of Japan. Intrigue, international relations, blackmail, aristocratic thieves, and a nice little touch of sadism make this book fabulously readable. The author calls her books "entertainments" and she's spot-on. But they're much more than that. Read one, the first was The Beekeeper's Apprentice, and you'll be hooked. It's a 4.
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