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May 22, 2013 - 17:08:32 (PST)
Dear Laura,I am reading the Incense Game and as usual am fascinated with the story and the background of 18th century Japan. I think your books would make an absolutely wonderful movie, or, even better, a TV series where all your stories could be told. I hope this is something you would consider, as I am sure there would be a huge audience for it. ?PBS? Thank you for all your good work, and looking forward to all your future books!
April 11, 2013 - 17:55:49 (PST)
I am reading one of your books and I enjoy it please let what your latest book is callKean
April 10, 2013 - 17:52:19 (PST)
I would like to thank you for writing such wonderful books. I stumbled on to your books while looking for a good audio book. I am know hooked, but started at the last book. I am know going to read the rest of them. Thank you for the GREAT READING!!
April 09, 2013 - 12:05:39 (PST)
I must admit, you are by far my favorite author of all time! I found the imagery and descriptions you use to be absolutely superb. I am looking forward to reading the few Sano Ichiro novels that I have not gotten to yet.
March 25, 2013 - 18:51:35 (PST)
Are any of your books translated into Japanese? I have spoken with many friends in Japan, and they would be interested in reading them. If they are printed in Japanese, are they available here in the US?I would like to send some to my friends.Please write faster, I have read everything to date.
March 21, 2013 - 18:28:47 (PST)
Dear Laura,Hello from Germany!! Ususally, I read your novels in the German translation, but this time I cannot wait until the next book will be issued, and just bought The Ronin s Mistress as e-book.Thanks for all the exciting adventures of Sano Ichiro and his family/friends.All the best, Yours, Mrs. D.
March 16, 2013 - 08:53:43 (PST)
"The Ronins Mistress" was my first story i read of your Sano Ichiro series.it was very good i plan to start from the begining, so i will be buying all the books.
February 14, 2013 - 11:31:24 (PST)
I used to not like Mystery novels, but I love Japan... now, I love them both. "Sano-san" is a man among men. Your writing is poetry and it draws pictures so clear in my mind. It is as if I am transported back in time. Thank you for sharing your imagination with us.
February 13, 2013 - 18:45:39 (PST)
Laura, Ilove mysteries and history, thank you so much for sharing your talent with all of us. Steven Saylor has nothing on you. I have read many historical mysteries, Judge Dee is one of my favorites and so is Sano Ischiro.I wish you continued success and happiness for the New Year. Holly
January 07, 2013 - 19:03:34 (PST)
by chance I first ran across your Japanese detective story. (I love Detective stories) i have read them all. Sano and family of friends and enimies are very active characters in humor and serious events in your stories. thank you for being so creative writer. today I found your latest book while online. i always check your book lists in the library to see if you have a new book out. have not tried your Bronte series yet maybe one day. again thank you for writing. God Bless and Merry Christmas. Father Paul
December 20, 2012 - 15:46:48 (PST)
Ms. Rowland-Can you recommend websites that have information on ancient and current Japan? I am impressed at how well researched your novels are. I am also writing a book based in modern day Japan and could use some advice on websites for research.
December 12, 2012 - 12:50:39 (PST)
Thank you for writing stories filled with mystery, historical information and characters that breathe life into your settings.
December 08, 2012 - 11:08:03 (PST)
Found out about your books by accident read the 1st one Shinju and I was hooked I am gutted to be up to date. I have enjoyed all of them. Many thanks for a good read
November 24, 2012 - 06:29:08 (PST)
Dear Ms Rowland,After many years, I published my novel, Pillow Book of the Flower Samurai, set in 12th century Japan, now out by Headline Publishers in the UK. The paperback is coming out in January, and I have cited you as one of my most favorite writers.I thought you would like to know—Best,Barbara Lazar
November 06, 2012 - 09:07:02 (PST)
On a recent trip to Japan, I chose your book Shinju as a travel companion. And I absolutely fell in love with the protagonist! And the setting really gave me a contrast that separated me from modern Japan for a while. Excellent book, only too bad Tsunehiko had to die. :( I definitely look forward to reading the rest of the series! Keep writing. :)
October 30, 2012 - 06:54:20 (PST)
Thank you for your inspiration in writing the novels about Sano Ichiro.It has transformed me back to feudal Japan. I have been reading history to go along with the books. I am on the7th book in the series. You are a great writer and are equal to all the mysterywriters in the past.
October 22, 2012 - 18:22:44 (PST)
I love your books, they are some of my favorites!
October 22, 2012 - 12:01:20 (PST)
I absolutely love and devour your Sano Ichiro books! they are my favorite and everyime I find a new one it makes details andmy day! i love history, historical fiction and Japan so you see why. Your dewvition to accurate detail is amazing and your character/story developments are terrific. Please keep them coming!
October 04, 2012 - 21:27:16 (PST)
Thank you so much for the delightful San Ichiro series; I adore these books. I so enjoy visiting 17th century Japan, and the details of everyday life for people of that time and place are fascinating. I look forward to many more books yet to come, sharing adventures with some of my favorite characters!
October 02, 2012 - 10:12:19 (PST)
I really enjoy reading the Sano novels, both in English and German. I discovered my first one by chance at a discounter and I became immediately addicted to them. Great work, keep going ;-)
September 27, 2012 - 14:02:28 (PST)
I love reading the Sano Ichiro books. When I visit Japan I always go to Sengakuji to see the graves of the Ronin. Write more!!! :-)))
September 26, 2012 - 14:11:57 (PST)
Dear Mrs. Rowland,thank you for the good time, you give me with your perfect investigate pictures of the japanese culture.Greetings from Germany
September 23, 2012 - 14:37:45 (PST)
Liebe Laura Joh Rowland,Ich lese wie viele andere sehr begeistert Ihre Bücher.Wie sie festellen schreibe ich Ihnen auf DEUTSCH,weil mein English in Schrift nicht so ausgeprägt ist.Ich wollte Ihnen schon lange sagen das die Bücher ein Abendteuer sind und mich aus dem Alltag reissen.Vielen Dank und weiterhin gutes gelingen lg Venessa
September 19, 2012 - 08:41:02 (PST)
It must run in the family--writing and music. I, also, am a writer of fiction (historical), non-fiction works and a composer of music as well as am a member of ascap. Just discovered your books in a catalog (Daedalus)sent to me unsolicted. I decided to order et al.
September 18, 2012 - 14:51:55 (PST)
I only recently discovered your books, and was intrigued when I learned you also live in New Orleans. I am also an artist, though I dream of having such talent to paint as well as you. Hoping to meet you someday.April Spiva
September 18, 2012 - 08:19:18 (PST)
I really enjoy the Ichiro books. I studied Japanese history in college and find the writing true to the period in which it is set. I look forward to each new book in the series.
September 10, 2012 - 19:29:41 (PST)
Of course, first off I want to say that I love your work and have been a reader of your Ichiro series for years now. I recently returned to the U.S. after living in Japan for over 4 years; it was especially interesting for me to read your work while there. I have been writing my own novel series for the past 9 years, and I am close to being finished. I hope to have great success in my work, and that it will be as great an enjoyment for others to read as your work is for me.
September 07, 2012 - 04:42:21 (PST)
Hi, I first came across the Sano Ichiro novel at my local library, the book called Red Chrysanthemum not realising that it was from a series. After reading the novel I wanted more on Sano Ichiro and did a google check finding that it was from a series, so ordered the next novel in the series and have now after reading the books after my first I have come to The Incense Game. I am so glad that I have read them and want to know if the series will be carried on, hopefully so as its a wonderful insight on feudal Japan, learning some of the history and culture. My wife who comes from Sawara Chiba. Thank you for writing these wonderful novels ...
September 03, 2012 - 02:50:15 (PST)
Oops - I said Emily when I should have said Charlotte! My mistake!
August 27, 2012 - 12:20:18 (PST)
I recently stumbled across your books (thanks to the Tsawwassen library displaying the "Bedlam" book about Emily Bronte), and now I am hooked! I have read five of the Sano Ichiro series, and now I am working backwards to catch up. Thank you for such fabulous tales that completely transport me to a different time and place. Wishing you the very best!
August 27, 2012 - 12:18:48 (PST)
I am sooooooooooooooo excited about the Incense Game. I LOVE your work and appreciate learning about Japan in the feudal age. Keep it going and know you a sincere fan in Washington, DC
June 27, 2012 - 09:43:33 (PST)
Dear Laura! I have been reading your books since 2004 and I love every one of them. You are an awesome writer. Every time the mystery in your book is fascinating, and your characters became like a family for me, I love them so much. But I have a bit of problem with Yanagisawa who is my favorite character. It feels to me that his development as a character has stopped. It is like he always hates Sano and is doing bad things, and now, after the last book, he hates Sano even more and is going to do more bad things, and that is it. He used to be more multidimensional in earlier books. I wish you could make him do something unexpected, surprising for readers.Anyway, I love your books with all my heart and I will be reading them as long as I live. Thank you so much for them!
June 26, 2012 - 03:34:37 (PST)
Hello Laura, Im Sano Ichiro fan and I love his adventures. Thank You.
June 04, 2012 - 01:03:43 (PST)
May 26, 2012 - 00:47:24 (PST)
No nada más el tema de tus libros es fascinantemente misterioso sino la cadencia del lenguaje es exquisita y te lleva de la mano de los personajes y la trama dentro de un contexto histórico extraordinario. Espero tus próximos títulos, lástima que la edición de los libros en México sea tan cara.
May 11, 2012 - 16:42:47 (PST)
Dear Laura, Thank you for another great book.
April 19, 2012 - 02:45:01 (PST)
Hello Laura Joh Rowland, I recently discovered your books and I am enchanted by them. I must express my appreciation to you for providing an opportunity for me to “time travel” via your brilliant Sano Ichiro series. Being transported into the fascinating lives of Sano, Reiko and family in 17th century Feudal Japan is a lovely journey of escape for me. Previously, my exposure to the Japanese culture was as an employee of Diashowa Marubeni Ltd. in their first wholly owned greenfield operation here in Alberta, Canada where I had the most delightful experience, for 7 years, of meeting and interacting both at work and socially, with many of their wonderful senior Japanese people who lived in our community with their families. Reading has been the joy of my life since age 5 and friends and family urge me to write although having read so many fabulous authors like yourself I confess, has made me wonder if I could ever measure up.Encountering your inspiring website and reading the comments from your other loyal readers and fans, many of whom I would love to meet, has provided insights that may motivate me further. I have just started your first Charlotte Bronte book and I love it! I join your fans in awaiting your next creation which will no doubt captivate us all. Thank you so very much. Take care and please continue writing… Lois J. email@example.com
March 14, 2012 - 11:54:28 (PST)
Thank you for your brilliant books! I have enjoyed reading every single one of them. Would you ever bring back a past character into a future book? I have always hoped that Aoi from Bundori would reappear in a book...
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March 08, 2012 - 10:56:16 (PST)
Dear Mrs. Rowland,I just finished your book “The Cloud Pavilion” in the German translation. It’s great to read how the figure of Sano Ichiro, his family and friends to go from strength to strength. It is a wonderful book and one of the best in the series about Sano Ichiro. I now have to wait for the German translation of your new story “The Ronin’s Mistress” and hope that it will be published soon in Germany.I wish your and your family all the best and us the readers, several more stories with Sano Ichiro.Dieter Eggers Germany
February 21, 2012 - 06:38:06 (PST)
Hi Laura! I have read all your books and love them and just finished The Ronins Mistress which was great. I look forward to your newest Novel in this series.
February 12, 2012 - 10:56:48 (PST)
Wow! So glad to have found your page. I just wanted to tell you that your books have given me many hours of delectable reading enjoyment. Thank you for writing them and I hope to spend many more hours engrossed in new ones.
January 31, 2012 - 20:06:10 (PST)
Just finished your first Sano book - cannot remember enjoying a "new-to-me" author so much. Perhaps you will see one of my books in the near future. Best from Memphis. Now I have to find the next 14 Sano books,Dr Lou Gamble
January 26, 2012 - 22:51:21 (PST)
Enjoy your work , Good Luck in the Year of the Dragon .
Bruce Hubert (HW "71")
January 22, 2012 - 11:51:30 (PST)
Just read the last instalment of the San Ichiro mystery series and was not disappointed. Keep up the great work. How about a screenplay?
January 17, 2012 - 12:32:21 (PST)
We need these novels translates in spanish... its possible???? thanks.
January 14, 2012 - 22:09:25 (PST)
Have read all of your beautifully crafted novels and passed the word.. It is such a pleasure to experience the cultural richness of your exquisitely imagined settings which are historically accurate. The plots are without exception, intricate and clever, sophisticated and thoroughly engaging.. .not to mention the profoundly nuanced characters so steeped in the oddities and entitlements of the period. Kudos!!
December 31, 2011 - 00:01:41 (PST)
Hello Laura. Got to know your Sano series through my friend Jürgen in Austria. He had all the paperbacks in German, and passed them on to me. Intriguing reading, and greatly helped my German. Thanks for both! Greetings from Norway. Finn
November 11, 2011 - 23:51:22 (PST)
Hi Laura, since i am in the uk i was wondering how i could get a signed copy of your books? xxx
November 11, 2011 - 12:24:34 (PST)
just read the first and second Sano novels. loved them. I think I love you too.
November 01, 2011 - 18:27:22 (PST)
Dear Laura, I just wanted to express my sincerest gratitude for your novels. As a passionate lover of all things Edo and Japanese I stumbled across your books on Amazon and I am completely hooked. As an aspiring author myself I can see the well crafted style that you have developed. Keep them coming!!! You are writing the classics of this generation!
October 30, 2011 - 12:40:56 (PST)
Hey there so happy to read the newest book holy shit it is awesome plz keep them coming i so cant wait till the next one comes thanks for great story telling no one can tell a good story like you can
October 21, 2011 - 02:54:31 (PST)
Thank you for great writing and great adventures with your mysteries. I truly enjoy them. I re-read them all and am excited for the new one. Keep writing. Sincerely
September 28, 2011 - 13:42:04 (PST)
I first picked up Bundori in a used bookstore because of the cover and the intriguing synopsis. I finished the novel in less than 2 weeks, and I have to say, being a lover of all things Japanese, especially traditional Japan, you have captured the essence and feel of that ancient city beautifully! The way that you mingle intrigue and beauty together so effortlessly really brings the characters and their surroundings to life. This incredible book series will definitely be a nonstop read until I can make it to Japan again! Keep up the incredible work!
September 26, 2011 - 00:31:46 (PST)
Thank you for brining me into the intrigue of 17th century Japan. I am a retired teacher who has fantazized about the vaulues and harmony of Japan.Thank you again.
September 25, 2011 - 11:46:47 (PST)
my wife ran across your book "the concubines tatoo" while we were at the library and i cant say enough about your great storytelling...having worked for a major japanese corporation at one time and spent time in japan you have awakened many pleasant memories for me....thank you!!
marvin e. stawicki
September 25, 2011 - 11:40:55 (PST)
I have now read all fifteen novels, and have found each "a great read". Yanagisawa has outlived his usefulness, having him around in every novel is starting to get really old, and I think he diminishes our hero Sano.
September 21, 2011 - 12:53:19 (PST)
Dear Laura I am a huge Fan of your Sano mysteries and just wanted to thank youI read the first Book some years ago after finding it by luck I didnt know it was a series till 2 years later I found book no 4 by luck and since that Moment i have been collecting all your books and I cant stop reading I love how your stories are pulsating to the last page and while reading I feel like I am walking by Sanos side through Edo not many Authors got me fascinated as you did Thank you for your lovely books and I hope I can read more Books in the future
September 19, 2011 - 15:51:15 (PST)
Thank you for the beautiful and exciting SANO mysteries. A few years ago I was happily surprised upon receiving a pleasant response from you after writing how much I was enjoying this series of novels. My confidence was so strong that I have gifted and loaned ALL of my copies of the books to friends and family - all of whom are just as enthralled. Today my husband who has been reading mine when I finished purchased his own copy of SHINJU and has been reading it ravenously ever since. Thank you for the beauty,clever intrigue and colorful pictures created by the carefully crafted writing. Keep them coming, please...
September 18, 2011 - 17:19:46 (PST)
Having lived in Japan for two years at one point in my life I have always been drawn to books featuring the country, its culture and its history. Through your books part of my love of the county is maintained and nourished. I really enjoy the books (I have read them all), the characters, the descriptions and the stories. They are simply wonderful to read. Thank you for providing me the right avenue to escape by reading. Best wishes to you always.
September 15, 2011 - 15:05:04 (PST)
I enjoy your your books so much that I recommended reading one of them for our book selection this month.
Carol Jo Yanek
September 11, 2011 - 18:29:46 (PST)
I have read and enjoyed all of your detective novels. I am waiting impatiently for the new one to arrive on my Kindle. I guess I did it backwards and only recently read Shinji and Bundori.I spent time in Japan in 1956 and 1957 when I was in Korea. Every leave was spent in Japan. I and a friend toured in Japanese clothing. At that time I was decent in conversational Japanese. At that time we lived well - spending all of our saved up money on leaves. Again I greatly enjoy your books and re-read them. Bob Repasky
August 27, 2011 - 06:29:37 (PST)
Would you please consider approaching producers either here, Britain or Japan about a mini-series based on your Sano Ichiro books? BBC America, or Masterpiece Mystery, perhaps in collaboration with NHK? Can you see it? Such novel detective stories in the brilliant setting of feudal Japan have never been done previously for TV (at least, not for a western audience).
August 17, 2011 - 20:43:27 (PST)
I love your Sano Ichiro series, very exotic and exciting. I am listening to the audiobook of "Fire Kimino" now. Keep up the good work.
August 14, 2011 - 23:38:21 (PST)
I got your book by chance in on eof the thrift shops in our place. As I was already interested in Japanese culture, the title "Shinju" caught my eye and the rest is history. I also like sharing good books I have read so so happened to share that first book with one friend who got hooked as well... Thank you for writing these wonderful books.
Anna Jean Marie Banas
August 11, 2011 - 20:20:19 (PST)
I love your Sano Ichiro mysteries! Keep-on!
August 05, 2011 - 12:24:24 (PST)
Laura,I read the "Snow Emperess" and truly loved it. I would like to know in what order are the book series written.
August 03, 2011 - 16:13:39 (PST)
Thank you for allowing my comment. As a Pima Indian on the Gila River Reservation in southern Arizona, your stories give me such pleasure and a real interest in medival Japan. My son was stationed there for six years which prompted me to learn more about Japan, a place I would like to visit. Even though your novels are not present day, the customs and the importance of tradition, family and politeness demonstrate another world which is ancient yet beautiful. May I someday write as interestingly and powerful as your novels. Thank you.
July 23, 2011 - 13:42:28 (PST)
Thanks for your writing that expands on my interest in Japan(visited only once).I look forward to hand selling the next book!
July 19, 2011 - 19:42:29 (PST)
I have read all of your Sano Ichiro books & think that they are great! I am looking forward to the next book in the series. I have visited both Japan & China and loved both trips.
May 31, 2011 - 20:12:58 (PST)
Dear Laura Joh Rowland,sitting in Germany I discovered you two days ago. Having spent eight years in Edo (Tokyo) as a foreign correspondent I can smell the odors of Sumida river again. You are unbelievable good.I shall read all your booksgambatte kudasai
May 30, 2011 - 06:30:07 (PST)
Laura,Do you ever have time to read these comments? my sister picked up " Lady Wisteria" for me......I couldnt put it down !!! I felt I was just there !! Every bit is so vivid ... and riviting..Went to a library to pull all the copies off the shelf. Did not know where to start ... so logged onto this website.... Will now go back and start with ShinjuAm retired, born in shanghai, grew up in HongkongYour novels.. TAKE me into another worldYou are Gifted.... Thank You," She"
April 27, 2011 - 19:53:45 (PST)
I honestly do not know how to not be a little pissed...... Can Sano never catch a good break.... I was waiting for a war between him and that ass yanagisawa..... But to be demoted and treaded like crap..... that is harsh....You have been my favorite author for over 10 years now.... I started in the 8th grade.... God this new book.... i honestly dont know if i should be happy i just learned that there is another book or pissed at the fact that sano cant get the good deal.
April 26, 2011 - 01:27:52 (PST)
Thank you for writing. I grew up thinking of Japan as my neighbor across the pond from Alaska, my home state. I love Sano & Reiko and their world we could never see without you. I have deep respect for Japan and understand better where they are coming from as a people. Thank you for following your muse... we are privileged to have you creating on the earth at this time!
April 24, 2011 - 12:32:28 (PST)
I just wanna start off by saying I absolutely love your Sano Ichiro series! I came across "The Perfumed Sleeve" by accident at a bookstore and, since it said it was part of a series, I did some research and began reading from the beginning. These are arguably the best novels I have ever read. Keep up the awesome work! I love forward to reading the next book.
April 09, 2011 - 15:44:30 (PST)
Hey Laura,I hope you and Marty like it up there in the big city. We miss you down here.
April 07, 2011 - 06:57:47 (PST)
My husband and I are both huge fans of the Ichiro Sano books. We even named our dog Sano. When is the new book coming out. I need a "Sano" fix
March 25, 2011 - 13:13:59 (PST)
As a former resident of Japan, it is such a joy to read your books. I have every single one of your books from Shinju to Cloud Pavillion, and have read each one multiple times. I am eagerly awaiting the next adventure for Sano ichiro.
March 25, 2011 - 06:56:19 (PST)
i love your books. i have been reading them from the start. i hope to be a good writer like u one day.
March 16, 2011 - 02:09:59 (PST)
From Shinju to Cloud Pavilion I am a fan forever.Thank you
March 15, 2011 - 14:03:12 (PST)
You should sell the Sano series in a box set. I love your books so much and you are my favorite author. I started with snow empress and have gone back and started the series from the beginning. I am going to start book 3 of Sano after I read the second installment of Charlotte Bronte which is also a riveting read. Thank you for your beautiful works of art.
March 13, 2011 - 08:32:27 (PST)
thank you for providing me with hours of a most thoughtful, intriguing, detailed account of an individaul and his environs in a state of the shogun era. Beautifully written, masterfully arranged plots. I hope to hear from you soon in this absolutely delightly genre. A most devoted reader.
March 07, 2011 - 09:02:44 (PST)
Need more Sano! Have been waiting patiently, reading other things, but nothing compares!Can you give us a hint when the next one will come out? Love your books! Thank you!
March 04, 2011 - 20:32:10 (PST)
Hello.I just finished reading the cloud pavilion and you once again reaffirmed that you are my favorite writer and the Sano Ichiro series are my favorite books.So far i have read them all and just waite patiently for the next adventure!Keep up the great work!!
February 07, 2011 - 13:52:02 (PST)
I have LOVED the Sano Ichio novels since the very first one. When is the next one due out?
February 01, 2011 - 02:31:49 (PST)
"If you write....they will read!"
January 31, 2011 - 13:36:06 (PST)
LauraI am not an avid reader; but I started with Shinju in August of 2010, I have read every book in sequence and have just completed The Fire Kimono. Tomorrow I head out to obtain the Cloud Pavilion, but I am worried. What happens when I finish that one. When can we expect another follow up book?I would still like to see a film series started with Shiju, how can we help bring it to the attention of producers? Mentally I try to cast each character as I read. Do you ever envision any individuals for these roles?Thank you for many hours of enjoyment.Bill
January 30, 2011 - 18:09:58 (PST)
ditto with all the other fans waiting for more of your Sano Ichiro novels!! I have read and have all of the books of that particular series and keep regularly checking for a notice informing us of when a new one will be forthcoming. I love and have read many suspense and murder mystery novels by many great authors, and personally your Sano Ichiro series is the best, bar none! Blessings!
January 23, 2011 - 08:57:49 (PST)
LOVE YOUR BOOKS!!!!! Like everyone else, when will the next one be here? No pressure, but please. Thanks again, one of your many adoring fans.
January 22, 2011 - 15:52:33 (PST)
Fascinating and intriguing. I love theseries. Thank you for taking me back tomy roots.
January 20, 2011 - 15:03:31 (PST)
Enjoyed all of your books. When will the next one arrive?
January 20, 2011 - 11:41:27 (PST)
When is the next Sano Ichiro book coming, have read every single one...need more!!!
January 16, 2011 - 17:50:44 (PST)
I just the books and would love to read another one please. I miss reading them. I miss your characters because they seem so real and believable. Please get a new book out soon. Right now I am re-reading my books until a new one comes out. your fan heather
January 07, 2011 - 17:54:03 (PST)
as a retired LAPD detective I love your books please keep them coming.good old fashion police work.
January 05, 2011 - 13:31:46 (PST)
Hi,I just lovedthe Sano Ichiro series - I have read them all and am so sad there are no more to read - will there be any more coming soon!!Tina
December 20, 2010 - 08:07:04 (PST)
Ms. Rowland,A note of appreciation for your wonderful feudal Japan mystery series. Really fabulous! These books deserve much acclaim. You transport the reader to another time, and capture the feel of 17th century Japan so well. And the power and politics of court intrigue are modern as well as feudal. Thank you for your work, you have given this reader many hours of escape, and nostalgia as well. Having grown up in a Japanese influenced culture, these books make me feel a bit homesick too. Many kudos and best wishes to you!
December 13, 2010 - 14:48:39 (PST)
Since I completed Shinju, I have read everything up to The Dragon Kings Palace, each book is better than the last,I am going out to get the Perfumed Sleeve. As I read each book I envision it as a movie, have you been approached to do one. It would be great to start the series from Shinju on.One suggestion, some people may become confused with the Japanese names, have you ever thought of listing the names of characters so that readers can go back and refresh themselves as to who they are. Keep writing.Domo arigato gozaimasuBill Brown
December 09, 2010 - 10:40:06 (PST)
Just finished The Concubine Tatoo and can now eagerly look forward to reading the other Sano books to cheer up our cold winter here in Wales.Totally different genre for me but could not put this book down and neglected all the daily chores! Derek from Wales
December 08, 2010 - 13:17:22 (PST)
Hello! I really enjoy your books and you are one of my favorite authors! I also got into writing accidentally and have been for over 7 years now. I used to live in New Orleans but I live in Japan. I hope I get a fortunate break as you did! Keep up the great work!P.S. I love Kurosawa Akira films!
December 07, 2010 - 22:40:52 (PST)
I just want to say that you are my favorite author. I have all your books, half of them are authographed. I always look forward to the next adventure for Sano Ichiro. I would love to see one of your books up on the big screen. Thank you for the beautiful stories.
December 04, 2010 - 20:10:51 (PST)
Interesting and beautifull books about Sano Ichiro. But, why in spansh only are six of all of them?, Meanwhile in Venezuela exist only six books in spanish, in the spanish world are seven books. I wish can read all your literature, as soon as possible, in spanish. Thanks, and sorry for my bad english.
December 02, 2010 - 20:02:51 (PST)
really appreciate the time, and effort you put into the sano ichiro series. its refreshing and gives me glimpse into history. Can t wait for another book!
October 16, 2010 - 22:55:59 (PST)
Precious Laura; I am soooo happy for you. I returned to college when I was 35 and received my Registered Nurse degree and license when I was 40. I too was the oldest in my class of nursing students and had a previous career of teaching children with special needs. Reviving dreams is such an awesome feeling and fulfilling them is a very pure and spiritual feeling. Conversely, I am filled with grief as I miss Sano and his ohana. Will you write of him again? Stay well and thrive in your dream (((((((Laura))))))All my aloha,Carole
October 06, 2010 - 21:53:29 (PST)
I have read all your books except "Cloud Pavillion" which I will get to next week. When is the next one due? I do like to pace myself. Love your writing, you are one of my favorite authors. Thank you!!!
October 01, 2010 - 12:48:43 (PST)
Just finished Shinju, wow!Your words painted vivid pictures of Japan and Edo in that time period. I have been to Japan 14 times and each time was better than the last.As I read your book, I wondered if you had been approached to have it made into a film? It would be great.Bill
September 29, 2010 - 19:52:19 (PST)
I love your Sano Ichir novels and am eagerly looking to read the next one after the Cloud Pavillion. When is it due? You tell a magnificent story each time. Congratulations for entertaining your readers so well. - Uma
September 26, 2010 - 13:45:34 (PST)
Thank you for taking me to japan and back with your sano ichiro series, Ms. Rowland. I love all the books in the series. I hope to read more soon. Good luck with your writing.
September 17, 2010 - 12:37:57 (PST)
When is the next Sano Ichiro book due?Thank you
September 07, 2010 - 13:36:39 (PST)
Hello Laura, my dad lived in Japan and Korea before I was born. At an early age,I would spend hours looking at all the photos from all his travels. You do a great job of fusing history and fiction about Edo,Japan. I spent a month in Japan and while I was there, I tried to see as much of that period as possible.Because much from that period has been destroyed by earthquakes, wars, etc., I often thought of your books.
August 19, 2010 - 22:05:22 (PST)
I just wanted to say thank you very much i have just finished way of the traitor and can`t wait till the next book gets here in the post so again thank you for the books
August 19, 2010 - 16:39:59 (PST)
Hello Laura-my name is Ginger, and just like you i went to college for something other than writing but ended up falling in love with it. I have been reading your books for many years and have found so much inspiration in them that last year i started my own novel. My dream came true when my first book "A Gypsy Tale" was published. I gained tons of inspiration from your characters and learned a lot about character development by reading your sano series. Reiko is my favorite, and love reading about her. someday i hope to travel to japan, its my dream. In the mean time your books offer me a world i could only imagine. thanks again!!!!
August 10, 2010 - 17:53:59 (PST)
Dear Laura, I had been desperately searching for a book that actually interested me enough to not put down- as I did when a youth. Strangely, not knowing anything about you I walked past your book on the shelves of my local Barnes and Noble, and Shinju called my name. I picked it up and bought it. I just knew it was a winner and had no idea it was even your first book- guess I knew where to start! I am now doing a collge presentation on you for my creative writing class. I have always been intrigued by feudal Japan and now you are serving as an integral part of my future, career and life. I cannot thank your book enough for grabbing ME off the shelves of my non-mysterious life and coloring me with your work.Morgen Voelkner
August 09, 2010 - 00:02:39 (PST)
I eagerly await your Sano Ichiro Mysteries novels to be out in the library and also plan to collect all of the series once I get a stable job.
August 03, 2010 - 22:35:02 (PST)
I love your Sano series. They are wonderful.
July 08, 2010 - 17:12:22 (PST)
Hello I just returned from Japan.I have an acquaintance there who might like to read your novelsHave any been translated and published in Japanese language ?THanks for the great stories and descriptions !
July 07, 2010 - 20:36:16 (PST)
just finished The Cloud Pavillon and was so pleased to read about Asakusa Temple and Ueno - we stayed at a lovely ryokan in Asakusa last summer and walked through the temple grounds every day. You've made the centuries fall away and I can see Asakusa as it once was before the city grew around it. Your books were a tremendous help in learning about Japan and in our appreciation of what we saw in museums. Thank you!
July 05, 2010 - 17:02:18 (PST)
Hi Laura!I've often thought about you since high school and wondered what ever happened to you. I have looked for you on Classmates.com and on Facebook. Just a minute ago, I googled you and could not believe what I found! What an exciting life you've lived! Congratulations on all of your successes! I'm living in Boston w/husband and three girls. I'm going to rush to the bookstore tomorrow so I can begin reading your books! All the best!Cindy Clifton (HWHS)
July 03, 2010 - 22:25:45 (PST)
I love, love, love the Sano Ichiro novels! I\\\'m always checking to see if there are updates! I keep the whole collection and always recommend and lend the books out. Thank you Laura!!
July 01, 2010 - 21:15:02 (PST)
I have just read two of the Sano Ichiro books. I love them. Thank you for a great story and memorable characters.
June 30, 2010 - 20:13:39 (PST)
What a wonderful way for me to learn a history that my education by-passed. Thank you.
June 29, 2010 - 14:09:10 (PST)
Hi Laura: I too am a Charlotte Bronte fan and Ijust finished reading Bedlam. I really enjoyed it...perhaps especially since I'm a retired mentalhealth professional. I loved the way you wove the Victorian sciences and other historic 19thCentury British events into your story. Bedlam was great fun to read for one who loves history and alsoscience...like me. I loved your descriptions ofQueen Victoria and Albert too. There was humorhere and there, passion, intrigue. Keep on writing.And I think your concept of Charlotte's characteris very good. Sure, she is a little old fashioned butthat is required. And her spunk and genius comes through. Maybe now I will try your other novels. Bye. Marian Stauffer
June 26, 2010 - 20:17:01 (PST)
Like so many of your readers I wait for each new Sano Ichiro book. The thought of you taking illustrating classes--it would be wonderful if you would add your own illustrations to this series. Whenever I read your books, I feel that I know you in some small way. Please keep writing.
June 25, 2010 - 18:01:23 (PST)
I just had to tell you how much I love your Sano Ichero series. I have read every one of them and have loved them. I have learned so much about the Japanese culture. I love Reiko and her strong, intelligent style. It is great to see a strong woman in that period. I just finished Cloud Pavillion and can\'t wait for the next book. Thank you for sharing your world with us.
June 24, 2010 - 14:10:28 (PST)
Dear Rowland San:I discovered your first Sanyo Ichiro book by accident - in this case, I judged the book by it's cover! Beautiful graphics! Then I began reading the description. Perfect! I got hooked on mysteries by reading a very popular book at the time and then wanted more. Little did I know you were already building up quite a great series that would keep me busy for a long while. I raced through the first book, trying to make it last longer by pacing myself but I couldn't help it. Then I discovered your series. I think that year I had a kind of a quiet social life.I go to Japan once a year, so tried to wait to read the books on that long trip. But that was impossible! I had to read them asap. I've also shared with so many friends, we could have a book club on your series alone!Thanks for deciding to write about feudal Japan -- fascinating and educational. Thanks for all your research and dedication. If you ever exhaust yourself with Japan, please move to the Mainland. Judge Bao is cool, but Chinese mysteries need you too! Hope you aren't planning on retiring any time soon.My best regards and appreciation...Diane
June 21, 2010 - 12:44:04 (PST)
Hi Laura,I started reading Bedlam recently and was astonished to find out in the book that Nicholas lived in Kremlin. He and many monarchs of Russia lived in Saint Petersburg in Winter Palace mostly. Kremlin was used for coronation ceremonies only until the revolution in 1917.Sincerely
June 15, 2010 - 15:03:58 (PST)
I love your books!! I just happened to pick up the samurai\'s wife one day and since then i have been hooked, i\'ve read all your books they are amazing! please keep writing!
June 08, 2010 - 16:09:17 (PST)
In one of your mystery novels you mentioned a \"ghost scream\" that was so lound it could kill. Is this really true, and if so how did you find out about it?Thanks. I am one of your fans.
June 01, 2010 - 07:27:00 (PST)
Dear Laura Joh Rowland, I am a great fan of your samurai adventures. I did like \"The Ninja\" from Eric van Lustbader or books like \"Gai-Jin\" from Marc Olden - but your stories about Sano Ichiro and Yanigasawa belong to the best literature if somebody likes the Japanese culture. I do look forward to \"The Cloud Pavilion\", the 13th Sano in the German bookshops! Especially I wait for more chapters, which tell about the art of budo. Thank you for your work. Best wishes, Katka
May 30, 2010 - 15:13:57 (PST)
Please return to your Sano Ichiro books since the Charlotte Bronte character does not work. She is uninteresting and the story is ridiculous. I have enjoyed all our previous books, but will not continue to read any further "Charlotte" books.
May 23, 2010 - 08:32:35 (PST)
Dear Ms RowlandI picked up your first Sano Ichiro adventure a few weeks ago and was immediately captivated by the character, the times and the complications of living in 17th century Edo. It gave my a great deal of pleasure, which was greatly enhanced upon finding that I have many months ahead of me in which I will read the further dozen or so adventures of of yor protagonist.Thank youGerryLondon UK
May 22, 2010 - 11:17:18 (PST)
I've read and enjoyed all of your mystery novels. Your female characters,both heros and villians, are especiallyintersting. Please keep the series alive. Thank you!
May 18, 2010 - 19:09:49 (PST)
I've read and enjoyed all of your mystery novels. Your female characters,both heros and villians, are especiallyintersting. Please keep the series alive. Thank you!
May 18, 2010 - 19:07:51 (PST)
My Favourite author, I\\\'ve read all of your books and every time I visit the bookstore I look for books like the ones you write, so far nothing compares. I feel a real sense of disappointment every time I finish a book wanting more.
May 16, 2010 - 14:36:56 (PST)
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April 29, 2010 - 07:20:00 (PST)
I, too, look forward to new Sano mysteries from you! They are my favorites. I've been re-reading the whole series this spring. It's great to re-read a book that you haven't for a long time. One suggestion, though. Why don't you give Lady Yanagisawa a first name? It seems cumbersome to always refer to her by her title, especially as much as she appears in the stories.
April 27, 2010 - 16:49:18 (PST)
Laura, We met during your visit to M is for Mystery in San Mateo some years ago. Wish you would come back. Regarding your self-portrait, when I saw it I immediately thought that it represented the delightful person you are contrasted to the horror you visualize and write about from inside yourself. The teeth thing is interesting however. I love your books and have them all, but some are unsigned. Come up North to M again and sign my books. Glad your home survived.
April 26, 2010 - 16:38:35 (PST)
I have been a fan of yours, ever since I read your first book, "Shinju". I am only leaving this note this time I visited your page is because I am dying to know if the "Cloud Pavillion", is your last book in the series? I hope not, but please give your fans a heads up you decide to end the Sano Ichio books, I really enjoy them.
Alice M Miller
April 20, 2010 - 14:38:07 (PST)
Hi,I started with the snow empress and we, my wife and I, stormed the libraries in Singapore. We love reading your books. So many new vocab and usage help our English improve a lot and we both are interested in Japan. So thanks for the books. Hope you write more books.Take care. George & Yuki
George & Yuki
April 20, 2010 - 05:47:20 (PST)
Dear Laura, I read your first book 'Shinju' about a year ago. Chanced upon it at the library.. the cool cover caught my eye. And now I have read 'em all! I am addicted to the Sano Echiro series. I had never read historical fiction before you. I am amazed at your masterful weaving of stories in a colorful yet brutal and complex fuedal Japan. Your description is so beautiful that I now have Japan in the list of countries to visit. When are you publishing the next book in the Sano Ichiro series? And while I wait, do you have any suggestions for me on Japanese historical fiction similar to your writings?Thank you for writing all those books! I have truly enjoyed reading them.Best wishes,Latha
April 11, 2010 - 23:51:29 (PST)
Congratulatons on another excellent Sano-san tale. I have followed your stories since the begining and have everyone of Sano\'s adventures. Your novels are one of the few authors I collect. I enjoy revisiting the sites of Edo that I have seen in modern Tokyo. I have strolled the grounds of the shogun\'s palace and the Imperial Gardens. Asakusa Temple is familiar ground. So now I ask, how will you treat the story of Lord Asano and the 47 Ronin? The time of the event is near. I am looking forward to the next Ichiro adventure, I can only imagine what trouble young Masahiro will get into that will vex Rieko and Sano. What an independent youngster wanting to follow in his parents footsteps and how will he cross paths with the master spy?
Augustus Turpin Granger
April 08, 2010 - 01:16:33 (PST)
The only genre of books I usually don't read are mysteries. Yours are the ONLY exception to that rule! :) As soon as a new book comes out, I'm there to buy it. All the best to your family and yourself and of course: Cheers to Sano, Reiko, Hirata (my fave :) ), Midori and the rest of the gang! Hope you can do an apperance here in Florida soon :)
April 05, 2010 - 15:22:16 (PST)
The Snow Empress is the second book of yours that I have read and enjoyed. I am interested in your Korean & Chinese ancestry. My Korean mother-in-law\'s family were in ShangHai in the 19th and 20th centuries. Some are still in Hong Kong. Apparently they left the mainland when the communist took control. I would like to known more about the Koreans living and doing business in China. Thank you.
April 04, 2010 - 10:24:04 (PST)
Your books are extremely addictive. I am having a hard time finding Bundori and Way of the Warrior, any ideas on where I can get these last two books in your series? I began reading the series in December and am finally reading The Fire Kimono but I'm missing those two books. Any ideas? Any help is appreciated.
April 03, 2010 - 03:57:06 (PST)
Your books have become a serious addiction! I impatiently wait for each new book...then voraciously read it....then brokenhearted realize that now it\'s over and the wait begins again! hahaha When is the next one due? It would be an awesome project for film/TV....what action and adventure!
March 30, 2010 - 20:46:48 (PST)
In 2008, I unexpectedly, for one so young, developed congestive heart failure and went through a long depressing recovery period. During that time, I discovered your wonderful books. I have just completed The Cloud Pavilion. It was fabulous. You have made me an avid collector of vintage Japanese clothing and prints by Beej Smith. Thank you for sharing your talent with us.Stephanie Cincotta Santa Fe, NM
March 16, 2010 - 09:10:15 (PST)
I was very glad that everything is working out in New York for you and Marty.
Lonal G. Rowland
March 15, 2010 - 20:17:04 (PST)
I love your books. Your newest one The Cloud Pavilion was simply amazing. The suspense and thrill of figuring out who the perpetrator was, was just written perfectly. I can’t wait till your next book comes out.
March 12, 2010 - 22:17:02 (PST)
i was never a reader untill i discoverd ur books in a libary now every time i see one of ur books that i never read i pick it up and cant put it down till i find out what happends to sano and reko cant waint till the new book i loved the cloud pavilion awsome read! many thanks for getting me to start reading again love ur work keep it up ur fan will Niagra Fall canada
March 12, 2010 - 14:10:42 (PST)
I've been pursuing your works since reading Snow Empress and am really impressed with the plots. You have become one of my favourite authors. Hope to see your next work after the Cloud Pavilion. I can't wait to see what Sano and Reiko are going to face next.
March 07, 2010 - 08:15:34 (PST)
I throughly enjoy your books as well as my wife does, but, we do not enjoy the sexual parts of them, granted a little sex is ok, but, I and my wife, both think you overdo it, I have no idea how other people think, and do not really care, but,I doubt if we are along in our thinking. We will continue to read the books because of the plots, but we do skip the sexual junk. Luckly we get the books from the local Library, and do not buy them...
March 06, 2010 - 18:27:11 (PST)
Dear friends of old Edo, I've just finished the Cloud Pavilion and could amend my map of Edo with some new 'hot spots'. Sorry Laura, I worry you have misplaced Chomeiji Temple: it's in the West of Edo castle beyond Yotsuya, at least it is still there today. Anybody interested in the map feel free to contact me.
March 02, 2010 - 07:29:17 (PST)
Laura, just finished the fire kimono, and as always, ready for the next. I already have the cloud pavilion, and am itching to get started. The only problem is what happens after I finish that one. I have read all of the Sano Ichiro books, and am absolutely one of your biggest fans. Maybe I\'ll see you in Flushing one of these days when I visit my parents. Thanks,Daniel.
March 01, 2010 - 00:19:05 (PST)
Wow! I just discovered your bookslast year and their GREAT!Your now my Favorit Author!I\'ve had to buy somee of your booksbut it\'s worth it! I\'m hooked!Take CareLove Ya!
February 25, 2010 - 14:12:30 (PST)
I\\\'m reading your book Shinju and didn\\\'t realize the other books are all part of a series. This is the first one I\\\'ve read by you and am enjoying it so much. I can\\\'t wait to read the whole series. My question is....which book is the first in the series, so I can read them in order. I live in New Orleans with my Japanese wife, Yumi. She wants to read it as soon as I\\\'m finished. I will hopefully get to meet you in April when you come here. Thank you for the enjoyable reading experience. Daniel
Daniel and Yumi Jouet
February 22, 2010 - 14:48:01 (PST)
Ms Rowland: Congratulations: you’ve done it again! I’ve just finished The Cloud Pavilion and come away from it even more impressed with your ingenuity. Most writers of serial novels, having taken their hero and heroine to the pinnacle, are shortly forced to either kill them off or cease writing about them. Instead, you demote them – a brilliant stroke that really extends their longevity!! If you continue to follow the real timeline, Tsunayoshi doesn’t die until 1709. And, if you chose to include the seven years of turbulence under Ienobu and Ietsugu, we readers conceivably can enjoy another 15 years of you working more of your magic. Plot material abounds too. In The Cloud Pavilion you disallow Tsunayoshi’s trip to Nikko due to the shogunate’s declining revenues, thus presaging the real financial crisis of 1704-1705, a period with plenty of fertile ground for continuing conflict between Sano and the Yanagisawas. Your knowledge of this period appears encyclopedic; either your undergraduate memory is very good or your research is of the first order. I now own every one of the Sano series and will certainly continue buying as long as you keep writing them. With Shinju, you became my favorite mystery author – each succeeding volume is as good as or better than the last. For an “accidental” writer, you are indeed the happiest of accidents.R. L. AbrahamLt Col, USA (ret.)
February 16, 2010 - 23:08:26 (PST)
I'd just like to say thank you... I truly enjoy your work and whenever I'm not here in our world, I'm in Sano's world. I just finished The Cloud Pavilion last week, and I'm not ready to leave Tokugawa Edo, so I went through my library and found that I actually never read The Way of the Traitor because Border's couldn't get it for me - I found it on Amazon last year and so I read it over the weekend. Of course I finished it already and I've moved on to my 2nd reading of The Concubine's Tattoo. ^_^One of my wishes for this new year is for your Sano Ichiro series to be made into movies or a mini-series on PBS or something...that would be great!!!Goodluck with everything and I look forward to what's next w/ Sano, Reiko, and all of them...
February 16, 2010 - 12:36:08 (PST)
I'm not the easiest reader to captivate, but Ive read each one of the books in your Sano Ichiro series and loved them all.....PLEASE dont stop writing them!!....I look forward to each new release and always anxiously await my pre-ordered copies.
February 13, 2010 - 19:40:28 (PST)
Love your books, having a hard time finding them at books a million like I used to. I look forward to each new book. Thank you
February 05, 2010 - 09:04:05 (PST)
Mrs. Rowland, your books are amazing!! You really did your research on this period in Japanese history. Everything is excellent. I love your stories and look forward to reading everything you write. As long as you keep writing, i will keep reading. Keep the great stories coming!!Loyal reader,Brandon
February 04, 2010 - 07:30:28 (PST)
Discovered your books while just browsing the shelves in the library, looking to find a new author to try. Started with the first book and really liked it. Just finished Black Lotus last week. Brought home the next 2 books from the library today. I like the way you bring in Japanese culture and history. Made me interested in learning more. Also checked out a couple nonfiction books on samurai/shoguns at the library. But aside from the historical perspective, the plots are very well done. I find the books hard to put down, wanting to know who is guilty and how Sano will get out of various predicaments. Thanks for some great story telling.
February 01, 2010 - 14:53:55 (PST)
Dear Mrs Rowland,I live in Italy, where...unfortunately...it is by no means easy to find your wonderful novels. I was fortunate to find two of them in a public library: Bundori and The Concubine"s Tattoo. These fascinating, gripping re-creations of Edo Japan have left me hungry for more! Please let me know where in Italy I might be able to order the whole series; they"re awfully expensive to order from outside Italy (shipping costs are higher than the price of the books themselves). The characters in your books are lovely. I cannot help but feel sorry for the wretched, twisted figure of the Chancellor, so warped by his personal tragedies. I haven"t read beyond The Concubine"s Tattoo, but hope sincerely for his eventual redemption and reconciliation with Sano who, by the way, is one of the finest, noblest characters in all novels based on Japanese history. Congratulations for a job well done! Best wishes,Mary
January 31, 2010 - 09:35:41 (PST)
I just found your new book at my library and now I must ration it out to last. Your writing is a joy and when I visited Japan you allowed me to visit locations as though I'd been there beforeThank you, Jan
January 27, 2010 - 10:57:40 (PST)
Just finished reading Shinju in the shortest time it has ever taken me to read such a book. Fantastic. Totally gripping from cover to cover. Would it be possible to have signed copy of one of your books. I am currently deployed in Iraq so would love something so special to treasure out here. Great book anyway and I shall look forward to ordering the rest of the series.ThanksMartin
January 27, 2010 - 01:57:10 (PST)
My wife and I have discovered your books and absolutely love them she is from Japan and thrilled that someone has written about old Japan. I have just finished the \'\'Secret Adventures of Charlotte Brontee\'\', it was bloody GREAT, when is your next book about Brontee coming out....Thanks for some great reading..Cecil and Fumiko...
January 20, 2010 - 23:44:41 (PST)
Just found you in the Mystery section at Barnes & Noble - the cover art for The Fire Kimono caught my eye. I began reading it in the store. Visiting your website, I also discovered the Secret Life of Charlotte Bronte. I'm hooked.
January 17, 2010 - 11:18:43 (PST)
Mrs. Rowland, how wonderful that you've moved to NYC! I lived there for 40 years before I was forced to move to FL. I hate it here but only because it's not NY. I've been back to NY twice a year for the past 4 years though. I usually roam around the Flushing area. My favorite places to visit when I'm there are the Ah Rhee Soo Restaurant and Minnie's Shabu Shabu. I'm planning on a trip this June or July..as I walk the streets, I'll be looking for you!
January 10, 2010 - 01:52:17 (PST)
Hi Mrs Rowland, I really look forward to reading your Sano Ichiro series. I love mysteries and have had a fascination with 17th century Japan since I got hooked on Kurasawa's Samuri movies while in high school in the late 50's. Congrats on your fantastic stories and many thanks for the enjoyment they bring me! One question: Has the Sano series been translated into Japanese and if so is the series popular in Japan?
January 08, 2010 - 20:23:37 (PST)
For about ten years I have been collecting your books. I love you for your writing is so beautiful. The plots and the characters are so alive. It takes you months to write it and two days for me to read it because I can not put them down. I can't wait to see what will happen next so life can be hard waiting for the next tale. My secret desire is to see the return of the female ninja after all of these years. All of my favorite authors are dead. You are the only living series writer that I really enjoy. You really give meaning to life. How can a person die without knowing the end of your tale. I wish I could get all of my books by you. Your works means a lot to me.
January 07, 2010 - 12:37:27 (PST)
Your Sano Ichiro work contains wonderful imagery in addition to great stories. Have you ever considered seeing it adapted for film or perhaps serialized for something of the caliber of say, Masterpiece Theater? Might have to clean up a few bits for public television though...ahem :~. Lots of producers up there in NYC I hear!
January 05, 2010 - 21:41:18 (PST)
Dear Mrs Rowland! I simply love your books. As a great fun of old Japan I do admire your ideas and I can only imagine how much research you must be \'putting into\' writing each of the books in the series. As many other readers I wish you could write faster!!!! ;))Do you ever visit UK??? And how about having a profile of Facebook? I\'m sure many were disappointed not to find you there... Did you know that Sano has a fun page there...?I wish you all the best for 2010 and your new life in NY.With kind regardsMargaret Karlinski, London, UK
December 31, 2009 - 06:25:47 (PST)
Good day. I have recently become acquainted with your books, starting with Bundori, and am totally captivated by them. I would like to make one request however: would it be possible to include a map? I appreciate that 1690 Japan differs somewhat from that of today, but it would be really good to know the layout of Edo and its relationship to other locations mentioned in your books. I realise from your web site that there are many more books that you have written than are obtainable from my local library and I look forward to acquiring them and reading them all in due course. All the best.
December 29, 2009 - 09:11:39 (PST)
Last year I read a review of "Fire Kimono" in Entertainment Weekly and thought it was right up my alley. I enjoy fiction and nonfiction stories about Japan and China in the 19th century and earlier. Then I found out this was the thirteenth book in a series. This year I have read books one through twelve and am now reading "Fire Kimono" with "The Cloud Pavillion" sitting and waiting. I love these books and hope there are more to come. Signed a fan of your books.
December 24, 2009 - 19:17:13 (PST)
Hi! Dear Laura, I early know you and your Sano\\\'s histories and I fell in love with them, they are simply great. I\\\'m UNAM (Mexico) student and accidentally found your books in the library. Since the first pages of \\\"Concubine\\\'s Tatto\\\" (the first I read) I\\\'m fascinated. Thanks a lot! You are my best female writter
December 21, 2009 - 19:10:48 (PST)
I just finished "The Samurai's wife," and i continuing reading " The Black Lotus Sutra." Love ur novels with brisk details depicted ancient Japan! And the thrills that Sano's case, too. Japan FTW !!!
December 12, 2009 - 21:53:50 (PST)
Thank you! Thank you for Sano. I was injured in a serious accident & reading help me excape the pain/disability.As an ex anthropologist, art historian I have always loved Japan.I picked up the first Sano book & was hooked. Not only are they intriguing, but informative & funny! They have truly helped me through some of my more painful days(& nights). Problem is I read them too fast! LOL. Can't put them down. Thank you so much, Aricia
Aricia K. Wagner
December 12, 2009 - 15:12:20 (PST)
Dear Ms Rowland,First, welcome to NY!Just wanted to let you know that you can never stop writing about Sano! :) I bought my mother 'The Fire Kimono' when it came out and she was hooked. Now she has gone back and read the series from the beginning and is in a panic because she is nearing the last one!!! She loves your books so much, just wanted to let you know the pleasure you have brought to her reading life! Will you do an appearance here in Queens? We have a Borders here in Glendale, not to far from Flushing! (hint, hint):)
December 10, 2009 - 23:29:10 (PST)
Just wanted to drop Ms. Rowland a line to let her know how much I appreciate her novels. I started at the beginning with a hardcover version of Shinju, and I was hooked! I've now found the entire body of Sano Ichiro work in hardcover and I'm thrilled at the prospect of reading through them. As a Japanophile, student of the Edo period and frequent visitor to that country, Ms. Rowland's books are such an incredible delight. Domo arigato gozaimasu!
December 07, 2009 - 11:47:38 (PST)
I have just spent three days immersed in 17th century Edo thanks to Red Chrysanthemum. It was a most enjoyable read- thank you for this intelligent and well-written series!Barbara in Toronto
December 02, 2009 - 21:11:03 (PST)
hello Mrs. Rowland,this is trevor again i wanted to say that i absolutly loved fire kimono. i have read some of the posts of others and i wish that you only listen to your heart of hearts when writing. you have an eloquince and prestine foundation you work off. meening please dont change a single thing, unless you see fit, with out the guidence of others. i also wish you the best luck with the new house in ny and the best to your husband and his new job. i would like to hear of a book series featuring some of the other characters in the book. for instance a book on the futer detective life of masahiro or of stories of secret family members that have a fantastic ploy to the sano series! best wishes and thank you again for your fantabulis writings! if you get a second i would love to talk to you, email@example.com, or firstname.lastname@example.org, best with love Trevor
December 02, 2009 - 15:49:25 (PST)
Just finished "The Cloud Pavilion".As delightful as any of your others.Delightful,too, is the return to illustrated dust covers after the truly dreadful photographs of several of the recent others.
December 01, 2009 - 20:40:16 (PST)
Let us know your new address. Hope you guys are happy in your new location.
Loyd and Connie
November 26, 2009 - 12:48:16 (PST)
Thank you so much for sharing Sano and "the gang" with the rest of the world. I love to read because of authors like you. It is such a wonderful contribution to our "great libary". Your stories are a valuable insite to a time in Japan when ingnorance and honor lived side by side. It's delightful to be in the moment with Sano, feeling his frustration sense of duty to his family and at the same time, bury yourself into each scene inhaling every sight, sound and taste of Edo.Keep them coming! Don't stop!
November 25, 2009 - 09:11:21 (PST)
Ms. Rowland, people call me jim. I am a clinical psychologist and I have been a deshi of the classical budo of Okinawa and Japan since the age 12 in 1973. I have many oral tradition stories of Okinawan Toudi (china hand)and no one has ever told about the birthplace of the empty/void hand arts. I would cherish an opportunity to have some form discourse with you regarding my life-long passion and the jewels contained in oral tradition that so few know about. contact me @ my email address: email@example.com ; Gumbatte, Kudasai. . . jim
Dr. James C. Warren, Jr., Psy.D.
November 23, 2009 - 20:40:49 (PST)
I am reading my first book by you. Unfortunately is the series I am reading the the new Fire Kimono first. I am thoroughly enjoying every line. I sometimes imagine myself as a youngster back home. I was raised in Japan near Tokyo. Our front yard looked out onto Mt Fuji.
November 14, 2009 - 17:00:11 (PST)
As a collector of all things geisha I was delighted to find your books. I'm reading the whole series and am currently reading the Perfumed Sleeve. I can't wait to buy the rest of your books. Also because of the lovely covers they are becoming part of my geisha collection and I won't be passing them on like I usually do with books, I'll be keeping them to read again.Susan, Toronto, Canada
November 09, 2009 - 14:35:56 (PST)
I have read all 14 Sano Ichiro novels and have enjoyed each. Obviously, some were better than others but all "good reads".In the "Cloud Pavilion", Not bringing Hirata's mysterious opponent to a conclusion is like saying "to be continued". Every novel should be a complete novel in itself. Secondly, I am getting tired of the Yanagissawa villan, let's kill him off. Also, how feeble is the Shogun going to get before a family mmmmember takes over?
November 03, 2009 - 12:39:14 (PST)
I checked out Shinju from my local library because it looked interesting. I read it and I loved it. I had no idea there was a whole series and was soo excited when I found out. I have read 4 books so far and I intend on reading them all! You are a gifted writer. Mary Anne Ireland, Romeo, Mi
Mary Anne Ireland
October 28, 2009 - 22:50:31 (PST)
After finishing the Fire Kimono I updated my EDO map. All those who like to join Sano and Reiko on the map just mail me and I'll mail back with a copy.
October 27, 2009 - 08:38:25 (PST)
I try to get everyone of your new books. I love the plots and story lines about Reiko and Sano and their friends
October 26, 2009 - 04:09:16 (PST)
Mrs. Rowland, I am absolutely captivated by your Sano Ichiro series. Thank you so much for filling the books with stunning imagery, suspenseful drama and storylines, and Japanese politics, culture, and emotions. You truly and expertly open up a new world to readers -- I applaud your amazing writing and storytelling skills. I think I will cry when you complete the series; you will always be my all-time favorite author =].
October 13, 2009 - 19:54:02 (PST)
Laura, you are my new favorite author! I discovered you via your book, The Secret Adventures of Charlotte Bronte, and am hooked!! From there, I have gone on to read the Sano Ichiro series and absolutely LOVE them. I have learned so much about an area of the world that I knew nothing about. I know I will have to go to Japan someday and see the historical places mentioned in your books. Thank you for writing incredibly creative, engaging, and thrilling books. Oh, on a sidenote, I love ALL of Charlotte Bronte's books(especially Jane Eyre). Thank you for bringing her to life in your book. Somehow, I feel I know her a little bit better!Is Seattle on your agenda? The NW needs to see you!Joy Sims
October 09, 2009 - 14:49:08 (PST)
I love the Sano Ichiro series. I read my first one (The Way of the Traitor) back in my high school days and that was the only one they had. I didn\'t find out until recently that it was actually a series. I graduated from high school a long time ago, so its a shame that I could have read more during that time that I read my first book of the series. I read all of them out of order (lol) but thats one of the neat things that I like about the author. All of her books are one of a kind. They make sense even if you don\'t read them in order. They are adventurous, exciting, and all around factual! I love the history, a lot of which I didn\'t know happened and I\'m just glad there is a series out there that has an all Asian cast!
October 05, 2009 - 20:29:37 (PST)
I just read the excerpt of the Cloud Pavillion...to say that I am at the edge of my seat would be a gross understatement; I cannot wait for November! I will have a copy on day one, for sure! Thank you, Ms. Rowland, for yet another sure-to-be amazing read!
September 24, 2009 - 19:36:33 (PST)
Hi,Don't know if anyone can help,We run a small martial arts school in the UK and are currently redesigning our logo. In the novel Shinju a reference to a kimono pattern worn by the Sumo wrestler Raiden is made. The pattern is of a cherry branch, sword and an oar. This pattern when apparently shouted out loud in Japanese sounds like the Japanese for 'I love a fight'. Is this true as we would love to incorporate this into our club logo?? If it is true can anyone us what the two Japanese sentences are?Sorry if this is a bizarre note, any help you can offer would be greatly appreciated...Kind regards
September 24, 2009 - 15:16:33 (PST)
I've read all your Sano books from Shinju till Red Chrysanthemum in 2 Months! They're great! When I was younger I've read all the great Samurai Books out there like Musashi, Taiko, Shogun, Gai-jin, The Samurai...Since then i never found any other good books about feudal japan....until i found your books! They brought a lot of joy into my life, THANK YOU! Greetings from Zürich, Switzerland
September 24, 2009 - 03:21:44 (PST)
I initially came to the Sano Ichiro series through a used booksale. In the Washington, DC the Goodwill Book sale was paramount to Christmas, New Years and a birthday all in one event. The volume, prices and selections were INCREDIBLE. Unfortunately, they have stopped the sale over 5 years ago. Nevertheless, I was perusing the fiction table when this gilded cover with Asian artwork caught my attention. It was a first edition hardback of Shinju in mint condition. I read the dustjacket and realized that this was more than a simple novel - it was an experience to commune with history and factual information about feudal Japan. I fell in LOVE immediately, and began to search for more information and titles about Sano. Well nearly 13 titles later - I still LOVE Sano - and have touted him on a number of reader/bookish sites on the Web.All of that being said - FIRE KIMONO - was the BEST in the series! I have loved everything from Bundori to Pillow Book to Assasins Touch to Concubine's Tattoo to Shinju. But Fire Kimono with the twists and turns which will engage a new Sano reader and highly titilate a veteran fan - was high suspense and palace intrigue. WOW! Is all I can say -- I waited nearly a year before reading Fire Kimono - because of school commitments - I wanted uninterrupted reading time - and this summer - slowly turning the pages - but dying to get to the end - was more than WORTH IT!I am thankful for the Web and glad to know that Cloud Pavilion is next - and my waiting is brief because it will be out 2009.In closing, I echo the sentiments of other fan's -- THANK YOU for writing the Sano Ichiro series. For those visual people - it would be a great series on cable or PBS - Until then, please keep writing - I am dying to see what the Ichiro children will become - I sense a whole lot of Reiko in her daughter.
September 15, 2009 - 08:52:58 (PST)
Thank you so much for writing Sano Ichiro Mysterys. We love the books and hope, that the last one will be translate to german language as soon as possible. Please, don't stop writing!!!
Sabine & Rene
September 14, 2009 - 07:01:42 (PST)
OMG! The Cloud Pavillion?!*Screams*Thank you so much for writing a new book!Hopefully, you write more Sano Ichiro books in the future. I have the whole series from you and I can't wait to read the latest addition. I always tell my friends about your books!They're just so... magically descriptive that I feel like I'm visiting ancient Japan every time I read them. Not only that, the plots are wonderfully crafted too.Mrs. Rowland, you are honestly one of my all-time favorite authors. Please keep up the good work and always know that there are fans like me all over the world who adore your work!~Angelica
September 07, 2009 - 03:10:58 (PST)
These are some of the best books I have ever readand I can't wait to read her books forever thank you.
September 05, 2009 - 13:23:39 (PST)
Hello Laura, it\'s so nice that you incorporate history into your novels - I\'ve read three of the Sano Ichiro novels and plan on reading them all. Thank you for writing the novels!
September 04, 2009 - 22:01:30 (PST)
Hi Laura, I really enjoy your work, but haven't seen any new posting on your website. Have you taken a hiatus from writing for the time being>? Perhaps you are working on a large project. Hope things are going well for you and hope to hear some new developments soon! ;-) Take care. Dave in Louisiana
September 03, 2009 - 14:56:05 (PST)
You are BY FAR my favorite writer in the world. I was about 17 years old when I began to read your books. \"The Samurai\'s Wife\" was the first of your works that I read while trying to block out all of the loud chatter of my high school cafeteria. I fell in love with the characters and the story line and it inspired me to write my own original short story for my English class assignment. I got an A on it, thanks to your example! Thank you for sharing your gift with the world and for continuing to inspire others to write passionatly, honestly, and vulnerably.
September 02, 2009 - 20:13:36 (PST)
Hi there, I love your books and I got all of them well not all of them I'm going to wait until the new one that is coming out in Nov.Anyway, I can't wait to see what happens to Sano and his family this time around. You know they should make a live action Tv series out of it or even better an anime series. I'm a huge fan of anime and this series would be perfect. Oh and making it into a manga series would be even better, I have seen other authors do that with their books and this would be great.Well keep up the good work and see you later.
August 19, 2009 - 14:34:18 (PST)
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August 19, 2009 - 03:20:46 (PST)
I started reading your books in high school and I was hooked. I took a reading class where we did free reading and I used that time to catch up on your whole series :) I just finished Red Chrysanthemum and The Snow Empress. Once I started it, I couldn\\\'t put it down. Haha I don\\\'t believe I even needed a bookmark! I\\\'ve yet to read The Fire Kimono but I hope to soon. Just wanted to let you know how much I love your books and hope you will continue writing them for a long time to come. I can\\\'t wait for your next installment. Maybe as a side project you could consider writing a mini book about the side characters? For example, Hirata or anything else relating to the Sano series? Though one day I\\\'m hoping to own all of your books so I can reread them someday in the future :)So to end this comment, thank you for writing and being an author. You\\\'ve shared amazing stories through your books and I\\\'m extremely glad to have read them.
August 17, 2009 - 07:59:59 (PST)
ähm hello my name is philipp and i come from germany since 5 years ( i\\\'m 16) i read all your books i love your books :)
August 16, 2009 - 16:50:50 (PST)
I happened upon your books when I was aimlessly browsing a bookstore one day. It was the best thing that happened to me - at a bookstore! First, thank you for all your hard work. It is appreciated. Second, I can't begin to tell you how addicting your work is. Your books help me take my mind off stressful situation and allow me to escape for days. They are quite enjoyable in both the literary sense and as therapy! Third, you are an inspiration. I've read you were not a writer through training and that being an author was a career change for you. I've often considered doing the same. At this point, I am no where near the level of talent that you are, but I hope one day, with enough dedication and love, I can be as successful as you. You are a great writer and story teller. Much respect. Hopefully, you'll continue with your craft for the Sano series!
August 13, 2009 - 04:35:17 (PST)
I found one of your books by accident a few years ago, and since have read all but a few of them (I'm still trying to find some, but I think I'll have to order them online). Your books are by far my favorite. I can't even imagine how you think up the complex plots. The details are amazing and so accurate. I've gotten my mother into reading them now, and we can't wait for the next book.
August 04, 2009 - 17:07:14 (PST)
I have to say that I discovered your books by accident. I'm really into Japanese stuff and I found one of your books and just loved the cover so I bought it. Once I started reading it realized that it was about halfway through the series, so I went back and started with the first and have loved the Sano series ever since. I just finshed Fire kimono today and can't wait for the next.
July 28, 2009 - 19:48:37 (PST)
I really loves to read your books about Sano Ichiro thrillers , excellent lessons about Japanese culture/customs of medieval Japan. I hope to visit Japan in near future.
July 26, 2009 - 10:41:48 (PST)
Ms. Rowland, i read black lotus because i liked the cover and anything Japanese. i loved the book so much that i started at the beginning and read every book you\'ve written about sano and reiko. i then pass them along to a friend and my parents who also love them. i'd like to get the older books in hardcover for my collection. every year i eagerly anticipate the newest sano saga and have not been dissapointed. keep up the great work. LONG LIVE SANO please!!!!
July 24, 2009 - 16:02:53 (PST)
Have been reading your books since Shinju and just finished The Fire Kimono. Please update us on this site and let us know when the next one will be appearing!
July 22, 2009 - 23:41:17 (PST)
I have read two of your books so far and truly enjoyed them both. I am looking forward to reading your whole line of the Sano novels.
July 21, 2009 - 12:45:56 (PST)
I am one of your fans.I have bought and read all of your books. I can honestly say I have loved every page you have written about the Sano Ichiro's series. Your writing on old Japan is entrancing!
July 19, 2009 - 00:34:19 (PST)
daer laura, just looked and found a contribution i made to guestbook on 13/06/05. have just finished the snow empress and having read all upto this book i am somewhat disappointed with it. the ainu culture and mysticism are good themes but is as we say "just can't my finger on it" where the dissatisfaction lies- perhaps the trite conversations; the pedantic prose; the over-explanation of characters' actions? it might be that my high expectation of your work has been so conditioned by all previous works and any perceived hiccup has engendered such a let-down. nonetheless, please keep delivering such an enjoyable timeframe of japanese history and culture. with thanks, chris anderson
July 16, 2009 - 22:01:56 (PST)
As a writer trying to write a single book, I'm amazed at your impressive body of work, especially considering the quality of your imagery and your adept use of the language. I'm almost finished with "Secret Adventures of Charlotte Bronte" and am already looking forward to making the acquaintance of Sano Ichiro.Congratulations for expressing your talent so well!
James P. Kelly
July 08, 2009 - 23:26:40 (PST)
Just finished "The Fire Kimono" and enjoyed it very much, as much as all the others in the series. The characters are wonderful, the stories are intriguing and the history and culture of Japan that is described is fascinating. Looking forward to the next one. Thank you for writing such entertaining and interesting books.
July 01, 2009 - 10:31:50 (PST)
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June 30, 2009 - 06:22:07 (PST)
Hello Laura Rowland! I must say your books are completely captivating and enchanting. I would to see you bring them to the big screen. I personally would try out for Reikos part (I think I can pull it off haha) If ever your thinking of making the jump, please let me know!! I hope you will continue on with the series as I can't wait for the next installment. Thank-you for your contribution of great creativity and imagination-without people like you many would fail to see past the surface.
June 24, 2009 - 09:27:25 (PST)
Dear Mrs. Rowland,My name is Trevor, and I have read every book of the Sano series. I would like to personally compliment you on your imagery techniques and your use of words. I was born deaf but through the miracles of modern science I was given the gift of hearing. From this handi-cap as I was little, I had extreme difficulty with reading. When I was age 14, I was visiting Lake Havasu, AZ, where I went to the local book store. On one of the shelves I saw your book The Samurai’s Wife; I was captivated by the art work on the cover. At this point in my life ii hated reading and was only at a 2nd grade level. I could not get past the first chapter because I had too much difficulty with the words and comprehension of the novel. A yeah or so later, after a move, I rediscovered your book in a box and started to read it. Through the tribulation of comprehension and the help of my mother I was able to start reading. After I had finished the first book I had to get all the previous books so I could better understand the plot of the mysterious Sano and his adventures. Ha-ha. As I type this letter it brings tears of joy to my eyes. I want to personally thank you for writing these books and tell you that the reason that I am able to read and am in college is because of you and your great mind. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.With love, your biggest fan, Trevor Hager
June 23, 2009 - 16:55:40 (PST)
Çäðàâñòâóéòå, Ëàóðà! ß ëþáëþ âñå âàøè êíèãè î Ñàíî Èñèðî. Íàäåþñü, ÷òî îíè áóäóò èçäàâàòüñÿ íà ðóññêîì ÿçûêå è äàëüøå.Èç Ðîññèè ñ ËÞÁÎÂÜÞ!Hello, Laura! I like all your books about Sano Ichiro. I hope that they will be published in Russian more and more.From Russia with LOVE!
June 23, 2009 - 04:09:48 (PST)
Dear Mrs Roland I would like to take this chance to both compliment you and add a complaint.With your and Eiji Yoshikawa\'s depiction of ancient Japan I feal as if I cannot go to Japan for it will never live up to my imagination that has been inspired by you two-Regards Rob
June 22, 2009 - 17:41:13 (PST)
Just finished The Fire Kimono.....When is your next Sano book coming out?
June 21, 2009 - 19:57:43 (PST)
Dear Mrs. Rowland,I love your creative mind. I am reading your Sano Ichiro series starting from your book Shinju. Such thrilling book so far and I intend to read all of your novels!
June 19, 2009 - 20:31:39 (PST)
I am listening to the \\\"Fire Kimono,\\\" the first Rowland book I have \\\"read.\\\" It sounds as if Tokugawa is being pronounced two different ways on the CDs, which is driving me crazy.--it sounds like \\\"2koogoowa\\\" when it is the name of the family, and when it is the shogunate the pronunciation is the one I normally hear--\\\"toekoogahwah\\\" (the way the hiragana is usually pronounced). Are these 2 different words? I can\\\'t tell from hearing it, and it is driving me nuts.Thanks!
June 12, 2009 - 14:38:02 (PST)
I have been reading your books for many years. I just finished The Fire Kimono. I have become a great fan of yours and of Sano Ichiro. I marvel at the knowledge of history of old Japan and that you explain various things pertaining to the era. The reading is easy and I can pick it up at any time and know exactly what was going on. I am waiting to hear if you will have another book soon. Thank you and continue writing. Janet Tanaka
May 21, 2009 - 11:35:28 (PST)
Dear Ms. Rowland,Let me express my admiration for the marvellous Sano Ichiro\'s misteries! I\'m an onco-patient who lives in Bulgaria. Almost all the time I\'m in terrible pains, but your books helped me last year to stand the sufferings. Reading the misteries it\'s like I really jump over territories and eras and dip into a totally different for me world. Characters, details, plot... everythings is so captivating! And coming to the end of each of the books I\'d wish the story to continue and continue... By the end of the month we\'ll have the Fire Kimono in our book stores (thanks to God they are very well translated!) and I\'m so impatient to have it and feel again the pleasure of getting acquainted with the ancient Japan and your characters. Thank you so much for the good times you\'ve offerred as a gift to me in the very hard moments I\'m in!
May 18, 2009 - 15:45:04 (PST)
Werner, I read your comments on Laura Joh Rowland's Guestbook re: missing a map of Edo for the Sano and Reiko series. I have had the same thoughts and keep looking for time to do a rough draft of a map, like you. And, I, too, went to the internet and googled everything I could. I have READ a great deal about old Edo. And, of, course, I am very drawn to the samurai code. But, a good map of Old Edo would be so exciting. I have visited Kyoto (Miyato in The Samurai's Wife), Osaka, Nara and Kobe and find that I can make a stab at visualizing Old Edo . . . but that's what a good imagination does for you as well.Keep reading! I am on pens and needles re: the next book in the series.
May 11, 2009 - 19:22:15 (PST)
Hi Laura, I am looking forward to your next book in the Sano Ichiro series. I keep checking to find a hint about it and know when it will be released. In the meantime I am re-reading the entire series. I am on book five and hope that by the time I finish the Fire Kimono for the second go-round, you will have sent the book 13 to your publishers. I am absolutely enthralled with your characters, the period of history and the samurai code. Keep writing! We love you!
May 11, 2009 - 19:16:59 (PST)
Hi Laura!I'm writing from Spain. In my country your books are not well know, but I already read all your publised ones. I'm watiting for new ones. I Love Asia, and specially Japan, China & Vietnam. I'm a fan of adventures of Sano Ichiro, and of course Reiko, i love her, I really like this name. The adventures you write are fantastic. I'm waiting for new ones. it they arrive soon I will need to read them in English. All the best. Oscar
April 30, 2009 - 19:26:27 (PST)
I live in New Orleans (Metairie) and was browsing through B&N one day to find something interesting to read. I love mysteries and came across three of your Sano Ichiro books in the "New Orleans Authors" section. What a GREAT find! Fortunately, one of them was "Shinju," your introduction of the Sano series. Absolutely captivating!!! I can't wait to read the entire series in sequence. This summer will be my 19th year spent in Tokyo. I have traveled to all the places you write about and can visualize everything down to the smallest detail. Question: You refer to the blue curtains over inn and/or shopkeepers doorways. I have several and they are called "Norans." Was that not the name they were called back in the 17th century? I'll keep my eye out for any future book signings in N.O. and definitely would like to meet you.
April 29, 2009 - 20:58:38 (PST)
Greetings! I'm a big fan of your Sano Ichiro series and just wanted to tell you that your books are one of a kind. I first fell in love with Asia and Japan in particular due to James Clavell's wonderful Asian Saga. Your books are truly amazing in their detail and complexity. Please continue to write them as long as possible, I promise I'll buy every one. Best of luck in all your writing endeavors!
Jessica D. White
April 24, 2009 - 10:48:28 (PST)
Hi again! As I wrote end of january I always missed a map of old Edo to join Sano and Reiko through the streets and places. In the meantime I collected some information throughout internet and tried my best to sketch a map of Edo in the 17th century. Anybody who might be interested can give me an email. Any comment and additional information is most appreciated.
April 23, 2009 - 07:15:17 (PST)
Dear Mrs. Rowland, I am from Germany and I just want like to say thank you for your books. I really enjoyed all of them and cannot wait for the next one. Best wishes from Berlin, Sylvia
April 21, 2009 - 14:36:40 (PST)
Dear Ms. Rowland, my older son is spending a year in Japan at Kanazawa University and we'll be visiting him (and traveling) in July. My younger son and I read The Fire Kimono and want to read the rest of the series. We loved it! We'll be touring some of old castles and shrines and these books will be excellent background. Thank you!
April 16, 2009 - 08:17:58 (PST)
I am a good girl very humble and honest girl with the sence of humour and understanding i am 170cm tall and 62kg waight i like going to the beech playing table tanis and cooking.i dislike ungreatful ,lies and untrust.l am intrested in a man who can take good care of me, an easy going man with sence of humour and understanding who could forgive and forget interms of disput then look up to his family with love
April 12, 2009 - 14:28:40 (PST)
Hi Laura!I'm writing from Spain. In my country your books are not well know, but by accident, I found "El tatuaje de la concubina" - The concubine's Tattoo - and I'm reading the book for the umpteenth time.I'm a fan of adventures of Sano Ichiro... Is the best!!Greetings and good luck.. =)Lucía
Lucía Martín Harcía
April 10, 2009 - 06:03:13 (PST)
Dear Laura, I love your books, I can't wait for the next one to come out. I lived in Japan for a few years and love all things Japanese. I just adore your stories and Sano san. We just got a new puppy, his name is Sano. Please let me know when your new book comes out. Thank you, Elfriede Johnson
April 09, 2009 - 10:27:43 (PST)
I am reading "Shinju" (again) and, as before, I`m loving every word of it. I just finished The Secret Life of CB, and was as thriled by it as with the rest of the Sano books I´ve read. Love everything you write!!! I love cats too. Have an old and hansome tabby of seventeen who is the love of my life. Alexia
April 08, 2009 - 14:52:08 (PST)
You are my favorite author. Love your handling of characters. Political intrigue is your strong suit. Love the plot lines. Write faster! I am running out of your books (wink).
April 06, 2009 - 19:10:08 (PST)
I have been reading the Sano series for a couple of years now. I absolutely love the characters and their suspenseful situations. the Fire Kimono was awesome!! Please don\'t ever stop writing this series. And let us know about any book signings in the New Orleans area.
April 05, 2009 - 14:41:59 (PST)
So glad I discovered "The FireKimono" in my public library. It wasexcellent; I look forward to readingmore of your books!
April 05, 2009 - 11:59:48 (PST)
I love mysteries, and I feel so fortunate to have stumbled upon your books at the library. Having lived many years in Japan myself, I am fascinated by your portrayal of 17th c. Japan - so vivid and engrossing! Thank you!
April 01, 2009 - 00:36:58 (PST)
Hi! I'm happy to have browsed your site, at least it gives me an idea of the person writing my favorite series. I'm from the Philippines, and it's unfortunate that your books are hard to find here. I got Bundori from a store selling pre-owned books from the US, and I got hooked ever since! I turned to eBay to look for your books. I fell in love with Sano and Reiko, and I must admit, I even like Yanagisawa. Your character development is superb, the plots are beyond intelligent! I wish your books be translated into film, or even into anime! What you are doing is special, you're in your own league! Take care!
March 26, 2009 - 07:30:38 (PST)
Have enjoyed many of your Sano Ichiro mysteries. The Fire Kimono is one I especialy like. My review of the book is at www.bookbirddog.blogspot.com
March 22, 2009 - 12:21:22 (PST)
Hello Laura it's my first time to read a Japanese mystery novel that give me wide imagination about Japan and it's old culture. Thanks a lot also to my friends who burrow me the book and by the way LJ Rowland I'm still gonna buy your full set mystery waaaaa. I'm addicted thanks a lot, keep more readings.
March 22, 2009 - 07:57:06 (PST)
I love your books and your writing. When I finish one I can hardly wait to start another. I did not read them in order. I started with the Black Lotus which I purchased because of the cover and was wonderfully surprised at the quality of your writing and the story. I love the time period and being set in Japan. Your characters and the way you write make it so easy for me to picture everything. Your choice of words and the way you describe things is superb. When I am finished with the San Ichiro series I'll read The Secret Adventures of Charlotte Bronte. I am so grateful for happening onto your writing. Thank you very much and keep up the great job.
March 21, 2009 - 16:09:04 (PST)
Hiya!What first grabbed my attention about your books was that they were set in feudal Japan, and I love Japan, so I had to pick it up! I ADORE the myteries that you\'ve set in such an ancient time, and you do an amazing job writing the novels. You\'re definetly going on my list for best authors!! Your books have caught me by mind and heart, and I\'m not about to let go! PLEASE keep writing more mysteries for Suno and Reiko! They were meant for eachother, by the way! *laugh* Anyways, good luck in the future, and keep writing!! *fan squel*
March 17, 2009 - 18:53:45 (PST)
I absolutely love your series! Why hasn\'t anyone offered you a movie deal? I have been a reader every since I was a little girl (I was the girl in the corner reading her book at a party) and there have only been three authors that I have grown to love, you being among them. Keep writing!
March 16, 2009 - 11:53:28 (PST)
I love all your novels about Sano Ichiro. When I read them I feel like I'M Sano Ichiro & that I'M solving the case myself. You have a grate eye for detail and history. At first I did not like reading but after rearding your novels I found a new feeling for reading, it's grate thank you. now i love reading thank you so very much. Keep up the good work & please keep writing Sano Ichiro novels. they are great & so are you. God Bless you & your family.
March 11, 2009 - 18:34:26 (PST)
I have always loved mysteries and one day in the grocery I noticed a book called The Concubine's Tattoo. Who could resist a title like that?? I bought it and have been hooked ever since! I bought all the titles that came before that, and have been keeping up with all the ones that have come since then. Keep up the good work! Thank you for writing this excellent series!
March 10, 2009 - 12:33:21 (PST)
Just a huge fan, my wife & I enjoy your books very much. I read them to her in the evenings. I was stationed in Japan for 4 years in the 60's & appricate the culture. I hope you keep writing the series. I rank you with Wilbur Smith, (i hope you take that as a complement) I would hope that some day they will make one or some of your novels into a movie or series. It would have been good if Toshi Mafuney (spelling bad) could play the lead but it would have to be someone else now days -- anyway i am rambling and do not spell well - I just enjoy your books very much.
March 09, 2009 - 23:48:32 (PST)
Dies ist ein großer Ort. Ich möchte hier noch einmal.
March 07, 2009 - 07:40:05 (PST)
I really like your style of writeing. I have always had a fasination with japanese culture and your books have opened my mind even more.For that, I thankyou. Sano Ichiro is truly one of my heros.
March 05, 2009 - 08:28:45 (PST)
I have just finished reading "The Fire Kimono", which I was most reluctant to put down. Congratulations, it was just wonderful. I happened to select "The Concubine's Tattoo" many years ago from a second-hand book shop and was immediately hooked. I was still working then, and was determined to collect all your novels on Sano Ichiro, and ordered them all through Amazon. I live in Sydney, Australia and this was the only way I could purchase them. I guessed that someone may have traveled to Australia from the States with the book and that is how I discovered you. I eagerly await your next novel and 'the dirtiest fight ever'. Thank you and warmest wishes from Australia.
February 27, 2009 - 17:17:47 (PST)
Ms. Rowland,Thanks to you I have started researching 17th Century Japan to go hand in hand with your books. I have never read such an engrossing and compelling series. Can't wait to read the Charlotte Bronte book!!THANK YOU!!
February 23, 2009 - 16:14:30 (PST)
I purchased Shinju more than 10 years ago, read it, and put it aside. During the years since, I have studied martial arts, visited Japan and become completely immersed in Japanese and Chinese culture, history and martial arts. I finally discovered Shinju, read it a second time and my life was changed. I have, within the past two months read in order all of the Sano Ichiro books. I LOVE your series and your writing style. In addition I have learned so much and continue to google historical spots, seek definitions, etc. And, I love Sano and Reiko. I know exactly what they look like, what they wear, how they feel about each other. Please continue writing your stories, and DO NOT take Hirata out of the equation. He belongs with this series!!! Thank you so much.
February 21, 2009 - 00:24:37 (PST)
I´ve also just finished the Fire Kimono and am waiting for another Sano Ichiro case.Your books are absolutely fascinating and it´s difficult not to read them in one go.Since I´ve been to Japan and have Japanese friends the books are even more interesting.I usually see Nijo Castle as a background for the scenes with the shogun.Thank you for your great books and please go on.Sincerely Elisabeth Provos-Killing from Germany
February 17, 2009 - 11:35:22 (PST)
Dear Ms. Rowland, I have just finished The Fire Kimono. I have read all the Sano Ichiro books from Shinju. You have made the pages of your books so alive, when I am reading them, I can see Sano and Reiko and the court of the Shogun. Please don`t stop writing about Sano and his world. I wait with bated breath for the continuing saga of Sano and Yanagisawa. Thank-you
February 03, 2009 - 20:07:17 (PST)
Dear Ms. Rowland: Many thanks for the latest "The Fire Kimono". The book's dedication to your many fans makes this one extra special. Just like the others, I read this one straight through. I can't wait for the next one (..."the dirtiest fight ever.").
February 03, 2009 - 12:15:45 (PST)
Hi Ms. Rowland,I was just wondering if you were doing a signing anywhere in the New Orleans area this weekend? I have your last three books in hardback (and all the rest in PB) and would love to have the HBs signed. My husband and I will be in downtown New Orleans for a convention through Saturday, February 7 (and briefly the next morning). I was disappointed to see no appearances listed until next April.I love the series and am looking forward to the next installment when the new assignment (no spoilers, I hope) will undoubedly cause much trouble for Sano, et al.Amy
February 03, 2009 - 11:41:37 (PST)
I have a series of questions for you.1. Have you ever heard of Dorthy and Thomas Hoobler?If the answer to 1 is a yes then question 2 is,2.Have you ever thought about getting together with them and creating a novel with both Sano,Ichiro and Judge Ooka?Ihave been pondering this ever since I read The samurai's wife and just thought i'd ask you
February 03, 2009 - 09:45:55 (PST)
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February 02, 2009 - 11:14:09 (PST)
Finished \"reading\" The Fire Kimono with my ears. What\'s next for Sano and Yanigisawa?
January 27, 2009 - 13:36:07 (PST)
I just happened to pick up Bundori at a book store 1996 thinking it might be interesting. Now the Sano Ichiro series has become my all time favorite books. I make it my business to know well in advance the date of the next publishing. I am looking forward to next installment.Richard Taylor Los Angeles CA
January 26, 2009 - 19:16:11 (PST)
I just finished the second reading of all the Sano Ichiro novels and one thing I always miss so very much: a map of ancient Edo showing the places you describe so beautifully. I searched through many pages in internet but found nothing really suitable. And the few old maps I found were all in Japanese ... not useful for an old German admirer of Japan and its culture too stupid to capture Japanese writing.
Werner F. Scheffler
January 26, 2009 - 09:19:12 (PST)
I love your Sano Ichiro Mysteries. I started the series when the fourth of the series was written up in the Boston Globe. When started reading Shinju, I would constantly miss trolley stops because I was so engrossed in your stories. Thank you for introducing me to Sano Ichiro and your other wonderful characters.
January 24, 2009 - 10:05:39 (PST)
I just finished Fire Kimono and loved it just like the other Sano Ichiro books. I am a devoted fan and anxiously await the next 'Sano' book. Thank you for sharing your wonderful gifts of investigation, psychology and love of Japan! John
January 23, 2009 - 11:08:12 (PST)
I should start out by saying I don't read detective stories. I've never cared for them. But I love reading about feudal Japan. I've always liked Jidaigeki (Chanbara, in particular). I first picket up The Perfumed Sleeve at the library for this reason. Now I'm hooked. I'm slowly working my way through the entire series. Thank you for your fine work and eye for detail.
January 21, 2009 - 09:21:00 (PST)
Dear Laura,I happened upon Bundori at a tiny little bookstand in the middle of the South Pacific 12 years ago. That book saved my year, and I was hooked! I had majored in asian history, and was totally engrossed. I couldn\'t wait for another book!I just finished The Fire Kimono today, and again, can\'t wait for another book! My favorites have been Bundori, Black Lotus & Assassins Touch, but this is your best yet. I keep dreaming we\'ll see Sano on the big screen someday.Thank you for the dedication at the front of this novel. It felt so personal.I hope your year and your life are blessed. Thank you so much.P.S. Do you think Hirata will ever get his own novel?
January 15, 2009 - 21:36:48 (PST)
Dear Ms. Rowland-- You are the first and only author/famous person I have ever taken the time to contact in all of my 60+ years. I picked up Fire Kimono on a whim when I saw it on the new arrivals shelf at the library. I was so engaged by the setting, characters and complexity of plot, I tried another one in the series -- The pillow Book of Lady Wisteria. I can now admit to total addiction. I found out the order of publication and will now read the series in proper order. Thank you for murder mysteries that are exciting page turners without over the top gorey details and beautiful use of the language (not resorting to boring, over used vulgarity). I am looking forward now to reading your other works as well. Please be prolific!
January 09, 2009 - 12:25:14 (PST)
Hello!I picked up the Fire Kimono the other night and WOW...all I can say is that I started reading it at 9PM, couldn't put it down, and finished it at 2AM that morning! This was easily your best work to date...and I won't spoil anything for other guests, but all I can say is that Sano's actions at the end of the book...sorry to be so repetitive, but WOW!!Tonight I head to Powell's Books to pick up a signed hardcover 1st ed. of Shinju, and you can rest assured that it will hold the place of honor of my bookshelf!Thank you so much for sharing your amazing gift for storytelling with us!
January 06, 2009 - 21:25:00 (PST)
I have to be your absolute biggest fan here on Guam. I get so engrossed when reading, or re-reading one of your books that I forget the time, and next thing I know, the sun is coming up.I recall in one of your stories you mentioned a fish market under the Nihonbashi Bridge.. not long after I read that story, I read an article in the JAL in-flight magazine about a family that has run a fish market under the bridge for over 300 years. I was truly amazed that your stories have such historical detail. I have Red Chrysanthemum on my "To read" list next, and can't wait to get my hands on a copy. Have a most happy and prosperous new year, and PLEASE, keep writing.Sincerely,Hughe Williams
December 30, 2008 - 06:18:59 (PST)
Wah! Mrs. Rowland! Please write more Sano Ichiro Mystery Series! I cannot get enough of your stories >_>You're like a new Agatha Cristie! Hopefully, you won't stop at "The Fire Kimono"... many of your fans would be sad ;___;More power to you and looking forward to a lot more of your books in the future!~Angelica
December 28, 2008 - 08:49:04 (PST)
Dear Mrs Rowland!I'm a Hungarian teenager who read some of your books.. In Hungary, not all of the Sano Ichiro-books were published, but I'm waiting for the others. I love the Japaneese culture, and the mysteries you write are very..aaah I just can't find a word, sorry for my poor English.. ^^"When I read a book of yours, a mystery, in every chapter I feel that I know who is the murderer for sure, but in the next chapter I suspect someone else..I enjoy every moment of your books. :)If I'll be good enough, I want to read them in English too. :) The original is the best, how some people says.Thank you for reading!!Bye,Dóri - a Hungarian fan of you
December 27, 2008 - 12:50:38 (PST)
I'm one of the few teenagers that love to read, particularly about Chinese/Japanese Civilization. I actually came upon your books by accident. I was searching Amazon for any books that would catch my interest, maybe searching Amy Tan, or Lisa See, but then I saw your book The Samurai's Wife, and ordered it instantly, it wasn't until I found your website that I found it was not the first in your series! I do plan to buy all 12 of your books in the Sano Ichiro series, and in the future research the book before I buy it! I hope you could possibly continue your series unless you have recently finished it, that I wouldn't know! Keep writing your intriguing stories, they catch many people's interests and it's fun to try and relate with some of your characters or match them up to the people you know! You have a gift and you should be proud.
December 19, 2008 - 14:51:01 (PST)
Hello Mrs Rowland~
December 16, 2008 - 01:20:57 (PST)
I actually discovered your fantastic sano ichiro series by accident!! I am a young person(late teens) who actually LIKES to read[laughs]! I was just looking for another good book, & i accidentily found \\\"Assassin\\\'s Touch\\\" which is the 9th book in the series! I found that out after i read it in like 2 days! Then i thought there were a alot of things you mentioned from previous books! Si i thought i had to read from the beginning,so i did. I read your 1st book \\\"Shinjuu\\\" to the 8th one..\\\"The Perfumed Sleeve!\\\" And i\\\'m currently reading \\\"The Snow Empress\\\"..gettting ready to read \\\"Fire Kimono!\\\" And the imagery you induce when one reads your book. Everytime i\\\'m reading, then put it down, images are so vivid in my mind i felt as if i\\\'ve watched a movie! All the characters faces,clothes, surroundings,etc. are so vivid in the brain! I already have vivid pictures of what sano, reiko, hirata, yanagisawa, the shogun, masahiro all look like1 And oh my god if they made movies accurate to the book...it\\\'d be great!
December 15, 2008 - 15:07:24 (PST)
My favorite novel of all time is Shogun. Need I say more? I'm on my tenth Sano book and found out about the series only two months ago. I love the historical information in your books most of all.
December 13, 2008 - 15:20:18 (PST)
I just finished reading The Snow Empress and I bought The Assassin´s Touch right after it! I can´t wait! Now I want to collect all of your San Ichiro-novels!!
December 02, 2008 - 14:32:27 (PST)
No biggie but, a question for you - In The Snow Empress, Chap. 12, this excerpt appeared near the beginning: "... when did you talk to the gold merchant?" "A couple of hours ago"Question: Pretty definitive answer. Were the Japanese using time clocks in 1699 ? Was there such a time metric as "hours" in that period in Japan ?No biggie, more of an FYI.Great books. Keep up the good work.Paul
November 29, 2008 - 18:14:19 (PST)
Hello Mrs. Rowland! I just love your Sano mysteries. Since stumbling upon "The Assassin's Touch", I haven't been able to put your books down. I just finished Snow Empress and loved it! Going to buy the rest of your books after reading Fire Kimono. Have you thought about making your books a tv series?? OMG! IT would be a HUGE HIT! you should look into it and let all your fans know if it happens. Keep up the amazing writing! Fan for life ~Carrie
November 27, 2008 - 04:44:28 (PST)
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November 26, 2008 - 00:04:22 (PST)
Dear Ms. Rowland- Oh no...I\'m becoming obsessed with Sano (and I\'m guessing I\'ll soon become equally enamored of Reiko, because I cheated and read the synopses on your website). I try not to read too many mysteries: I have so many classics on my life list, and recommendations from good friends. But after my visit to Japan 3 years ago, I wanted to be transported back there, albeit in the past, and bought Shinju because it sounded so interesting. Next thing I knew, I was ordering Bundori on Amazon. Next step: see some Akira Kurosawa films so I can visualize your characters better. And just so you know...I defaulted on doing my laundry, my pilates class, and writing a talk I have to give on Tuesday to finish _Bundori_ today. But it was worth it...Please keep writing. I also look forward to reading the Emily Bronte mystery!My best regards, Cristina in Miami
November 23, 2008 - 18:08:53 (PST)
I recently took a trip and saw one of your books and bought it. I cannot put it down. You have a new fan! You have a great talent in weaving a story.
November 20, 2008 - 08:38:32 (PST)
hello ms. rowland! my name is liv, i'm from the philippines, and if i may say an avid fan of yours. it was my first time in this bookstore called "a different bookstore" a year ago, i was looking for a book that was far from the usual mystery/thriller books i read when i found "red chrysanthemum". my girlfriend was totally pushy about me buying it since the story was totally interesting. the next thing you know i wasn't talking to her at dinner. i was so engrossed with the book that i spent the next month searching bookstores in manila for all the books before it. your books were too difficult to find here in our country. i tried ordering it, i actually ordered for anything that was laura joh rowland. can you believe it? hahaha! i was crazy. when we found yet one bookstore that held all your books here, i actually bought them all. not bad for a month's paycheck. hahaha! i loved it all. i have a copy of the snow empress when it was first released here. the sano ichiro novels takes me capsulated in a mystery/thriller world i'll always love. more power! is it too bad to wish that i can hear back from you? thanks!
November 17, 2008 - 14:29:13 (PST)
Hello Mrs. Rowland,I'm an eighteen year old who stumbled upon a book of yours in Borders when I was sixteen; I first read Black Lotus and was absolutely captivated. I have always loved the Japanese culture and your books were like a door to understanding traditions and so much of what their lives are based on.Every story is a thriller and I find myself trying to be like Sano Ichiro or his strong willed wife, Reiko --whom I admire-- and solve the mystery as I read. My collection is only shy of three books, and soon to be one now.Continue with your magnificent talent!
November 09, 2008 - 21:36:37 (PST)
Por favor!!!! No se si se podrá hacer algo, pero de vedad en ESPAÑA es vergonzoso como se estan publicando estos libros, pesonalmente me encantan, pero no hay quien siga la historia la editorial SALAMANDRA, que es quien tiene los derechos en este país, no los esta publicando en orden, les he mandado varios mails de protesta.¿No se puede hacer nada?Leo mucho y esta saga es lo mejor que he tenido en mis manos, pese a todo ¡MUCHAS GRACIAS POR ESTAS AVENTURAS!
November 05, 2008 - 13:06:04 (PST)
I love the experience of being transported back to Sano Ichiro's world. You bring that era to life with rich descriptions and compelling characters. I am always hoping you are writing new stories as fast as I can read them----I panic if I don't have a new Ichiro adventure to take with me on vacation!You are much appreciated!
October 20, 2008 - 22:03:23 (PST)
Hello Ms Rowland,I'm a 77 year old male who enjoys a good historical novel. Found Shinju & Bundori in a used book store about 10 years ago and have been a fan ever since. I consistantly check the book stores for new releases of you series.Thank you so much for many hours of pleasurable reading. Your powers of description draw the reader into the scene so completely that they feel like one of the characters. Thanks again. Mike
October 18, 2008 - 17:11:23 (PST)
HELP ME ! Everytime I visit my local bookstore, I am compelled to add to my ever-growing Rowland library! Outstanding dialect, deep, dark mysteries, and erotic interludes make every novel outstanding & very hard to put down.
October 17, 2008 - 10:15:54 (PST)
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October 16, 2008 - 08:19:43 (PST)
I searched the bookstore looking for a page-turner that would be absorbing. I saw that there was a series about Japan, and I searched the publishing dates to get the first one! I loved it from the get-go. I have read them all in order, and after two months I am up to The Perfumed Sleeve. WOW! Love the setting, love the realistic characters who have problems of their own, and love the writing! I will be sad when I read the last one....but I\'ve got a few to go. LOVE THEM!
October 14, 2008 - 20:22:54 (PST)
My wife and I are raising one teenager and two tweenies, needless to say we haven't had a decent vacation in years.I introduced my wife to your novels three years ago and now we've found another reason to cozy up and forget our troubles. Thank you.
October 13, 2008 - 19:51:06 (PST)
i love your books! i'm currently reading pillow book of lady wisteria.i'm sooo hooked to it.write more!=]]]
October 09, 2008 - 13:48:01 (PST)
I'm a total fan of your Sano Ichiro series! I haven't read them all yet but the more I find one (in no particular order) the more I wanna read and catch myself up on everything!
October 06, 2008 - 13:56:29 (PST)
Just wanted to say I love your books. I\'ve learned so much about Japan and hope to visit one day. Your books are such page-turners and leave me guessing to the very end. Please keep up the good work. I forget the name of the Chamberlain that was exiled. Will he be coming back?
October 01, 2008 - 17:19:50 (PST)
Dear Laura,I am one of your biggest fan in reading the sano mysteries series i really love them and would some day like to write just like u.I started reading your books about 4 yeras back and can`t put them down they really got me to love books more now than i ever would my room is packed with mountains of books from different authors but i thank u the most for showing mw how fun it is to read and have such a wil imagination.I myself would try and write a book one day but they won`t be has adventurous and wonderful has yours..thanks your fan karla
September 25, 2008 - 09:46:33 (PST)
Dear Laura Joh Rowland,I am a fan from Germany who just discovered the Sano Ichirô Series. I got "Red Chrysanthemum" from my sister as a birthday present. I really enjoyed reading it. Although it is a series I did not feel like I was missing something because I did not read the other books before. I was fully drawn into Sanos world! Now I am enjoying the other books. Besides I am a student of Japanese Studies and reading your books helps me to memorize some historical facts much better! Thank you very much!yours sincerely,Nicole
September 16, 2008 - 13:01:00 (PST)
Hello Laura,I stumbled across your books after reading Lian Hearn\'s Tales of the Otori. I have long felt an affinity for all things Japanese. I even feel that I may have been Japanese in a past life. So, needless to say, I love reading books that deal with feudal Japan. I have thoroughly enjoyed your Sano Ichiro novels. I thought that Shinju was a bit slow, but that\'s understandable, since you had to introduce your main characters. But Bundori was very exciting, along with each book I have read since. I am currently reading The Samurai\'s Wife. Damn that Chamberlain Yanigasawa!! I sure hope he gets what\'s coming to him.One question I have for you is, have there been any talks about doing a Sano Ichiro movie? I\'d love to see him portrayed on the big screen.Keep up the good work! I\'m sure I\'ll find myself reading the whole series.
September 09, 2008 - 13:59:42 (PST)
¡Hola Srta. Laura Joh Rowland!Espero que pueda leer este texto en español, ya que lamentablemente no se escribir en inglés. Mi nombre es Christopher y soy de Santiago de Chile. Agrego este comentario para felicitarla por la excelente serie de Sano Ichiro, usted se ha convertido en mi escritora favorita, de verdad. Adoro los misterios que resuelve Sano de una manera sorprendente, y en especial, adoro la manera de usted tiene de dibujar con sus palabras al Japón de esa época, Sencillamente impresionante. Aunque sus libros son espléndidos, me gustaría poder leerlos todos, pero por desgracia las editoriales españolas solo han traducido a mi idioma algunos de sus libros: Shinju, El tatuaje de la Concubina, La Mujer del Samurái, Loto Negro, El Diario Íntimo de la cortesana y La Marca del Asesino. Puede notar que he tenido que saltar dos importantes libros como por ejemplo Bundori o El Camino del Traidor. Tengo la esperanza en que usted pueda hablar con esas editoriales españolas y así poder llevar a la traducción al español la serie del sosakan Sano Ichiro de forma completa. Le agradecería poder obtener una respuesta de su parte. Mis saludos desde Chile, Sudámerica.Christopher Pozo.Santiago, Chile.
September 06, 2008 - 23:52:58 (PST)
Willingly suspending any disbelief, and allowing myself to be drawn into a world of which I know little if anyyhing, I love the books, and have only one small comment to make. It would add tremendously to one's enjoyment and engagement with the stories if there were either a published supplementary volume with maps of Japan and the major regions and cities where the action of the stories takes place, or one or two maps giving this information as needed in each volume. Lyndsey Davis, who sets her Marcus Didius Falco novels in ancient Rome does this to great effect, making both the setting of the novel and even the characters more accessible.What do you think?
August 24, 2008 - 09:52:19 (PST)
I was first attracted to your books with the COncubine\'s Tatoo and I have been an avid reader of all your books since then. I look forward to the new addition coming in November. You are an excellent writter.
August 21, 2008 - 10:30:18 (PST)
I would really appreciate it if you could include a map of Edo in your next book about Sano. I have tried to locate one, but the only one I could get was in Chinese. Not one of my languages. Sorry. My wife and I both enjoy the books and I would enjoy them even more if I could at least generally locate some of the city areas and rivers that you write about.
August 21, 2008 - 01:08:38 (PST)
OMG! Mrs. Laura Joh Rowland, I cannot put into words how WONDERFUL your Sano Ichiro Mystery series is! They seriously are the best mystery books I've ever read. I hope that you continue writing more mysteries about our favorite ancient Japanese detective. They're full of suspense, drama, and romance. You are definitely my most favorite author right now.I cannot wait to read The Fire Kimono! Please keep up the good work. Your adoring fans will continue to support you!
August 20, 2008 - 03:23:35 (PST)
Hello,Laura-Your well written and exciting Sano/Reiko tales occupy an important shelf of my personal 'favorites-only' library!They can be found touching covers with author Lisa See's Ancient China set fiction, Sujata Massey's puzzle-solving stories of Rei, Patricia Highsmith's smart 'The Talented Mr. Ripley' series, Cara Black's own mystery novels each taking root in a different neighborhood of Paris,France featuring a young protagonist who has inherited her father's detective business...along with the skills to fall in and out of trouble. You are at the top of my 'preferred reading' list!Now I look forward to discovering 'Snow Empress.' As a cancer patient in recovery from surgery and intensive chemo I am so very glad to once again be strong enough to pick up a good book and have the ability to fully focus...To escape with great characters to another time and place. Thank you for sharing your talent embossed gifts!
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August 10, 2008 - 21:00:43 (PST)
I picked one up, as Asian fiction fascinates me, and what can I say???...except that I am hooked! Reiko's character speaks to the adventurous and spirited side of me and I adore and appreciate all the faithful historical details. Thank you, Ms. Rowland for your books, and also for your website, sharing a piece of yourself with your devoted fans! I just read about your other mystery about CHarlotte Bronte and I can't wait to read it!
August 09, 2008 - 15:26:05 (PST)
I love your books so much! I was never a fan of mysteries until I picked up the Dragon Kings Palace at an airport one day. I am a huge fan of Japanese culture so the world you've painted for your readers is a dream come true to me. Please keep writing!
August 06, 2008 - 17:28:16 (PST)
I have recently finished reading the Snow Princess, and I am now hooked on your samurai detective series. What a brilliant idea for a protagonist- and what an inspired period setting for a mystery series! As a fellow student of Japanese history and culture, I enjoy these books as much as reading non-fictional accounts of the Yoshiwara pleasure district and the floating world.
August 01, 2008 - 22:57:12 (PST)
Konnichiwa! O genki desu ka? I'm so excited to read about the Fire Kimono! The excerpt was exciting, and I know the book will be more of the excellent writing we've come to expect from you.
August 01, 2008 - 10:52:31 (PST)
Really enjoy your books can\'t wait for the Fire Kimino!
July 31, 2008 - 11:18:54 (PST)
I just found out about The Fire Kimono. I'm on my 2nd trip through the series in anticipation. I was afraid Ms. Bronte would interrupt Sano and am utterly ecstatic that Laura is continuing on. THANK YOU! I recently got a tattoo of a black lotus on my back. It has a lot of personal meaning but it's also the first book I read of Laura's. I can't wait to see Yangisawa get defeated again! Go Sano!
July 27, 2008 - 17:36:16 (PST)
I have just finished Snow Empress - it was AWESOME. I have enjoyed every installment of the Sano Ichiro series and each additional title deepens my understanding of ancient Japanese history, with a dash of a love story and great mystery. Initially I delayed reading Snow Empress because I did not want the story to end and suffer the wait of another installment - this title was worth the wait - KUDOS
July 21, 2008 - 10:54:44 (PST)
To be honest, I went to the shop where I found Shinju, looking for The Crucible. When it wasnt there my mom pointed out that I could get some other books if I wanted. I never pas up a chance to get a book, well I saw Shinju and read the back. It amazed me. As soon as I got home, I started reading it. I loved it! Now I am looking for all of the Sano Ichiro mysteries. You did a great job writing these books.
July 21, 2008 - 02:55:28 (PST)
You have opened a whole new world for my husband. He was never a big reader. Magazines were the most he would ever read. He came across The Assassin\'s Touch one day in the bookstore and has been hooked ever since. He is so hooked on your books, he doesn\'t want to do anything else! I am thrilled that you brought him to the wonderful world of reading. That is a sign of a great Author.
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July 17, 2008 - 07:40:00 (PST)
Having just finished \"The Snow Empess\",I have now read the entire Sano Ichiro series. I was stationed in Tokyo/Edo while serving as an Intelligence Analyst for the DOD. My children were born there and I began a lifelong study of Japanese culture,history,politics and art. I was introduced to your series while in Hawaii about 5 years ago. I compliment you on the depth and accuracy of your research. This not only makes your work believable as fiction and delightful to experience they are useful in a classroom setting assigned as extra credit for learning about Japan. Many of my sudents are now your fans.
July 13, 2008 - 22:11:50 (PST)
Hi LauraJust wanted to say how amazing your books are. I become totally immersed in Sano Ichiro\'s life and the times in which he \'lived\". I love his wife too who is a strong independant woman certainly unlike the expected norm for women in those times and culture. I m glad you made her the way she is.Your wonderful writing and attention to detail bring the characters, society and times to life.I read a lot of historical mysteries and the more exotic the time and location the better.I think its great that you can involve yourself so much in your Japanese heritage and give us the gift of it as well.Please continue as long as the desire and inspiration fill you and may you grant us the gift of your talent.Jill
July 10, 2008 - 22:08:05 (PST)
I have only read one set of mystery novels in my life. The Judge Dee mystery series,I had to for school. I started your first...I am hooked...simple as that.John
June 30, 2008 - 21:45:28 (PST)
Hi Laura,I am extremely keen on Japanese culture - I studied some Japanese at University in Britain, visited Japan several times, was a Karate instructor for many years and still play Go and Shogi (Japanese Chess). As my leisure reading revolves mainly around detective novels, you can imagine my amazement on picking up one of your novels by chance. One thing led to another and less than a year later I'm now on my tenth book - all spellbinding tales.May I dare to ask you one question - have you any plans for introducing a scene including the game of Shogi in a future novel, as you did for Go in the Concubine's Tattoo ? The Samurai were often said to play to improve their combat strategy, when not actually physically fighting, or some even say they practised their sword cuts to make the small wooden pieces used in the game.I was also delighted to find you had written another work in an entirely different field,about Charlotte Bronte. You see, I'm originally from Yorkshire, which of course is Bronte country. Needless to say, that novel has duly been ordered and will soon take my mind off Sano Ichiro - at least for a day or so.Anyhow, to close, I just want to thank you for providing so many of us who are avid readers of your novels with hours of enjoyment. Please don't stop writing.
June 24, 2008 - 17:56:01 (PST)
Ms. Rowland,Wow, I’ve read three of the Sano Ichiro books so far and I must say that I am hooked. While I was in the US Army I had the chance to visit Japan and since that time I’ve been hooked on Japanese customs, clothing, cuisine, society and I can even include (dare I say it...) Anime.Being an outlander like yourself to Louisiana, I live in Baton Rouge; I wonder if you had to go through the adjustment period and learning the local vernacular like saving the dishes and making groceries?I am looking forward to getting up to date with the Sano Ichiro series. I’ve recommended your novels to several family and friends. Good historical novels and hard to come by.You might want to include a bit about Miyamoto Musashi. Granted he died in 1645, but his book The Book of Five Rings (Gorin no shô) has almost been required reading in Japan and very likely that Sano would have read the book or is familiar with Musashi’s paintings and sculpture.From a Louisiana transplant, thanks for the good read!
Eric M. L.
June 24, 2008 - 11:29:45 (PST)
I have read all of your Sano mysteries and love all of them. They have opened up a world to me I never knew existed. I have took my love of your books to learning everything I can about ancient Japan. Thank you for giving me hours and hours of entertainment with Sano and his mysteries. And thank you for exposing me to Japan. I look forward to new books like a Christmas present!
June 22, 2008 - 17:51:14 (PST)
By chance, I picked up Shinju at a book swap. I love mysteries and Japanese culture so I thought I'd give it a try. Sincerely, this is my favorite book to have read in about a decade! My gratitude goes to you for creating such a compelling and meaningful reading experience.Thank you
June 21, 2008 - 16:16:09 (PST)
LOVE YOUR SERIES ON SANO. I IMAGINE YOUR BOOKS ARE BIG SELLERS IN JAPAN. WHAT ARE THE CHANCES OF TURNING THEM INTO A TELEVISION SERIES? IT WOULD BE BETTER THE ONE DONE ON ELLIS PETERS'BROTHER CADAFEL. I'D APPRECIATE A REPLY. THANKS.
June 16, 2008 - 21:32:45 (PST)
I love reading your books Miss Rowland. I really wanted to have my own collections of your books if only I've got budget.You're in fact one of my fave writers. Keep up! Thank you so much for inspiring me! I'm still a student, yet I've been writing for several print publications for how long now, and someday,I hope to become an effective and brilliant fiction writer like you. Thank you and God Bless!
June 13, 2008 - 09:57:57 (PST)
Ms. RowlandI found your "Snow Empress" by accident as I passed by the New Releases in the Library. I liked it so much that I searched out your others and have read 6 in the last 7 days!I am also a fan Anne Perry's Victorian "Pitt" and "Monk" mysteries. Since she has stopped having one of each come out a year (now to either one or the other per year) I have been hungry for new mysteries and characters to get to know, your Sano and Reicko hit the spot!Congratulations on your success and I look forward to reading your Sano mysteries for years to come!Thank-you,Susan
June 11, 2008 - 14:10:52 (PST)
I began reading the Sano series about 6 months ago. Now I'm hooked and just so happened to have found 4 books in the series yesterday. I was thrilled and can't wait to read them all. Much thanks to my mother who instilled in me that reading is a good thing.Thank you for your books! Keep them coming. Any new series coming up?Aloha! Kani
June 09, 2008 - 15:35:06 (PST)
Hello Madame Rowland.. I have enjoyed reading ALL your books on Sano Ichiro and look forward to the next one!! keep up the good work, and God bless New Orleans!! My wife and I visited there just two weeks before the devastation of Katrina..and hope for the return to glory of a wonderfully historic rich citry!!!!Continued success to you and yours!!!
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June 06, 2008 - 07:25:55 (PST)
When I was stationed in Japan 1965 - 1969 and 1971 - 1972, I visited many of the places where Sano-san traveled. Your descriptions of the conniving by the chamberlain present a great picture of feudal Japan. Have any of the books been truned into Japanese TV program? During my first tour at Yokota Air Base, we used to watch a \"Japanese Western\" about the ventures of a group of ronin samurai.
June 03, 2008 - 21:19:45 (PST)
Dear Laura, I loved your book about Charlotte Bronte, but one thing really bothered me. You refer to Emily\'s dog Keeper as a bulldog, he was not.Keeper was a bull mastif a totally differnt breed. I was in Howarth at the Parsonage museum last year and saw his collar [ with dog hairs still attatched] and a painting of him by Emily.Best wishes , Sandra
June 01, 2008 - 20:29:51 (PST)
I can hardly wait for Sano's next installment!! I kept hoping for a "meanwhile back in Edo" chapter in The Snow Empress. I'm dying to know what Yanagisawa and Matsudaira have been up to while Sano's been gone. I love, love, LOVE your books--keep up the good work!
May 30, 2008 - 14:51:35 (PST)
Dear Laura, I’m a collector of autographs. I have more than 3.750 authentic autographs of politicians, sportsmen, artists and authors from around the world.Therefore, I would ask you if you would be so kind to send me an autograph of you.I will be very delighted to got your autograph in my personal collection.Anyway, thank you very much, and may God bless you and your family.With warm greetings from Belgium.Freddy HaeckLusthoflaan 1079030 MariakerkeBelgium
May 19, 2008 - 12:31:35 (PST)
For the love of God; drop whatever you are doing and get them out of Ezogahsima!I can\'t wait for the next installment.
May 19, 2008 - 10:57:49 (PST)
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May 19, 2008 - 05:43:41 (PST)
Dear Mrs. Rowland:I just finished reading your Charlotte Bronte mystery. It was delightful! I didn't want it do end. I live in a very small country community in south east Georgia. Each week I have to drive 30 miles to a neighboring town to visit my doctor. To reward myself, I would take your book and go to a local sandwich shop and sit in a cozy arm chair in the corner. There, I would read your book. I felt captivated and transported to another world. I have a condition that causes me to have chronic pain. But when I read your book, I was able to forget and feel like my own true, spirited self. I would absolutely love to read more books about Charlotte and see this become a series. It was just plain "fun" from start to finish. Thank you for all of your hard work and for sharing your wonderful imagination.With Best Regards,Delisa Marchetti
May 14, 2008 - 21:59:53 (PST)
Is there a chance that the series will be put on audio for those who have a hard time reading? I purchase books in order of publishing, so that I can see characters building, and have been able to get them on mp3 format, which saves space for storing, I purchase from Books in Motion and Brillance Audio. I do hope to see your book available in audio soon. They have been recommended with great enthusiam.Warm Regards Loretta Beaver
May 12, 2008 - 02:35:59 (PST)
Dear Laura Joh Rowland,I have fallen completely in love with your Sano Ichiro novels. I find myself captivated with each new mystery that Sano and Reiko face. The feelings of anxiety, intrigue, excitement, and passion that the Sano Ichiro stories evoke makes me feel like I've formed a strong bond with the characters. I've always felt that a good writer, a good storyteller, makes you react emotionally to the story as well as the characters. Sano and Reiko and even Hirata and Midori are truely special characters that I look forward to sharing new adventures and mysteries with. You are truely a gifted storyteller.
May 07, 2008 - 14:26:42 (PST)
I have just started reading The Secret Adventures of Charlotte Bronte, and am on about Chapter 3. I love it. I lead a Mystery Book Discussion at my library and plan to use this for one of our reviews. By the way, we are reviewing The Snow Empress this month in honor of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month. Thank you for your writing.
May 01, 2008 - 12:29:00 (PST)
Dear Laura: I want to let you know that Ienjoy reading your books and learning thehistory of Japan and the language. I loveSano, Reiko and their son. You do a greatjob. I feel like I am there with thecharacters in the book. Keep writing.Sincerely, Priscilla
April 29, 2008 - 18:38:04 (PST)
Hi Laura--I\'ve loved your Sano Ichiro books, and I just finished \"The Adventures of Emily Bronte\" and am hoping you\'ll continue her story. Thanks for the many hours of pleasure and suspense! Continuing good fortune to you.Lorraine
April 23, 2008 - 17:30:28 (PST)
Your books are so beautifully written and intriguing that I find it hard to put them once I start reading. I hope that you continue this series for a long time to come as I can almost imagine being a part of the action and mystery. Sano Ichiro comes to life on every page. Well done.
April 21, 2008 - 23:06:59 (PST)
Hi Laura I was first introduced to the Sano Ichiro series by a friend and I have enjoyed so far three of the books. I must say that I'm compeletly enthrallled with the Sano Ichiro books and I look forward to the next book in the series. Good luck with your house, best of wishes to you and your husband and everyone in New Orleans.
April 20, 2008 - 11:05:29 (PST)
Laura -I have already finished The Secret Adventures of Charlotte Bronte and loved it. I have read all of your books, including the three Sano Ichiro short stories you wrote a while back. I love your story telling, characters, writing style and will always read everything that you write.I saw on Amazon.com that the next Sano Ichiro mystery is called The Fire Kimono and will be published on November 11. What is it about? I hope to see some information about it on your website soon.All the best,Felipe
April 18, 2008 - 15:22:02 (PST)
Check Laura's "appearances" page for signing information (click the 'author' or 'appearances' link from any page on her site).Someone asked about book order for the Sano Ichiro mysteries. Look at the "books" page and you'll find them listed in descending order.
Cheryl at Eclectics
April 04, 2008 - 12:33:04 (PST)
Hello,Have you done any or you going to have any book signings for The Secret Adventures of Charlotte Bronte in Louisiana. I would love to purchase a sign copy of the book.Thank you, Rebecca
April 03, 2008 - 22:08:39 (PST)
Laura,I was at the bookstore one day and a copy of The Black Lotus had fallen onto the floor. I picked it up and ended up buying it. I loved the book and started reading the rest of the Sano series. It made me miss the 3 years my husband and I spent living in Japan. I was wondering if there was somewhere I could purchase a copy of the photo on the Snow Empress book cover. It is a gorgeous picture that I wanted to frame and hang in my living room. Or if there was a way I could get permission to have the cover on my own copy enlarged that would be great also. Thanks for keeping all of us entertained.Angela
April 03, 2008 - 14:09:05 (PST)
I have enjoyed the series with Sano Ichiro. Will there be any others after the Snow Empress?
March 30, 2008 - 10:03:52 (PST)
What is the series order for the Sano Ichiro series?
March 29, 2008 - 20:57:33 (PST)
I enjoy your books very much. I am currently reading Secret Adventures of Charlotte--beautifully written. One problem. On page 61 of Chapter 7, half of a line is missing. I sent back the book for a replacement, but in the replacement book-- yet again, on page 61 the same half line is missing. This error must be in all the books of this printing. Is there some way you can print the missing segment here in your web site? It is a lovely book. I am certainly going to keep it. It is a small matter, but I would like to know the missing words. Thank you so much.
March 20, 2008 - 15:24:40 (PST)
Dear Laura,I never was a fan of Mystery novels,...that is until I picked up two of your books from the Sano Ichiro series.It just opened up a new door for me. I could not put them down. I'm looking foreward to reading the entire series, including your other works as well. Excellent job with your characters.
March 18, 2008 - 17:15:26 (PST)
Dear Laura;I want to let you know that your books are pure genius. I enjoy them so much. I almost have all of them now. I get so caught up in the story line i can't put them down. Luckily my job allows for spare time to read. I hate it when i have to put it down.Thank You Ricky
March 17, 2008 - 01:26:36 (PST)
Hi, I'am a workaholic, so when I do rest it has to be something I truly enjoy. I've read every single novelAbout Sano & Reiko ,except the latest. I'am at you web site to see if I had your latest book, I don't so I'am off to Barnes& Noble. Please keep writing the series, I love the mystery from an ancient culture that much is not revealed in the US. Thank Yo
March 16, 2008 - 15:06:48 (PST)
Please forgive my intrusion. I am writing to ask for your understanding, your compassion, and hopefully your help.I am a 46 year old single mother with a 7 year old daughter, Elise. If you've ever been a single parent you understand how extremely difficult it is - both financially and emotionally. I work full time as an Office Clerk in an apartment rental office (making $7.95 an hour). Needless to say times are tough, and money is even tougher to come by. Our budget does not allow me to splurge and buy books often and the library doesn’t carry every book written.I don’t suppose there is any way you could find it in your heart to donate a copy of your book to me.I know you're in business to make money and I realize I'm asking a lot - I'm sure you get tons of requests like mine, and I understand if you can't help me, but I at least had to give it a try. When you’re a parent you can’t be ashamed to ask for helpThank you for at least taking the time to read my letter and consider my request.God Bless you Jean Russell366 Cedar View WayKnoxville, TN 37919Russell366@comcast.net865-247-6501
March 15, 2008 - 13:25:03 (PST)
I'm looking forward to your new Charlotte Bronte historical mystery. I haven't read your other books (not my type), but I love historical and cozy mysteries.
March 15, 2008 - 12:53:24 (PST)
Dear Ms RowlandI'm interested in translating and publishing your books into Indonesian. Can you tell me who's control the rights of your books?I'm the director of Dioma Publishing House. Please visit our web: www.diomamedia.comHope to hearing from you soon.Your sincerelylaurent h. susanto
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March 14, 2008 - 05:30:49 (PST)
i can\'t wait until your next book comes out...i waited for about 8 months for your last book to come out..so when will you be releasing your next book????i\'m so anxious...i love your writing and i\'ll be waiting til then...
March 13, 2008 - 19:49:03 (PST)
After reading the Sano Ichiro canon, I humbly suggest that when he appears in court charged with sundry capital offenses, he stop defending himself solely by saying they're not true. In The Way of the Traitor he is charged in two Nagasaki courts with, among other matters, operating a smuggling ring, persecuting Japanese citizens, procuring weapons from the Dutch, conspiring with them to overthrow the government, enlisting Chinese military support and practicing Christianity. A defense staring "Golly, your honor, I only arrived here three days ago" would have provided a pretty good start to his defense. Fighting desperately for his life, Sano-san thought of this on neither occasion.
March 13, 2008 - 19:36:47 (PST)
Beautiful article about you and Charlotte in the New Orleans Times Picayune. Fans may access it by going to www.nola.com and searching Laura Joh Rowland.
March 13, 2008 - 08:43:46 (PST)
Dear Ms. Rowland,I am the facilitator for our Mysterious Mondays Book Club at the Socastee Library in Myrtle Beach, SC. I wanted to let you know that we will be discussing your book, "Shinju" this coming Monday. My members that have finished the book thus far have nothing but praise for the book and will continue to read the series.
March 12, 2008 - 21:16:05 (PST)
Laura, i loved reading your latest book in the Sano Ichiro mysteries. it was truly a wonderful book. i hope more are to come in the future. I love learning about Japan in the 17th century. the art and the living enviorments of all the place and people.
March 12, 2008 - 09:57:48 (PST)
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March 11, 2008 - 21:55:08 (PST)
Laura, I purchased one of your books on a whim, and I'm glad I did. I have read the entire books in the Sano Ichiro series up to Red Chrysanthemum and I have enjoyed them all. I am looking forward to reading The Snow Empress and The Secret Adventures of Charlotte Bronte as well. I hope you continue with the Sano Ichiro Series. I wish you continued success on your writing, your artwork and your life in general. I remain a devoted reader of your novels.
March 11, 2008 - 19:09:56 (PST)
I will start by saying that I love your books. I have truly enjoyed each one over the years. You are a wonderful author. I wanted to email you with a question. I am a 1 year breast cancer survivor and I am contacting authors to see if they would be willing to donate signed copies of a few of their books to be used in a raffle/auction to raise money for the cancer cause.I am working on raising money for several organizations such as American Cancer Society Relay for Life, and the PA Breast Cancer Coalition.I am sure that you receive many similar requests, but I hope that you will be able to help me raise money for this worthy cause by donating a few signed copies of your books. Whatever you could donate would be greatly appreciated. For more information, please email me.
March 11, 2008 - 11:27:52 (PST)
Hi there! Just found your website and had to comment on how beautifully done it is. You know I love your books since I've bought them all from the beginning! I'm curious how your art is doing, if you're still enjoying it.
March 07, 2008 - 23:58:35 (PST)
Greetings!I just wanted to thank you for writing such beautiful stories. I first came across \\\"he Pillow Book of Lady Wisteria\\\" shortly after I returned from a trip to tokyo. I did not read it then since it was clearly part of a series and it took a a year to find \\\"Shinju\\\", but it was worth it. Being able to read novels set in a place whose culture and history I love is refreshing and more interesting then history books and language text. I look forward to your next trip to Edo.
March 07, 2008 - 12:34:14 (PST)
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March 07, 2008 - 11:45:00 (PST)
February 29, 2008 - 23:52:44 (PST)
Hi Laura! Your novels are enchanting. After a long day at work on the surgical team, I cannot wait to get home to read a few more chapters in of your novels. I am currently reading "The Samurai's Wife" and it is my favorite so far. You write so beautifully and with so much fluid detail. Each time I start to read, I feel completely swept away. Please keep writing and I'll keep reading. You have actually inspired me to take more time out for my own writing.
February 27, 2008 - 20:09:26 (PST)
I have enjoyed all the Sano books. Keep wondering if you could be running out of plots for a new book. I would suggest the followinig.In Edward Behr\'s book, HIROHITO, BEHIND THE MYTH,page 53, that the sun goddess, Amaterasu gave the holy attributed of the emperor - the mirror, the sword and the necklace.The mirror remained in the Jaoanese Holy of Holies, the shrine of Ise.
Richard F. Witt
February 27, 2008 - 14:15:59 (PST)
Hi. I love reading your books, but still have two to go before i will be current. I was just wondering... whyare all the gay characters bad guys or dishonorable? Couldn\\\'t you have a gay character every now and then who is homorable and honest, to better reglect a more true to life depiction? i sincerely hope there is one somewhere in the last two books, but if not, please consider it. Thanks!
February 25, 2008 - 17:45:12 (PST)
Nancy Vinton and Barb Wade(Japes) are happy to hear of your success. Have passed the word to Helen Edwards and Kathie Nuttle(Ayres). At least someone from Difco has made a name for herself. Hope you have time to reply. Barb
The Difco Control Lab
February 19, 2008 - 12:19:26 (PST)
I have just discovered your Shinju, 14 years after its publication, and congratulate you for it. I congratulate Marty too, for the obvious reason.
February 16, 2008 - 22:04:25 (PST)
While I enjoy the twists and turns of your plots, I think watching Sano grow intellectually and emotionally is the most interesting aspect of the series.I have purchased all twelve of the sano ichero mystery series, and I hope that you continue to produce them.
February 13, 2008 - 19:53:23 (PST)
February 12, 2008 - 13:18:59 (PST)
I just finished The Snow Empress. Your story is engrossing and transported me into the world you created. I thought it was excellent! Thank you.
February 10, 2008 - 09:58:40 (PST)
Hope there will be more Sano Ichiro Mysteries to come, I really appreciate all the books, I can relate because I practice Kendo.
February 06, 2008 - 21:45:46 (PST)
I'm looking forward to reading Snow Empress, received it for Christmas, but wanted to finish the novels leading up to it first. Finished Red Chrysanthemum last night. I love the way you use prologues and how you paint scenes. I hope Charlotte doesn't lure you completely away. Best wishes.
February 04, 2008 - 20:29:45 (PST)
February 01, 2008 - 18:15:26 (PST)
I jsut got The Snow Empress in the mail yesterday. I was sitting in my apartment, in Misawa, Japan reading last night as it was snowing in northern Honshu. I am just a few hours by train from Hokkaido so I am anxious to read more. One of my favorite places in Japan is the city of Hakodate on Hokkaido. It was fun reading about Sano's adventures in Nagasaki while I was visiting the city two years ago. Likewise it was fun to visit the sites in Kyoto that Sanoand his wife visited and thier experiences with the imperial family. Once I know the locations on Hokkaido, it will be fun to go there and trace Sano's steps. The books are excellent and characters always interesting. I hope you have continued success in your writings.
January 30, 2008 - 21:05:23 (PST)
Madame, quite simply, you write with the finest sense of urgency & intrigue ever!! I am a brand new fan, and look forward to many contented hours spent in the caverns of your cortex. Many many thanks. RON
January 28, 2008 - 19:46:19 (PST)
Thank you for all of your excellent books. I have all but the latest. I am also looking forward to the Bronte book.
January 26, 2008 - 23:17:44 (PST)
Greetings. I\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\'m a martial artists practicing for the past 22 years. All traditionally trained warriors are faced with the types of choices Sano is forced to navigate in his profession, when we take our skills and insights into our world outside the Do-jang (my experience lies in tradional TaeKwon-Do of Korea). I appreciate the intense spiritual and moral convictions of Sano. He represents all that we as practitioners of Bushido look up to and seldom see in those around us. Thank you sincerrely.
January 25, 2008 - 14:12:00 (PST)
Dear Mrs. Rowland I am a hug fan I have all of your Sano Books..But the only one I don\'t have is The Way of the Traitor...All of the websites and book stores I have searched were out of stock...I have read every thing but that one book..I hope i can get a chance to buy it one day..And I can\'t wait until The secret Adventures of Charlotte Bronte to come out in March.
January 24, 2008 - 22:49:30 (PST)
I was doing research for my own novel about Japan when a friend told me to read your books. I don't usually read mysteries, but I read "The Samuri's Wife" for the setting and environment. I didn't start out reading for enjoyment, but I got sucked in and finished the book on the same Saturday that I started it. You are a master of setting and skilled at plotting. I hope to master these skills too, and I have learned much from reading your novels...and the research and study has been loads of fun too. Congratulations on the success of this series. I am looking forward to the Bronte book!
January 12, 2008 - 22:19:15 (PST)
Dear Mrs. Rowland,I am a Japanese historian and I must say I absolutely love your novels. Your character San Ichiro is truly the best. The way you take your readers on a journey in a time that most do not know about is superb. I applaude you for writing these and I know on my behalf have enjoyed reading them over and over. Your descriptions of Japan during that time and the way you can close your eyes and see the characters and the world around is truly a testament to your writing ability. Please keep up the good work. I would truly love to see your books turned into a movie. I have several people who I would love to see play each character. Oh it would be a great movie series. Anyway I look forward to reading your books for many years to come. Thanks again for creating such a great character in a great historical time period that I truly enjoy.
January 09, 2008 - 21:44:53 (PST)
Dear Ms. Rowland, I came upon your books of Sano Ichiro by accident last year, and i haven't been able to stop since. i've already finished "the snow empress" and is anxiously waiting for your new book to come out. i know there are many talented authors out there, but you are the very first one that has kept me reading and reading and reading. i think because of when and where your books takes place is what intrigues me so much. some authors just write about the same thing and the same places all the time and that gets so boring. but when i read yours i get so involve it's like i can actually see and feel and smell everything. and i just wanted to tell you....thank you, for writing such wonderful books. i hope to enjoy more of them soon. wish you the best, one of your biggest fans...=)q
January 09, 2008 - 21:35:06 (PST)
Hi, Laura, I was just checking your homepage to see, which book I missed so far. In Germany, the last one is \"The Assassin\'s Touch\". I\'m eagerly awayting the translation of the next ones, because I do not know, if I\'m able to understand the english versions. When I had a new book of your series, I read nearly day and night, to finish it (although I always do not like finishing, because I have to leave the scene, I like so much.)So - I hope, the next one in German is coming out soon. Greatings from the north of Germany. Michael
January 02, 2008 - 10:28:09 (PST)
I have been a fan of your Sano Ichiro series since receiving my first book a few years ago as a gift. Each Christmas my gift requests are the same-more Sano Ichiro books! Please continue this series for many years to come!
January 01, 2008 - 13:25:36 (PST)
I have been reading your books for years. Much like Sherlock Holmes in my mind with his eye for detail and logic. We joined a bookclub in Redlands, CA and have got everyone reading your first book in the series. Can't wait until our January 08 meeting to hear their comments.Sincerely yours,Michael KeefeCalifornia
December 30, 2007 - 22:46:39 (PST)
I have read EVERY ONE of the Sano books to date and just starting "The Snow Imperess"...ALL have been facinating, incredibly absorbing novels and I am hoping that there will be many more to follow. Thank you so much. Dan
December 26, 2007 - 13:41:31 (PST)
Hi, Laura:I'm so glad that you have a spot on your site for comments. I've purchased every one of your books, and always eagerly anticipate next. You've really outdone yourself, however, with the Snow Empress. I feel like I've gotten to know Edo very well over the years, and taking me on the journey to Ezogashima, was as disorienting to me, as it was to your characters. You're incredibly talented, and what's unique about you, is that you have the rare ability to develop your characters and advance the plot over the course of many, many books, while still keeping the series fresh, mature and interesting. Please keep the series going, andthanks for the many great hours of reading pleasure.P.S.: I've particularly enjoyed reading about Hirata's transformation -a plot that you seeded in a prior book. Very nice progression of his character....
December 20, 2007 - 02:15:28 (PST)
Hi LauraI'm your fan from Thailand. Not sure you have any reader from my country. Your Perfumed Sleeve is my first book. Then it is The Assasin Touch. I love them. It\'s a good combination of East meets West. My first impression about ancient Japanese is Shogun. I want to read more about it, then I found your Sano Ichiro. Great reading.
December 20, 2007 - 01:17:30 (PST)
Hi Laura, I just finished reading 'The assassin's touch' & I loved it. It is the first book of yours that I have read & it won't be the last. I love the head characters & wish that i had started reading this series from the beginning. I hope my library stocks your books.
December 18, 2007 - 06:45:23 (PST)
I have enjoyed all of the Sano series. The latest one, The Snow Empress, I could not put down. I love the descriptions you give to characters and detail to Old Japan way of life, across the classes and across the landscape. Please, keep doing what you're doing!
December 17, 2007 - 14:41:18 (PST)
absoloutely love your books. Truly a visit to shogun-ruled Japan. Have just finished \"snow empress\". I am particularly interested in the Ainu and was delighted to find them in your marvelous talent. I have read some non-fiction about the Ainu but want to read more. Can you suggest somne titles? How did aancient Japan capture your imagination? I look forward to Charlotte Bronte. Thanks
December 15, 2007 - 22:38:05 (PST)
I'm an avid reader and have read all twelve of your novels. I am dissapointed in the "Snow Empress". Chamberlain Sano was so disrespected by the soldiers and his wife. Instead of the hero, you make him into a lapdog. I cannot believe the women of that day would oppose their husband in that manner. The science fiction was a little too much. Eleven good reads out of twelve is not too bad, but I will now be cautious about thirteen.
December 12, 2007 - 14:49:20 (PST)
Ms Rowland;As I am getting older now and am retired. I have more time to read. Once having found your books I have read them all. I spent several years in Japan, and my wife is from there. I very much enjoy reading about the Old Japan. It would seem that you research your history very well. I hope you have recov ered from Katrina by now.I have one request. I don't know if or not this is proper but I know what I enjoy reading. In your last book " The Snow Empress" It would seem that you are getting into the "Supernatural"I would hope that you don't go far with this. Your books don't need it and I think it takes away from them some of the believability.Bill Taylor
K. W. Taylor
December 12, 2007 - 12:25:26 (PST)
I noticed that The Snow Empress was dedicated to "Fat Boy" 1988 - 2007 and assumed that he was a beloved pet. Then I found his photo on your site.We just wanted to let you know that we have our own "Fat Boy" who thinks his name is unique. He's 17+ years and a tabby like your Simon in the picture.Jennifer, Victoria, BC Canada
December 08, 2007 - 10:53:38 (PST)
Konnichiwa! I loved \"The Snow Empress\"! Another great read, Ms. Rowland! I hope another Sano Ichiro mystery is in the works for next year. I do have a question, even though I doubt it\'ll get answered: do you plan to work the tale of the 47 Ronin into the storyline? The Snow Empress takes place in 1699, and since the 47 Ronin incident takes place in 1701, it\'s not too far away.
December 07, 2007 - 16:17:26 (PST)
Wow!!! Just finished "The Snow Empress". I don't know how you do it. Each book is better than the previous one. Thanks for transporting be back to 17th Century Japan.Wallis
December 05, 2007 - 11:22:17 (PST)
Currently tearing my way through Red Crysanthemum at quite a pace!I've read all the Sano novels, and coincidentally started just after I'd moved here to Japan! Even read 'Way of the Traitor' on a trip to Nagasaki.One thing: I'd love to see a return of Aoi, from 'Bundori'!
December 05, 2007 - 09:13:32 (PST)
I am glad to join the list of Sano fans. I have the fortunate pleasure to have read the series in sequence. I am an American living in Japan, so I know that these stories are accurate in detail as they are entertaining. The intrigue is a fact of life here in Japan, then as it is now. I found this series at a military base library and being a Dashiell Hammett/John D. MacDonald/Raymond Chandler mystery fan, I at once fell under Ms Rowland's spell. I am buying the last three episodes and when I finish reading them, I will donate them to the local library.
Ed at www.thisgizmo.com
December 02, 2007 - 05:24:42 (PST)
Dear Mrs. Rowland,being a born American but living in Germany, the city of Mainz, my friends and I love to read the stories about "Sano" and the tales of the old Japan. Your writingstyle is tremendous and really great!!!Today I bought your latest book, "The Snow Empress" and I can hardly await to "get with it" !!!!Thanks for the great literature you have brought to many people !!!GreetingsCliff Jurasin
December 01, 2007 - 15:31:58 (PST)
Last Night it was raining/snowing here in Portland ORso at 11PM I snuggled in bed to read SNOW EMPRESS.At 3AM some 4 hours later after getting up for some hot choc.and a midnight snack I finished the best Ifeel of all of the \\\\\\\\\\\\\\\"Sano\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\" stories. can\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\'t wait to see where you take them next. Hurry up I am getting restless waiting.The only negative was I had to special order the book at my local Borders Store, as they would not carry it in stock. Laura pass it up to St, Martins it should not be.
ralph m neil
November 29, 2007 - 13:29:52 (PST)
Love all the sano ishiro books. Love `him' very much. Currently reading the Pillow Book of Lady Wisteria. In my imagination, Yutaka Takenouchi (japanese actor) is Sano Ichiro.
November 28, 2007 - 23:56:34 (PST)
I am rereading the Sano series. Thes books are just a godd if not better the second time as the first. Thank you for adding a great deal of enjoyment and culture to my life.
November 28, 2007 - 07:26:33 (PST)
Laura-I just finished reading The Snow Empress.It was great! Suggestion;Why not write a novel with Hirata as the main character? Don
November 28, 2007 - 07:18:31 (PST)
Hi LauraI have read all of your Sano Ichiro novels and am in the middle of your latest, The Snow Empress. I love all of them but this one may be the best yet! You really seem to capture the essense of the era. I look forward to reading many more and hope to see you in the NY area soon for a book signing.Don
November 26, 2007 - 09:07:27 (PST)
Dear Ms. Rowland,I began to read your books "by accident" I was in a bookshop looking for a particular book when I saw Shinju and I bought it. As I began to read the story "caught" me and since then I've been looking for the rest of the series books. It's a pitty that they are not all translated into Spanish, but never mind, I enjoy them as much in english.I recomend your books to all the people I know that like Japanese culture and traditions. My son in law is also caught up with them thanks to me...You are a great writer, and I realy enjoy your books.Lots of love from Spain.
November 26, 2007 - 04:34:33 (PST)
I read Bundori while in the hospital and am now reading thru the entire series in order. Great stories. Your Sano fans would also enjoy the Judge Dee Mysteries by Robert Van Gulik. Judge Dee is a Chinese version of Sano.Laura, I'd really find a map of Edo and of the other areas, where your Sano stories take place very useful. I tried to find period maps on the internet, but they were in Japanese. Any tips?
November 23, 2007 - 09:38:48 (PST)
I have been a fan since the very first book - thanks, Ms Rowland for the fun reads. I always look forward to a new Sano story!Dwight Tichenor
November 21, 2007 - 05:24:08 (PST)
Ms. Rowland,I found the book "The Cocubine's Tatoo" at a grocery store in 1999. Since then I have read every one of your Ichiro msysteries. The "Snow Empress" was by far my favorite cover. I want to know who designed the kimono on the front, it is stunning. I look forward to the Charlotte Bronte book and hope that it is just as reviting as the Ichiro books have been.Michele HarrisonRoseburg, Oregon
November 20, 2007 - 13:16:23 (PST)
Great site Laura. I'm trying to figure out how you and I are related but it must be a very long tale indeed since my Dad was from England and born in 1898. I plan now to buy your books and probably give them to my wife Linda who is an intense mystery fan. Best of luck and congratulations on your house restoration. Godspeed. Mike
November 17, 2007 - 08:20:17 (PST)
Congratulations for your books that I'm reading from France. Unfortunatly only two are already translated here. Why only those ? and do you intent to give us more here rapidly ??With all my best....
November 17, 2007 - 02:17:02 (PST)
Dear Laura,I want to say thank you for writing the Sano Ichiro novels. I really enjoy reading them and I look forward to your continuation of the series. Thank you,Michael Luckenbill
November 15, 2007 - 23:55:26 (PST)
I have the pleasure of working @ a public library in NJ. Ever since reading Shinju i've been hooked. I often scan the shelves and look for new titles and upon finding one, drop everything else that i'm reading to read yours. Also cool to see that you're a painter. You have some gr8 works up. I make art too but using different mediums, aerosols, silkscreen printing, marker rendering ect. Keep writing and i'll keep reading :)
November 14, 2007 - 08:34:06 (PST)
sry, just testing
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November 13, 2007 - 08:09:59 (PST)
First - I am sorry for the loss of Fatboy but what a wonderful way to always remember him! I have just started the new book and am, once again, impressed with the "pow" that the stories are known for and snagging the reader right in. Hopefully I can restrain myself from finishing the book in one sitting and savor it as long as possible!!!
November 12, 2007 - 16:01:21 (PST)
Just love your writing, so evocative
November 07, 2007 - 19:39:08 (PST)
Rowland San, Subarashii! You are really one talented writer! I love your Sano Ichiro series! Read them all and totally hooked. Everytime I get a new book, I make sure to clear my schedule. After living for 8 years in Japan, I was feeling abit jaded, but your books, take me back to the Japan I daydreamed about as a teenager. Rowland san Gambatte!! Tsuzuki ga tanoshimi!!
Shafina from Yokohama
November 06, 2007 - 08:59:56 (PST)
I recently picked up a copy of Red Chrysanthemum and couldn't help but finish it in a few hours - I couldn't put it down! I'm such a big fan of the Sano series. I'm looking forward to the Snow Empress and more development with Masahiro! Keep up the great work!
November 03, 2007 - 21:54:54 (PST)
Picked up Samurai\'s Wife at the library by chance & couldn\'t put it down. I\'m thinking I may go back to the beginning--looking forward to the rest of the series too!
November 02, 2007 - 19:30:31 (PST)
Greetings from a former Gentilly neighbor and now avid Sano reader. I LOVE your series! I just spent this last month reading 10 out of your 12 books after a friend mentioned they were set in Edo period. Now, I look forward to meeting you at Garden District book signing. I have questions I want to ask you - is this the forum to do so? If not, how do we email you? Again, Domo arigato gozaimasu! - Nona
October 31, 2007 - 09:47:21 (PST)
Laura. I have read all 11 books in Sano's series. I preordered The Snow Empress because it was cheaper that way, but I managed to finish Red Chrysanthemum in a week, so I am way too anxious. I have fallen in love with your characters and I look forward to reading them all over again. I admire you very much. I hope one day to talk to the genius behind the detective. Have a great day!
October 30, 2007 - 14:24:37 (PST)
The only other author I have ever waited for the books to come out was Victoria Holt. I love the Sano series.Thank you for always giving me something to look forward to.Barbara WynnEnglish TeacherAlabama
Barbara J. Wynn
October 30, 2007 - 10:40:24 (PST)
Greetings from the Philippines. First I want to say thank you for writing such beautiful stories. The Sano Ichiro stories got me hooked. I have been interested in Fuedal Japan. I used to watch an animated series related to such thus stirred my interest. Although it is quite difficult to obtain your books in our country I was happy to find some. Keep it up! And as odd as it seems I like the way you describe the ex-chamberlain, despite he is one of the bad guys. A beautiful man although deranged. Anyways, good luck!
October 29, 2007 - 21:42:50 (PST)
Very enjoyable reading and fascinating word painting of a society and culture completely different from ours.I intend to continue my voyage to old Japan with the other books of the series and recommend them to my friends in Greece.THANKS LAURA.
October 27, 2007 - 07:52:16 (PST)
Looking forward to meeting you at the Louisiana Book Festival! :)
October 25, 2007 - 16:00:58 (PST)
Hi Laura, I am reading my fourth Ichiro Sano novel. I truly enjoy reading them. I plan on reading all of them. Thank You, Troy
October 25, 2007 - 12:56:27 (PST)
Laura,I just finished reading Shinju in the Sano Ichiro series and I am now a fan. I love your writing!
October 24, 2007 - 19:35:39 (PST)
Thank you for writing!
October 22, 2007 - 20:41:19 (PST)
DEAREST LAURA, Another wonderful tale and we are looking fwd to THE SNOW EMPRESS! Youare so brave to branch out to BRONTE\\\\\\\' BON VOYAGE. MARGE & FRANK LEE
October 08, 2007 - 11:34:22 (PST)
Hi, when is your series gonna become movies!I want to watch them so bad!
October 06, 2007 - 22:14:56 (PST)
Hi,I'm a big fan of your books. In our country we have only four of them, but I hope more will be translated. Or I'll buy them in English :DI like all the characters, but Yanagisawa is my favourite. He's a very cool bad guy! I wish you good job. Thank for these great books.
October 03, 2007 - 05:07:38 (PST)
Laura;Hi. I've been reading your novels and I TRULY believe that they need to be brought to life via-adult anime or live action soap-opera type (not the cheesy stop and go style) but it would be a series and classified as a soap opera simply because it is a series and because it harbors intregue, romance, war, sex--you know all the good stuff of a soap opera. I know people would watch it and enjoy it.Thank you very much for writing this series and if you are interested in turning it live or anime please go to the AZN television station web-site at azn.com/admin. I know they'll love it.Thank you for your time.Eva Smith, Spokane WA
September 28, 2007 - 17:24:22 (PST)
Hello: I have read all of the books of the series of Sano and his wife, My question is according to the last book the banned ex-chamderlain Yanagisawa is back and plotting a return to status , My question is ---how do you bridge the gap in this book and what happen to his wife and son?Thank you very much: Jw-09/16/07
September 16, 2007 - 23:13:14 (PST)
I am on my 2nd Ichiro Sano book , Black Lotus . I like it alot so far .The passages from the Black Lotus sutra seem to be getting more twisted.I know you have been compared with the writin style of James Clavell,that is wierd because one of my favorite books is King Rat.
September 13, 2007 - 21:12:42 (PST)
Laura,i am a big fan of your Sano Ichiro mystery series. i simply can't wait till The Snow Empress come out. your books have inspired me to want to learn more. I am doing a school project in my creative writing class on you and that series because i find the detail and language that you use in the books simply amazing. Each ending to the books kept making me want to read more and more i was kinda sad when i finished The Red Chrysanthemum because i didn't want to wait till the next book i want to keep on reading your books no stop cause they are that good in my opinion.
September 13, 2007 - 19:27:07 (PST)
WOW--I wanted to ask you about The Secret Adventures of Charlotte Bronte; now I can\'t wait to read the rest of it. The way you include history, biography and somehow Canton, China fascinates me. You are amazing. And so is your website. First time I\'ve seen it, embarassed to say. I\'m gradually using my computer more often
September 11, 2007 - 15:17:21 (PST)
Hey Ms. Rowland, I just opened a box frm Barnes and Noble and yes, the most beautiful hardcover (large print, ha, ha.) of the Red Chrysanthemum. It is a touching dedication. Simple birthday gift from my son and most treasured. Looking forward to reading a new great thriller. Best to you and New Orleans. Lydia
September 08, 2007 - 06:42:33 (PST)
Mrs Rowland, obviously I am a fan, hence the note. I have all your Sano Ichiro books except the last but will get that as well. I have a question which has been bothering me for some years. Why do I not see your excellent books advertised more? I have written to editors of Literary Guild and Mystery Book Club and asked why your books are never offered. One respoded with a non-answer, i.e. Period novels are not popular--- which is absolutley incorrect. Do you have an answer? Is your publisher negligent in promoting your books more? Please let me know if you can. George Galasso, Ph.D. in Microbiology by the way.
September 07, 2007 - 09:33:29 (PST)
Hey again, Ms. Laura Joh Rowland. Last time I wrote was back in January '07. In a few days I will be celebrating my birthday and guess what, Right my son will be buying me the best gift of all, a book or two. Yes, I am asking for The Red Chrysanthemum and The Snow Empress (pre-purchase, if possible). You continue to create such wonderful stories, thank you. My regret is that I am unable to visit New Orleans to participate in one of your "book events." Hope one day you make it to New York City. Even better when I win the Megamillions, don't laugh, it takes one dollar, well New Orleans will be the place to go. I hope your home is coming along as well as the surrounding areas. Yes, it is happening very slowly from news and accounts from relatives. But, New Orleans is a strong City, its people are strong and wonderful. Continued success. Be reading you soon, Lydia
August 30, 2007 - 21:31:01 (PST)
I just wanted to let you know how much I LOVE your books. Shogun has always been one of my favorite books, and although I found other authors with interesting writtings on historical Japan, I never found books to that standard -- UNTIL I READ YOUR BOOKS!!!! I am working my way through the series now. Thanks for the great series. Also, I hope you are settled back in New Orleans. As a returning Louisianian,it is nice to see the city coming back. Good Luck in the future!!!
August 29, 2007 - 07:54:00 (PST)
A few years ago a good friend of mine let me borrow Bundori, telling me that was one of her favorite books. Having told me that it was a mystery novel I was less then inerested. I let it sit in my house for several months before picking it up.Now I own a copy of every one of your Sano Ichiro books, I can hardly wait for the next to come out.I LOVE your books!
August 28, 2007 - 11:58:36 (PST)
Read all of your Sano series books. I know you have another one coming out very, very soon. You are a great story-teller.Have been watching Korean drama series on TV with sub-titles in English. One in particular, I thought, you might look into is "Conspiracy in the Court". It seems to fit you. There are some cultural aspects of it (and nuances) that you, if you dig far back into your roots, might be able to flesh out for a non-Korean audience of readers. Could this be the start of another series?
August 22, 2007 - 13:32:37 (PST)
My daughter told me about your books. I knew that someday I would be rewarded for the care I took in raising her! I have almost finished the first one, "Shinju", and could hardly tear myself away from it long enough to write in your guest book. I plan to read the entire series in order and would love to know when the tentatively titled, "The Snow Empress" will be published. Thank you so much, Ms. Rowland, for my current and future enjoyment of the fascinating world of Japan and it's mysteries. Judy
August 22, 2007 - 10:00:51 (PST)
Excellent cover art -- curious as to why the artist isn\'t credited. Definitely recommend reading the series in order; more logical, easier to follow & understand. Many excellent authors mentioned [Tsukiyama, Massey, Saylor, Peters, Doyle]. I\'d add: Lindsay Davis, Anne Perry, Robin Paige, Victoria Thompson, Margaret Frazer, Michael Jecks, Rosemary Rowe.Sano\'s sensitivity & personal honor intrigue me, and his relationship with Dr. Ito piques my interest. The Sano-Reiko pairing reminds me [slightly] of Rochester & Jane.This series would be great with an Asian cast [similar to Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon] either as a mini-series or [even better] a PBS show.As for errors & editing issues, I saw some, but as I\'m neither author nor scholar, can only say that Gary Steinbach & Junichi Itahasi have good points: your editors could use more precise words, and if honorific expressions are incorrectly used, then take a page from Diana Gabaldon. When DG was writing Voyager, she used some Gaelic phrases that weren\'t \"spot on.\" But she subsequently corrected them, and authenticity mavens were placated.
August 20, 2007 - 06:30:43 (PST)
I discovered the Sano mystery series in a local bookshop. I'm hooked! I love the intrigue, plots, twists and characters! Can't wait for the next book to come out!
August 14, 2007 - 19:20:34 (PST)
Hey! I actually stumbled upon your Sano san mysterious by accident. I saw a couple of them in a book shop and brought the whole lot as I really liked the whole idea of the books and loved the fact that they were set in 17th Century Japan. I am a young writer myself and love your beautiful, sensual and exquisite imagery in the books. Your Characters are extremely believable!
August 11, 2007 - 03:22:45 (PST)
Yesterday's problem with Laura's BRONTE QUIZ CONTEST has been corrected, so please try again! If you have any problems with it, contact me at: cheryl at eclectics dot com.Thanks, Deluzy, for letting us know about the problem.
Cheryl at Eclectics (Laura's Web Manager)
August 09, 2007 - 15:38:48 (PST)
I love the rich, complex mysteries that you've written for Sano-san to solve, but I appreciate equally how you reflect the Japanese way of life. Asian society isn't all that conservative, we're just more private about it. I'm looking forward to The Snow Empress. Hope Singapore (where I'm from) gets it soon.
August 09, 2007 - 01:24:15 (PST)
I just finished reading assassin's touch. Great book , the characters in the novel were like real to me.I am looking forward to reading another one.One day about four months ago my girlfriend Bree and I went to the Hilo Borders bookstore , and I was just looking around for something interesting to read. Then I just so happened to pull out this book, well anyway it was well worth it . Mahalo
August 08, 2007 - 20:29:28 (PST)
Being a rabid Bronte fan as well as one who enjoys contemporary takes on older literature, I was intrigued by the idea of a quiz to win an advance copy of your book. I clicked where indicated, filled in the blanks with alacrity, and pressed the send key -- only to get an error message. Others have emailed me that they have experienced the same problem.Bad Referrer - Access DeniedThe form attempting to use this script resides at http://laurajohrowland.com/charlotte/quiz.html, which is not allowed to access this program.If you are attempting to configure FormMail to run with this form, you need to add the following to @referers, explained in detail in the README file.Add 'laurajohrowland.com' to your @referers array.Anyone know what this means? If so, please enlighten me and I will try again.
August 08, 2007 - 17:36:38 (PST)
Dear Ms. Rowland:I found out about your upcoming book "The Secret Adventures of Charlotte Bronte" via Bronteblog. As a Bronte fan and overall an amateur Victorianist, I am very excited about this upcomig book. Your brief excerpt got me hooked not only the portrayal of the Bronte family in Haworth but opening the novel with the British attack on Canton during the First Opium War. It helps one of the characters in the novel will be Queen Victoria herself. Should be interesting to see what happens with both Heger and Nichols both in the novel. Its to bad it won't be available until next year but it is something to look forward to.
August 08, 2007 - 14:43:47 (PST)
Greetings Laura, I love your Sano Ichiro mysteries. I enjoy losing myself in the time period and action that accompanies them. You are a master at suspense, intrique and political intanglement. I hope all is well after the hurricane. I would like to encourage you to travel around the country on a book signing tour. Your fans would love it. Thanks you!
August 08, 2007 - 11:06:33 (PST)
I absolutely adore your books. I got hooked when my brother-in-law gave me The Black Lotus...I read it in two days. I\'ve been an avid fan ever since.
August 07, 2007 - 21:58:42 (PST)
Love your books. A friend's mother introduced them to me after I took a trip to Japan.
July 31, 2007 - 16:19:24 (PST)
Ms. Rowland, I have enjoyed your books since I bought the Concubine's Tattoo on a whim. Since then, I bought every one of the Sano Ichiro novels and have read each one twice, sometimes three times over. I am so excited about the release of the Snow Empress!!! Great excerpt!! Have you ever considered a series of TV or theatrical features based on the books? I think they'd be fantastic.
July 30, 2007 - 11:30:46 (PST)
Hi Laura, I am not normally a mystery fan unless it is a Sherlock Holmes story but I have always been interested in Asian history and culture. You have a unique way of bringing both to life and weaving in a Japanese Sherlock to boot. If you will promise to continue writing these stories I will promise to continue reading them. Thanks.
July 26, 2007 - 19:32:44 (PST)
Dear Laura,I think you are one of the best detective writer I know. You use nice writing-style, it is very gripping, reader is rectracting into story. Your stories about sosakan sama/chamberline Sano and his wife Reiko are favourite in the Czech republic too. Thank you. And do you want make a film???? ... :-)
July 25, 2007 - 12:16:53 (PST)
Thank you for your wonderful books. They have introduced me to Japan in a way that history book could not--though I\'m reading about the history of Togukawa period alongside of my reading your stories.HOw did you become interested in Japan? And why this period?
July 20, 2007 - 19:54:27 (PST)
i am reading assasins touch. it interesting and has got me hooked.i was at work today and sokosan-sana kept popping up in my brain.
July 19, 2007 - 19:14:54 (PST)
The first Sano Ichiro novel I read about 9 years ago and I have recently finished Black Lotus. I love your style and the 17th century Japanese environment. I'll purchase and read more from this series as I find them. Keep up the good work. Thank you Doug
H. Douglas Gray III
July 17, 2007 - 10:13:35 (PST)
Mrs. Rowland,I have enjoyed the Sano Ichiro books since I first picked up the paperback of Shinju. I love stories, especially mysteries, set in Japan and China. Your series and Sujata Massey's Rei Shimura books are the two I pick up the day they are released each year. I hope you can continue the Sano Ichiro mysteries for a long time, so I have a new adventure to look forward to each year! Thanks.
July 16, 2007 - 19:22:41 (PST)
IT FIRST IS TO SAY THAT I AM CHARMED WITH THESE BOOKS. BUT I AM VERY ANGRY WITH THE PUBLISHING HOUSE SALAMANDRA THAT HAS THE RIGHTS IN SPAIN, THIS ONE PUBLISHING THE BOOKS IN THE ORDER THAT WANTS AND HAS NOT PUBLISHED EVEN THE THREE FIRST ONES. I BELIEVE THE AUTHORESS MUST KNOW BADLY THAT ARE DOING THE PUBLICATION OF HER WORK IN MY COUNTRY.THANKS AND CONGRATULATION!!!!!!
July 12, 2007 - 15:59:54 (PST)
Mrs. Rowland, I came across your books while I was at the library. I was just walking around, when I found myself in the Mystery section. I noticed the cover art for your novel "Black Lotus," and the painting drew me in. I read the synopsis of the story and immediatley checked it out. I also checked out "The Concubine's Tattoo." "Black Lotus" was damn good, and so was "Tattoo!" Well done!You now have a newly converted fan eating your works like a glutton! For some reason I see Ken Watenabe playing Sano. He's who I imagine as I read. Anyhoo, continued success, and keep up the great work!
July 02, 2007 - 15:10:26 (PST)
Laura, love the Sano Ichiro series. I wait impatiently for each one to come out. That slice of Japanese history and intrigue is well worth the wait! Thank you for entertaining us. Keep it up!
June 29, 2007 - 18:58:59 (PST)
I just love the Sano Ichiro Mystery Series! They are such wickedly fun entertainment. I feel like I have been transported back to Edo Period Japan. They inspire me to drink Japanase tea to excess and to create all kinds of seaweed and rice recipes. They are a diversion from my studies for a BS in Dietetics at North Dakota State University. I was a fromer art major and lived in Honolulu for 6 years. I now reside in the peaceful frozen town of Fargo with my husband, daughter (16) and 3 cats.. Thank you for your lovely works of art. I can't wait for the Snow Empress to come out and see what mischief Yanagisawa is going to cause for Sano and everyone else! These books of yours are like bags of delicious rice crackers and aduki bean cakes - simply addicting.
June 18, 2007 - 11:37:14 (PST)
I just love the Sano Ichiro Mystery Series! They are such wickedly fun entertainment. I feel like I have been transported back to Edo Period Japan. They inspire me to drink Japanase tea to excess and to create all kinds of seaweed and rice recipes. They are a diversion from my studies for a BS in Dietetics at North Dakota State University. I was a fromer art major and lived in Honolulu for 6 years. I now reside in the peaceful frozen town of Fargo with my husband, daughter (16) and 3 cats.. Thank you for your lovely works of art. I can't wait for the Snow Empress to come out and see what mischief Yanagisawa is going to cause for Sano and everyone else! These books of yours are like bags of delicious rice crackers and aduki bean cakes - simply addicting.
June 18, 2007 - 11:32:09 (PST)
Dear Laura,I live in London.I did a course in Japanese history, and began reading your books after accidentally stumbling over them in our library catalogue when searching for non-fiction books on Japan. I am very glad I did. I have finished Shinju and am currently reading Bundori; I am trying to read them all in order, but am finding it hard to get hold of them in libraries here. I will persevere however.Best wishes from London,Regards,Angela
June 10, 2007 - 05:56:46 (PST)
I only read one book but the effect was just...wow!!! Her writing style and the plots are just unique...
June 07, 2007 - 08:42:03 (PST)
Sorry, but I have to provide an alias. Suffice to say that I love reading your books. I enjoy reading how you develope a character's personality, and they changes in the books just keep surprising me more and more. Keep writting, Mrs. Laura, and I hope that I will be able to purchase the next book in your series soon.
June 05, 2007 - 22:15:38 (PST)
How can I ever thank you enough for writing such fantastic books with such life? I have and image of all of Edo castle in my head. The temples, the streets. The vividness with which you write is a great talent indeed. I could read them all day.And I do in any spare chance I get. You are very talented, and I wish you great fortune in your future,whatever that may be.www.myspace.com/frolfin
May 27, 2007 - 09:40:09 (PST)
Beautifully written stories which take me back all those hundreds of years to the Halcyon days of the Samurai spirit and the intrigue of Japanese culture.
May 25, 2007 - 09:59:35 (PST)
Hi Laura, I have read all your books and love them! They are one of my favourate books ever and I cannot wait for "The Snow Empress."My favourate characters are Lord Mastudria and Chamberlain Yanagasiwa.I love Sano and Reiko too though. Many thanks and please keep writting these fantastic books.Love Yazmin
May 23, 2007 - 16:04:21 (PST)
I agree. I'd love to see these novels as a series of fils or a mini seris done similarly to the Sherlock Holmes series.
May 22, 2007 - 02:30:19 (PST)
Dear Ms. Rowland, I just wanted to praise your series Again and really hope that you continue writing them literally for as long as possible! I also wanted to ask if you would be interested in making your series into a movie series also.
May 21, 2007 - 19:36:36 (PST)
I gratly enjoy our books and just wantd to say than you for such wonderful works of art.
May 21, 2007 - 13:26:00 (PST)
Hello! I read \"The Assasin\'s Touch\" for an english book report in school. I really enjoyed it! I love stories about asia, especially japan. First I wanted to read an other book, but then I saw yours, bought it and began to read. Now I\'ve finished it and want to read the other novels you wrote! It is very interesting to read how Sano and Reiko investigate the crimes.I hope I will find more of your novels.Thanks, Annika (16)Oldenburg Germany
May 20, 2007 - 08:45:20 (PST)
May 18, 2007 - 21:20:50 (PST)
I'm the president of HeartLA, the Baton Rouge Chapter of RWA. On 13 October 2007, we're having our first Readers' Luncheon. We'd love to have you come and participate.This is an excellent opportunity to meet with readers, sign books and get a free meal at a fine restaurant in Baton Rouge.Please let me know if you'd like to come. I am also available if you have any questions!We're finalizing our budget and setting our ticket prices, so we need to know by the middle of next week if you can come!Thanks so much for your time!
May 18, 2007 - 20:11:49 (PST)
Please tell us what Hirata's first (given) name is! Even his wife calls him "Hirata", which is just bizarre. I waited a long time to find the book in which Hirata first appears (Bundori), hoping that someone would use his first name, but no. This question has been bugging me for at least six books. Hopefully it will be solved in Red Crysanthemum which I haven't read yet. I know this may seem like a flippant enquiry but I really would like to know the answer. Thank you for indulging my search for truth and justice.
May 11, 2007 - 03:40:07 (PST)
I read your bio. I love mysteries too.So I picked up Shunju,and Concubine\'s Tatoo. I also loved Asian Studies, Japan specifically. Interesting, we must have read different books, had very different educating by the professors. I probably could have taken the leap to enjoy the Sano mysteries if there was at least one little note saying your characters are completely fictional like so many authors with even more attention to historical accuracy include. While I read, i cringe to imagine how many non-Asians, non-Japanese are getting their history and attitudes toward Japanese historical personages and the culture itself particularly toward women from the books you are writing. At first I thought you were inspired by an understandable and historical hatred toward the Japanese, but reading your bio, I don\'t hold that anymore. However, I would appreciate some words included in your future books that your characters -- who are more \"white guys\' fantasies\" than historical -- are completely fictional. You are being credited with historical fiction rather than a good erotic mystery writer (who may have been inspired by samurai flicks and Japanese woodblock prints but not so much by her Asian Studies classes or Japanese people in general). Thank you. Keep writing, but please add the disclaimer about historical authenticity. Thank you.
April 22, 2007 - 14:05:03 (PST)
Ms. Rowland, your Sano Ichiro mysteries are so visually written that I see each page clearly and in beautiful color. I read, and feel I on a faraway trip until the book ends, and I hate to come to the end of each book. I would love to take a trip to Japan and see the places you write about. I eagerly await each of your books and would love to see them as movies.Have you ever thought of an interactive website with a map of Japan and a link to the sights and locations where each novel takes place? TRSchuldt
April 21, 2007 - 12:22:35 (PST)
My husband and I have read every boook since the very first one. We are eagerly looking forward to the next edition of Sano-san and Reiko-san this coming October. We would love to have the opportunity to meet you one day. We have a special interest as my mother was born in Japan. Thank you for this special series.
April 18, 2007 - 12:32:54 (PST)
I am a devoted reader -- I purchase your books on Amazon before they are released so that I am able to read your books ASAP on arrival! I discovered your first book just after it had been released, and have been hooked ever since. Two things -- Please, can you make a personal appearance in South Florida (where I live)? Will your books ever be released as an audio book? I hope so -- I'll buy them all for my long car trips to/from work (two hours daily). I am a librarian at Florida International University in Miami. Love your work!
April 17, 2007 - 20:09:27 (PST)
Your books are amazing. I love the series. I am in love with Japanese culture and your books motive me more. Keep it up.
April 17, 2007 - 04:16:03 (PST)
I work as an organizational consultant and I spend a lot of time in airplanes. I cannot thank you enough for the hours of enjoyment that you and Ichiro Sano have brought me. The intricacy of the plots and the increasing political complexity of Sano's life provide just the distraction needed to survive the increasing complexity of flying. Thanks, keep 'em coming.Dr. Lowell "Duke" Kuehn
April 15, 2007 - 07:33:59 (PST)
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April 14, 2007 - 16:07:07 (PST)
Dear Mrs. Rowland,Thank you for the world you have created and chosen to share. I work as a librarian and I am an avid reader myself. It is so wonderful to be able to refer fellow readers to such wonderful works. Love the setting and characters of your mysteries. Hope you continue to write for many years.- Douglas Hess
April 07, 2007 - 23:07:47 (PST)
I love your books about sano. I hope you will write more. My friends here in Germany loves your books too. And we hope one of your books will be a movie. your Kerstin from Düsseldorf, Germany
April 04, 2007 - 12:13:23 (PST)
i loved reading all of your books and you\\\'re a brilliant writer. i hope you continue writing and i can\\\'t wait to read your next book!
April 02, 2007 - 17:47:55 (PST)
Every time I pick up one of your books I find it hard to put it down until I have read it from cover to cover. My family and I have read every book up to the assasin\'s touch and every one has kept each and every one of us captivated to the very end. I can\'t wait to get the Red Chrysanthemum to see what happens next. Thank you for introducing me to such a wonderful and exciting world.
March 23, 2007 - 05:47:12 (PST)
I'm currently reading The Dragon King's Palace, and I'm very impressed with it. I grabbed your book off of a shelf in a small store in Honolulu a bit ago, and I have really enjoyed it. I also just found out it was the 8th in the series, I look forward to starting at book one. It's hard to find books that keep my attention and characters I can admire (I love Reiko), so thank you for a good read!
March 22, 2007 - 01:05:05 (PST)
I find your books about early Japan to be my favorite along with Steven Saylors books on Rome.I check often to see when a new one is coming out.Your the best
March 19, 2007 - 22:46:17 (PST)
THANK YOU THANK - YOU THANK YOU - THANK YOU - I'VE READ UP TO THE CONCUBINES TATOO AND LOOK FORWARD TO READING THE REST.-- LOVE YOU -- OH BY THE WAY DID I SAY THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!!!
March 15, 2007 - 20:00:12 (PST)
You are a joy to read. From my heart I thank you.I have been facinated by things Japanese since I was a pre-adolescent. I collect wood-cut prints (e.g. Hiroshi Yoshida & son Toshi) and have practiced origami since I first saw a show on PBS in Chicago when I was 11 or 12 years old. I am 56.Your novels have kindled a curiosity to learn about Japan during the period of your books. If it is easy for you to do, perhaps you could suggest references. If not, please let me express my gratitude for your writing again.Mike TrentChicagoland, IL, USA
March 13, 2007 - 00:43:41 (PST)
Hi Laura, just wanted you to know how much i love your book espically the position of women in fudual japan. and i would love to meet you in person but you've never done an event in the uk. i keep hoping the books will by picked you for a film or tv series so you could do a world wide book tour
March 11, 2007 - 06:04:56 (PST)
I said at my lost comment:When I finished you last book, I ended up stomping and laughing to myself (weirdo) and I stopped and started crying (not literally) because I realized (thought)it was your last book and started scream, "No! Why!?(over exaggerating)" That was a year ago. At 10 or 11 at night, I found this site and again screamed (almost literally), stomping on the second floor, blasted the music (all in my dorm and laughs an evil laugh). I wonder when I can read it (sigh) and what about MOVIES, is your books going to be movies soon(I'm wishing it so bad)? I am looking forward to your next book (I once hated reading and writing).
March 07, 2007 - 03:44:35 (PST)
Um...how come my comment didn't come up? "NO!" I spend so much time writing it (cries, even if I'm bad a writing).
March 07, 2007 - 03:30:59 (PST)
Laura - I picked up "The Concubines Tattoo" on a whim one day several years ago while passing through an airport somewhere. Since then I have voraciously devoured all of the Sano Ichiro novels and have them all in hardback in my personal library so that my grandchildren and their children can enjoy them as well. Having a Chinese wife and having lived in Asia much of my life (including almost 9 years in Japan and Okinawa), I find a particularly strong link between myself, my life and your novels. I look forward to Sano-san's next adventure and hope it comes soon. There is much yet left undone in his and Reiko's lives. Thank you so much for adding some spice to mine.
March 06, 2007 - 10:31:58 (PST)
Your new book was wonderful!I'm just glad I was not in the hospital stuck in a room like I was with most of your other books I read. Instead I was in my own room (^_^)I dragged my dad out in the snow to get your new book for me :D Hope to have another one to read soon!
February 20, 2007 - 11:35:56 (PST)
I've read the whole series of the Sano books. I love the way you tell the story, the surroungings, the smell of the air, I really feel as though I'm back in fuedal Japan....
February 20, 2007 - 00:04:35 (PST)
Hello Mrs Rowland. Today your 10th novel is published in Germany. Thank you so much for writing this interesting story!!! Please, give us more of Sano Ichiro.
February 17, 2007 - 05:30:24 (PST)
Mrs. RowlandThank you for writing the SanoIchiro mystery novels. I've read everyone and look forward to each new story.Your female characters, who are oftenboth victim and villain , are always sadly unforgetable. Please keep upthe good work.
February 12, 2007 - 23:21:20 (PST)
I am a fan of your Sano since book 1 and except The Dragon King's Palace I really loved and enjoyed every singe one. The Dragon King's Palace was a little bit beyond belief. But the next one was one of the best ever.I really like the storys even if other people criticise "san or sama" and other bits. :-)))
February 07, 2007 - 08:49:12 (PST)
Black LotusBy Laura Joh Rowland(2001, St. Martin’s Paperbacks)Recently I happened to read “Shinjū” and “Black Lotus.” It would be obvious to anyone that the author’s knowledge about the social structure of the Edo period and the political capital Edo is considerable, and the audacity for a non-Japanese to write a period fictionlike this is admirable.However, it is also obvious the author doesn’t have enough knowledge in Japanese language, particularly in the field of honorific expressions, because the mistakes in most of the examples I picked up in “Black Lotus” (as well as in “Shinjū” for that matter) would not have been made by average Japanese with, say, college education.I was surprised the author didn’t have someone (a Japanese or even non Japanesewith good knowledge in Japanese) to check this type of mistakes before the publication.Of course, almost all American readers wouldn’t notice those mistakes even though this kind of ignorance makes the book less authentic and even laughable for the readers like me. I happen to think it’s a shame since the story in general is well told for a mystery, which I enjoyed otherwise. I just hate to read silly but serious mistakes like these.P. 96: “I expected better from you, sōsakan-sama,” remarked Senior Elder Makino Narisada, whose pallid skin stretched over the prominent bones of his face.* As you, the author probably know ‘sōsakan’ is a word of modern times. As far as I’m aware, there’s no word that fits the special position the author created for the special yoriki, Mr.Sano. Thus borrowing the modern word could be acceptable, especially for non-Japanese readers.However, the use of ‘sama’ in this case, among others in this book, is incorrect and improper because Sano, the sōsakan is clearly outranked by Senior Elder Makino Narimasa; the proper honorific expression by Makino should be ‘dono’ considering Sano’s special position though not equal to the Elder.P. 114: Reiko led Haru down the angled corridor, past chambers where clerks worked at writing desks. She knocked on a door.* Within any type of housing of the Edo period, nobody ‘knocks’ on a door ---shoji or fusuma or any other type of sliding door, except the wooden doors to protect the interior of the house at night.P. 117: Relief and joy flooded Reiko. “Thank you, Father.” She jumped up and hugged him.* People never ‘hugged’ each other for the expression of intimacy in any normal circumstances in those days. This is certainly not normal, no matter how excited she might’ve been.P. 132: Reiko and Midori walked toward the building, a wing of the palace with a gabled tile roof over plaster and timber walls. Midori said hesitantly, “Have you seen Hirata-san today?”* Considering the relationship between Hirata and Midori, and the status of a female, the only honorific word Midori could’ve used in this circumstances should be ‘Hirata-sama.’P. 134: “Oh, you are too modest.” Lady Keisho-in dimpled. “Now tell me, what news is there of the sōsakan-sama.* As the mother of the shogun, Lady Keisho-in would not have used ‘sama’ regarding the sōsakan; it shoud be ‘dono’ which is a general term of respect for a male figure.P. 176: “Haru-san, I’m afraid that what you’ve told me won’t help either of us,” Hirata said with kind concern.* Considering the Hirata’s status vs Haru, Hirata must’ve called the girl ‘Haru.’P. 199: Suspicion troubled Sano. “Who else besides Hirata-san and myself knew you were doing surveillance at the temple.* Sano is Hirata’s superior, therefore Sano would not have called Hirata ‘Hirata-san’; Sano would’ve called him ‘Hirata.’P. 204: “Hirata-san and I have work to do,” Sano told Reiko.* For the same reason mentioned above, this sentence should be “Hirata and I ....”P. 242: “Reiko-san, wait,” Sano said.* In those days, a husband never called his wife ‘-san’; it should be “Reiko, wait.” P. 291: “Ahh, Makino-san, how convenient that you should come now,” the shogun saidwith a glad smile.* The shogun never called anyone “-san”; his superiority is absolute; it should be “Ahh, Makino, .........”P. 291: “I think maybe I should allow the sōsakan-sama to go to the temple and fetch Niu Midori ..........* For the same reason mentioned above, it should be ‘sōsakan’ instead of ‘sōsakan-sama.’P. 292: “This document reveals the sōsakan-sama’s true motives.”* For the same reason mentioned above, regarding the use of ‘sama’ on P. 96, it should be ‘sōsakan-dono’s ’ instead of ‘sōsakan-sama’s.’P. 327: “Oh, Anraku-san, I’m so glad to be with you again.” Haru’s voice trembled with emotion, then faltered, “Aren’t you glad I came back?”* Considering the difference in status, Haru should’ve used ‘Anraku-sama’ no matter how friendly Haru felt toward Anraku.P. 342: “You were jealous of them because Anraku lilked Chie, and Radiant Spirit was his son.* For the same reason above, it should be ‘Anraku-sama.***Comments by Junichi Itahashi Translator and artist (in fine arts)
February 04, 2007 - 00:17:45 (PST)
I love your books. Through your stories I have somehow become a better writer and I don't even like to write. Your books are the only thing I can read; they are so detailed and interesting. Thanx, and I can't wait to read your new book.
January 28, 2007 - 01:35:50 (PST)
Your writing brought back the nostalgic memories of my time living and working in Japan. I started with the 'Pillow Book of Lady Wisteria' and now plan on going back and starting from the beginning with Sano-san. I appreciate how to tie Japanese culture and sense of duty to the mystery genre.
January 27, 2007 - 19:51:19 (PST)
Hey, Laura Joh Rowland, My son gave me a 50$ Barnes & Noble gift certificate. My most treasured gift since I love to read especially historical fiction. I picked up Assassin's Touch possibly because of the Blue Dragon pictured, blue is my favorite color. It was a great choice. The story unfolded so wonderfully. The characters were distinct and interesting. I particularly enjoyed the banter and mutual respect of the married couple: (is that interplay biographical in nature? hmmm) Truly, I enjoyed the story and will commence reading starting from the first book until I can reread "...Touch" and then move on to the others including your most recent. Surely I have weeks and weeks of leisure adventurous reading ahead of me. One final note: I LOVE New Orleans, next to New York City (my home). It was an added pleasure to learn that you live there. I look forward to attending one of your appearances in NYC or if I am lucky in New Orleans. My best to you and your family and friends as you continue to re-build and bring back that wonderful City of yours. A new fan, Lydia
January 27, 2007 - 13:08:11 (PST)
I recently started your series with The Dragon King's Palace and words can't describe how muched that I loved it. For some reason I was just drawn to it at the bookstore (I'm the type of person that'll walk around a used bookstore and buy books at random). I fell in love with your writing. It was so fluid and filled with emotion. I didn't want to put it down (but alas I have to sleep). Thank you so much for letting the world view your gift.
January 25, 2007 - 18:17:36 (PST)
my english is very bad :) but i will say i love your books... please never stop writting! i love sano i love reiko i love samurai i love you!! :)thanks for all! greeting from germany/bavarian/würzburg!!
January 25, 2007 - 11:31:11 (PST)
Your Sano Ichiro books keep getting better and better--please NEVER stop writing them! I am addicted!
January 24, 2007 - 01:10:31 (PST)
Hello, Laura, I\'m from Hungary (Middle Europa). All in my family love your books. Sano is so simpatic, he\'s not a super hero, he\'s man. And i like Yanagisawa too :) He\'s a nice bad guy :)
January 22, 2007 - 11:46:37 (PST)
Your storylines are complex with a lot of twists as well as snips of reality which blend very well together. Great job..
January 20, 2007 - 03:01:41 (PST)
Dear Laura,I just this minute finished reading Red Chrysanthemum. I loved it! Ask my wife and she\'ll tell you I literally couldn\'t put it down. I loved the outcome of the story but I was disappointed when it was all over. I have been reading your Sano Ichiro books since 1996, when I picked up a copy of Shinju and ever since I look forward to the next one. Keep them coming. Best wishes, Joseph M
January 18, 2007 - 23:10:44 (PST)
I recently started reading your books after I found it at a best sellers list. The first book I read was The Dragon King's Palace. I'm reading your novels as a project for my Best Novels Class. I just wanted to say I really enjoy reading your books and I really can't wait to read your newest book. I really wished I lived in the area to come visit you but since I dont I hope one day I can.Thank you for your hard work!
January 17, 2007 - 22:12:15 (PST)
Enjoyed your talk at the Bluebonnet Library, Laura. I see that Rashomon is on Turner Classic Movies tonight around midnight.
January 15, 2007 - 16:05:17 (PST)
Hello Laura, I was in the audience today at your EBR Library lecture and I enjoyed your talk very much. Please place me on your d-list for upcoming events and novels.
January 13, 2007 - 17:11:25 (PST)
I am new to your work and to this series. Would you please tell me the order of the series? I want to begin with the first book when the detective is introduced. Thank you. lsb
January 10, 2007 - 13:40:49 (PST)
Dear Laura,I very much enjoy your "Sano" series and eagerly await "The Red Chrysanthemum" in paperback. One thing that would add greatly to my reading pleasure would be maps and floor plans of the major place visited by your characters. Are such available? Thank you, Laura L. Kirmse
Laura L. Kirmse
January 09, 2007 - 18:45:02 (PST)
Laura,We were in touch some years back when you kindly did a story for an anthology of mine.I need to get in touch with you again. Can you please e-mail me?Best,Maxim Jakubowski
January 09, 2007 - 12:08:40 (PST)
I found out about your series (Sano Ichiro series) about a year ago. I bought the book The Dragon King's Palace not realizing that was a serie of books. So I trace the other books and now I have a collection. I enjoy and learn a lot. I can't wait to read the next one! Excellent work.Amy Llanes
January 09, 2007 - 09:46:31 (PST)
Laura, it is so good to read your wonderful Sano novels! I, too, love the different settings (as an American, I really like Victorian British mysteries and now your Japanese mysteries) and Sano is such a complex character. I started with Red Chrysanthemum and am now starting back at the beginning. I hope you continue writing and giving us joy for many years!
January 08, 2007 - 17:55:41 (PST)
Laura, since one day I purchased "The Concubine's Tattoo" solely for the intriguing title, I've been devouring your Sano Ichiro mysteries.Please, never, ever stop writing them!.Thank yoy for your work.
January 07, 2007 - 03:54:55 (PST)
P.S. In my previous post I neglected to commend you on your incredible art work.... are they available for purchase? Arigato for sharing your many talents with the planet......Buddhas blessings.......Aloha nui loa....... Carole.... HonoluluHawaii
January 06, 2007 - 02:34:44 (PST)
Aloha Laura... In my 61 years I have not read novels with the exception of required readings in college... Since being introduced,quite by accident, to Sano Ichiro,this has changed... Because of you,Laura, I have become an avid reader of your books... I anxiously await The Red Chrysanthemum to be published in paperback... I have read all of your books with the exception of this one.... Arigato for your writings..I plan to visit Japan in July and retrace Sano's steps and Japan's rich history and culture... Buddha's blessings on you and new endeavors....All my aloha....... Carole AmosHonolulu Hawaii
January 06, 2007 - 02:09:10 (PST)
After reading the complete Sherlock Holmes canon, I decided to try additional mysteries. Not being interested in modern examples (as Miss Rowland says, too much technology) I found Shinju in my local bookstore. I read it straight through while on vacation, and loved every minute of it. I am now on my second Sano book (Bundori) and look forward to finishing the entire collection.
January 05, 2007 - 14:19:18 (PST)
Please visit our multi-author blog, Unusual Historicals -- http://unusualhistoricals.blogspot.comWe'd love for you to join us! Contact me at the e-mail address I provided if you would like to become a contributor. I look forward to hearing from you!
January 05, 2007 - 07:40:14 (PST)
Ms. Rowland,I love every one of your books. As a probate lawyer I find the mystery contained in each book much more exciting than my probate work. Sano is a great character. I may find his wife Reiko every more interesting.
Oscar C. Parra
January 03, 2007 - 20:02:54 (PST)
I love the Sano books. Now my partner is teaching me about Imari porcelain and the Edo period books seem even more real. Great history and writing!
December 29, 2006 - 13:12:51 (PST)
Is it correct that the Kanji used on the first page of each chapter are 真相, shinso, meaning "truth."
tom at bluesky dot org
December 23, 2006 - 10:39:44 (PST)
Ms. Roland,I have read and very much enjoyed all of your books until now. I have tried to read the Red Chrysanthemum but since my eye sight is failing I can not. The book does not seem to be available either in large print or audio versions so I guess that I will not be able to enjoy it.
December 17, 2006 - 21:04:13 (PST)
I love the series and eagerly await each one. I consumed \"Red Chrysanthemum\" in one sitting, and really liked the Rashomon approach.One question: I can\'t find the characters on the title page and chapter headings in my Kodansha Kanji guide--can you give us the On and Kun readings so we can look them up in a full dictionary?But Ms. Rowland, you really should take your editor at St. Martin\'s Minotaur to task. For instance, as early as page six Lord Mori\'s body is described as lying \"prone,\" when from the obviousness of his mutilated condition it\'s clear he\'s actually supine.Then, on p. 28, a witness is said to have \"absconded,\" which carries a clear meaning of departing in secret that is inappropriate to the context. He may have slunk away after having said too much, but that\'s not absconding.Finally, on p. 117 Ozuno-sensei carries a wooden chest hung from a shoulder harness decorated with orange \"bobbles.\" Surely this should have been \"baubles\"-- another case of homonym spell-checker deception?Your great talent as a storyteller and creator of compelling characters easily overwhelms these small distractions, and I feel almost churlish even to point them out; on the other hand, they really do detract from the experience.
December 16, 2006 - 22:40:43 (PST)
I too started your series with "The Pillow Book Of Lady Wisteria". I went to my favorite used bookstore and bought the entire series, up to that one which was the most recent at that point. I was reading Sei Shonagon's Pillow Book at the time, and that title caught my eye. I love all the books and since I just read the most recent, I started over at the begining again. I study literture, I have since I was a teenager. Having devoured English, American, Mexican and sp many others I moved to Japanese. I read Mishima in a Lit class and loved it. Now I'm studying Chinese. A huge undertaking. Africa is next, I read Achebe but there is a resurrgence in Africa and there are many more writer's emerging right now. I hope to find and catch up with them soon. I'm writing this because I was reading the back of one of the books and it finally hit, you live in New Orleans and I wanted to see if you were okay and had moved back yet. Glad your home sort of survived and that your made it back. I live in Michigan, Ann Arbor actaully. I have for about 14 years now, Michigan most of my life except when I pulled a Kerouac and traveled the coutry in my youth. Spent 6 months in San Francisco, beautiful place. This getting kind of long, I just start writing and it can go on and on. Glad your working on a new book, perhaps if you haven't you should check out "The Tale Of Murasaki" by Liza Dalby. It might inspire another Sano tale. You certainly seem to know of "The Tale Of Genjii" and Murasaki. Bye and good luck.
December 15, 2006 - 14:23:04 (PST)
i`m from spain and i haven´t read all of the books yet because they won´t translate them to spanish, but as far as i have read Yanagisawa has been send away to exile. He is my favourite character and i hope so much he will return...please, please, pleasePS: i love the books
sara marañón iglesias
December 15, 2006 - 06:53:00 (PST)
Reading your books has opened my life to reading again. When I got back from the war, I was restless, and couldn't stand still. Now reading your books has relaxed me at night so I can sleep. I read every night now. Thank you
December 14, 2006 - 22:47:57 (PST)
I have read the Sano series twice---they are awsome. "Red Chrysanthemum" the best. You sure got them in a mess. Can't wait for the next one.Wallis Smith
December 10, 2006 - 15:45:08 (PST)
Hi Laura,I absolutely love your books! I have been reading them since 10th grade (I am now a junior in college). I wait for all your new releases eagerly and buy them as soon as they are shipped to the bookstore. Thank you for creating such a wonderful cast of characters and so many intriguing storylines. You really make 17th century Japan come alive. In fact, recently I took History of Japan as a history elective at my university because your books made me so interested in Japan--especially the tumultuous period that Sano lives in. I just bought "Red Chrysanthemum" and intend to begin reading it tonight!Your fan,Julie
December 08, 2006 - 22:01:38 (PST)
Read all you Sano Mysteries. Last book appears to be an interm book to next novel. Sano to take on everyone. I am 70 don\'t take to long in getting it out. Thanks
Leo G. Worley
December 07, 2006 - 22:17:50 (PST)
Would love to consider publishing your books in Portugal. Can I have your agents contact please?All the bestRitawww.difel.pt
December 04, 2006 - 08:36:40 (PST)
My friend is a student of Japenese Culture at The Ohio State University, near my home. For my birthday he gave me Shinju. I read it so quickly and asked him if he had read your other books. I since purchased and read Bundori and am reading Way of the Traitor, just intrigued as Hitara has killed a man to escape the chase of Doshin as he tries to find clues of the death of Jan Spaen. I read every minute I can, and look forward to continuing the stories with the next book.
November 30, 2006 - 11:57:22 (PST)
I just started reading your books, and I love them! I look foward to reading all of your books.
November 27, 2006 - 14:46:30 (PST)
I have been reading your excellent novels for years now and always anxiously await news of the next release. Once I start reading I cannot put down your novels until I am finished. Then I am saddened...because I must wait until the next installment arrives.
November 27, 2006 - 01:37:48 (PST)
Your are the absolute best. As not only a mystery fan, a fan of the feudal era of Japan and code of Bushido, and a long time practioner of Judo (41 years), I am enamored of your style of writing and the substantive quality.......Keep Sano alive and well.Peter
Peter F. Benjamin
November 23, 2006 - 09:17:22 (PST)
Laura - I have just finished The Red Chrysanthemum and wanted to tell you that I loved it. As always, the colorful characters, the setting, the intrigue made the book a wonderful escape. The multi-layered plot was also one of the best so far in the series. I read in a mystery magazine that the next book will be set in northern Japan (Hokkaido) and is tentatively titled "The Snow Empress". I hope your publisher doesn't make us wait until November 2007! Happy Thanksgiving and have a wonderful new year! Felipe
November 21, 2006 - 11:16:11 (PST)
Konnichiwa,Haseyo,I can not express how much I love your books. I was just diagnoised with Ulcertaive Colitis and I have been sort of bed ridden for awhile, luckily I came upon one of your books out shopping one day before I was sick and ever since then I have read almost all your books and two book in two weeks. Sano Ichiro has a special place in my heart and while reading about him I feel so much better. I have been interested in Japanese culture ever since I met a Japanese exchange student and I studied the language in High School. I now try and learn more and teach my child the Japanese language too. I am just so happy you are around to make these amazing books. I hope all goes well in New Orleans and I can not thank you enough for sharing your love of Asian culture with the world. One day my dream is to get better and travel to Japan, once I have learned the language more fluently. Arigato, Arigato, Arigato!! Ronee from Texas
Ronee Van Winkle
November 20, 2006 - 21:51:32 (PST)
Sherlock Holmes has got nothing on Sano Ichiro- I absolutely love your books. I look up to Sano and look to him for guidance in everyday life. Keep up the brilliant work, you'll make alot of people very happy!
November 20, 2006 - 21:26:43 (PST)
i picked up \"the dragon king\'s palace\" one day when i couldn\'t find anything else to read. i was sucked in immediately! my school library only had \"black lotus\" left, so i picked that one up too and was still in love. and one of the first buys on my paycheck? \"the perfumed sleeve\" and \"the assasin\'s touch\". i\'m in love with the Sano Ichiro mysteries, and i will be buying them up soon. you\'re a fabulous writer. and i\'m glad i found your work.
November 20, 2006 - 18:06:22 (PST)
Hi, I haved loved your books ever since I bought one in Australia on a flight back to the UK via Japan. I started on the Pillowbook of Lady Wisteria and what a surprise to discover there were several previous books. I have just finished the Dragon Kings Palace and hoping for the next one for Christmas. I would love to go to a signing in London too
November 19, 2006 - 07:57:05 (PST)
Laura,I'm a huge fan of your books and am extremely relieved to here you and husband survived Katrina intact. Having lived in Japan for four years and being familiar with the culture I appreciate both your storytelling and the meticulous attention to detail concerning the culture of feudal Japan. I look forward to your next book.
November 17, 2006 - 20:52:38 (PST)
Dear Ms. Rowland,How wonderful that I "rediscovered" your books the other day at the Octavia St. bookstore. A few years ago, I started to read them, then lost track while waiting for the next one to come out. I've got some catching up to do!What a treasure you are to our city.--Angelle Ruppert
November 13, 2006 - 00:35:00 (PST)
A long time ago a friend of mine recommended Concubine's Tattoo to me. It's been my favorite book ever since. I have read all your books and always recommend them to all my friends. Even when I worked at a bookstore I always put Concubine's Tattoo as my staff pick. I'm looking forward to the new book. I hope the Sano series goes on for a long time. Thanks.
November 12, 2006 - 14:08:05 (PST)
I love all you book, when i went travelling round Japan last year it felt like the words you has written were coming alive. please do a sighing in london as i'd love to meet you
November 11, 2006 - 09:34:57 (PST)
I started with the Concubine's Tattoo as a Palm ebook. I ordered the paperback version for my daughter at college since she is going to take a course on women in society next semester. I then purchased all your titles in Palm ebook format as that is the easiest for me to carry when I travel. So far only 5 titles are in that format. Do you have plans to have all of them in ebook format?Thank you and good luck rebuilding,Steven Smith
November 07, 2006 - 22:50:18 (PST)
Thanks so much for a great book series. I am studying Japanese and your books are fun to read to get into the mood for studying. Keep up the great writing!!!!
November 07, 2006 - 12:38:29 (PST)
i love your series! Cant wait for your latest book, Red Chrysanthemum. Please continue to write on the Sano series!thank you!
November 04, 2006 - 11:23:48 (PST)
Laura, thanks again for the complimentary copies of Shinju, etc.! Can't wait wait to get started on them! P.S. Like your paintings on this site, too!
November 03, 2006 - 12:24:13 (PST)
I love your series. I started with the Pillow Book of Lady Wisteria. I could not put it down. I went to the library and found your earlier books. Now I get online and check for the next book. I even have my husband hooked on the Sano series. Thank you for creating such wonderful stories to read.
Sonya M. Birmingham
November 02, 2006 - 20:08:23 (PST)
I started the Sano Ichiro series with \"The Concubine\'s Tattoo,\" not knowing that I had skipped a few books. But it only took that one novel to get me completely hooked. It is by far my favorite series. The ideas presented in each book are compelling, and the fact that many of the subjects (dim-mak, bundori, etc) are true makes the reading even more exciting. Thank you very much for the amazing storytelling, and I can\'t wait to read \"Red Chrysantheum\"!
November 02, 2006 - 19:30:15 (PST)
I love your books, I finish one of them in about 2-3 days. Its wonderful to have something to do an english report on.
November 01, 2006 - 13:43:29 (PST)
your sano ichiro books are the most fascinating series i have ever read. ever. i have read every one and can barely wait until the next one is published. i love them for the history, the rich detail of japanese life and the characters themselves. keep up the good work.
October 31, 2006 - 19:18:26 (PST)
I have become addicted to the development of the charaters. I would love to see the books become a dorama on public tv,dvd series or even a video games whatever i just want to see you succeed with this story so that i can continue to enjoy something that does not consist of sex that is empty and blah
October 29, 2006 - 14:34:50 (PST)
Laura, Thank heavens you are alright after Katrina! I'm sad to see the state of your home for it must be heartbreaking to see so much ruined. However, you have a great attitude in that you have a home to return to. I do wish you speedy construction and return to normalcy. Keep on writing your great books!
October 24, 2006 - 12:38:40 (PST)
Hello! I first started reading your books while traveling over seas. I was unable to put them down. What a great combination of history, suspense, and drama wonderfully woven together! I'm so excited to pick up the latest, Red Chrysanthemum. I'm pleased to read that life is returning to a sense of normalcy for you and others down south. Blessings in disguise. Thank you!
October 17, 2006 - 15:39:37 (PST)
Hi Laura! I love all of your books! I started reading your books a few years ago and I have to buy the new one each time one comes out! I love everything japanese so your books are great...there aren't a lot of fantasy/romance/suspense books out there based in Japan...so arigato! :)
October 17, 2006 - 11:27:07 (PST)
I generally hate reading due to my dull job but Perfumed Sleeve was great. Hope to continue reading the rest of your work in the future. Aloha nui loa, Murray Estes, Honolulu O'ahu
Murray Estes, CPA/Surfer
October 08, 2006 - 06:10:37 (PST)
Laura, I just love reading your books. Their historically informative as well as being entertaining. I've learned so much about feudal Japan and wish to visit the country. Can't wait to see what you have in store for your main characters. Just when I think that Sano will attain a peaceful and serene existence, something shakes up his world. Will he and his wife ever be able to enjoy a comfortable existence? I suppose if that occurs, that will be the end the series. I also love the palace intrigue that pervades your novels. Your novels always keep me guessing as to who the villian is. Keep up the good work.
October 07, 2006 - 20:00:32 (PST)
I love your books. I like to keep reading all of them.
September 23, 2006 - 17:29:51 (PST)
Thank you for sharing the gift you have for writting. I have enjoyed reading your books and they have helped carry me through some toubled times in my own life. When I could get lost in old Japan with those wonderful characters. Hope you can continue to write such fine books.
Vincenzo Silvio Nuzzo
September 16, 2006 - 13:01:46 (PST)
Laura,our bookclub (which mostly consists of teachers) is reading \"the concubine\'s tattoo\" and I\'m curious if you know of an existing discussion guide for it.This book is a wonderful page turner and I can\'t wait to hear the ladies\' comments.Marie
September 09, 2006 - 08:13:02 (PST)
We love your books and just came back from our first trip to Japan. We celebrated our 30th wedding anniversary with 15 days in Japan. We primarily chose Japan due to your wonderful and rich descriptions of feudal Japan. Thank you for your books.
Arlene & Bill Baffa
September 08, 2006 - 15:28:04 (PST)
I just finished reading Bundori after happening upon it at the bookstore. As a lover of Japanese history and culture, historical mysteries, and good writing in general, I was hooked. Looking forward to going back to Shinju and on to the rest of the series!
September 05, 2006 - 14:35:00 (PST)
Dear Ms. Rowland, I am an avid reader of several genres and discovering your series has been an exceptional pleasure. I\'m sorry for your recent troubles with the bad storms and I wish you and yours a speedy recovery. I look forward to any future works with the knowledge that a new adventure is just ahead. Thank you for the good times and I hope they continue as long as you enjoy writing.
September 04, 2006 - 07:36:43 (PST)
Dear Ms. Rowland,I am an English teacher in Alabama who picked up one of your books in the airport a few years back. Now I have all of your books in hardback in my livingroom. Thank you for always giving me something to look forward to in your new books. My prayers are still with the people of New Orleans. Continued good luck on the rebuilding of your hometown.Barbara Wynn(P.S. This is my first fan mail and I'm 43! ha!)
September 02, 2006 - 20:59:36 (PST)
P.S. Any reference suggestions for Shinju would be greatly appreciated!-Thomas M. Helleremail@example.com
Thomas M . Heller
August 30, 2006 - 08:28:45 (PST)
Greetings Ms. Rowland,I picked up Shinju several years ago and was instantly entranced by the exotic setting and the detailed characters. I was studying kenjutsu and iaido (way of the sword) at the time so I was keenly interested in Asian customs and culture. As a result of the Storm I have had several junior American Literature classes added to my schedule here at Holy Cross High School in New Orleans. Considering thoughtfully what novels I wanted them to study, I remembered you not only as a local author but one who would bring additional depth to their literary selections. Consequently, Shinju will be spring novel. We are in trailers in the Nineth Ward not ten blocks from the levee breach but our spirits are undiminished. Caught like Ichiro in a system beyond our control we shall stoically forge ahead to a brighter future and hopefully learn something along the way. Thank you for your work and attention.Sincerely,Thomas M. HellerHoly Cross SchoolEnglish Dept. ChairKenjutsu 6th Dan"If your heart is true,so too will you sword be true."
Thomas M. Heller
August 30, 2006 - 08:24:32 (PST)
my name is jon yaezakura. i am half irish half japanese. i have to say i was never interested in japanese culture and history till i started reading your books, in 1998. since then i have read all of them and now i am living in japan. thank you, you have changed my live and being here in japan now feels great. Thank you for your books.j k y l
August 29, 2006 - 08:41:10 (PST)
Hello, Mrs. Rowland. I\'ve just wanted to let you know that I have finished all ten of your books and they were fantastic! As I visited your website, I read an except from Red Chrysanthemum: A Thriller. It was so shocking to find out that Lady Reiko was involved that I can\'t wait till the book is finally released. Thank you such an incredible series.
August 26, 2006 - 22:25:03 (PST)
You\'re an excellent author, who has allowed me to travel back in time to a mysterious land that has always intrigued me, and enjoy it even more with your characters. Arigato.
August 22, 2006 - 13:01:34 (PST)
dear ms. rowland, i recntly just started reading your books (1st the perfumed sleeve and now shinju) i enjoyed the 1st very much and i\'m liking shinju so far. i\'m some what intriged with feudal japan and was looking for something like your books. i plan on reading all of them. but i wanted to know where you got some of your info ie the statement in either one of the 2 i\'m reading that said that samurai code encourage some \"manly love.\" and also i draw i would like to draw your characters and give them faces,but i don\'t have have any good references of the clothing of that time period also hair styles men and women. one more thing why in the world did women of that time dye their teeth and shave thei eyebrows ? that does not seem to attractive to me, maybe i\'m crazy. if you can respond it would be greatly appreciated and i\'m also from new orleans. peace.
August 17, 2006 - 20:38:50 (PST)
Dear Mrs. Rowland. I am spanish and I have read all your books translated into my language and I have enjoyed them all. I like the way you combine history with mistery to keep the story alive and colourful and most of all I like Sano and the way he \"grows-up\" along the books. It seems to me a good story has to have \"its own legs\" and the writer has to guide the characters along the story to suit his own purposes but without the reader being aware of that. Of course we know nothing terribly bad is never going to happen to dear Sano and his lovely wife-partner, so me, as a reader I struggle with them all along the book and breath deeply when they finally succeed in bringing the truth up to light. Please keep on writting Mrs. Rowland, and I promise to keep on reading your books.
August 17, 2006 - 09:22:46 (PST)
DEAR LAURA: I AM HIS READER SPANISH. HE/SHE LOVED HIM THAT I LIKE THEIR BOOKS A LOT. ¡ I HAVE READ MYSELF ALL! I WILL WAIT TO SEE IF HERE IN SPAIN THEY PUBLISH ALL (UNFORTUNATELY MANY HAVE NOT BEEN PUBLISHED) MI ADVICE IS THAT IT CONTINUES THIS WAY!!! I HOPE TO SEE YOU SOON HERE IN SPAIN. THANK YOU
August 16, 2006 - 07:20:41 (PST)
Dear Ms Rowland,I'm french and I've enjoyed your book " shinju", the only one available in my native language.Why your other books are not available for the french people ?Best regardsYannick Delanoue
August 14, 2006 - 02:16:23 (PST)
Ms Rowland,I have a question for you that has been bothering me for years. Several years ago I came upon one of your books and became an instant fan. I have read all your books. They are excellent but I have never seen them offered in any book club I have been a member of the Literary Guild, Book of the Month and Mystery Book Clubs. I even wrote to the Editors of these book club monthly offerings and asked them why. The only substantive answer I got from one of them was that their readership did not like period novels, which is nonsense. since they offer numerous period novels. I realize that your publisher has a great deal to do about it, and I notice that you did change publishers but still you do not get much PR. Why is this?? This question has been botheering me for years. In the meantime I do enyoy your books and recommend them at every opportunity. Best regards George Galasso
George J. Galasso, Ph.D.
August 12, 2006 - 09:30:39 (PST)
I first picked up one of your books to read on my flight to a business trip in Japan. The book was fantastic and it was wonderful to visit the places in the books -- I picked up four more while in Japan to read on the way home! I have now read them all -- they are excellent!
August 10, 2006 - 18:02:14 (PST)
I must say I really enjoyed your books just couldn't put it down once I stareted reading them. By the way, where do get your information on Tokugawa society during the time of Sano? Can you recommend some titles to me?> Thanks.
August 07, 2006 - 05:52:21 (PST)
Greetings!I stumbled across your first book just as my 14 year old daughter was getting ready to go to Japan with a school tour. She took pictures for me of some of the things mentioned in your book, which added another dimension to my reading. That was awesome! I have since bought all your books in hardback and recommend them to all my friends.I too enjoy writing and have become fascinated with 16th century Spain. Most of my writing is non-fiction, although I am also working on a fictional piece set in that time period. I love doing research. Reading your account of how you came to be a writer gives me hope of getting published someday.Finally, in closing, I wanted to recommend an interesting website to you that concerns magic mirrors of Japan. I thought perhaps you might find it something you could use in one of your wonderful stories. It is:http://www.miraclemedal.com/history.htmMalinda
August 05, 2006 - 21:20:36 (PST)
I adore the Sano Ichiro series. I just wish it was available on Audio CD, as I am driving across country and it would be great to listen to the next book in the car. Keep up the fantastic work!
August 05, 2006 - 19:51:56 (PST)
I love your books. When will you have all of them available as ebooks?
August 03, 2006 - 17:16:51 (PST)
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July 30, 2006 - 09:42:51 (PST)
Just wanted to say I really enjoy your books. Currently serving with 3RD Civil Affairs Group (USMC) Fallujah Iraq, your books are great escape. I've read them all and I'm looking forward to your new book. Glad to hear you and your family are doing well after Katrina. Again, love the books and take care.Shane:)
July 30, 2006 - 09:37:38 (PST)
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July 26, 2006 - 06:23:52 (PST)
Hello Laura, I'm a 21-year-old girl from Spain and I'm a japanese fanatic. I never really liked mistery novel but your books are amazing! I've read The Concubine's Tattoo and I enjoyed the way you describe the faudal japan, you made me feel I was there with the caracters. I can't wait to buy the books so I can continue the story. Here in Spain we have to wait until they translate your book but better late than never.Thanks for the opportunity you give us to leave you a messeg. Adios!
July 26, 2006 - 05:10:20 (PST)
Hi! I\'ve enjoyed your books tremendously--thanks for writing them! Also, thanks for writing about your trials and experiences in Katrina--I found them to be an inspiration.
July 24, 2006 - 17:37:05 (PST)
hi,my hubby and i absolutely love your books.He read all of the series and right now i'm on Pillow book of Lady Wisteria.thanks for making my daily journey on the subway positively occupied!
July 20, 2006 - 00:36:56 (PST)
How do you tell someone how much you enjoy their work and not sound like a nutty fan who numbers in the thousands?I don’t think you can. I’ve read your whole series. I always buy the newest publication and save it for when I’m traveling. The stories completely steal my attention and I forgot the boredom that comes with air fights these days.Please don’t ever let anything happen to Sano that would end the stories, he’s like an old friend now.
July 17, 2006 - 12:56:02 (PST)
I love your books so much! The detail and knowledge you put in your books is so precise that i don't just read the book, I live it! You open a whole new world to me through these books. I can not wait for the next one!
July 12, 2006 - 20:12:48 (PST)
I recently became aquainted with your work this last spring when Shinju was required reading for the Japanese history course I was taking at my University. Currently, I am reading to keep up with all of the other novels. I sincerly enjoy them. In fact, that course and reading your books which paint a beautiful picture of that historical era, have inspired me as both a writer and a historian. I now find that Bushido now tends to be a framework for many of my characters. And I had a great professor who inspired me to change the foucs of my studies from ROman to Japanese history. Thank you very much!
July 11, 2006 - 20:52:22 (PST)
Wow, the new site looks so nice! I've always thought that your books are wonderfully well written and highly addictive. I can't wait for the release of your next book.
July 09, 2006 - 16:02:22 (PST)
Hello,my girlfriend and me, we are loving your books and can´t wait until they are published here in Germany to read them. Your books are so exiting that we´re gone throu each in just some hours.Please keep writing on!!!
Steven und Sylvia
July 08, 2006 - 02:01:18 (PST)
Hello miss Rowland,First I must say that I am a japanese fanatic. I began studying martial arts, at a young age, including Iaido. I speak an intermediate level Japanese, and study Japanese history and culture. Can perform the tea ceremony, what,not. OKI watch period films, Kurasawa, Nakano, the like. NO movie, game, book, tv show, or any other medium, paints such a colorful picture of feudal japan as your books do. The inner struggles within the bakufu. The political strife between the shogun and imperial court.I bought "the Dragon Kings Palace" in paperback, and have since tracked down mint hardbound copis of all of your books.Your books have all of the understanding of feudal japan, with lessons to learn, without the depressing endings of most period films. Set my inner japanese aside.I don't like mystery novels. Never have. How foolish I have been. Your characters are so well written. Again, moreso than any other books, I've read.How you think up these elaborate plots baffles me. The end of "The Samurais Wife", I realise I've been led in the right direction all along, but so subtly that I never even saw it. The shock of motive. You could write about ANYTHING!!!!I would love to see your books translated to the screen, but I fear that no film maker could ever do your work justice. I love Hirata. His sense of loyalty, and the fact that it comes with a reason. Please forgive me for speaking so much. Just know, that from a 21 year old who's been studying japan since the 3rd grade, your books have taught me much, and inspired me in many ways.
July 06, 2006 - 03:06:46 (PST)
Dear Ms. Rowland,I collect an ever growing collection of mysteries covering all periods, occupations, police procedurals, etc. To support this habit requires going to a lot of used books stores and so I read your books out of order until I had them all and then have reread them twice since. I was able to travel to Japan in 1985 and stayed in a ryokan. I had the joy of meeting one of my pen pals through our mutual love of Star Trek. Your books bring ancient Japan to vivid life. Sano Ichiro is one of the most fascinating and astute characters I\'ve ever met in books. He is very gifted in seeing his duty, but also knows how to manipulate the prince and others into allowing him more freedom to investigate crimes. He is also very adept at letting others take credit even those who got in his way deliberately. I also admire Reiko. She has a fearlessness that is refreshing. She shows that a woman can accomplish much even when confined to a certain role in her society. Thanks for many hours of reading pleasure.Debra
July 05, 2006 - 22:40:45 (PST)
Mrs. Rowland, I so enjoy your work. My mother bought me "The Samurai's Wife" when I was sick one year and I've been a fan since. I cannot wait until your newest Sano Ichiro book. I read the preview here on your site and like all of your other books I am enthralled. Reiko is my favorite character, so to read about her being in so much trouble in your new work has me glued. It comes out just in time for my birthday! If you ever come to Baltimore or Belcamp, Maryland for a book signing, I will definitely be there!
June 30, 2006 - 06:04:37 (PST)
Hi Laura,I teach middle school music, but reading is my passion. Teachers bring books to the library for other teachers to read, and your book, Bundori, was there. I took it out to read, and I have been hooked ever since. I love mysteries, and yours are so uniques. I, too, have always been interested and intrigued by Japan. Thank you for a chance to learn more about Japan, and enjoy a good mystery read at the same time. I am also very happy to hear that you will be able to return to your after Katrina. Good luck getting things back together.Patricia
June 25, 2006 - 16:02:00 (PST)
Our daughter, who works in Japan, introduced us to your excellent series with her copy of \"Shinju\". My husband and I have now read through all of them so far and looking forward to the next! Our trip to Japan lets us visualize the world of Sano Ichiro even better. Thank you for many hours of pleasurable reading. I wish you every success and hope at least some of the books also become good movies.
June 22, 2006 - 08:42:57 (PST)
An avid mystery reader, I find I am very selective and look for the highest quality reads I can find. I absolutely love your series, and am greatly looking forward to your next release in November. My father is a retired Sinologist (Columbia Univ) and I grew up knowing much about Asian history. Your research in Japanese history is spot on, well done, and beautifully written. Whenever someone asks me for a name of a good book, I always tell them to read the Samurai Series. My sister's boss, a very high end interior designer in New York, is besotted by the Samurai Series and was deeply saddened when he raced through all your books and there were no new ones to read! Please know that your Samurai series brings great joy to many of us, and we eagerly await the next installment on our hero Sano, his beautiful wife, and the machinations of Feudal Japan. Your characters are full-bodied, well-descripted, and excite the imagination. Please keep these extraordinary books coming and thank you for enriching us with you well-written work.danielle
June 22, 2006 - 08:23:41 (PST)
WONDERFUL WEBSITE.HAVE A GREAT SUMMER.
June 11, 2006 - 23:19:21 (PST)
Aloha from Hawaii!Ms. Rowland, Mahalo for these wonderful mystery novels! My first book from your series was "Black Lotus" given to me by my friend, a vagabond cook named Ted who also runs a book exchange network among homeless people in Honolulu. I'm currently reading with fervor "The Samurai's Wife" (I'm out of order but who cares);) I have a lot Japanese friends and I serve a lot of Japanese tourists at my work place as a Concierge at Aloha Tower! Thanks for the look into the fascinating culture of Japan!Sano Ichiro is a fascinating guy and I admire his character and strength and I too will marry a beautiful gal who is smart and feisty as Reiko! Hope you can come to Hawaii someday!
June 11, 2006 - 07:28:39 (PST)
I was so happy to see that you have a new book coming out in November! I have two books left to read in the Sano mysteries and I've been reading them slowly- just so they'd last even longer! This news has made my day! I truly love these stories. They are so entertaining. Reading Black Lotus, I wondered how long it would take until the story was adapted into a film.Thank you!!
June 04, 2006 - 18:52:44 (PST)
I am so happy that a new book is coming out in November. I discovered your books by at the bookstore and have been hooked ever since! You have opened up a wonderful world of Asian writers who write great stories. After reading your page about getting started in writing, I feel inspired to pick up my pen and start writing again. Thanks so much.
June 04, 2006 - 18:40:24 (PST)
I am so happy that a new book is coming out in November. I discovered your books by at the bookstore and have been hooked ever since! You have opened up a wonderful world of Asian writers who write great stories. After reading your page about getting started in writing, I feel inspired to pick up my pen and start writing again. Thanks so much.
June 04, 2006 - 18:39:26 (PST)
I love your books!! They are so captivating I can't put them down. I love the characters, and they way you describe the time period, and fighting among the two factions. Great work!!
June 03, 2006 - 07:20:21 (PST)
I have to say how much I LOVE your books! I can't get enough of them! I have read every one at least seven times! I LOVE the evil Chamberlain Yanagisawa! He's so despicable that he's almost lovable!Keep up the wonderful work and your three kitties are ADORABLE!!Much love and praise,Elizabeth
May 29, 2006 - 00:27:39 (PST)
Hi Laura!! It seemed I had lost contact with you and I feared your demise. Thank heavens in updating my \\\"favorites\\\" list I did a search and found this new site. It\\\'s simply beautiful. Congrats on the new site and the continuing series. You can bet I\\\'ll be first in line in November for the new book. Keep us posted with your tour information. Sandie Herron (formerly of A Novel Idea, way back when! :)
May 27, 2006 - 12:15:28 (PST)
Hi, Laura:We'd love to have an article from you for the next issue of the Mystery Readers Journal (Volume 22:2).We're doing the final editing on the Murder in the Far East issue of MRJ, What we're looking for is an Author! Author! essay: 500-2000 words, first person, upclose and personal about yourself, your books, and the Far East Connection. Think of it as chatting with readers, writers, and fans. Be sure and add a 2-3 sentence bio/tagline. For sample articles, go to the table of contents and sample articles from other thematic issues of MRJ: http://www.mysteryreaders.org
Janet Rudolph, Editor
May 22, 2006 - 11:00:59 (PST)
More, More, MORE!!! I just cannot get enough of your writing! I feel like I am Sanco's and Reiko's sidekick. You have the ability to get your readers lost in a world past and want to be there, despite the lack of mod cons we have today. Please write more and PLEASE write faster...this is surely a case of 'too much not nearly enough'!!
May 19, 2006 - 19:56:37 (PST)
I picked up Shinju in softcover a while back out of curiousity while waiting for other books to be released to help kill time. I enjoyed it immensely and have picked up all of the books now in hardcover. Keep up the good work!
May 16, 2006 - 10:33:13 (PST)
Ms. Rowland,I just completely read Assasin's Touch again tonight. So, I decided to look up your website. As a lifelong resident of Metairie, I'm glad to see that you're staying in New Orleans. I came across one you books when I was looking to read a historical fiction set in feudal era Japan. I ended up reading all nine of the books you had printed at that time in less than a week. Having book 10 come out last August was a great birthday present and I couldn't put it down.Reading Assasin's Touch again, I really appreciated the detail and reality you put in Yagao's incest situation. All of the problems and feelings were so real. Especially when she went on that tangent, while trying to stab Reiko.Every bit of fact and conflicting feelings you put into Yugao's character, I have heard from survivor's when I used to go to group therapy. I received an award from Loyola's Women's Resource Center for a short story I did on a mother dealing with her child being a victim of incest. While it was easier for me to detach and detail the mother's feelings, I couldn't tap into the feelings or detail the experience of the child. I really hope that one day I could write about sexual abuse with such candor as you do; it would be very liberating.About book 11, in other books I read there was an excerpt of the next book. However, my copy of Assasin's Touch doesn't have an excert for the next. Is there one floating around somewhere?
May 11, 2006 - 02:20:06 (PST)
not since i read my first stephen king novel have i been so hooked. in two months, i\'ve read all but 2 of the sano mysteries. keep em coming.
May 07, 2006 - 20:42:49 (PST)
Dear Ms./Mrs. Rowland,I am otherwise interested in Japanese culture but Japan's flag, yes it is beautiful but same time it scares me because I have fear for hot things, including The Sun. Does everyone know what that astrological term called Red Giant means? Not very funny.Sailor Moon is my favourite superhero because she is not, I repeat, not macho like many of those Marvel and DC Comics and Judge Dredd superheroes but she is very kind.Has production of Lovegety -cadgets stopped?It is amazing how compatible Japanese culture is with other cultures.
Jyri Snellman (formerly Jyri Kärkkäinen) from Finland
April 24, 2006 - 08:33:30 (PST)
Hello, Ms.Rowland. I tried using a more traditional (snail mail) route to you through your publisher - but my own deadline is looming. (Actually, it's loomed....) - I'm doing a profile on you and your work for an upcoming Greenwood encyclopedia and would love to verify info and get some answers to background questions. I would so appreciate it if you'd contact me. Thanks so much.K.F.
April 23, 2006 - 09:52:49 (PST)
Mrs. Rowland!! I have been following your works ever since you began publishing! I am only 17 years old and you have been my idol! It's amazing and wonderful to see an Asian writer so successful as yourself. Your rhetoric and imagery is just so beautiful and precise to detail and essence that many times I can read a paragraph over and over again, trying to retaste that scenery over and over again. I look very much forward to your next book and I do aspire to become a writer as yourself! =)
April 22, 2006 - 20:25:20 (PST)
Two of my passionate interests are Japanese history and murder mysteries. To have found a series of books that satisfies both is amazing. I confess to having fallen in love with your Sano from the very first page. Thank you for sharing his investigations and his world with us.
April 22, 2006 - 18:25:43 (PST)
I love the way you write. I started reading your books with "Black Lotus" and have been hooked ever since. I did see on your website about the damage done to you & your family after Katrina and hope you're well. Blessings to you. Thank you for giving me a chance to be able to return to feudal Japan. :)
April 21, 2006 - 05:29:08 (PST)
I picked up The Dragon King's Palace as a weekend book after finishing a book that I was reading while on vacation. After getting into the book I told my husband that I really need to go back and get the rest of them. My cousin and I swap books all of the time and I know that she will love these as much as I do.
April 18, 2006 - 04:17:05 (PST)
I have read all of your books, in order - of course. I wait patiently for each new book to come out. Thank you for providing such entertaining reading. Keep writing, I love your work.
April 17, 2006 - 06:00:11 (PST)
Hello Laura, What's up?^_^ hmmm, I saw your book at Barns'n Noble about a week ago and I decided to buy it since the short summary was inside the book sounded pretty sweet. I ended up reading it at the beach the intire day...can't get my eyes off the book, seriously and I really got into the 17th century of Kyoto...alot of battles and alot of blood. I'm into History ALOT so, that was another reason, eventhough the book is fiction. So, I just wanted to say thanks and good luck to you on the next book, k?
April 16, 2006 - 22:32:48 (PST)
Well My nme is roberto and I just want to say that i am a big fan of u book. I started reading your books, because i can improve my english skills. Even though at first was kind of hard, I dont give up and i finish the first book. I love Japanese culture and it gave me another view of their culture. Thanks again and I hope u books can be translated to other languages.
April 15, 2006 - 16:31:53 (PST)
Forgive me for making two posts in a row, but I was just speculating about Red Chrysanthemum... Chrysanthemum... the flower and mon of the Imperial family, so it could take place at the Imperial court in Kyoto... Then again, it's written "kiku" in Japanese... Kikuko... the ex-chamberlain's daughter... Ah damn it... Rowland-san, you're making me all excited now! And I have to wait until November to find out! That's not fair...
April 13, 2006 - 02:07:12 (PST)
I actually stumbled over your books on Amazon. It was just one of these days when I was searching for books on feudal Japan and realized that I was already done with the Osprey series and Stephen Turnbull's book. I think it was Black Lotus that popped up first. To be honest, first I was quite a skeptic. A non-Japanese writing about something typical Japanese? Hmmmm... It scared me first, especially with having horrible memories of The Last Samurai still in my mind. But I think I have to blame the fact that I got hooked up on the "Sano Series" in the end on the characters that appeared in it. Not to mention the fact that you managed to get an excellent grasp of the early 17th century Japan. Surprisingly for most people my favorite character is Midori. Agreed, overall she's pretty useless and nothing else but a cute clutz, but... there are times when she has her moments (like in Black Lotus, I really loved how she managed to do something that not even Sano's most elite men managed to achieve). I also love the strong female characters, like Reiko, or the ex-chamberlain's wife, or Aoi, etc. It's good to see that there can be strong women in those times, too.Can't wait for the Red Chrysanthemum to appear on the shelves.And I'm curious what'll happen with Kikuko... Could she possibly return from exile one day ? Who knows... I only know one thing, I seriously doubt we won't hear anything from her father in the future. And yes, I actually took a liking in her.Finally, I hope that Hollywood will never try to turn these books into movies. It was already bad enough how they butchered Memoirs of a Geisha. It would be a shame if some untalented director and an even less talented scritpwriter would tear Sano and his quests to pieces and would turn it into something "Asian". I'd really hate to see that. Besides, the written word is always better than any movie. Though... I've been trying to imagine how it'd be if it was filmed in Japan with a Japanese cast... now that would "kick ass"...
April 13, 2006 - 01:54:58 (PST)
I LOVE ALL OF YOUR BOOKS, I CANT WAIL UNTIL YOU RELEASE ANOTHER SANO ICHIRO NOVEL, IS THERE A DATE YET FOR THE NEXT BOOK?
April 13, 2006 - 00:34:02 (PST)
I like the simple way that you spin your stories. Marion Zimmer Bradley could learn a thing or two from you. You write with color and emotion that takes as long as for us to read and understand as it does for the character to express/emote those feelings and actions. Suspense or drama doesn't have to take a life time to accomplish--but rather a few well placed props and the right words or actions. You, have accomplished this feat and that is why I will continue to include you in the authors that I read. I too hope that one day one, or several of your books makes it to film.Renee
April 09, 2006 - 09:26:32 (PST)
I love all of you books, that I have read so far, I am half way through The Dragon King, and I have the Prefumed sleeve right on my nightstand. I plan to order the next one soon.. Keep up the good work!!--Will.
April 04, 2006 - 21:47:01 (PST)
Masters of Industrial and Organisational Psychology, Deakin University
April 02, 2006 - 13:18:27 (PST)
I had just finished the Judge Dee mysteries and thought,\"Why not do a search for historical mysteries in Japan?, I did, and found your books. I\'ve read the first three in about three days and am going to get the next three as soon as possible! Thanks for a great read, and also, thanks for mentioning \"Mochi\", a boyfriend in college gave me some and I\'ve been trying to find them ever since,he called them rice ckes and everytime I asked for it that way, no matter how I described the texture, folks directed me to the to dry crunchy ones ( now to find a store...). Thanks!
April 02, 2006 - 05:54:59 (PST)
At this time I have read 5 of your books with two more purchased. I found the first one at the library. It jumped right off the shelf. Now I am pleased that the bookstores are carrying your titles. Next winter I plan to present your books to my mystery book club here in The Villages, Florida. I will be doing research on you in the meantime. If you respond to this email, I will be thrilled. If you get to Florida, you are welcome to visit our club. The Villages is an exciting place to visit because it is growing rapidly with lots of people with time to read. Barnes and Noble will be opening in the fall here creating lots of excitement for people like me who love to read. I will contact you again later with a more precise date for my presentation.Thanks for your time. Marianne Meyer
March 29, 2006 - 07:55:18 (PST)
OMG!!! i don't even know where to start... >> i so frigging LOVE ALL YOUR BOOKS!!! i love them soooo much!! please NEVER stop writing!!!! i'll go insane if you do! keep up the good work and love your work sooooo MUCH!
March 28, 2006 - 19:17:24 (PST)
A friend recommended your series to me after I was in major withdrawal following the last page of Lian Hearn's Tales of the Otori series (set in a "fantasy" feudal Japan). I have the third and fourth books in your series on my reading stack and will be ordering the first and second based on what I've seen so far. Thank you so much for your unique addition to the historical mystery genre. I am a huge fan of Ellis Peters's mysteries (set in medieval England and Wales) and am delighted to see that the genre is alive and well, showcasing 17th Century Japan, in your work. I sincerely wish you a steady recovery from your Hurricane woes. I am very glad that you seem to be making great progress already and may be making an appearance soon reasonably close to my home in North Alabama. I am struggling to edit and sell my first novel and would love to meet you in the not-so-distant future and learn more of your writing and publishing experiences.Amy
March 28, 2006 - 06:13:54 (PST)
Great books! I picked up "Bundori" first and immediatley fell in love with it and couldn't wait to read the rest. One question though? I understand that at the time, Japanese men went by their surname first and given name last but how come the women don't? I've never heard Reiko call Sano by his first name, Ichiro? Was it wrong for a woman to refer to her husband by his first name?
March 27, 2006 - 21:04:48 (PST)
I love your books! I'm waiting for someone in Hollywood to notice how wonderful they are and start making a series of movies!
Joyce E. Behringer
March 27, 2006 - 16:43:45 (PST)
I recently stumbled upon your books and have been devouring them ever since. I really appreciate your story telling style and the depth you bring to your characters. Congratulations on your well deserved success and thank you for being an inspiration to aspiring writers everywhere.
March 26, 2006 - 21:30:47 (PST)
I love your books - love! I've read each one (some more than 2 times). When will your next novel come out??Hope you are well.Diahann M. Warner
Diahann M. Warner
March 26, 2006 - 16:12:53 (PST)
I did not know you had your own website. I picked up Concubine's Tattoo at the Seattle airport back in 2001. Then went backwards to catch up with Bundori and all the others after ordering them from Borders. And now, I wait every year, since 2002, for April to roll around for your last year's hardcover release on paperback. I enjoy your books A LOT and recommend them highly, and only let people borrow a book, and not KEEP it. *LOL* My dad love's the series too. You are a very gifted writer, I don't know how you keep coming up with Sano's adventures. I watch Soko ga Shiritai on t.v. and see places like Yoshiwara, and would never guess it really existed! Thank you for having these series of books. They are the only books I read!
March 23, 2006 - 17:27:41 (PST)
Thanks for a great series.I greatly enjoy reading your books, I can't wait for the next book.Historical novels are of my favorites.I have not enjoyed a series like yours since Ron E Howards Conan.I especially enjoy unpredictable interaction between the hero and his wife.RegardsDave Staas
David A. Staas
March 22, 2006 - 09:57:00 (PST)
Thanks for a great series.I greatly enjoy reading your books, I can't wait for the next book.Historical novels are of my favorites.I have enjoyed a series like yours since Ron E Howards Conan.RegardsDave Staas
David A. Staas
March 22, 2006 - 09:52:51 (PST)
The Assassin's Touch was definately the most intense novel in the series. Great job! The climax was incredible. Hope your future stories are just as exciting!
March 18, 2006 - 22:49:06 (PST)
nice site keep up the good work
March 16, 2006 - 03:12:32 (PST)
I picked up Black Lotus back in 2002 because I love Japanese culture and Buddhism. I've read one of your books per year since then, as new ones come out, and I've also one older one. These are amazing. I'm almost done with The Perfumed Sleeve and can't wait to read The Assassin's Touch. My friends think I'm crazy because I'm a guy and I read these feminine looking books but I could care less. These are the BEST fiction/mystery books I could hope to find. Please keep the series going! Your fans love it, including me.
March 13, 2006 - 19:16:54 (PST)
Laura, I saw on Amazon.com that the next Sano Ichiro mystery, The Red Chrysanthemum, will be published in November. I'm so excited!!! Felipe
March 12, 2006 - 20:49:01 (PST)
Laura, I **love** your new homepage. I was also interested to hear about your Katrina problems. I went through Katrina & Wilma also, but less "eventfull" here in South Florida. But having gone through Andrew, my heart is with you. Best of luck with your house rebuilding. Take your time -- get to the next Sano book when you can. We, your fans, will still be here.Douglas.
March 12, 2006 - 17:20:01 (PST)
I really injoy reading the Samurai Wife. It now surpise\'s me when I read other Asia style stories how much I do know.
March 11, 2006 - 21:10:41 (PST)
I'd like to tell you that I took 3 of your books as works-of-ficton for my english matura (I live in Austria) and I'm glad I chose them because never before have I read such interesting books which were even useful at school =).
March 09, 2006 - 08:20:26 (PST)
Hello, I am from the Czech republic and I would like to tell you that I am a big fan of Sano. I am interested in japanese and chinese culture and that is why I always looking for books about Japan or China. And now I am so happy that there is someone as you and someone as my hero, Sano!!!Thank
March 06, 2006 - 01:21:54 (PST)
Dear Ms. Rowland, Thank you so much for the Sano Ichiro series. The readings have always filled me with such pleasure. I\\\'d hoped the best for everyone after the Katrina disaster. But I often included you, Marty, and the 3 fluffy ones in my prayers. I\\\'m so glad to have found this web page and can let you know I too am a fan and simply adore you.
February 28, 2006 - 19:37:34 (PST)
HI! I just thought I would drop a line telling you how much I enjoy your books! I am a gradute student in history and so these mysteries set in a historical setting are really fun and interesting for me. I look forward to your next!
February 28, 2006 - 12:22:07 (PST)
Dear Ms.Rowland,Im a 14 year old girl and probably your youngest fan ^_^. I love your Sano Ichiro series! His character(sano)is just such a good person and the editon of his strong willed wife makes it even more great. I especially love to hate chamberlain Yanagisawa.You're one of my top authors! Im glad to hear you're doing well after Katrina and I sincerely hope that after you are resettled that you will continue writing.
February 27, 2006 - 19:46:22 (PST)
Dear Mrs. Joh-Rowland:I just wanted to say that I am happy that you are safely back at home in New Orleans. I am a big fan of your books ever since I stumbled upon them while browsing at Borders. I have read all your books and enjoy your attention to detail and the wonderful spirit you infuse into the characters to make them so loveable, despicable, and anything but ordinary. I can't wait to get your autograph someday at a book signing.Best wishes and thanks again.Joe
Dr. Joe Ehlers
February 25, 2006 - 16:43:39 (PST)
Dear Laura:My name is Sally Tseng, Executive Director, Chinese American Librarians Association (CALA). We are very sorry to learn about your loss during the Hurricane Katrina. We would like to contact you to offer some help to our CALA members in the Katrina areas. You are one of our members in New Orleans. Please contact me immediately when you see this message. I can be reached at: 949-552-5615 or email: firstname.lastname@example.orgThinking about you with best wishes,Sally
February 25, 2006 - 10:18:08 (PST)
Dear Laura,This is Diana Wu from Chinese American Librarians Association. We were so moved by the damage caused by Katrina, especially those photos posted on your website. Please contact me at your earlist convenience. You can either email me or call my office at 408-808-2087. We are very concerned about you and your family, would very much like to hear from you. Take care.
February 24, 2006 - 16:27:33 (PST)
Hi: I have recently discovered your Sano Ichiro series. I find great pleasure in your stories. Mysteries are of great interest to me especially when the primary character has "fabric"[e.g. Burke's Dave Robicheaux or Sanford's Lucas Davenport]. Robicheaux, Davenport and Sano Ichiro are folks I want to spend time with. I find that their personal idiosyncrasies and life experiences are as much a part of the story as the "crimes" they are solving. Thank you for your writing and providing me a new friend to spend time with.
February 24, 2006 - 03:09:42 (PST)
Hello, Ms. Rowland. My name is Natalie Richards and I am a great fan of yours. I am 18 years old, I live in Coral Springs, Florida, and I am a writer.Like you, I am a lover of feudal Japan. My father was in the military for 17 years, giving my family the opportunity to live in Okinawa, Japan, in the Ryuku Islands, for 5 years. I hardly experiance the culture, which I now regret, but the people are beautiful, inside and out. There, I noticed my overwhelming love for writing. I have started so many novels, but never finished them. I have written poetry, but have thrown them away. Recently, I have lost a short story contest at my school. I was pretty depressed about it, but, in reading about your journey to become a writer, I have new hope and am trying to publish some of my short stories. Thanks for giving me hope and thank you for helping me find my new love again.Your Fan,Natalie Richards
February 23, 2006 - 07:37:50 (PST)
I'm a recent fan and fell in love with your samurai detective series! As a fan of Japanese anime ("Ruroni Kenshin" and "Naruto" are top of the list) and movies, I couldn't pass it up when I spied them in the library. Naturally all the copies are either out or on reserve, I was able to snag "The Samurai's Wife" and "Lady Wisteria". And I can't wait until you write us a FEMALE protagonist... won't you? Lady Reiko is sometimes undersetimated by her danna, making me want to throttle Sosakan-sama Sano. You give hope to all us wannabe writers! Anyhow, I wish you all the best in your post-Katrina clean-up, and tell Marty I know what it's like to lose something as precious as your books. They're finer than diamonds. May Bush and his cronies go rot!
February 22, 2006 - 19:34:41 (PST)
I loved the way of the traitor,the samurais wife and Black lotus the dragons king palace. i think your writing is superb and it really makes mew feel i am in that periodHowever. i also read The pillow book of wisteria and the perfumed sleeve. Allow me to say that1)The pillow book was obvious as hell2) Not only was the perfumed sleeve even more obvious then the pillow book of wisteria but it was a stupid ending. you have agreat way of making every one Bottle up suspicion and thoughts of who the murderer is, and then you write something as stupid as you did in the perfumed sleeve. you had so many opportunitys to make the climax of the perfumed sleeve great but you chouse the stupidest ending in the world and i have beeen dissapointed by the last 3 books in the series. I agree that your books lack of mystery grows as you write new books.I hope the assasins touch is a good book.every thing after the pillow book actually kinda sucked. but i liked the dragon kings palace.please stop dissapointing us. you write well just get creative with the mysteries thats all
February 22, 2006 - 13:55:39 (PST)
I just finished the first three books of the series, and let me tell you that it\'s the best crime series I read so far on Japan (you really did a hell of a job on your researchs).It\'s just a pity that it is so difficult to find The Samurai\'s Wife here in France (Amazon.fr really needs to improve its service).Keep on the good work Laura and \"merci mille fois pour ses longues heures de bonheur\" !Michaël (from Paris)
February 21, 2006 - 01:13:29 (PST)
I need to make a correction on my comment below. I have read the first NINE books in the Sano Ichiro novels. Also, I would like to add that I am fascinated by Japan and have been studying its history and culture for some time now. I would love to go to Japan one day. I am 1/4 Japanese and I would love for my dad and his family that are here in the U.S. to be able to visit those that are still in Japan.
February 20, 2006 - 13:54:13 (PST)
I have read the first eight books in your Sano Ichiro series and have loved every one of them. You are an inspiration to me as a writer and I hope that if I ever finish any of my work that it is half as good as yours. I am glad to hear that you and your husband have survived Hurricane Katrina's wrath. I hope you all rebuild your lives.
February 20, 2006 - 13:50:23 (PST)
We're read all your books and love them so much that we've booked our 30th anniversary trip to Japan for the end of June '06. We've also told our cousins in the UK (we're from Long Island, NY) and they love the books also. We can't wait for the next one. Is there a way to be notified when it's published? Thank you for writing them and for giving us so much enjoyment. Arlene & Bill
Arlene & Bill Baffa
February 10, 2006 - 16:08:59 (PST)
I had to read a book for english about 17c Japan. I saw The Dragon Kings Palace and i thought "why not?" All the people in the class who chose the same book as me hated the subject. I wasnt really the biggest fan of it either. But i started reading it over the weekend and i couldnt stop! But the bad part is I have to go back and read what happened before. That should be easy though because your books are just so addicting.
February 06, 2006 - 11:53:16 (PST)
I started reading your books almmost two years ago when i started dating my boyfriend. He is veru into the japanese culture and collected all of your books, i love to read so one day i asked him if he owned any books i could read, he gave my shinju and i read it all in like three hours. Ever since then ive been hooked as well. i would really like to know when your next book will be coming out, if anyone knows please e-mail, im very anxious to know...
February 01, 2006 - 22:43:04 (PST)
The first book I read was The Concubine's Tattoo. I read it about 5 years ago. I loved it so much that I tried to find more of the series. At that time, I couldn't get them at my local Barnes and Noble. I tried Amazon. I was back-ordered so long that they dropped my order. So, I gave up until a few months ago when I found another book on the shelf at Barnes and Noble, by Laura. I then checked Amazon which carries them all now. I was thrilled to be able to start the series again. Five Years! I waited that long and still remembered your book. I read alot, so that says something. Thanks so much for all the enjoyment I'm getting from Sano and You! Best wishes, your fan in Washington, Pam
January 28, 2006 - 22:19:31 (PST)
Heya, My name is Buddee White. I am 18 years old. I found the first 3 books in a book sale and bought all 3 for $0.25 a piece. after i read the first three books i was so hooked on them that every paycheck if i could offord them. I have had to wait on the last three books. but when i bought them. they were awsome. I you are by far my favorite writer. When i finish with them all i start over on them and read them even more. I would just like to thank you for all your hard work, to make other people feel great when we read your wonderful books. : )
January 22, 2006 - 17:34:39 (PST)
I have read all of your books.They are amazing to me.They transport me to a time and a culture I find fascinating.
Your developement of wonderful characters is hypnotic.The mystery plot
is icing on the cake.I can hardly wait
for another Sano & Reiko adventure.Your Greatness Is assured.Ml
January 21, 2006 - 13:32:25 (PST)
I began your series with Shinju this past summer, and I have been devouring them since! I have told several friends about your Sano mysteries, and those who have read them love them just as much as I do. Thanks for creating such a fascinating world!
January 20, 2006 - 08:56:23 (PST)
A terrific series my wife and I both enjoy your writing. keep it up. We are both relieved to hear that you are safe and sound in spite of Katrina. Buildings and possessions can be replaced, people cannot and it would grieve us both to no longer read new exploits of Sano and Reiko.
January 19, 2006 - 09:52:12 (PST)
Thank you!!! I must say that you are my favorite author, and i have read quite a few. I started with Shinju and have read each book within a week of its release. I cant wait for the next one!!
January 14, 2006 - 08:06:12 (PST)
Laura, thank you **very much** for a great series! I have read you since book #1, faithfully waiting for each Spring to buy a hardbound copy of your book as soon as Amazon can ship it to me! I also ready with interest and a heavy hard the plight of you and your husband with Katrina. Living in South Florida and having been through a number of tough storms, including Andrew, my heart goes out to you. Keep well, rebuild, and start writing as soon as you can! You are an excellent mystery and period writer, one of the best and easily comparable to Anne Perry and James Clavell.
January 13, 2006 - 13:28:03 (PST)
Hi Mrs. Rowland, I remember finding your book, The Concubine's Tattoo, at my public library. I was in grade 8 or 9 at the time and the book affected me in a profound way. The Concubine's Tattoo opened up a new world of literature for me, before I found your books I was reading stuff like The Princess Diaries series and other "nonsense" books. I am very thankful that you have written these books because they have led to the birth of my love for historical fiction. I am in college now and I have been having trouble finding time to do everything but I always have time to read your books. My favorite has to be The Samurai's Wife because of the aggressive role Reiko had. I hope you continue to write many more beautiful novels. Thanks again.
January 12, 2006 - 17:26:34 (PST)
Thanks for the wonderfully detailed descriptions of medieval Japan. Your books ignited my interest in the history of human cruelty. History shows that most societies sanctioned cruelty and continue to do so. Class and labor stratification may be the culprit instigating this culture of cruelty. For one class to dominate another, society must develop tools including cruelty and segregation through traditions and beliefs. Sano, a thinker, becomes a witness to the corruption and human degradation of the society he had been taught to honor. His struggle with these contradictions and comes to realize that traditions and beliefs are built upon a tenuous and changeable foundation.
Good historical fiction, likes yours, reveals how studying the communities of the past can help us to understand our own contemporary society.
Ann Marie Siclare
Ann Marie Siclare
January 11, 2006 - 10:33:27 (PST)
I just want to say how much I've enjoyed the Sano Ichiro mystery novels. I started at "The Concubine's Tattoo", and was immediately hooked, so I've been reading as many of the others as I can get my hands on.
Your work is a dream come true for a fan of Japan, its history and culture like me. I've been fascinated with the country ever since I was a little boy watching the miniseries version of James Clavell's Shogun with my mother. I was spellbound by the customs, the language, everything, and since then, my interest in Japan has grown by leaps and bounds.
I have a fan mailing list established now for fans of the Sano Ichiro books. I hope you'll take time to stop by and join:
Keep up the fantastic work!
January 09, 2006 - 18:25:28 (PST)
When will book eleven be published? What will it be about? I can't wait for the next installment in the series!
January 05, 2006 - 13:25:49 (PST)
Hello Mrs. Rowland
I am one of your big German fans.I really like your storys and the way you describe the facts. now i am waiting for the translated version of "the perfumed sleeve" which will be published on 13.06.2006 in Germany.
Good luck for the future ^_^
January 05, 2006 - 10:41:27 (PST)
Hey Laura. Your books are the best. Unfortunately, I jumped into the series at Way of the Traitor, but eventually I'll get to Shinju and Bundori. I just finished the Concubine's Tattoo yesterday and I loved to so much I just bought the Samurai's Wife and Black Lotus. Keep up the good work!
January 03, 2006 - 14:40:47 (PST)
Love your books and glad that you continue to write for your readers and not some publisher's commitment. Would greatly enjoy if you could put a map of Edo on the end papers or in the book so that your readers can reference where things occur in the city. Highlight previous locations would be nice as well. I found a good site: www.usjapan.org/edomatsu/Home/map.html that helped me a little. Keep writing, glad all will be well soon at your home. Joe Leeker
January 03, 2006 - 08:46:37 (PST)
Hi, great books. I don't know whether you have ever been to Alocossebre on Spain's East Coast but I find it to be a very beautiful part of the world. maybe the area could provide inspiration and settings in future stories. Have a look for yourself on http://www.eastcoastspain.com.
December 29, 2005 - 04:48:11 (PST)
Gahhhh! trying to hurry up, then make mistakes. Here is my correct email.
December 28, 2005 - 12:27:52 (PST)
I love your books! Since I am disabled, I have plenty of time to read, averaging about 3 to 5 books a week now, for over 10 years. Your work stands head and shoulders above my normal run of the mystery genre and I'm extremely pleased to have discovered them :)
Thanks for many hours of enjoyable reading and hopefully, if it fits your life schedule, I look forward to more as time passes :)
December 28, 2005 - 12:21:28 (PST)
December 21, 2005 - 16:11:01 (PST)
The Assassin's Touch... the worst book of the series. Laura, I have read each of your novels and have been a strong supporter of the series (meaning I have gotten others to read the books), until recently. This new book, and to be honest the last three, have been weak, unsurprising and hardly a mystery at all. Add a lack of mystery, belief and then a female character, Reiko doing what she does in each of these novels... come on! You don't have to be a historian to know that Reiko's antics would NEVER be allowed in that time period of Japan, especially what she does near the end of the book...(don't worry, I'm not going to give it away but Laura knows what I am talking about).
Compare the energy, character and plot development, pacing, mystery, angst, etc, from your first book Shinju to this latest book... What a downward spiral this series has taken.
I was hooked into this series when it was about a samurai solving a mystery. You know, swordplay, intrigue, new characters, gritty environment, etc. Now that samurai allows his wife to not only solve the mysteries for him but to control his armed forces too! And said wife comprises half the novel? Please, you are pulling the strings of belief too taught! To be honest, Reiko is neither the character nor the reason that I started reading this series. But now she is thrust into our pages and for what reason? Apparently Sano is incapable of solving these so called “mysteries” on his own. Poor Sano San. He has been relegated to playing a supporting roll in his own novel. What we have here is a "bait and switch". Originally I thought this series was grounded in some historical fact, if nothing else the “air” of the times… but since so much is becoming unbelievable you might as well suspend ALL believe make Reiko the Shogun’s “right hand man” and have Sano be a stay at home dad.
I told myself after reading the previous novel The Perfumed Sleeve that if the stories did not return to it's roots I would drop the series and tell my friends not to bother. Well, the next novel is THE worst of the bunch. The novel is so bad that it has solidified my opinion that you have run out of ideas, desire, passion, direction and characters. Even environment is lost. Maybe you need a trip to Japan to help find your way.
To summarize: Long time reader done in by a long time decline. Too bad because at one time the series had passion and heart, it showed promise. As much as I doubt this little posting will have any effect on my hope that this series will get back on track, as you can see I will take that chance. Laura, you probably think that sales are improving because readers like the direction you have taken this series, rather people may be being duped, as in my case, into buying the newer books with the hopes that the stories will get better-there is something to be said for the cloaking ability of longevity in generating revenue and it's ability to give false confidence.
December 21, 2005 - 10:58:24 (PST)
so glad you and your family are ok.
My name is Sue and i am from the north of England.
I was fortunate to discover Shinju about twelve months ago and scoured my local library's for more.
I,m always torn between being greedy to read every page in one sitting and reading slowly,treasuring old friends i don,t wish to let go to soon.
Sadly i,ve only got The Assassins Touch remaining. Please keep on writing these superb novel's. x
December 19, 2005 - 02:05:16 (PST)
Hello Laura. I have an interesting story of having met my first Japanese gentleman in my graduate field of genetics and we've become great friends. I was so very curious as to his culture because at first I didn't understand somethings he did, said, or ways of his manner, as he didn't understand somethings about me. We have had to spend sometime questioning each other when we don't understand things and it's amazing how much both our knowledge has grown. I haven't had a decent education in history but some in culture however nothing in regards to japan. So, I became fully engaged in studying on my own time, ancient culture and ways of Japan. I just can't stop reading pure historical books as well as your novels. Thank you because I picked up one of your novels (shingu) first to get me started on something a little easier to read for starters. Now, I have so many books, including one of yours but by the time you read this, I'll probably be on the next one. Hurry because I"m almost to the last one. I'm so anxious for the next one. On another note, I"m glad you see you made it through the hurricane and wish you the best of luck. Keep up all your hard work. I appreciate it. Sincerely, Rosemarie
December 15, 2005 - 17:11:06 (PST)
Laura-just found your website and enjoyed discovering that book # 10 is out. I am devouring your books as quickly as life will allow-having just finished "Samurai"s Wife" this morning. I am enthralled with the Sano series as "Bushido" is something I identify with in my own life. Duty, honor, courage and "truth seeking" are long lost values in our western culture-replaced with covert and overt examples of a politely dysfunctional society. I find the correlation of the world in which Sano lives, loves and works akin to my own as an employee of a state department of education where people are often "controlled" by the power and politic of ignorant and ineffective elected officials. Ironically traveling through the world of 17th centruy Japan with Sano and Reiko has been a way for me to crystalize my own experiences and constantly refresh the resurrection of "The Way of the Warrior" in my own spirit. The USA could benefit from some of the humility and discovery you write about in Sano's journey. Indeed, our own governmental regime should begin to wonder if they have lost the favor of the gods in the aftermath of Katrina and the debacle we call a "war" in Iraq. With deepest regard for your witty, wise and engaging series-may our enlightenment continue to grow as we mature as a people and grow into adulthood as a culture. wishing you and your family well-being in this upcoming holiday season as you continue the rebuilding of your home and life after the horror of Katrina. Thank-you for the gift of story and the pricking of consciousness.
beth a steenwyk
December 04, 2005 - 05:29:50 (PST)
Hello. This is Stephen Murrish, a student of a Novel Writing class you taught at Loyola University New Orleans. I remeber your class fondly.
Do not know your whereabouts or how you were affected by hurricane Katrina. I hope all is well. I am glad to see your books are as successful as ever.
Best of luck to you, and if you could drop me a line via email, I would be most appreciative.
Best of luck and happy holidays,
December 04, 2005 - 01:32:07 (PST)
Oi Laura,tenho 17 anos e estou no 2º periodo de administração em uma universidade do Estado do Rio de Janeiro.
Sou fascinada pela cultura e História Japonesa!!!
Quando li seu livro SHINJU , eu adorei a riqueza de detalhes quea sra passa da época. E tudo isso em uma história super envolvente.
Sano Ichiro é um protoganista e herói
Parabéns por esse livro,pois foi um dos melhores que já li.
espero ter a aportunidade de ler seus outros livros.
Até breve e fique com Deus!!!!!!!!!
Suellen Liborio Martins de Almeida
December 03, 2005 - 09:59:17 (PST)
Sra Laura,tenho 17 anos e estou no 2º periodo de administração em uma universidade do Estado do Rio de Janeiro.
Dou fascinada pela cultura e História Japonesa!!!
Quando li seu livro SHINJU , eu adorei a riqueza de detalhes quea sra passa da época. E tudo isso em uma história super envolvente.
Sano Ichiro é um protoganista e herói
Parabéns por esse livro,pois foi um dos melhores que já li.
espero ter a aportunidade de ler seus outros livros.
Até breve e fique com Deus!!!!!!!!!
Suellen Liborio Martins de Almeida
December 03, 2005 - 09:57:08 (PST)
First I'd like to say "Thank you!" for writing what I think are some amazing books. Originally from Denham Springs, Louisiana, I now live and teach English in South Korea. I stumbled upon THE WAY OF THE TRAITOR in a bookstore here when the interesting cover caught my eye......I bought and loved it!! Ive just finished SHINJU and have started THE PILLOW BOOK OF LADY WISTERIA. I also ordered BUNDORI, THE CONCUBINE'S TATTOO, and THE SAMURAI'S WIFE. I really like the fact that they are complete stories in themselves and don't rely on the subsequent book to tie up loose ends. That's not to say, of course, that it's not cool when you reference something that happened a few books back. I hope to meet you in person and have the books signed at a book fair or some such event in the future. Thanks again.
December 03, 2005 - 05:18:37 (PST)
I'm writing from Bulgaria and actually I'm editor of your titles in bulgarian language in TRUD Publishing house. Let me first congratuate you for the lovely best selling books and then say I'm very happy you are ok, after Katrina. You have to know you are one of the most loved authors in Bulgaria and I presonaly wish you all the best for u and your family. Take care and write in this magnificient way. ragards!!! ps. It's time here to publish The Assissain's touch :-))))))))))
November 29, 2005 - 05:22:56 (PST)
I'm currenty reading The Samurai's Wife. So far it's great. But it would also be great if your book or website gave some descriptions of the many Japanese words and titles used. Many are familiar, but a full description would be very helpfull
November 26, 2005 - 13:49:09 (PST)
Soy una gran lectora de los libros de Laura J. Rowland del investigador Sano Ichiro, y siempre estoy esperando con gran interés las traducciones al español de nuevas novelas; pero de momento solo hay 4 títulos traducidos al español, me encantaría que tradujesen más libros suyos pues no se hablar inglés, solo un poco. Por favor intenten traducir más libros suyos al español. Muchas gracias. Sus libros son maravillosos
November 24, 2005 - 03:41:54 (PST)
Dear Mrs. Rowland,
I think, I must be one of your greatest fans in Germany. Several years ago I discovered one of your books by chance, and since then I am a regular and enthusiastic reader of your Sano novels. I lived in Japan (in Shinagawa, Tokyo) for more than 5 years, therefore the subject and the scene of your novels have a particular attraction for me. I check every historical figure and location which you use in your novels, and so far I found a remarkable agreement of your exciting fiction with historical data and event. In each novel the reader meets the familiar main characters, but always in a different setting, so that reading is always a pleasure and never boring.
May I conclude with one minor point of critique: Why do you use sometimes names like "Blue Apple" or "Hyacinth" or "Snowflake" instead of Japanese names? I find this a little bit irritating.
However, I am looking forward every year to buying the latest Sano adventure, and I hope there will be many, many more...
November 20, 2005 - 05:30:50 (PST)
I asked a friend to recommend a book, as I've recently taken up the hobby of reading, and I bought a copy of Shinju. Having just finished it this morning and seeing that it left a wide opening for another book I hit the internet to see if there were anymore books about Sano-san. I'm very pleased to see just how expansive Sano-san's universe is! I look forward to reading the rest of the series. Keep writing and I'll keep reading!
November 19, 2005 - 05:36:39 (PST)
I hate historical novels. I love mysteries. I tolerate romance. Your writing combines all three in such manner that once I pick up a book, I cannot leave it unread. I can hear the accents, see the mode of dress, feel the emotions. I am saving all of your novels for my grandchildren. You are superb!
November 17, 2005 - 10:56:01 (PST)
i have read all of your books and i must say that i almost cried at the end of the perfumed sleeve, which i have just finished as of five minutes ago!!! i can not wait to start on the assassin's touch. i lived in japan for several years on and off and i love reading your books becasue, as much as japan has changed, you always manage to bring me back to tokyo and all of it splendor...so dear to me and i miss it so much. i am thankful to know that you are alright after hurricane katrina, and keep up the great writing..no one could capture the world of japan better!
November 13, 2005 - 18:18:42 (PST)
I first picked up your book after the cover of The Concubine's Tattoomy caught my attention, ever since then I've been hooked. But why the change to the cover with Perfumed Sleeve? Personally, the first thing I think when I see the cover is, this must be a romance novel. I'd love to see you go back to the previous style but regasrdless I look forward to all your future novels.
November 13, 2005 - 05:02:56 (PST)
Last summer, on a whim, I got a library card and searched for one of my favorite subjects - samurai. The catalog directed me to "The Samurai's Wife" and I was immediately hooked! I love your books, especially the parts with Reiko (my favorite character). I like books that make readers bond to the characters, and I have to admit I was really scared for Hirata at the end of "The Perfumed Sleeve". I'm not sure if my library has "The Assassin's Touch" yet, but I can't wait to read it!
November 12, 2005 - 16:36:34 (PST)
I recently discovered your books about about two months ago, I've just finished The Perfumed Sleeve and I'm really looking forward to reading The Assassins Touch. I wanted to thank you for writing such an amazing series and reawakening my love of mysteries. I used to read and watch them all the time when I was younger (Miss Marple, Sherlock Holmes, Hercule Periot, The Thin Man, Charlie Chan, etc.) but for a long time there I'd switched to fantasy. It just so happens that I love Japanese culture and when I noticed your books they really caught my attention, I haven't been able to put them down since! I'll be sad when I finish the next one and have to wait for more but I know it will be worth it. It's a perfect blend for me. And it couldn't have come at a better time either, was getting really tired of the fantasy cliches =Þ Now I just need to find a good science fiction writer. .
PS I had no idea you lived in New Orleans because I don't read stuff on Authors very often, but I'm very glad to hear you're alright.
November 04, 2005 - 23:56:09 (PST)
I am glad your safe after hurricane katrina. anyways I wanted to thank you for writing such awesome books~ I LOVE all the characters in your books. I always cheer for sano but i can't help but like Yanigasawa aswell his wife too there both cool! I first picked up your books when i was like 14 im 19 now :)
anyways thank you for your great books!
October 19, 2005 - 13:29:57 (PST)
How would you like to co-operate on a book about 15th century Japan? This is part of a trilogy, and I lack your profound knowledge of this fascinating country. I can send you the first book: The Voyage of the Eunuch Cheng Ho. The hero goes to Japan in 1409 after the death of the Shogun Yoshimitsu. Help me out!
October 13, 2005 - 06:48:01 (PST)
First off, I just wanted to say that I think you are arguably the best mystery writer out there today. I have always loved mysteries, but these days it seems like all mystery novels are the same (ie the villain is a serial killer.psychopath, etc.....) but yours are definitely absorbing. The characters and the motives behind the murders against the backdrop of feudal Japan is brilliant. I have a very difficult time putting your books down and read them in one sitting most of the time. I have a suggestion for you if you are planning on writing an 11th Sano Ichiro novel. I noticed that most of your novels have to do with the political stability of the Tokugawa Shogunate. For you next novel, why not have Sano Ichiro investigate murders connected to Edo-period organized crime that formed the basis for the modern day Yakuza. As you probably, know organized crime in Tokugawa Japan consisted largely of extortion, gambling and illegal prostitution and members of the criminal class frequently disobeyed the bakufu's prohibition against non-samurai owning weapons. Why not have Sano go up against "the mob"? Perhaps an Edo period criminal gang consisting of outlaw ronin that threatens the stability of the city? BTW, I found an excellent book on Edo period law enforcement (you probably already use it for research but I'll go ahead and offer it up anyway) called "Taiho-Jutsu: Law and Order in the Age of the Samurai" by Don Cunningham. Anyway, I think you are one of the greatest contemporary novelists out there today and I hope to read many more of your exciting stories in the future.
October 06, 2005 - 01:51:58 (PST)
Dear Mrs. Rowland,
thank you for the incredible character sano ichiro!
I just picked up "Black Lotus" and I hope your books will be translated as quick as possible. I´m looking forward to Number 9 and 10. Hopefully, you are up to write many more Sano Ichiro novels for your fans. Greetings from Hamburg / Germany
October 04, 2005 - 03:13:37 (PST)
Mrs Rowland, thank you for your "sano ichiro storys".
udo schuldt (german reader)
October 03, 2005 - 15:57:47 (PST)
I wanted to let you know that I absolutely love your books. You have such a way with words and the time period you chose is a wonderful period in history. I am a Japanese Historian and I must say you take great care in being accurate about the time period. Please keep up the good work. I look foward to reading your next novel. San Ichiro is a great character. I would love to see your books become movies.
October 03, 2005 - 13:05:10 (PST)
I HAVE JUST FINISHED READING THE ASSASSIAN'S TOUCH. I COULD NOT PUT THE BOOK DOWN AND WAIT TO READ MORE. I HAVE READ EVERY BOOK IN THE SERIES. THE LIBRARY HERE RUNS OUT OF THE BOOK AS SOON AS IT COMES BACK. PLEASE KEEP WRITING. THANK YOU AGAIN LOWELL LEVIN
October 01, 2005 - 16:06:01 (PST)
I am so glad to find this site and learn more about your non-authors life - I am truly thankful that your were able to make it out of Louisiana safe and sound -- Rita has taken no prisoners and the damage is incredible - but God is good - enough preaching - smile.
I wanted to tell you how much I LOVE your work and how Sano and Reiko are my two most favorite characters and crime solvers - I have just finished Assassin's Touch and WOW is all I can say -- your talent is appreciated and your storylines provocative and stimulating.
Thanks for keeping us reading
September 26, 2005 - 14:11:06 (PST)
So glad to hear you're safe. Your name sprang to mind when I was watching the horrible images. I hope you have something left to rebuild when you return home.
I am glad that, with this snazzy new website and guestbook, I have the means to relay to you how much I enjoy your books and appreciate your writing - as an aspiring writer myself I feel I am learning from your great ability to animate and wonderfuly describe any scene or situation.
I just finished reading the Assasin's Touch - it was great! I was hoping for a little more redemption for Hirata, but I daresay that's forthcoming. Plus a bit more of Midori *hint hint*
I love the character developement, and sometimes feel that the actual murder mystery COULD be (but, of course, isn't) secondary to the actual lives of the key characters.
Have you ever considered commissioning an artist to create 'official' images of some of the characters? I have images in my mind, but I know they are not correct. For instance, I do not picture Sano with the shaved crown, and have to remind myself that it was, more or less, the style back then.
Oh, and if you're ever confronted about a movie deal, please take it! Your scenes are so vivid that I picture it so clearly!
I'm done rambling now.
Thanks for your work!
September 25, 2005 - 11:18:25 (PST)
Hi Laura and Marty. Glad to hear you are safe in Michigan. I was in New Orleans in February and June and apologize for not looking you up. Send me a note when you get a minute.
September 24, 2005 - 21:37:42 (PST)
Hello, greetings from Germany!
The Sano Ichiro series is to be read marvelously. The last published book in Germany was 'The Pillow Book of Lady Wisteria'. I wish you all property for the future and further exciting stories.
September 23, 2005 - 03:35:44 (PST)
Thank God that you and your family are safe. i just want to say how much i love your books. i always wanted to read books with asian main characters that rocks! :) more power to you!
September 21, 2005 - 13:11:58 (PST)
I am glad to hear you and your loved ones are safe. Welcome back to Michigan! I hope you are able to go home before the snows start. I have been reading your Books since Shinju. As a Japanese history buff I enjoy your books. I am looking forward to many more. Good luck and thanks.
September 20, 2005 - 16:18:56 (PST)
All I can say is "WOW"!! I picked up a copy of the book - The Dragon King's Palace - the other day as a bargin book. I am a huge fan of Shogun, and thought that this book might be a nice addition to my library. All I can say is that you have a new devoted fan. I am going to be buying the others in your collection, and I look forward to reading each new exciting volume. Your writing is colorful, descriptive, and written in a way to capture the imagination and pull you in. I can only say "Great Job"!!!
September 19, 2005 - 18:46:24 (PST)
My best friend in Cincinnati,Ohio and myself in Montreal,Canada are big fans of your work. We have read each and every one of your books-usually one buys the latest and sends it to the other-and with the next one, the pattern is reversed. We appreciate your imaginative storytelling. Needless to say, we were quite concerned as to how you were faring in New Orleans during and after Katrina. After so many heartbreaking tales, of people and animals and property lost and gone forever, it was gratifying to hear that you and your loved ones(both of the two-and-four- footed variety) are safe and dry. Wherever you go, remember that there are people that care. Not specifically because you are one of our favourite world-class authors(though you are) but because you're you. Happy trails!
susan delia carpenter
September 15, 2005 - 07:50:33 (PST)
Extremely happy to hear your family and cats made it out of New Orleans!
I am here in the US visiting from Japan and am relaxing rereading the entire Sano Ichiro series, Cant wait to get the new one! It's so expensive to buy English language books in Japan, I save up and buy them here in the US when I visit. Looking forward to a new book from you is always a pleasure. Thanks so much and I hope all is going well and you are getting all the help and support you need post hurricane.
September 14, 2005 - 10:11:58 (PST)
I wrote to a Japanese-American friend today, mostly about John Grisham, but one paragraph was about you and a question I wanted to ask you, so I thought I might as well send it to you:
Today I purchased Laura Rowland’s “The Assassin’s Touch,” published only two months ago. It is her 10th novel about Sano Ichiro, a late 17th century Tokugawa samurai detective – sousakan-sama for Shogun Tsuneyoshi. What a marvelous title: “Most Honorable Investigator of Events, Situations and People.” Now, if Sano-san can just keep his head in these highly political and dangerous times…. If anybody else is writing English-language mystery stories set in Edo during the Genroku Period, I don’t know about it. Rowland is American, the granddaughter of Chinese and Korean immigrants, educated in Michigan, but she knows an awful lot about that period of Japanese history. The series started in 1689, I believe, and is now up to 1695. I have thought about writing her and asking if Sano Ichiro will someday investigate the Chushingura incident of 1701. Makes sense. Tsuneyoshi would still be Shogun, and Sano-san would be in his prime. But there’s no hurry. At Rowland’s pace, she can write 10 more books before her hero has to face Oishi Kuranosuke.
September 13, 2005 - 19:59:02 (PST)
I'm so happy you and your family are safe! I have read all of your books and LOVE the series!! I look forward to reading more of your work!
Kelly in San Francisco
September 13, 2005 - 16:49:09 (PST)
I am beyond relieved to hear that you and yours have made it to safety after the recent catastrophe. After finishing The Assassins's Touch last night, I was reminded that you lived in New Orleans after flipping to the back cover. I am very pleased and elated to see that even during this tragedy, one of modern-day fiction's greatest is safe! ^_^
Of course, I am (as always!) very happy with this book. I have never been a big fan of paying for hardback, but hunger for each of your new works compells me to nab a copy as soon as it hits the shelves! Sano has become my favorite protagonist of all-time, and since reading your work since I was 15, have immensely enjoyed watching his character mature over the years.
Thank you so very much for gifting this world with your talent, and for giving me a doorway into one of the most fascinating periods of history. Every book has been a journey that I treasure with all my heart!
September 12, 2005 - 17:44:31 (PST)
I have read three of your Sano mysteries so far. I am fasinated by the Japanese culture that you are describing. Very often I feel that I am in that place and time due to your vivid desriptions. I am completely hooked. Cannot wait to keep reading and catch up on all the ones I have missed so far.
Thank you for taking the time to read this.
September 12, 2005 - 16:41:58 (PST)
I didn't realize you lived in New Orleans until I read the back cover, and was happy to see on this website that you, your husband, and most importantly, the cats made it out safe. My sister lives in Japan, and the culture has always fascinated me since she moved there and told me about her Japanese friends, and how differant it is over there. I accidently came upon your first novel in the series Shinju at my college library and was hooked from the first page. Was hard for me to put the book down, good thing it wasn't during finals week. When I finished I was so relieved that their were many more books with my hero Sano. What a noble hero you have him protraying. Very refreshing. Love them all. Keep them coming.
September 07, 2005 - 22:45:01 (PST)
It's a good thing you and your family were able to escape from new Orleans just in time. I really am having a great time reading your books coz it somewhat transports me back to 17th century Japan and there's a feel that I'm a part of the investigation too (I really, really love your writing style ). Am looking forward to more of Sano's adventures!!!! I love Reiko's strong will but please keep her out of grave trouble. And I soemwhat like Masahiro-chan too. Anyweiz, more power and good luck!!!!
September 06, 2005 - 17:52:38 (PST)
Glad to hear you made it out - I've been a fan since the start and I often forget you live in the south. It was actually as I finished Assassin's Touch that I saw the back flap and the connection hit me.
While you are in Michigan and if you need a distraction, feel free to stop by and see us - we train in a 400 year old Japanese sword art and will have a public demo on Sept 18th. We would love to have you there (info on the website).
Best wishes to you and your family, freinds and neighbors in recovering!
September 06, 2005 - 06:39:58 (PST)
I'm so relieved to learn that you made it out of New Orleans safely.
September 05, 2005 - 10:54:44 (PST)
Glad you and yours are safe, though we seem to only be at the beginning of the struggle.
I hope you can make it home.
September 03, 2005 - 17:19:43 (PST)
We are so relieved to hear you are ok. We have been very worried. Hang in there and let us know how we can help.
Connie and Loyd
September 02, 2005 - 19:27:41 (PST)
Post-hurricane message from Laura:
"I escaped the hurricane. My husband and I (and our 3 cats) are staying in Michigan with our families until we can go home, whenever that may be."
August 31, 2005 - 08:29:16 (PST)
I have not read any of your books, but a friend told me about them. On your website I enjoyed reading about you. Are you ever planning on putting any on cassettes or CD's. I listen to books on tape everyday because I have a long commute. I would love to start your series.
August 30, 2005 - 14:55:51 (PST)
In reading the series, I am reminded of the methodology W.E.B. Griffin uses in intertwining one book to the next using the same characters. However, I feel that Shinju is actually a second book since it starts after the lead character had done some unknown deed for the Shogun and has been rewarded. My Okusan,(Matsudaira Harumi)says Humorously, that your books are written backwards to her way of reading. But we do enjoy all of the series. Thank you.
August 27, 2005 - 17:05:00 (PST)
Just finished Assassin's Touch. Great stuff. Have followed the adventure since the start. Have found nothing else like this series. It's hard waiting a whole year between books! Hopefully you'll be around my neck of the woods sometime and I can get all my (your) books signed and shake your hand. Thank you for your writing. Can't wait for the next events for Sano, Reiko, Hirata and all the others. I personally liked the turn of events for Hirata with Ozuna. Can't wait to see how that turns out in the coming books.
August 25, 2005 - 15:47:00 (PST)
Thank you for creating the Ichiro series! The books are written so well that the reader feels "a part of" the time and space (and action) - which makes it very hard to either quit reading or come back to reality! My only "kvetch" is the newer dust jackets. Love the earlier dustjackets with the beautiful artwork - am not real fond of the "realistic" photos and the advertisements that are printed onto the paper. Sorry - just my opinion.
Assassin's Touch is superb - just finished it yesterday. Hopefully there are more investigations to come!
August 24, 2005 - 13:49:33 (PST)
I am a fan of mystery novels and stumbled on The Samurai's Wife prior to
leaving for Japan to visit our son in Osaka.
As a result, I am reading all of your Sano books...the storylines are outstanding!
Thanks for the explanation of how you decided to write about 17th century Japan.
After spending 2 weeks in Japan, I have a greater appreciation of your novels.
[And we also have 3 cats.]
August 24, 2005 - 06:32:46 (PST)
I just read The Concubine's Tattoo which is the first of your books that I have come across.
I have an interest in this period of Japan since reading (and re-reading lol)James Clavell's novel, Shogun.
It was a worthwhile trip to the Library and now I will find the rest of your novels and know the whole saga.
There is not a lot about you on the site really. Could you please put some more detail about your life, like where you met your husband and when you were married things like that.
I am a sucker for things like that, it is so interesting learning about people and we are of roughly the same vintage, I was born in 1952 and live in Australia.
August 23, 2005 - 09:46:12 (PST)
I enjoy your writing very much. I discovered your books while stationed in Japan and they helped paint the picture of what Japan was like. My only regret is that the base library doesn't have all your books... so I had to purchase a few online. Sad to say it takes FOREVER for them to come... but I wait patiently because I know I will be rewarded with a great book. Please continue your work... I look forward to your next book.
August 21, 2005 - 23:51:01 (PST)
Dear Mrs. Rowland,
I LOVE your books. I found them quite by accident. Some one near the park I work at was throwing out a Macy's bag of books. It was like CHRISTMAS for me, I adore reading. 8 of those wonderful books were yours. Only thing missing was Black Lotus (which I am going to buy, since I am now on The Samurai's Wife and quickly gobbling it up) and your latest, which I have to wait longer for since the others are in paperback. I have an adversion to collecting books in a set with mismatched covers. I adore Sano and Reiko, and am so happy to see Midori is still around. Poor girl, no one listens to her. I am spreading the word of this series to my friends and lending them out. Thank you very much for the wonderful works, and please keep them comming!
August 15, 2005 - 08:29:06 (PST)
Thanks so much for another Sano Ichiro story! I especially appreciate the care you always take with historical, cultural, and linguistic details. I have a web page devoted to the series -- comments are always welcome.
August 13, 2005 - 08:09:13 (PST)
I am a gaijin absolutely enthralled by the Sano Ichiro series. I've been exploring your website, and had to take just a moment to compliment your astute insight and observations. Mysteries have always held a particular appeal for me, but the most appealing (and memorable) are those that are indeed a bit different from any others. Your target audience will pick up, and probably read, just about any author. What keeps us coming back to a particular writer is when we discover that the protagonist/the setting/the point of view/the plotting is unique - and unique enough to pique our curiousity.
I hope to call myself a published author, one day. I would like very much to be able to say, as you can, that I have taken my readers to a place they've never been - or introduced them to a character unlike any they've previously met. AND that they want more.
Thank you for recognizing this, and thank you for sharing your stories with us.
Nancy Ann Gazo
August 12, 2005 - 15:37:47 (PST)
I really like your webpage since you've updated it. I recently finished the Perfumed Sleeve while I was on vacation in Japan. I saved it especially for that trip. I discovered your books when Black Lotus was out and I went back and bought all your previous books and started the series at the begining. Shinju and Bundori remain my favorites. Keep up the great work and look forward to buying and reaing the Assasin's Touch???
August 09, 2005 - 20:26:58 (PST)
Hi, I introduced my dad to the world of Sano, he is Fred below me. I love the Sano Ichiro series. I love the political intrigue, the mystery and the fact that the main characters, Sano, Hirata and Reiko are not super human. I mean Kobori just about killed Sano in the Assassin's Touch, that was awesome, but I do have a problem with Reiko. She constantly puts her family in danger. I can understand her desire to investigate, but when she does, she doesn't truly seem to consider the consequences of her actions, which can lead to death for her husband and father.
I look forward to your next novel in the Sano universe. I hope we get to hear from Yanagisawa again! I also hope you will add more and more pages to the books because I do like Sano's world, but 300 pages is a little short to me. I know...look who is talking, I don't have to write it! :)
I do appreciate your work!
August 07, 2005 - 18:35:51 (PST)
I love your books, however, I all most trashed it on page 268. Reiko is too stupid. Please don't have her do stupid thing in future books. Every thing else is perfect.
August 03, 2005 - 20:15:08 (PST)
This is simply a quick note to let you know how much I admire your work. I first became acquainted with Sano when I came across "The Way of the Traitor". I read the next three then sort of forgot them as I was waiting for the next. Last night I remembered them and dug them out to start again. My thoughts will probably be written down in my blog as I re-read each intriguing book. Then I look forward to seeing what I've been missing since.
August 01, 2005 - 14:43:05 (PST)
Hi I'm Monique, I jusr want you to know that I really love your books. I mean one day I was in a book shop and I can across "the Dragon's Palace" and I started to read it. That was the first book I read of yours. Then I found out there were ones before it and I order them all. So I have every book of yours.
I love How you explain everything in your novel's I mean right when I read the first line I get into it so far and that I can not put the book down and I picture what's going on in my head. And the Char.'s in your book. My fav is Reiko. she's so cool, when she first came in I was shocked to see a char. like her I mean learning how to use the sword and how she prides her chip tooth.
I just love your storys so much. well I must go My dad is taking me to get your newest book now.
July 25, 2005 - 17:17:44 (PST)
You are a wonderful writer and I enjoy your books very much! You are an amazing story-teller, your plots are great and I am completely engrossed in your books from the first page to the last. Frankly speaking, my favorite character is Chamberlain Yanagisawa, and I'm crossing my fingers for him being The Assassin's Touch. I'm looking forward to this book!
July 21, 2005 - 02:53:46 (PST)
I just finished Shinju and am really excited about reading the rest of the series. Sano is such a great character and your writing makes you feel like you are "right there" in that place and time. I do have a question, though! I read a part about Sano using "rice bran soap" to wash with and I wondered if there is research showing that's what was used at the time or if it's a convenient guess? The reason I ask is that I make handmade soap and rice bran oil is one of my main ingredients. It would be cool to know I'm using something that's been done for centuries!
July 14, 2005 - 13:35:36 (PST)
Love all your books. great website. Historical context spot on. Cannot wait to see how Sano-san is involved with events of Dec 15 1702
July 13, 2005 - 18:52:20 (PST)
You have a very nice website. Clear and easy to navigate. I love you novels. They give a strong sense of time and place, and the culprit is never clear from the outset. One rewuest. Don't get rid of Yanagisawa! Sano is great, but without an interesting, worthy opponent, it wouldn't be as much fun.
July 12, 2005 - 11:46:23 (PST)
Great website. I'm looking forward to reading your latest, The Assassin's Touch. I'll see you July 23 at 1 pm at Garden District Book Shop in New Orleans for your book signing. Save one for me. And keep releasing those Sano Ichiro mysteries. They're great.
July 08, 2005 - 19:33:08 (PST)
Gorgeous Website--but of course! I am impressed and delighted!
July 07, 2005 - 23:03:31 (PST)
I was looking for the release date of your new book, THE ASSASSIN'S TOUCH, and came across your new website. It's fabulous! You and your website designers have done a wonderful job, worthy of your brilliant books. You've put in all the essential information we fans want to know. Congratulations! And I'll be eagerly awaiting your book-signing at Garden District Books on July 23. May you garner lots of new fans for the Sano Ichiro series!
Elora C. Fink
July 07, 2005 - 22:40:58 (PST)
I happened to read your book by chance. I bought The Dragon King's Palace for my husband to read when he was in Iraq. At time I didn't read it, I'm the type of person that judges the book by its cover. Then when he came home, he told me he couldn't put it down then I decided I should read it too because I've an avid reader. It took me 3 days... including all my distractions. I didn't put your book down unless I really had to. You are by far my favorite writer right. I've been trying to write a book since I was 12 years old and I haven't had the proper muse. Hopefully you can give me some tips on writing. I'm on a good track now with the book I'm trying to write but that track is starting to get rocky. So anywho... I love your writing. Please continue writing. Your reader, Sadavanh
July 07, 2005 - 00:56:30 (PST)
i just wanted to say that i have read all of the "sano ichiro " books and have enjoyed them very much.
i am waiting for " the assassins touch ".
i hope that this series will never end.
thanks for so much enjoyment
July 05, 2005 - 11:16:38 (PST)
I first checked out "The Pillow Book of Lady Wisteria" from my local library, and now I can say that I am definitely hooked on this series! I just got finished reading "The Dragon King's Palace" and am looking forward to eventually reading the entire series.
Your books are so interesting that I have problems putting them down at night! I hope to read more in the future!
July 03, 2005 - 16:28:09 (PST)
Hi Laura. I'm Lola and I'm writing to you from Spain. Two weeks ago I started to read your book The Concubine's Tatoo (first in Spain) and I only can say you: Congratulations¡¡¡ I've gone to bed very very late every night because I needed to know the mystery. I hope you'll go on with Sano and his fantastic wife Reiko. And I'll try to read his former stories of course.
A new fan from Spain
June 30, 2005 - 06:52:41 (PST)
Hi, I'm so glad that I happened to see your site. I've got quite a number of your books because they look so fascinating. I love history and I know so little of Japan. I'm sure that I'll learn a lot about this country. I'm ashamed to admit that I haven't read one yet. I want to have time to be able to really absorb the stories. My life is too stressful at the moment but I hope to get to them soon. I'll drop by and leave you another note then. Do you have a newsletter? I'd love to know when you have a new book coming. All the best to you in writing and in life.
June 26, 2005 - 00:44:58 (PST)
I found your books to be incredibly suspenseful and extremely well written. I was impressed by the historical accuracy of you novels; however, I do have one teenie tiny little issue regarding the accuracy of a single passage in the "Black Lotus". On page 11 of the St. Martin's Paperpbacks 2001 edition, it is written that the historical Buddha lived in India approximately a 1000 years before. Granted, that the point of view of this narrative is 1693 C.E and I realize that it is a trivial correction, but I feel I should point out, as you undoubtedly know that the historical Buddha is considered to have lived between 623-543 BCE or 563-483 BCE. I realize that this is an inconsequential detail, but as a Pure Land Buddhist who was deliberately named after the Buddha, I feel a certain responsibility.
Kurvan Sugata Wittmann-Palmer
Kurvan S. Wittmann-Palmer
June 25, 2005 - 20:02:56 (PST)
I just found your series on eReader.com, but they only have 5 of the available books. I hope the rest of them become available there soon. It is my major resource for reading. I carry a Palm Treo 600 phone, and I have all my reading material loaded on it. It is the only way I can work in reading in my busy schedule. I love tha fact that they carry so many out of print books so that I can collect entire series that span years if not decades.
June 21, 2005 - 15:26:31 (PST)
Your books are superb! They're witty, entertaining and oh-so-exciting! You got me so hooked on the medieval Japanese culture that I actually took two uni courses on them!
Keep on writing!
June 17, 2005 - 08:11:07 (PST)
i just wanted to say that your books capture me.theyr'e just so enthralling that i can't help imagining in advance what's going to happen in the book. every one of your books has transferred me to japan, and i see Sano's fight, Reiko's cunning and Hirata's bravery. i love your books. don't stop writing because i know that you are one of those few writers who actually turn a story plot into something so marvellous. a novel. you are the type of writer who turns words into jewels. if i could only write like you do.
thank you for showing me the beauty of medeival japan.
best of luck in the future,
A big fan.
June 17, 2005 - 02:09:15 (PST)
first i would like to say that i absolutely love the books. and that you are among the top 3 authors in my experience....and even though im only 16, thats saying a lot because i read A LOT. by the way...i read one of the guest book entries and they suggested that you put a book recommendation list on your site. well i have some books to recomend. they are written by Gail Tsukiyama. and they are titled; Women of the silk, The language of threads, and The samurais garden. all absolutely lovely books. well i cant wait to read your latest book. which i will do as soon as my local library purchases a copy!! and i would like to say that i love the new book cover designs, much better than the old japanese style paintings....and much more imaginative!
thanks for being great, and please do continue the sano ichiro dective series!
June 16, 2005 - 18:58:44 (PST)
I was so captivated by your excerpts that I've ordered the series. Can't wait to read the rest! Lovely site - thank you.
June 16, 2005 - 17:09:19 (PST)
You are one of the best story tellers I have ever seen. I discovered your books through an online book club that I belong to (dearreader.com). The first one I read was The Dragon King's Palace and I was hooked. Altough I loved all books in the series, my favorite one so far was The Pillow Book of Lady Wisteria. Lady Keisho-in just cracks me up! Having lived in Tokyo for eight years, I love to read books set in Japan. Your books transport me back to all the places I visited during my travels in Japan and make me feel very nostalgic. I was lucky to find an advance reader's copy of The Assassin's Touch on the web and I have just received it in the mail - can't wait to read it! I have all your books in hardcover and hope to see you in one of your book signings to get them autographed. I find it very hard to find similar books set in 17th century Japan that are as engaging as yours. For this reason, it'd be great if you could add a section on your website with book recommendations for readers who like your books. I hope that the Sano Ichiro series will never end!
June 13, 2005 - 13:21:16 (PST)
Dear Laura, I've fallen in love with your books since I read 'Bundori' translated into Russian. I read all your books and now I'm counting days till when the new one is out. You are my favorite writer, I can't describe how much I adore you.
I like Sano and Reiko very much but my absolutely favorite character is Yanagisawa. He is such a strong and unusual man, and it is fascinating to see how he changes from a book to a book. I love it so much how you make him a complicated character, not entirely evil, but with his past explaining why he's become as he is. I really, really hope he's coming back in the next novel.
Thank you so very much for your books! I'm so glad you have this beautiful new site now. You're such a wonderful, wonderful writer!
June 13, 2005 - 07:07:05 (PST)
dear laura, thank you for your books as i use same quite vividly with my year 8 japanese class whilst doing the tokugawa shogunate topic. i'm currently doing a role play with each of the classes. i've read all but bundori, the perfumed sleeve and await in anticipation for the release of the assassin's touch. regards chris.
ebenezer-nospam-at-norex-dot- com -dot-au
June 13, 2005 - 04:10:27 (PST)
Hi Laura! I have to say that I'm really glad you've got this lovely site up and running now. I only just found your books this past year and have been obsessively reading through them all. I've recommended them to anyone I know who has a love of ancient Japan - and I can tell that we share that.
Having been to Tokyo twice, it amazes me how closely some of the settings still resemble your descriptions from over 300 years ago.
Lovely work, can't wait to see what else the great Sano and Reiko come up against!
Best regards and congratulations on the new site!
June 12, 2005 - 08:35:01 (PST)
Welcome to Eclectics, Laura! It's been a real pleasure working with you to develop your new web site. :-)
Cheryl Cooke Harrington
June 10, 2005 - 09:36:33 (PST)