The Pillow Book of Lady Wisteria
2 journalers for this copy...
Intriguing mystery---set in Japan in 1693, or rather, in the Genroku Period, Year 6, Month 11.
Journal Entry 2
Word Vancouver (book & magazine festival) in Vancouver, British Columbia Canada on Sunday, September 29, 2019
Released 1 yr ago (9/29/2019 UTC) at Word Vancouver (book & magazine festival) in Vancouver, British Columbia Canada
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Releasing at Word today - 9th floor, VPL Central Branch. Look for the Lower Mainland Bookcrossing Group table.
Journal Entry 3
Vancouver, British Columbia Canada on Tuesday, March 17, 2020
Sano Ichiro is the shogun's inspector of things, people, and events and as such searches out the truth of what has happened - if he can - and if his upper class enemies allow him. He operates separately from the police and the head of the police is determined to destroy him so he's definitely in a tight situation. The shogun has just had his heir, a cousin, murdered so there is a great deal of nervousness around. The Lady Wisteria of the title is a lady only by courtesy since she is a very expensive prostitute. She disappeared from the room where she was entertaining the shogun's cousin and is therefore a suspect in his death. Sano is hesitant to get too deeply involved in the search for her because he had dealings with her in the past and had arranged for her debt in the entertainment quarter to be paid so that she could leave. What really disturbs Sano is that he has not told his wife about his earlier activity and fears what she will say if she finds out now. Reiko, Ichiro's wife, had acted as his assistant until the Black Lotus case where 700 people died partly because Reiko trusted the wrong person, and she now has little faith in her own instincts. Add in the Lord Chamberlain's wife, who loves her husband but has little hope of having it returned because her husband is deeply involved with the chief of police.
The plot is very complex and goes around in circles with each circle adding another connection, another person with ties to someone unexpected.
Only the chief characters are real people, the others being "a group of soldiers", "his assistants", "her maids" and so on, described by their function. The workings of the Tokugawa regime are a closed book to me so I don't know how accurate her depiction is but it all makes a weird sort of sense and I find it fascinating.