The beautiful, mysterious women of Japan are being killed one by one. The famous samurai Judge Ooka knows he will need help to solve the crimes, so he turns to his newly adopted son, fourteen-year-old Seikei. Determined to prove his worth as a samurai, Seikei goes undercover as a tea-house attendant to gather information in the exotic "floating city" of Yoshiwara, where demons lurk among the pleasure seekers and no one is safenot even a samurai.
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Customer Rating: Summary: A surprising inaccuracy Comment: I must start by saying I thought this book was wonderful. I found it to be a very intriguing mystery that really sucks you in. I was literally unable to put it down. Even though it is intended for readers younger than I, I still greatly enjoyed it.
However, I was disappointed to see that the authors refer to the chracter Umae as a "tayu" or "top ranking geisha" This is not correct. A Tayu is NOT a geisha, top ranking or otherwise. In fact, Tayu are courtesans or prostitutes. Ignoring this inaccuracy, this book was a real pleasure to read and I'd recommend it to anyone who enjoys fun mysteries! Customer Rating: Summary: Moving and Brilliant Comment: The Demon in the Teahouse is a story of a young boy who is eager to solve the murders of the gorgeous entertaining geishas. After being recently adopted, his famous new father, samurai Judge Ooka, sends him as an undercover tea house attendant to piece together the mysterious clues that lead to the murders. He discovers the beginning of love, the meaning of dedication, and how to listen to your heart.
I went up to a few of my friends and asked them to read this book, and then tell me their opinions..her they are:
"This is one of those books that you cannot stop reading..it is a very cute childrens book...for young adults mostly."
"I loved it, it grabbed my mind, but the end had zero expectations."
"I loved the fact that it didnt have very much detail, and that it moved quickly, and that it kept your nose in the book, definatly for younger readers though."
"Not my favorite book, but not bad."
"Sweet tale..it would make a wonderful movie."
Customer Rating: Summary: A Gripping Historical Look at Samurais and Teahouses Comment: This book follows Seikei, the adopted son of Judge Ooka, as he works in a teahouse to discover the mystery behind the murders of geishas. He faces dangers that test his samurai qualities and learns much about his society and culture.
This book gives an interesting look into the life of geishas, samurais, and teahouse workers. It faithfully shows the culture of ancient Japan, wrapped in a suspenseful murder mystery. Customer Rating: Summary: A great mystery book in the world !!!!!! Comment: The Demon in the Teahouse is a sequel to The Ghost in the Tokaido Inn and both of the mystery stories are set in Japan. Both stories are also written by historian Dorothy and author Thomas Hoobler.
The story of The Demon in the Teahouse is set in 18th -century Japan. A fourteen-year-old boy named Seikei who was adopted by Judge Ooka was sent to the Teahouse of the Falling Cherry Blossoms to collect information about the fire cases which had happened in Edo. He also found out about the demon who had killed three geishas in Yoshiwara. While Seikei worked in the teahouse, he become endangered after meeting the suspect who was a geisha named Umae. By the way, Judge Ooka was a real person who was a friend and adviser of a shogun who ruled Japan from 1717 to 1744. I think this made the story more interesting and closer to the real life.
I really liked this story. I thought this was a great mystery book. I was attracted by the cover of the book. One side shows a beautiful geishas and in the shade is a guy holding a sword. The suspenseful picture excited me. The book has a huge exciting mystery plot attracts the reader. When the plot seems to get boring, some mysterious would happen which attracts your curiosity to keep reading. You cannot stop until you have finished the story.
One of the weaknesses of this book is that it does not have any explanation for the special vocabulary used. For example, words such as seppuku and tayu are not common words used in daily life. If we do not understand the words and the book does not give us an explanation, it may become a barrier for us to understand the story.
The other weakness of this book is the plot near the ending. Near the end, there are too many details and it seems boring. The authors describe too much about the conversation between Seikei and the witness and how Seikei took the witness to see Judge Ooka. Although it is an important part of the story, it will be boring if there is too much detail in a part of the story which is not exciting. I think the book will be better if there were pictures of the characters in this book. This may help us get to know how beautiful the geishas were and also what the samurai look liked in 18th -century Japan.
I suggest every teenager to this book. You can learn what courage is by reading this book. Even when he is in danger, Seikei still works hard in the teahouse to help Ooka solve the mystery crime. Seikei wants to prove himself worthy of being called a samurai. I think he was brave for a fourteen-year-old boy. This shows that even when things are difficult, if you have determination, you will be successful.
You can learn about Japanese traditions, culture and history from reading this book. It is funny to discover new interesting things from countries you have not thought before. For example, after people had died in Japan, their head needed to be shaved and clothed in a white shroud that hid even the face. A knife must be placed on their lap. This custom allows the dead people to protect themselves against demons who might block their path to the afterlife.
This is a chance for you to learn about Japan. Read the book as soon as you can.
Customer Rating: Summary: an exciting adventure Comment: The demon in the teahouse is a magnificient book. it is one of my favorites. its suspenseful and interesting, and thats what i like most about it. with geishas, samurai, demons, investigations, whats not to like? i would rate this 5 stars. this book is a great book for book reports or just for fun. i got an A on my book report! and i would probably recomend this book to anyone.