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A Samurai Never Fears Death (The Samurai Mysteries)
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Manufacturer: Philomel
Average Customer Rating: Average rating of 5.0/5Average rating of 5.0/5Average rating of 5.0/5Average rating of 5.0/5Average rating of 5.0/5

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Binding: Hardcover
EAN: 9780399246098
ISBN: 0399246096
Label: Philomel
Manufacturer: Philomel
Number Of Items: 1
Number Of Pages: 176
Publication Date: 2007-03-01
Publisher: Philomel
Reading Level: Ages 9-12
Studio: Philomel

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For Seikei, the adopted son of the famous samurai Judge Ooka with a knack for solving mysteries, a trip home to see his real family isnít cause to celebrate. His brother has become mixed up with local criminals who use the familyís tea shop as a front for a smuggling operation. His sister, meanwhile, has fallen in love with an apprentice to a puppet master who stands accused of murder. Somehow, Seikei senses the two are connected. His loyalties divided between his new family and his old, Seikei must find the real killer before it is too late.

Set against the eerie backdrop of the old Japanese puppet theaters, where life-sized marionettes were controlled by black-cloaked men, Edgar Award-winners Dorothy and Thomas Hoobler render their most satisfying mystery to date.


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Summary: One of my favorite books
Comment: In the first book the hero was a 14-year-old boy named Seikei who was born into a merchant family. He was made fun of because of his dream to become a samurai. While on a business trip with his father there was a stolen jewel. Seikei helped a famous Shogun's official named Judge Ooka solve the mystery. Because of his bravery and wit his dream came true and he was adopted by the judge. This made him a samurai.

Now, two years later he travels back to Osaka where he was born and visits his brother Denzaburo and his sister Asako. Denzaburo had taken over the family business from Seikei's aging father. The business was prospering. They go to a puppet theater where a narrator was strangled to death right before they arrived. Seikei must uncover the mystery of his death.

Later Seikei learns that the theater had been using a play to signal a gang of thieves, telling them what to steal for the merchants who know about their charade. Seikei is shocked to discover that his brother's business is doing so well because he is working with the gang too.

Seikei follows clues to the gang's hideout but is attacked and knocked out. When he wakes up he finds himself on a boat with the gang. One of the Shogun's ships spots them and starts chasing. The gang pushes Seikei into the sea in order to escape. The Shogun's ship stops to rescue Seikei.

When he gets back to shore he decides to investigate the theater further. When he gets there he hears a voice. Is it a ghost or the killer? Will Seikei survive?

If you like Japan, mysteries, samurai, and suspense then you got to read A Samurai Never Fears Death. It is a one of my favorite books!


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