The forth book in the Samurai Mysteries series by Dorothy and Thomas Hoobler is entitled The Sword that Cut the Burning Grass and it continues the story of Seikei a merchant boy turned Samurai apprentice and his adopted father Judge Ooka described as many as the Sherlock Holmes of Japan.
Bringing 18th Century Japan to life
The Hoobler’s have done an exceptional job so far bring eighteenth-century Japan to life throught their excellent writing and pacing of the story. The book before this one – In Darkness, Death was injected with more action than the first two in the series and that was a welcomed change of pace and direction, hopefully that action will be brought forward into The Sword that Cut the Burning Grass – with a title like that it better!
The Shogun of Japan himself has given Seikei an important task. The young emperor of Japan is refusing the do his ceremonial duties, he runs away from the royal palace and is then kidnapped by a shadowy group hatching a plan to overthrow the Shogun using a sacred sword said to be unbeatable in battle. I have already read through the first couple of chapters so you may look out for my review of The Sword that Cut the Burning Grass in the coming days.