In my continual search for new series to read, I downloaded the Sano Ichiro series by Laura Joh Rowland.
These are mysteries set during the feudal times of Japan.The main protagonist is the Shogun's main detective Sano Ichiro and each book presents a new mystery for him to solve along with the add on of political intrigue.
Having read the foremost writers in mystery fiction , these books are quite put-downable. Mostly mystery/murder series are such that one is unable to leave the book once started, and the depth of characterization is so detailed and full of intrigue that we want to follow the main protagonist to the next book as soon as possible.I have actually read series on series without a break.
In comparison, these mysteries are quite staid and one can take a break- read another more urgent book and again come back to these.
On the positive side, they present a very good picture of life in Japan during the imperial times, the way people lived, ate, dressed, their code of honor etc.
Laura Joh has written 15 books featuring Sano and these are worth a read if you are out of choice as I was...