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  • Bibliography:
    28 Books - 3 Series
  • First Book:
    September 1994
  • Latest Book:
    January 2023
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Full Series List in Order

Ichiro Sano

1 - Shinju (Sep-1994)
2 - Bundori (Feb-1996)
3 - The Way of the Traitor (Jun-1997)
4 - The Concubine's Tattoo (Dec-1998)
5 - The Samurai's Wife (Apr-2000)
6 - Black Lotus (Apr-2001)
7 - The Pillow Book of Lady Wisteria (Apr-2002)
8 - The Dragon King's Palace (Apr-2003)
9 - The Perfumed Sleeve (Apr-2004)
10 - The Assassin's Touch (Aug-2005)
11 - The Red Chrysanthemum (Nov-2006)
12 - The Snow Empress (Nov-2007)
13 - The Fire Kimono (Nov-2008)
14 - The Cloud Pavilion (Nov-2009)
15 - The Ronin's Mistress (Sep-2011)
16 - The Incense Game (Sep-2012)
17 - The Shogun's Daughter (Sep-2013)
18 - The Iris Fan (Dec-2014)

Secret Adventures of Charlotte Bronte

1 - The Secret Adventures of Charlotte Bronte (Mar-2008)
2 - Bedlam (May-2010)

A Victorian Mystery

1 - The Ripper's Shadow (Jan-2017)
2 - A Mortal Likeness (Jan-2018)
3 - The Hangman's Secret (Jan-2019)
4 - The Woman in the Veil (Jan-2020)
5 - Portrait of Peril (Jan-2021)
6 - Garden of Sins (Jan-2022)
7 - River of Fallen Angels (Jan-2023)

Book List in Order: 28 titles


  • Not since SHOGUN has the lush and exotic world of ancient Japan been revealed in all its rich and fascinating detail. Beautiful, wealthy Yukiko and the lowly artist Nuriyoshi have been found dead, drowned together in a ritual double suicide--or shinj...



  • Enter a magical world of warriors and mystics. A timeless place marked by tradition and desire. A lush, exotic land were honor--or death--is found at the end of a sword. Here you will discover the romantic splendor and epic mystery of seventeenth-cen...



  • CRIME AND PUNISHMENT Nagasaki, 1690. An exotic, volatile city where a corrupt government fears foreign invasion like a plague and rules with an iron fist. Spies lurk in every corner waiting to accuse anyone of following the way of the traitor -- a...



  • in Crime Through Time II

    A GOOD MYSTERY IS TIMELESS Crime Through Time was the remarkable first collection. Now, bestselling mystery authors Miriam Grace Monfredo and Sharan Newman present Crime Through Time II -- featuring even more never-before-published historical myster...



  • The Shogun's palace hides many secrets--lovers, rivals, seducers, schemers -- and a cunning, brilliant killer A richly crafted novel set in seventeenth-century Japan, THE CONCUBINE'S TATTOO unfolds with all the excitement of a superb murder myster...



  • IN THE IMPERIAL CITY OF KYOTO, POWER IS MERELY CEREMONIAL. BUT AN ANCIENT EVEIL STILL SURVIVES... Far from the shogun's court at Edo, Most Honorable Investigator Sano Ichiro begins the- most challenging case of his career. Upon the insistence of ...



  • When veteran samurai-detective Sano Ichiro, the Most Honorable Investigator of Events, Situations, and People, is called on to investigate the burning of a cottage belonging to the Black Lotus Temple, he makes a shocking discovery. The three victims ...



  • FROM A REMOTE, EXOTIC WORLD... Sano Ichiro, Most Honorable Investigator of Events, Situations, and People, awakens from a turbulent dream into a real-life nightmare. Lord Matsudaira Mitsuyoshi, the shogun's cousin and heir, has been murdered after a...



  • On a whim of the shogun's mother, a procession has left the sweltering heat of Edo, bound for the cooler climate of Mount Fuji. Among her traveling companions are Reiko, the beautiful wife of Sano Ichiro, the shogun's Most Honorable Investigator of E...






  • An unusual death, a puzzling clue, and an uncompromising investigator... Sano Ichiro-, Most Honorable Investigator of Events, Situations, and People, is faced with his most challenging case when he investigates the death of Senior Elder Makino, th...



  • DEADLY SECRET It is a lost art, passed down by the ancients in great secrecy: dim-mak, or death by the lightest touch of a finger. Sano Ichiro, in his precarious new position as the shogun's second-in-command, does not have the luxury of skepticism ...



  • THE TRUTH IS DRENCHED IN BLOOD... Tokyo, 1698: Sano Ichiro, the samurai detective who has risen to become the shogun's second-in-command, is investigating rumors of a plot to overthrow the ruling regime. He discovers that Lord Mori, a political oppo...



  • THE TRUTH WEARS MANY DISGUISES... JAPAN 1699: On a moonlit night on the northern frontier island of Ezogashima, a woman is running through the forest when an arrow strikes her dead. Meanwhile, in the city of Edo, the young son of Sano Ichiro, the sa...



  • Laura Joh Rowland's samurai detective novels have enthralled tens of thousands of readers. Now the author turns her gifts for historical fiction to Victorian England and the famous and fascinating Bront? family with this critically acclaimed new thri...



  • Japan, March 1700. Near a Shinto shrine in the hills, a windstorm knocks down a tree to uncover a human skeleton, long buried and forgotten. Meanwhile, in the nearby city of Edo, troops ambush and attack Lady Reiko, the wife of Sano Ichiro, the samur...



  • Japan, 1701. A woman is brutally attacked within a bamboo prison as clouds swirl around her head. Meanwhile, at Edo Castle, samurai detective turned chamberlain Sano Ichiro is suspicious of his old rival, Yanagisawa, who has been oddly cooperative si...



  • CHARLOTTE BRONTE, BELOVED AUTHOR OF JANE EYRE, DELVES INTO THE SINISTER WORLD OF BEDLAM INSANE ASYLUM Struggling with romantic entanglements and her stressful rise to prominence on the literary scene, Charlotte Bronte is more alone than ever. While ...



  • Japan, 1703. On a snowy night, 47 warriors murder the man at the center of the scandal that turned them from samurai into masterless ronin two years before. Clearly this was an act of revenge--but why did they wait so long? And is there any reason th...



  • In the wake of a terrifying earthquake, Sano Ichirō races to solve a crime that could bring down the shogun's regime When a massive earthquake devastates Japan in 1703, even the shogun's carefully regulated court is left teetering on the brink of...






  • Japan, 1704. In an elegant mansion a young woman named Tsuruhime lies on her deathbed, attended by her nurse. Smallpox pustules cover her face. Incense burns, to banish the evil spirits of disease. After Tsuruhime takes her last breath, the old wo...



  • Japan, 1709. The shogun is old and ailing. Amid the ever-treacherous intrigue in the court, Sano Ichiro has been demoted from chamberlain to a lowly patrol guard. His relationship with his wife Reiko is in tatters, and a bizarre new alliance between ...



  • The year is 1888 and Jack the Ripper begins his reign of terror.

    Miss Sarah Bain, a photographer in Whitechapel, is an independent woman with dark secrets. In the privacy of her studio, she supplements her meager income by taking illicit “bo...



  • When a child goes missing, it’s up to Sarah Bain and her ragtag team of investigators to capture the culprit.

    A photographer in 1889 London, Miss Sarah Bain runs a private detective agency with her friends, Lord Hugh Staunton and former stre...



  • From award-winning author Laura Joh Rowland, a story about the darkness that lurks within and the deadly secrets that beg to be revealed.

    Intrepid photographer Sarah Bain and her motley crew of friends are back to hunt criminals in the dark, s...



  • Award-winning author Laura Joh Rowland is back with the fourth in her critically acclaimed Victorian mysteries where the case of a mutilated "Sleeping Beauty" washes ashore in London.

    London, June 1890.

    Sarah Bain and her friends Lord H...



  • For fans of C. S. Harris comes Laura Joh Rowland's fifth Victorian mystery where Sarah must confront her own ghosts--and face her most elusive and deadly adversary yet. Victorian London is a city gripped by belief in the supernatural--but a gr...



  • Award-winning author Laura Joh Rowland is back with the sixth in her critically acclaimed Victorian Mystery series in which Sarah must search for the killer of a woman she found murdered on a train all the while waiting for the verdict of her father'...



  • Award-winning author Laura Joh Rowland is back with the seventh in her critically acclaimed Victorian mystery series in which Sarah Bain Barrett is pitted against a true-crime serial killer who may have ties to Jack the Ripper.London, April 1891. Whe...


Award-Winning Books by Laura Joh Rowland

The Incense Game
2012 RT Reviewers Choice Award -- Historical Mystery


Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Laura Joh Rowland has published 28 books.

Laura Joh Rowland does not have a new book coming out soon. The latest book, River of Fallen Angels, was published in January 2023.

The first book by Laura Joh Rowland, Shinju, was published in September 1994.

Yes. Laura Joh Rowland has 3 series.