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Laura Joh Rowland

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Laura Joh Rowland is the bestselling author of the samurai detective Sano Ichiro mystery series set in 17th century Japan, as well as a historical suspense series starring Charlotte Bronte. Her work has been published in 21 countries; nominated for the Anthony Award, the Hammett Prize, and the Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers Award; won RT Magazine’s Reader’s Choice Award; and been included in the Wall Street Journal’s list of the five best historical mystery novels. Laura holds a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Public Health degree from the University of Michigan. She is a former aerospace scientist, a painter, and a cartoonist. She lives in New York City with her husband Marty.

Genres: Historical Mystery
Sano Ichiro
   1. Shinju (1994)
   2. Bundori (1996)
   3. The Way of the Traitor (1997)
   4. The Concubine's Tattoo (1998)
   5. The Samurai's Wife (2000)
   6. Black Lotus (2001)
   7. The Pillow Book of Lady Wisteria (2002)
   8. The Dragon King's Palace (2003)
   9. The Perfumed Sleeve (2004)
   10. The Assassin's Touch (2005)
   11. The Red Chrysanthemum (2006)
   12. The Snow Empress (2007)
   13. The Fire Kimono (2008)
   14. The Cloud Pavilion (2009)
   15. The Ronin's Mistress (2011)
   16. The Incense Game (2012)
   17. The Shogun's Daughter (2013)
   18. The Iris Fan (2014)
Victorian Mystery
   1. The Ripper's Shadow (2017)
   2. A Mortal Likeness (2018)
   3. The Hangman's Secret (2019)
   4. The Woman in the Veil (2020)
   5. Portrait of Peril (2021)
   6. Garden of Sins (2022)
   7. River of Fallen Angels (2023)
Laura Joh Rowland recommends
The Mayfair Dagger (2024)
Ava January
"An effervescent mystery with a resourceful, daring sleuth heroine and a nice swig of romance."
Down a Dark River (2021)
(Inspector Michael Corravan, book 1)
Karen Odden
"An original, street-smart detective, an intriguing mystery, and delicious Victorian flavor. All my favorite things!"
The Last Tea Bowl Thief (2020)
Jonelle Patrick
"A wonderful blend of history and mystery."

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Award nominations
1995 Anthony Award for Best First Novel (nominee) : Shinju

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