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Laura Joh Rowland


USA flag (b.1954)

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.
 
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The Salaryman's Wife (2000)
(Rei Shimura, book 1)
Sujata Massey
"A witty, perceptive take on how contemporary society clashes with traditional culture in modern Japan. Rei Shimura, the irreverent, likable Japanese-American heroine, straddles East and West with aplomb. I enjoyed her adventures and hope there will be more of them."
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What Angels Fear (2005)
(Sebastian St. Cyr Mystery, book 1)
C S Harris
"A masterful blend of history and suspense, character and plot, imagination and classic mystery. A thoroughly intriguing, enjoyable read."
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A Death of No Importance (2018)
Mariah Fredericks
"A sharp, engaging, and intimate treat of a historical mystery. Jane Prescott is a smart detective and a keen observer of both the upper crust and the dark underbelly of early twentieth century New York society."

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