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I.J. Parker

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Margaret
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Favorite HF book: Checkmate, the final novel in the Lymond series
Preferred HF: Literary novels. Late medieval and Renaissance.
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I.J. Parker

Postby Margaret » Sun September 5th, 2010, 12:47 am

I.J. Parker's Sugiwara Akitada mystery series has intrigued me since I added them to my website. I finally got around to reading one - The Convict's Sword (see review) - and thoroughly enjoyed it.

These are set in 11th-century Japan, which is wonderfully exotic, but also in many ways seems a lot more modern than Europe of the same time period. For one thing, the government was mired in bureaucracy.

Parker has a nice way of bringing in background information and setting detail without ever slowing the pace of the story. I found the novel suspenseful all the way through, partly from the dangers threatening the characters and partly because of their relationships with each other. I like getting a bit of literary depth woven into a suspenseful story.
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Verilees
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Postby Verilees » Fri June 3rd, 2011, 11:50 am

I. J. Parker has just released the books she owns the erights to as ebooks for $4.99 each. I like her series and hope that she does well with this.


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