I just found this via Google. No idea where it's been hiding. I also found out that my book was one of the 10 bestselling tradepaper mysteries at Poisoned Pen in August.
From BookList, , 2009, Copyright © American Library Association. Used with permission.
The sixth Sugawara Akitada novel, set in eleventh-century Japan, finds the Ministry of Justice official leaving his job to hunt down the murderer of an old friend. But his only clue is the victim's sword. Although the Akitada series is not as well known as Laura Joh Rowland's Sano Ichiro novels (which are set in a Japan six centuries later than Parker's), it is equally rich in period detail and fully fleshed characters-and equally rich, too, in suspenseful, engaging mysteries. Parker does an excellent job of bringing medieval Japan to life, clearly having done voluminous research (although she never shows it off with ponderous exposition or historical lectures). Readers of this series will flock to the new installment, and fans of the Sano Ichiro series who wonder if there is anything else in that vein will find this the perfect answer to their questions. Pitt, David