And that's very good news indeed. I'm grateful. PW has generally been good to me, but it is particularly helpful now because my new publisher, Severn House, is very pleased.

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The Masuda Affair: A Sugawara Akitada Mystery
I.J. Parker, Severn, $28.95 (320p) ISBN 978-0-7278-6925-8
More than half of Parker's terrific seventh historical set in 11th-century Japan (after 2009's The Convict's Sword) goes by before Sugawara Akitada, senior secretary in the ministry of justice, has a definite murder to solve, but a personal crisis in Sugawara's life--the death of his young son, Yori, from smallpox--more than sustains interest, providing the trigger for a series of events that involve him in the case of Peony, a courtesan whose drowning years earlier was ruled a suicide. On the first night of a festival when the spirits of the dead return home, Sugawara meets an emaciated abandoned child who reminds him of Yori. His efforts to rescue the boy from the abusive people claiming to be his parents land him in trouble with the law and entangle him in the secrets of the noble Masuda family, reputed to be the subject of a curse. The evolving relationship between Sugawara and his wife, Tamako, adds depth. (Nov.)

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Comment by I. J. Parker on September 16, 2010 at 4:26am
Thank you. That is very kind.
Comment by Benjamin Sobieck on September 16, 2010 at 3:33am
IJ! That's awesome!
Comment by Mary McFarland on September 16, 2010 at 3:26am
Congrats, I.J. It's got to feel good to get such a review.
Comment by B.R.Stateham on September 16, 2010 at 1:12am
You deserve some good news, girl. Happy for you.
Comment by Jon Loomis on September 16, 2010 at 12:59am
Great review--congratulations, IJ.
Comment by I. J. Parker on September 16, 2010 at 12:49am
Thank you all. Well, yes, Severn House is primarily interested in the library market. One must hope that a few books will also get sold by stores. The main thing is keeping the series alive and hoping for a miracle.
Comment by Jack Getze on September 15, 2010 at 11:12am
Automatic library orders and a lot more, I hear. Big congrats, IJ. Like the curse angle.
Comment by John McFetridge on September 15, 2010 at 10:16am
Yes, congratulations.
Comment by Pepper Smith on September 15, 2010 at 10:08am
Good review! Congratulations!

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