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Death's Kiss: Legend of the Five Rings: A Daidoji Shin Mystery Paperback – June 1, 2021
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Daidoji Shin, former louche layabout turned amateur investigator, and his long-suffering bodyguard, Kasami, are called away from the comforts of the City of the Rich Frog and into Unicorn lands to investigate a seemingly open-and-shut case of murder. But it’s never that straightforward… A condemned woman’s life is at stake, and the outcome may prevent a war between noble families. But that’s only the beginning of this mystery: Shin will come face to face with a sinister seditionist organization that could have much deeper consequences than he could imagine.
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"It’s a pleasure to follow the exploits of one of my favorite sleuths, Daidoji Shin… I love the voice of Shin – languid, biting, self deprecating – he slays me with his many humorous lines. Five stars." -- Eyes to See
"I really enjoyed this book, knowing what happened did lend the twist as we tried to figure out the reasons for the crime, because they really do matter, and whilst there was some general predictability, it wasn’t glaringly obvious. Instead the book makes you feel smart as you go “ahh I think I know”, then leads you to they why, what giving it’s all a bit of a twist." -- Big Geordie Geek
"I’ll admit to being fooled by the twist until very late on, but even if you manage to guess where the plot is going, it’s an entertaining journey to follow along. The main cast continue to develop and new figures are added with the continuing levels of diversity that we’ve come to expect from an Aconyte story." -- The Story Board
About the Author
- Publisher : Aconyte; Paperback Original edition (June 1, 2021)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 352 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1839080809
- ISBN-13 : 978-1839080807
- Item Weight : 9.8 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.12 x 1 x 7.76 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #448,387 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Shin and Co. were in top form, always interesting and clever, along with some greater insights into secondary characters introduced in the first novel.
Really hope the author, or those who own the IP, continue with a third novel, and fourth, fifth, etc., because the characters are some of the best I've read in a while when it comes to amateur detective novels.
Another plus is that you can read this one as a stand alone, and you don't need extensive lore knowledge of Legend of the Five Rings to understand what's going on.
After doing some online research, I saw that this setting does include a lot of magic elements, but I liked how the author in this book and the previous one, solely relied on "normal people" skills to solve the mysteries, rather than deus ex machina magic stuff.
The one great rule this society adheres to, “Uphold your honor, lest you lose everything in pursuit of glory.”
I love the voice of Shin—languid, biting, self deprecating—he slays me with his many humorous lines. Like his opinion of horse riding, “While he could ride a horse as well as any bushi, he found them largely disagreeable beasts, prone to biting and bouts of flatulence. Much like some samurai he could name.”
In many ways Shin reminds me of the universal trickster, although things do have a habit of backfiring on him. Or maybe it’s just that new possibilities open up to him? Without a doubt Shin does see more than others comprehend. He’s the bane of his bodyguard/ samurai Kasami’s life. Forever going his own way.
Slightly bored with restoring his newly acquired theatre, Shin doesn’t deliberate for too long when the request comes to solve a murder. Hmm! No prizes for guessing what this seemingly flighty son of the Crane chooses!
Shin undertakes a journey to the city of Hisatu-Kesu, in the mountain areas of the Unicorn lands. He goes as an investigator at the behest of a Unicorn representative known to him, the Lady Iuchi Konomi. It seems a devoted yojimbo (bodyguard), Katai Ruri, has killed her mistress’s fiancé. Death of the ronin is called for. Her mistress Zeshi Aimi has delayed the penalty hoping Shin can turn the tide.
Shin finds that an old friend, Iuchi Batu, is the clan magistrate. They have history...and then some. The atmosphere in the city is tense. Mysteries underlie mysteries. Leading Shin to question who might be orchestrating the situation? Who gains what? Looking for the power balances.
The solving of the situation is somewhat harrowing, bringing to bear all of Shin’s Holmesian like capabilities and insights.
Shin leaves with a debt owed, albeit at a time and place of his choosing. The future beckons! I’m left feeling like Oliver with my metaphorical bowl outstretched, “Please sir, I want some more!”
An Aconyte Books ARC via NetGalley
Please note: Quotes taken from an advanced reading copy maybe subject to change
(Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.)