When the Honorable Lord Matsudaira Mitsuyoshi, heir to the Shogun, is killed while visiting the courtesan known as Lady Wisteria, Sano Ichiro, the Shogun's investigator, is called in. The Shogun is on the verge of collapse from the killing, and Lady Wisteria has vanished.

Sano knows that the answers lie with Lady Wisteria. He is concerned that her "pillow book," the place where she recorded her most intimate thoughts, is also missing. Sano knows that all of the answers may just be in that book.

His wife, Lady Reiko, has sworn not to get involved in this case but her social position means she hears many clues. As she helps her husband, she uncovers a secret from the past that threatens all she holds dear.

Feudal Japan is lovingly recreated in THE PILLOW BOOK OF LADY WISTERIA. Ms. Rowland gives us a superb read, full of mystery and charm. Reiko and Sano are wonderfultheir respect and love for each other rings true, adding an extra dimension to the story. (Apr., 272 pp.,$24.95)

Reviewed by: 
Toby Bromberg