The Concubine's Tattoo (Sano Ichiro #4) - Laura Joh Rowland

The Concubine's Tattoo - Laura Joh Rowland
I really enjoyed the first three Sano Ichiro books. This fourth novel? I'm not really sure what this was. The new characters, specifically Reiko, did not work for me. Reiko was a spoiled brat. All we were missing was a good foot stomping.

You would like to see a little bit of development from existing characters as you move through a series. There was development. Just not the kind of development one would typically expect. Male characters developed......they developed a lot of erections. At one point, I wasn't sure if I was reading a mystery/thriller or a samurai version of 50 Shades of Grey. This was the kind of book my grandma covered with a cute quilted book cover and then tried to tell us she skipped the smut. She was just reading for the story.

At the end, I was let down by this book as much as Hirata was let down by Lady Ichiteru. Well...he wasn't actually let down and that was part of the problem.