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Samurai Detectives, Book 3: In Darkness, Death
Samurai Detectives Series Book #3 of 7
Authors: Dorothy Hoobler, Thomas Hoobler

Book Info

Published on March 30, 2004
Age Group: 9 - 14 years
Reading Level: AR: 5.2 (6.0 Points, Quiz #75428)
GLE: 5.8
DRA: 50
Lexile® measure: 760L

In eighteenth-century Japan, young Seikei becomes involved with a ninja as he helps Judge Ooka, his foster father, investigate the murder of a samurai.

Excerpt/First Sentence(s):
It was the hour of the rat; throughout the castle only shadosw moved. As the moon made its lonely journey across the night sky, dark shapes slid across floors and walls, one step ahead of the light.

And when one black form, quicker than the other shadows, slithered down a hallway, no guard sounded a challenge.

Publisher Description:
Samurai Lord Inaba has been murdered in his sleep. To make matters worse, the crime took place under the protective eye of the Shogun himself. This is a case for Judge Ooka, Japan's own real-life Sherlock Holmes. And, of course, for his 14-year-old apprentice, Seikei. Their only clue—a bloodstained origami butterfly—leads them on a journey filled with mysterious shape-shifting ninjas, vengeful peasants, and a power-hungry killer you might never suspect. If Seikei is to help solve this crime, he must first survive.

Edgar Award finalists Dorothy and Thomas Hoobler drench this story with drama and suspense in this, their third mystery featuring the famous magistrate Ooka and his young samurai apprentice.

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