The Ghost in the Tokaido Inn by Dorothy and Thomas Hoobler

This is another not superbly written book, yet this one is very entertaining and I love the series. It’s a quick read and I can’t wait to get my hands on the third book.

In this book taking place in 18th century Japan, Seikei is the son of a tea merchant who longs to be a samurai. But in this time, he must follow what he is born into. Also in this time, merchants are seen as low, greedy, and selfish which causes Seikei shame. When he witnesses the thievery of a jewel, Judge Ooka requires his assistance to go undercover and help find it.

This book had many things I liked and I found it quite enjoyable. Although the writing was a bit simplistic, it was still a nice and easy read. There is violence and sword fights, but would be good for 8/9+. It also was rather educational on the topic of Feudal Japan.

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