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A defeated daimyo is forced to construct a gigantic statue of the Buddha...
A workman falls to his death from the bamboo scaffolding - apparently while trying to steal some of what is contained within this great statue...
But what, exactly, IS inside this statue... ?

This is the 21st Ennin story.

NOW AVAILABLE: The Ennin Mysteries: Collected Series 1 - 9 (45 Stories)

Amazon Reviews for ENNIN

'The greatest of Japan's detectives, Ennin, and of course his trusted servant and chronicler Kukai... Full of intrigue, action and excitement... Great escapism... ' M. Dowden (UK), HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER

'The Ennin Mysteries are an absolute delight... ' sshap

'Stevens keeps on delivering... This is a great series... ' Abby Normal

'Love it! Simply amazed by how good these short stories are!' Edwina Callan

'Intriguing and good to read... Set out in a very eastern myth fashion... Recommend them to all and sundry... ' Chris

'I confess to being addicted to them for the depiction of medieval Japan, the characters and the enjoyable stories. I treasure each Ennin mystery that I have... ' Postscripter

'Five stars... ' Daphne Frampton

'I especially like the sort of quiet and abiding love that exists between Ennin and Kukai, master and scribe. Also, there's a kind of sweeping majesty in the description of Japan... ' Lisa

'Another good short story by Ben Stevens. Keep getting them can't seem to help myself. Try them yourself... ' Tigger

'Atmospheric, intriguing and entertaining... A rare achievement... ' Kenny51

'Entertaining read with Holmesian overtones... Interesting to read about imperial Japan... ' AC

'Thank you Ben Stevens for writing the Ennin Mysteries... I love the characters... My only complaint? I have read all the Ennin Mysteries - I want more... ' Momma Dahama

'Amazing... An inspiration... ' Valentine Williams

'Well-written... I've enjoyed many Ennin mysteries... Satisfying as always... ' S. Pearson

'A FUN READ!' Cowboy-not Wyoming

'I love the different stories Ben Stevens comes up with... There is always a twist, and the solutions are imaginative... ' Jay Gold

'I like the writer, I like the mysteries... ' Amazon Customer

'Really enjoyable... ' Menarue

'This excellent rendition of mystery, suspense and intrigue! I'm surprised these adventures haven't been made into movies or a TV series! They are that good!' Arnold Mount

'I was completely hooked by the Ennin series from the first story... Ben Stevens's writing style is somewhat like a Japanese room arrangement... ' AcerAcer

'Mystery from historic Japan... Like Holmes and Watson, but in an Asian setting... ' Nysa

'How refreshing... Really delightful... ' Leyla

'I can't get enough of "The Ennin Mysteries"! Every story I read is so entertaining, I hate for it to end. I recommend this author to anyone who likes "whodunnit" stories!' Ruth Casey May

'These stories are always so amazing... Look forward to more... ' Eileen Sedgwick

'A great read... ' Carter

'Ennin does it again... Well written, evocative of the era, and suitably mysterious... ' KD

'Highly enjoyable... Stories are tight, punchy and uncluttered... Bravo, Mr. Stevens!' Damien Omen III

'This Japanese detective is a fine addition to the burgeoning field of Asian historical detectives which began with Judge Dee (China) and runs through I.P. Parker's Akitada... ' Mcb

'Delightful short story... Enjoy!... ' PeaTee (TOP 500 REVIEWER)

'(The) Ennin series is intriguing... Recommend these stories to all... ' Chris

Cover image: Taira no Tadamori Captures the Priest of Mido / Public Domain

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