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Robert Figg, the 'English Killer', is a sailor, trader and also feared bare-knuckle boxer, stationed upon the English trading-post known as 'Leaving Island', off the coast of southern Japan.

When the English Killer is found brutally murdered, the opponent he beat just the previous day readily admits to having killed him - and also provides a definite motive for the crime.

But is the young English sailor named James Plummer the real murderer?

Ennin - who also had cause to recently fight the English Killer - has his doubts...

A Buddhist priest reports the disappearance of a large golden statue of a dragon, from on top of his temple roof... A drunken old farmer swears that he saw this dragon fly above him - and that it not only spoke to him, but also breathed fire...
Meanwhile, a gang of feared Japanese, Chinese and Korean wokou pirates are staying in the coastal area. And yet, they seem strangely reluctant to cause any trouble...

In the Japanese city of Osaka, seven moneylenders have been found dead in mysterious circumstances.

While investigating this, Ennin and his servant Kukai are invited to attend a major sumo tournament - and then one of the rikishi (sumo wrestlers) drops down dead in front of them...
Meanwhile, nearby, a female artist creates woven designs of dazzling complexity and breathtaking color, her mysterious assistant expertly dyeing the threads in a steam-filled room with brick ovens...
What could possibly connect all these things together... ?


An ancient curse is awoken, when three thieves from Cairo's 'City of the Dead' break inside a tomb hidden deep within one of the pyramids...
Many years later - from an old Egyptian forced to flee his country - Ennin and Kukai learn of the terror which followed...

A young Chinese warrior-monk roams the seas upon a remarkable floating island, his only companion an irritable parrot named Feng.

When a storm blows this tiny island into a Japanese harbor, Ennin learns the young man's extraordinary story...

'The greatest of Japan's detectives, Ennin, and of course his trusted servant and chronicler Kukai... ' M. Dowden, Hall of Fame, TOP 50 Amazon reviewer

'These Ennin Mysteries are absolutely fabulous... ' sshap

'I can't stop reading this series! If you love historical mysteries, you will love the period and cultural detail... ' Pauline

'Cleverly written and filled with facts regarding old Japan... Very similar to Holmes and Watson... ' Eileen Sedgwick

'An excellent Japanese detective series... I enjoy each and every story... ' R. Russell

'Stevens keeps on delivering... This is a great series. Anyone who enjoys Sherlock Holmes will enjoy the similarities in Stevens' characters and Doyle's. Fresh plots, exotic locale, who-done-its, and a unique set of protagonists. I've read all the Ennin series and look forward to each new adventure. Highly recommended... ' Abby Normal

'Entertaining read with Holmesian overtones, but very different setting... ' Gerry H

'Once you start this, I'm betting you won't be able to set it down until you finish it... ' Judy

'The author weaves intrigue, subterfuge and cunning into a very enjoyable story... ' J. Cepeda

'Historical setting and cultural background are excellently researched... ' D. Werdin

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