by Dorothy Hoobler
Seikei is the son of a merchant but he wishes he could be a samurai. In medieval Japan, one cannot change the social class he was born into, so all Seikei can do is dream. When Seikei witnesses suspicious events surrounding a robbery at an inn, he helps the high-ranked Judge Ooka solve the case. This is the first book in an absorbing and well-written series that is kind of like a Japanese Sherlock Holmes with samurais. How much cooler can it get?