Fox Magic

Rated 3.00/5 based on 2 reviews
Sugawara Akitada, junior clerk in the Ministry of Justice, attempts in vain to convince his boss that a murder has occurred when the minister's neighbor claims a shape-shifting fox has attacked him

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Review by: Kevin A. Lyons on Oct. 28, 2013 :
A very straight forward, brief story. The resolution is believable, but occurs without any missteps, distractions, or detours -- I suppose that's necessary for so short a story.

I've read most of the Akitada novels and I enjoyed this story, but I'd recommend it for "completists" -- if you're new to the series, I don't think this story will give you an appreciation for the longer works. For that, I'd recommend that you go ahead and start with one of the novels.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Anna Tan on July 18, 2013 :
Fox Magic is a very, very short story set in Japan about Akitada Sugawara, a junior clerk in the Ministry of Law. Whilst attending to the Minister at his summer villa one evening, Akitada stumbles upon a colleague who raves about how he bedded and killed a woman who turned into a fox. Convinced that a real crime has been committed, Akitada continues to investigate the case even after the minister has dismissed it.

It's an interesting read that introduces you to the main character in the Akitada Novels. However, it's not quite worth the USD1.49 to purchase a 9K word e-book, a third of which is the preview of the 2011 Akitada novel, The Fires of the Gods.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

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