Mystery Book Club Sensei by John Donohue Buy book: $16.06
When many of America's great martial artists are murdered, college professor and martial artist Connor Burke is dragged into the investigation by the NYPD. With the help of master warrior Yama****a Sensei, Burke follows a trail of clues that leads him to confront his own fear--and the ruthless killer.
Yesterday's installment definitely had my attention and interest. But I started zoning out in today's -- not really that interested in the infinitesimal detail the author has gone into. Obviously, it is something he is very passionate about. Will see what tomorrow brings - hopefully, but into the storyline.
I like mysteries that get right to it and don't fill the pages with a lot of information that isn't really necessary but in my opinion is "filler". I scanned this five minute in about one minute and got the basic idea - there was a stranger in the class. Is it really necessary to give this much detail about the moves? I guess if you enjoy this sport it would be good.
I find this story very engaging thus far; however, the continual use of quotation marks around Japanese words yanks me out of the story just as I'm being drawn into the scene. Quotation marks distance me from the culture the author is trying to introduce me to, especially around common words such as dojo and samurai that are already part of the American lexicon. If vocabulary is a large concern, I would recommend including an appendix with the Japanese used in the book, allowing the story to flow without the interruption of punctuation. Aside from this, I thoroughly enjoy the book and intend to continue reading.