“Cat’s Meow” (Shig Sato Book 4) by Joseph Mark Brewer

The Shig Sato mysteries by Joseph Mark Brewer has been one of my favorite series for a few years. Cat’s Meow, the fourth book in the series has Sato, formerly a police inspector, now a private investigator, on the trail of a serial killer in Japan. As he investigates recent killings, he recalls one of the early investigations he was part of while still on … Continue reading “Cat’s Meow” (Shig Sato Book 4) by Joseph Mark Brewer

Traitors & Lies – A Shig Sato Mystery: The Cold War Comes to Tokyo (The Shig Sato Mysteries Book 3) Joseph Mark Brewer

Traitors and Lies is the third in the Shig Sato mystery series. I’ve read all three and enjoy Sato’s investigative skills as well as author Joseph Mark Brewer’s grasp of Japanese culture. In this book Brewer combines Russian gangsters with the usual Japanese underworld characters. This makes for an action packed read. Coupled with the criminals and their activity is the mystery of a body … Continue reading Traitors & Lies – A Shig Sato Mystery: The Cold War Comes to Tokyo (The Shig Sato Mysteries Book 3) Joseph Mark Brewer

The Thief’s Mistake (A Shig Sato Mystery Book 2) by Joseph Mark Brewer

Although this is the second book in the Shig Sato series, it reads well as a stand- alone. That being said, Joseph Mark Brewer has created a lovable Columbo type character in Shig Sato. In The Thief’s Mistake Sato teams up with his friend Ken Abe to start a private detective agency. At first Sato seems hesitant to jump into his new career. But a … Continue reading The Thief’s Mistake (A Shig Sato Mystery Book 2) by Joseph Mark Brewer

TWISTED TALES: 15 Literary Lies & Epic Yarns: Margarita Mix by Joseph Mark Brewer

Joseph Mark Brewer is best known for his wonderful books featuring Japanese detective Shig Sato. The Gangster’s Son and The Thief’s Mistake are insightful crime thrillers set in 1990’s  Japan. I was more than a little surprised with Brewer’s short story in Twisted Tales , “Margarita Mix”. It is a dramatic departure from his usual genre. The story reads almost like a memoir although it … Continue reading TWISTED TALES: 15 Literary Lies & Epic Yarns: Margarita Mix by Joseph Mark Brewer

“The Gangster’s Son: A Shig Sato Mystery” by Joseph Mark Brewer

The Gangster’s Son My rating:5 of 5 stars With his first novel, Joseph Mark Brewer has created a fascinating character in Shig Sato. Set in 1991 Japan this is not just another murder mystery or detective story. With subtle and not so subtle hints at the political climate of the time, Japan’s gangster culture and the yakuza, and the antipathy for the American military presence … Continue reading “The Gangster’s Son: A Shig Sato Mystery” by Joseph Mark Brewer