Tuesday, April 7, 2020


Please join me in congratulating Christopher Kincaid on the publication of his new young adult historical mystery, Kanzashi! I had the pleasure of designing the cover. Here's the book description:

“Life doesn’t care about dreams, Mameko. It is as it is, no matter what we do.”

Mameko never thought she’d witness a murder.

Her life consists of songs, stories, lessons, and the other social demands of a maiko. Mameko tries to be a good daughter and follows her mother’s guidance, though she is known to rebel against tradition when she deems it necessary. Even with her rebellious acts, she is poised to become one of the most prominent geiko in Gion.

When Mr. Funaki is murdered with Mameko’s hairpin thrust into his throat, she becomes the main suspect. Mameko must resist the police’s efforts to get her to confess to the murder. As the news spreads and her reputation declines, she must find the true killer, or her dream of becoming a geiko will end.

Kanzashi is available now in ebook and print format on Amazon. Add it to your shelves on Goodreads, and visit Christopher's website for more information about his historical novels and his books on Japanese folktales.

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