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* SimpleStaff: Tora's favoured weapon.


* MalMariee: Mal Mariée is French for "badly married" and it refers to a young woman unhappily married to an old, jealous guy. Count Tanibata's wife is much younger than him (he is in his sixties, she isn't even twenty) and it is heavily implied that he isn't capable of... more than acting like an overprotective fatherly figure. [[spoiler:Which eventually leads to his demise at the hands of her lover or herself.]]

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* MalMariee: Mal Mariée is French for "badly married" and it refers to a young woman unhappily married to an old, jealous guy. Count Tanibata's wife is much younger than him (he is in his sixties, she isn't even twenty) and it is heavily implied that he isn't capable of... [[LousyLoversAreLosers more than acting like an overprotective fatherly figure.figure]]. [[spoiler:Which eventually leads to his demise at the hands of her lover or herself.]]


* MalMeriee: Mal Mariée is French for "badly married" and it refers to a young woman unhappily married to an old, jealous guy. Count Tanibata's wife is much younger than him (he is in his sixties, she isn't even twenty) and it is heavily implied that he isn't capable of... more than acting like an overprotective fatherly figure. [[spoiler:Which eventually leads to his demise at the hands of her lover or herself.]]

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* MalMeriee: MalMariee: Mal Mariée is French for "badly married" and it refers to a young woman unhappily married to an old, jealous guy. Count Tanibata's wife is much younger than him (he is in his sixties, she isn't even twenty) and it is heavily implied that he isn't capable of... more than acting like an overprotective fatherly figure. [[spoiler:Which eventually leads to his demise at the hands of her lover or herself.]]

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* MalMeriee: Mal Mariée is French for "badly married" and it refers to a young woman unhappily married to an old, jealous guy. Count Tanibata's wife is much younger than him (he is in his sixties, she isn't even twenty) and it is heavily implied that he isn't capable of... more than acting like an overprotective fatherly figure. [[spoiler:Which eventually leads to his demise at the hands of her lover or herself.]]


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[[caption-width-right:304:A typical cover for the series.]]



* YearX: Averted. ''Dragon Scroll'' takes place in September, 1015. All the other novels are not too far from that date.

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* YearX: Averted. ''Dragon Scroll'' takes place in September, 1015. All the other novels are not too far from that date.date.
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* SinisterMinister: Akitada, being from a Confucian background, regard Buddhism with suspicion. Corrupt monks and abbots are sprinkled throughout the series, though there are aversions.

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* SimpleStaff: Tora's favoured weapon.
* SinisterMinister: Akitada, being from a Confucian background, regard regards Buddhism with suspicion. Corrupt monks and abbots are sprinkled throughout the series, though there are aversions.along with some honest Buddhists.



* ScrewTheRulesIHaveConnections: Even though he's a lowly clerk, being on Emperor's mission is empowering enough that he is able to hire a wanted criminal (mistaken identity but that's not the point) as a servant and walk aroung with him ''in the very region'' he is being wanted. He also has influential friends willing to help him, too.

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* ScrewTheRulesIHaveConnections: Even though he's a lowly clerk, being on Emperor's mission is empowering enough that he is able to hire a wanted criminal (mistaken identity but that's not the point) as a servant and walk aroung around with him ''in the very region'' he is being wanted. He also has influential friends willing to help him, too.

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* MentorOccupationalHazard: [[spoiler: Professor Hirata, Akitada's law teacher and father figure, dies in the same book he is introduced in.]]


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* SinisterMinister: Akitada, being from a Confucian background, regard Buddhism with suspicion. Corrupt monks and abbots are sprinkled throughout the series, though there are aversions.


Sugawara Akitada is the hero of a series of detective novels by I.J.Parker, set in the Heian period[[hottip:*:794 to 1185]], Japan.

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Sugawara Akitada is the hero of a series of detective novels by I.J.Parker, set in the Heian period[[hottip:*:794 period[[note]]794 to 1185]], 1185[[/note]], Japan.

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Sugawara Akitada is the hero of a series of detective novels by I.J.Parker, set in the Heian period[[hottip:*:794 to 1185]], Japan.

He is a young official who works in Ministry of Law as a junior clerk after graduating from the university specialized in law. He is also very bright and a genius detective, something his superiors often fail to notice. With the help of his wit, the power his position gives, his friends, servants and patrons, or by sheer luck, he solves cases that seem to be unsolvable.

!!This book series provides examples of the following tropes:
* AlwaysMurder: What's that? You want to investigate the missing tax payments? Too bad, here's your murderers and murderers murdering murderers.
* AnachronicOrder: [[ExecutiveMeddling Enforced by St. Martin's Press]] for some reason, forcing Parker to switch the publisher quite fast.
* BattleButler: Tora
* MeaningfulName: Tora means "tiger" - one of the reasons he'd been confused with a bandit called Mountain Tiger.
* ObstructiveBureaucrat: Sometimes to the point of malevolence. Especially his superiors.
* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: Obviously Akitada himself, as well as a surprisingly high number of other bureaucrats.
* ScrewTheMoneyIHaveRules: When Governor Motosuke after multiple attempts to indirectly bribe Akitada by overt hospitality just sends him ten gold bullions, Akitada, infuriated, sends them back, now completely convinced that Motosuke is guilty of stealing the caravans. [[spoiler:Motosuke is a genuinely good guy and a ReasonableAuthorityFigure who just happens to love guests, and the gold was for the travel expenses, something Akitada didn't even think about.]]
* ScrewTheRulesImDoingWhatsRight: Akitada's strong sense of justice, stubbornness and inquisitive mind are a major problem for his own career, but that's how he rolls.
* ScrewTheRulesIHaveConnections: Even though he's a lowly clerk, being on Emperor's mission is empowering enough that he is able to hire a wanted criminal (mistaken identity but that's not the point) as a servant and walk aroung with him ''in the very region'' he is being wanted. He also has influential friends willing to help him, too.
* VillainWithGoodPublicity: Governor Motosuke. [[spoiler:Subverted: he hasn't done anything wrong, every problem with his reputation is due to misunderstandings and being framed]]
* YearX: Averted. ''Dragon Scroll'' takes place in September, 1015. All the other novels are not too far from that date.

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