Mary and Holmes hobnobbing with a cast of assorted personalities on a ship to Nagasaki. one shady blackmailer dude; one missing young lady; one Japanese girl with the trim build of an ex-acrobat, a willingness to hold language and culture tutorials, and a canny way of attracting or repelling people at will. can't wait till this lands in Japan (if we get there). reminds me a bit of A Clutch Of Constables--though I think that was a trip down a river--and maybe some of the Christies. I like it.