Susan Spann: The Shinobi Mysteries
A master ninja and a Jesuit priest team up in 16th century Japan to solve some of the most remarkable crimes anyone can imagine. Susan Spann’s mysteries transport readers to thrilling and unforgettable adventures!
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Claws of the Cat: When a samurai is brutally murdered in a Kyoto teahouse, master ninja Hiro Hattori has just three days to find the killer before the dead man’s vengeful son kills both the beautiful geisha accused of the crime and Father Mateo, the Jesuit priest who Hiro has pledged his own life to protect.
Blade of the Samurai: When a killer murders the shogun’s cousin, master ninja Hiro Hattori and Portuguese Jesuit Father Mateo are summoned to the shogun’s palace and ordered to find the killer. The investigation reveals a plot to assassinate the shogun and depose the ruling clan. With enemy forces approaching Kyoto, and the murderer poised to strike again, Hiro and Father Mateo must produce the killer in time… or die in his place.
Flask of the Drunken Master: When a rival artisan turns up dead outside Ginjiro’s brewery, and all the evidence implicates the brewer, master ninja Hiro Hattori and Portuguese Jesuit Father Mateo must find the killer before the magistrate executes Ginjiro and seizes the brewery. A missing merchant, a vicious debt collector, and a female moneylender join Ginjiro and the victim’s spendthrift son on the suspect list.
About the Author:
Susan Spann began reading precociously and voraciously from her preschool days in Santa Monica, California, and as a child read everything from National Geographic to Agatha Christie. In high school, she once turned a short-story assignment into a full-length fantasy novel.
A yearning to experience different cultures sent Susan to Tufts University in Boston, where she immersed herself in the history and culture of China and Japan. After earning an undergraduate degree in Asian Studies, Susan diverted to law school. She returned to California to practice law, where her continuing love of books has led her to specialize in intellectual property, business and publishing contracts.
Susan’s interest in Japanese history, martial arts, and mystery inspired her to write the Shinobi Mystery series featuring Hiro Hattori, a sixteenth-century ninja who brings murderers to justice with the help of Father Mateo, a Portuguese Jesuit priest.
Susan is the President of the Northern California Chapter of Mystery Writers of America, and a member of Sisters in Crime (National and Sacramento chapters), the Historical Novel Society and the Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers’ Association. She is represented by literary agent Sandra Bond of Bond Literary Agency.
What critics are saying:
“While Spann demonstrates admirable attention to detail in her ninja detective debut, it’s the contemporary tone of her prose that makes this intriguing 16th-century historical so accessible. Laura Joh Rowland fans will like this book for the time period, but the ‘buddy tone’ is reminiscent of Ian Morson’s ‘Nick Zuliani’ series and Gary Corby’s ‘Athenian Mysteries’ series.” ―Library Journal (starred review, mystery debut of the month)
“An outstanding historical mystery set in Japan during the shogunate…What adds to the enjoyment of the history is a most elegant mystery that grows out of the politics of the time… All this is told in stripped down prose as we edge carefully through the thickets of confusion and emerge on to the plain of revelation as the killer is unmasked and uncertainty over the threat to the shogun is resolved. ” ―San Francisco Book Review
“The second Hiro Hattori mystery (after 2013’s Claws of the Cat) finds the sixteenth-century ninja–and unofficial investigator–presented with an interesting problem… A strong second entry in a very promising series.” ―Booklist
“Hiro and Father Mateo’s second adventure (Claws of the Cat, 2013) combines enlightenment on 16th-century Japanese life with a sharp and well-integrated mystery.” ―Kirkus Reviews
“After her exciting historical mystery debut, Claws of the Cat, Spann proves she has the touch…. The deceptively simple prose educates readers about 16th-century Japan, while the well-plotted story moves at ninja speed. The endearing characters fight to defend honor and truth, giving this strong YA appeal.” ―Library Journal