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The Ninja’s Daughter: A Hiro Hattori Novel (A Shinobi Mystery)Paperback – August 2, 2016 by Susan Spann

From the Publisher.Autumn, 1565: When an actor’s daughter is murdered on the banks of Kyoto’s Kamo River, master ninja Hiro Hattori and Portuguese Jesuit Father Mateo are the victim’s only hope for justice.

As political tensions rise in the wake of the shogun’s recent death, and rival warlords threaten war, the Kyoto police forbid an investigation of the killing, to keep the peace–but Hiro has a personal connection to the girl, and must avenge her. The secret investigation leads Hiro and Father Mateo deep into the exclusive world of Kyoto’s theater guilds, where they quickly learn that nothing, and no one, is as it seems. With only a mysterious golden coin to guide them, the investigators uncover a forbidden love affair, a missing mask, and a dangerous link to corruption within the Kyoto police department that leaves Hiro and Father Mateo running for their lives.



Worth Getting In Bed For? Yes. Fans of historical fiction and mysteries will be drawn to the Hiro Hattori Novels. Spann captures the essence of 1565 Kyoto through the characters of a master ninja and a Portuguese Jesuit Priest. I haven’t read the previous three novels and was able to follow along easily. I will be reading the other books in the series. Although I guessed  the murderer in this one, Spann deftly lays out the suspects and the case for each being the culprit and the reader is right along with the investigation. The politics and the history of the time period is a bonus. For a slim and satisfying read, pick this one up.


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About the Author

Susan Spann is the 2015 Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers’ Writer of the Year and the author of three previous novels in the Shinobi Mystery series: Claws of the Cat, Blade of the Samurai, and Flask of the Drunken Master. She has a degree in Asian Studies and a lifelong love of Japanese history and culture. When not writing, she works as a transactional attorney focusing on publishing and business law, and raises seahorses and rare corals in her marine aquarium.
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