Jun 20, 2014

Claws of the Cat by Susan Spann

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Claws of the Cat
Claws of the Cat (Shinobi Mystery #1), published July 16, 2013 by Minotaur Books, is an historical mystery set in 16th century Japan. It is the first in a new series featuring Father Mateo, a Portuguese Jesuit priest, and his protector, the ninja warrior Hiro.

Book beginning:
Father Mateo strolled through the narrow yard, hands folded and face cast down in meditation. His shoulders bent against the predawn chill. The first two days of May had been warm in Kyoto, but this morning the switch to his summer kimono seemed just a bit premature. 
At the other end of the garden, a shadow snaked over the wall and into a cherry tree with no more sound than a spring wind rustling leaves. 
The priest walked on, unaware. 
Page 56:
Umeha looked from Hiro to the priest. She clasped her hands at her waist, the universal gesture of teahouse women trying to keep still. "I don't understand." 
"Nobuhide's father is dead."
Book description:
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 that Hiro has pledged his own life to protect. The investigation plunges Hiro and Father Mateo into the dangerous waters of Kyoto’s floating world, where they quickly learn that everyone from an elusive teahouse owner to the dead man’s dishonored brother has a motive to keep the samurai’s death a mystery.

Thanks to the author for a complimentary review copy of this book. The next in the series, Blade of the Samurai, will be published July 15, 2014. 


Brian Joseph said...

A Portuguese Jesuit Priest teamed up with a Ninja! How could I not love that!

Katherine P said...

Wow what an intriguing premise! I love the writing in the excerpts and will definitely have to search this book out. Thanks for sharing!

Suko said...

I love the title and the beginning of this book! I hope you'll enjoy it. :)

Claudia {Sparrowhawk} said...

I love anything that has to do with Japanese culture! I would certainly read this book; thanks for sharing and have a wonderful weekend! :)

Sparrow's BB & Friday 56

Tea said...

This is a change. I would like to read a mystery that takes place during 16th Century Japan.

fredamans said...

Very intriguing 56!!!

Happy weekend!

Book of Secrets said...

Intriguing snippets!

(Diane) Bibliophile By the Sea said...

So excited about The Tory Hour--enjoy

Tea said...

I like it.

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