Jan 16, 2020

Ghost of the Bamboo Road by Susan Spann: Book Beginning and Review

Ghost of the Bamboo Road (Shinobi Mystery #7)

Ghost of the Bamboo Road by Susan Spann

November 12, 2019, copy from Seventh Street Books
Setting: a mountain village in 16th Century Japan 
Book beginning:
"This doesn't look like a travel road." Father Mateo squinted at the narrow, uneven trail running up the rocky slope ahead. Patches of icy snow still clung to the base of the towering cedars along the left side of the path. On the right, a stand of broad-leaved bamboo grass grew high enough to block the view.... 
Page 56:  
"Is something wrong?" Father Mateo whispered.
"The tracks seem to end."
"They can't just end." the Jesuit looked down the mountain. 
Hiro, a Japanese ninja, and the Jesuit priest, Father Mateo, whom he has been sworn to protect while he is in Japan, are traveling to a remote mountain village in the dead of winter. Their mission is to warn a female ninja that she might be compromised;  her identity as a spy could be discovered and her life in danger. 

However, what the two find is a village under siege from what they believe to be a vengeful ghost that could be taking the life of the villagers. Hiro and Father Mateo decide to solve this puzzle while searching for the female ninja they came to warn. 

Atmospheric in its detailed description of place and setting, this seventh novel in the Hiro Hattori Shinobi Mystery is a delightful read that puts you squarely into a time and place that feels both exotic and exciting to this Western reader. 

Though I've been to Japan, I've seen only its cities, and the book makes me curious about the mountains, hills, and forests that are such a perfect setting for a ghost story and mystery. 

I have become fond of both Hiro and Father Mateo from the previous books, and am looking forward to the author's next in the series! 

Memes: The Friday 56. Grab a book, turn to page 56, or 56% of your eReader. Find any sentence that grabs you. Post it, and add your URL post at Freda's Voice. Also visit Book Beginning at Rose City Reader

8 comments:

Roberta Gibson said...

The setting sounds amazing and so does the premise. I've never heard of this series before, thank you for sharing it. I assume it is better read in order?

Anne@HeadFullofBooks said...

I've not read any books set in Japan outside of cities This sounds lovely, at least the setting. My Friday quotes from NORMAL PEOPLE

Sammie @ The Writerly Way said...

Wow, I love the title of this book! I especially like that snippet. Sounds so ominous. It sounds like it'd be a fun read!

Here's my Friday post.

Brooke Showalter said...

I haven't heard of this series before, it sounds exciting! I'm sharing my Friday posts here: http://bit.ly/35XS0pi

Book Dilettante said...

Roberta, you don't have to read the books in order. Each book is a complete mystery in itself.

fredamans said...

I'm so intrigud for more!! Happy Sunday!!

Gilion at Rose City Reader said...

This sounds great! Thanks for posting it on Book Beginnings.

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