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Betrayal at Iga: A Hiro Hattori Novel (A Shinobi Mystery) Paperback – July 11, 2017
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“Spann once more shows herself as a master storyteller . The narrative is swift and adept, and so well-grounded in ancient Japanese history and customs of the period that I was totally immersed. A nail-biting tale of ninja assassins and a man who must choose between honor and his family in feudal Japan.”
—CARA BLACK, New York Times–bestselling author of the Aimée Leduc Investigations
“Spann keeps getting better, as shown by her fifth novel set in 16th-century Japan, a taut closed-circle mystery with perilous consequences…. Fans of classic whodunits will be pleased.”
“Spann’s best novel ever! Here, my favorite shinobi detective, Hiro, returns home with the Portuguese priest Mateo, and the duo is thrust into a scene of murder at a feast. With unique and endearing characters, vivid scenes, and shocking twists, Betrayal at Iga is incredibly dynamic and riveting. Susan Spann has effortlessly crafted a tantalizing tale of murder, rivalry, and suspense. I highly recommend this book!”
—WEINA DAI RANDEL, author of The Moon in the Palace and The Empress of Bright Moon
“Spann mixes history, suspense, and folklore to great effect in the new Hiro Hattori novel. I was swept back to sixteenth-century Japan; it was a great pleasure to read.”
—SUJATA MASSEY, author of The Widows of Malabar Hill
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“Steeped in the lore of samurai culture and ninja stealth, The Ninja’s Daughter weaves a sophisticated tapestry of intrigue and murder. Compelling, exotic, and irresistible.”
—BARRY LANCET, award-winning author of Japantown and Pacific Burn
“Spann's novels capture the vibrant intricacies of life and etiquette in feudal Japan…. Sure to fascinate both mystery and historical fiction lovers.”
—Shelf Awareness for Readers
“Nicely written historical fantasy.”
—Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine
About the Author
Susan Spann is the 2015 Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers' Writer of the Year and the author of four previous novels in the Shinobi Mystery series: Claws of the Cat, Blade of the Samurai, Flask of the Drunken Master, and The Ninja's Daughter. 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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The remaining Koga immediately accuse the Iga of murdering him and declare it an act of war. Hanzo calms them enough to get their agreement to remain three days while Fr Mateo, not of Iga Province and not Japanese, and therefore neutral, investigates to determine the murderer. So many possible culprits, most of them assassins by training, all of them with either motive or the duty to obey the orders of one with a motive. Hiro's grandmother, mother, former childhood sweetheart, the three remaining Koga, Hanzo himself, any of them capable of the act.
I love the fact that Susan Spann writes so well that the solution is as perplexing for the reader as for the characters. But, in the end, after another two deaths and threats of more, the murderer is indeed identified. A resolution is reached in the negotiations for a pact between neighbors. And, Hanzo with great humor sends Hiro, Fr Mateo, Ana the housekeeper and Gato, the cat on to their next adventure. What he doesn't know is that he is sending the reader along, too--at least this one.
The hardest part is having to wait a year to catch up with them at the sacred Mount Koya.
As soon as I read that line, I knew I was in for an enjoyable read.
I flew through this book but savored it at the same time.
The undercurrent of humor in this book is gold, and at times, would make me laugh out loud.
Father Mateo must be thinking this is the strangest dinner party he's ever attended. It reminded me of the movie Clue, but in a larger than life scale, in 16th Century Japan. (I loved Clue).
A Japanese grandmother assassin who speaks fluent Portuguese for the win!
The touching friendship between Hiro, Father Mateo and Anna as well as the subtle love story bring so much depth to this mystery. These characters have become so real to me it's like they have been painted into history.
I love the way it ended. Can't wait for book #6!
It turns out this is a town of trained ninja assassins including Hiro's mother, grandmother and former lover. Even a member of the Koga party is a female. Were women really this active back then? I'd like to think this is true but I don't know. One of the Koga delegation is poisoned and Hiro is given the responsibility of finding the murderer before the peace talks are stopped. There are plenty of suspects in a town of trained assassins. Then more bodies start to pile up and it becomes more and more important to stop a cold blooded killer.
I really liked the description of Japan at that time. I loved reading about the houses and how they were set up. I particularly enjoyed the descriptions of the kitchen and how it was designed to avoid fires. I liked reading about someone's grandmother who is trained a killer. I really enjoyed the story and plan to read the other books in the series.
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