Seventh Street Books
eBook & Paperback; 230 Pages
Series: Hiro Hattori Novels/Shinobi Mysteries
Genre: Historical Mystery
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.
“In The Ninja’s Daughter, Susan Spann’s poetic voice brilliantly captures the societal disparities, political intrigues, and martial conflicts of sixteenth-century Japan through the persevering efforts of ninja detective Hiro Hattori to solve a murder authorities consider of no consequence.” -JEFFREY SIGER, International Bestselling Author
Like I said before it wasn't the murder that I was interested in. Sides are starting to shift within the city and when Hiro and Father Mateo were ordered to not go on with their investigation into the death of a strong-willed young woman, I knew right away that something was up. Since the last book I knew that this one would likely be a transition into a new setting. The murder took front and center, but for me, it was almost a subplot. It also pushed the two into a new stage of the story. Maybe I'll finally understand why Father Mateo is so important and needs the protection. I look forward to finding out later.
The mystery was well played out and I liked how we got to see a new side to the Japanese culture -- this time it was about actors. They seem to abide different rules than some of the other people we'd met in books previous. Also, they made to be terrific liars, and Hiro has always been very good at sniffing them out. This time, he had some trouble now and then.
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