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Blog Tour: The Ninja’s Daughter by Susan Spann [Review & Giveaway]

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Blog Tour: The Ninja's Daughter by Susan Spann [Review & Giveaway]

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The Ninja's Daughter

Blog Tour: The Ninja’s Daughter by Susan Spann [Review & Giveaway]
by Susan Spann
Series: Shinobi Mystery #4
Also in this series: Betrayal at Iga, Trial on Mount Koya, Ghost of the Bamboo Road
Published by Seventh Street Books
on August 2nd 2016
Genres: Fiction, Historical Fiction, Mystery, Mystery & Detective
Pages: 230
Format: Print
Source: ARC, Blog Tour
Purchase: Amazon |B&N |Kobo |iTunes |Book Depository |IndieBound
Rating: 4 Stars



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



This was the perfect story to satisfy my mystery needs. Once in awhile I like to switch up genre’s and I find that it keeps me refreshed. Just like this story did. It was refreshing and satisfying. I was aware when reading this that it was the fourth book in the Hiro Hattori series. Jumping in mid series may not be a good idea, but somehow it did not deter me. Although the main characters, Hiro and Matteo were introduced a few books ago, I found that I quickly became acquainted with them. Their personalities were well written and I didn’t need to read the previous books to understand the story. There is a sub plot going on in the background in conjunction with the current mystery unfolding, but the way it is described does not leave the reader wanting.

I loved the odd match up between the honor bound ninja and the Priest Matteo. Their banter was witty and amusing and one could tell that their relationship is that of respect and brotherly friendship. The fast paced storytelling kept me on my toes as Hiro and Matteo went through their interrogation of suspects and the citizens of Kyoto. I enjoyed going through my own deductions just as Hiro was going through his. Although, I did have my suspicions of who the killer was, I liked being thrown off the scent a few times.

The author does a great job in descriptions and everything was well researched. I could totally backtrack and read the previous stories. The current murder mystery does resolve in the end, but of course Hiro and Matteo’s story is far from over. So it does leave the reader hanging on that aspect.

Fun note:

There is a cat in this story, named Gato who I couldn’t help but love. It reminded me so much of my own cat, personality wise. Gato is probably my favorite character.

*I received an ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review*

about the author

03_Susan SpannSusan Spann is 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.

For more information please visit Susan Spann’s website. You can also follow her on Facebook, Twitter, and Goodreads.


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*waves!* Aleen! This is interesting! I didn’t realise we were on the blog tour together last year!? Isn’t that a small world!? I was so entrenched inside The Ninja’s Daughter as I had come into this series whilst BLADE was being released, and blessedly had the chance to receive CLAWS at the same time in order to ‘start’ where it all began. I do agree – there is a lot of the bones of the relationship between Hiro and the father to give new readers a strong foundation of why they are intricately connected even if someone comes in mid-way;… Read more »

Dedezoomsalot (@DedeZoomsalot)

Dee Henderson is one of my favorite mystery authors.

Deborah O'Connor
Deborah O'Connor

Should say Hercule Poroit

Deborah O'Connor
Deborah O'Connor

I love Hercules Poroir . (Nor sure I spelled it right)


I’d have to go with Sherlock Holmes in all his many incarnations in print and film. Thanks for the chance to win a copy.

Meghan Stith

I would have to go with Sherlock Holmes or Stephanie Plum. She’s pretty hilarious!

Denise Duvall
Denise Duvall

There are so many good mystery series. It’s hard to pick just one. Miss Marple for the classics, Denis Nayland Smith from the Fu Manchu mysteries, Inspector Banks, Inspector Lynley, Peter McGarr, Aurelio Zen, Dalziel and Pascoe, Commissario Brunetti, Morse, Brother Cadfael, Inspector Nikolai Hoffner, Bernie Gunther, Amelia Peabody and Inspector Murdoch just to name a few!

Beth Miller
Beth Miller

Agatha Christie!

danielle hammelef
danielle hammelef

My favorite mystery detective is Nancy Drew.

kim hansen
kim hansen

Sounds like a good read.

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