I’m always excited to read a new installment of the Shinobi Series. Think Hercule Poirot and Colonel Hastings, but instead you have Hiro and Father Mateo. Read below for my review and enter to win a print copy of Trial on Mount Koya.
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Trial on Mount Koya
November, 1565: Master ninja Hiro Hattori and Portuguese Jesuit Father Mateo travel to a Buddhist temple at the summit of Mount Koya, carrying a secret message for an Iga spy posing as a priest on the sacred mountain. When a snowstorm strikes the peak, a killer begins murdering the temple's priests and posing them as Buddhist judges of the afterlife--the Kings of Hell. Hiro and Father Mateo must unravel the mystery before the remaining priests--including Father Mateo--become unwilling members of the killer's grisly council of the dead.
Hiro and Father Mateo (and the all important cat Gato) find themselves at a Buddhist temple with a message from Hattori Hanzo for a spy posing as a priest. Of course wherever these two go murder seems to follow them.
A snowstorm prevents Hiro and Mateo from leaving and they find themselves embroiled in the schemes of a mysterious killer, when victim after victim start piling up. I loved the psychological mystery of this story. The killer posing the bodies as Buddhist judges of the afterlife was really creepy.
Hiro was the one who truly surprised me though. His experiences from the previous book is still haunting him and his personality kind of takes a turn for the better. Usually so stoic and calm, Hiro’s emotions breach his internal walls. I loved seeing his character grow and evolve. It really was a sweet reveal to find out about his true feelings about things.
The mystery had me guessing throughout the book and my lists of suspects kept flip flopping around. It was fun to finally get to the bottom of the mystery and the ending was really satisfying. I can’t wait for more from this author and series.
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