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CLAWS OF THE CAT by Susan Spann … book release!!

Tuesday, 16 July 2013  |  Posted by Brenda Drake



When a samurai is murdered in a Kyoto teahouse, master ninja Hiro has no desire to get involved. But the beautiful geisha accused of the crime enlists the help of Father Mateo, the Portuguese Jesuit Hiro is sworn to protect, leaving the master shinobi with just three days to find the killer in order to save the girl and the priest from execution. 

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Praise for CLAWS OF THE CAT:

“While Spann demonstrates admirable attention to detail in her ninja detective debut, it’s the contemporary tone of her prose that makes this intriguing 16th-century historical so accessible. Laura Joh Rowland fans will like this book for the time period, but the ‘buddy tone’ is reminiscent of Ian Morson’s ‘Nick Zuliani’ series and Gary Corby’s ‘Athenian Mysteries’ series.”—Library Journal (starred review, mystery debut of the month) 

“Spann’s debut provides an absorbing look at Japanese culture along with a sharp mystery.”—Kirkus Reviews 

“Spann matches period detail with a well-developed whodunit plot in her promising debut, the first in a new series set in 16th-century Japan.”—Publishers Weekly 

“Different enough from Rowland’s and Parker’s popular series and set in a mostly untapped period of Japanese history, the book should do well with fans of those writers.”—Booklist  

“This new series follows the detective adventures of Hiro, a ninja in 16th-century Japan. The addition of Father Mateo, a Portuguese Jesuit priest Hiro has sworn to protect, gives added perspective. Spann displays her knowledge and expertise while presenting a fascinating and complicated mystery. This is fun, historically entertaining and a very good book.”—RT Book Reviews (4 stars) 

“A blend of history, mystery, and charm. Hiro and Father Mateo are a fresh take on ‘East meets West.’ Authentic and engaging.”—Laura Joh Rowland, author of The Incense Game 

Claws of the Cat is an amazing debut novel that exceeds expectation. Mystery, adventure, characters who leap off the page, I couldn’t turn the pages fast enough.”—Richard Doetsch, bestselling author of Half-Past Dawn 

Susan Spann


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  • Ambiguous_A says:

    I actually listened to an agent talk by Sandra Bond, Susan’s lit agent, today, and she made the book sound really good! I’ll definitely be checking it out.

  • Sounds like an entertaining fast-paced read. Looks like a lot of research went into writing this book!

  • Hi Brenda!!
    Thanks so much for posting about this fabulous book!!
    I’ve read it, and it’s a page-turning, delight!!
    Couldn’t wait to see how the brilliant Hiro solves this twisty mystery. I can’t wait for Susan’s next one!!

    And huge kudos to you for all the amazing contests, etc you do for the writing community. Thanks to this site, I landed an agent!!! You are phenomenal!!

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