Susan Spann

Mystery Author

The latest entry in the thrilling 16th century Japanese mystery series, featuring ninja detective Hiro Hattori and Portuguese Jesuit Father Mateo!

Coming August 2 from Seventh Street Books!

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The Ninja’s Daughter

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.

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  • Off to Japan . . . Almost!

    Later this week – Wednesday before dawn, to be exact – I’m heading off to Japan!


    While there, I’ll be teaching two workshops at the Japan Writers Conference (October 29-30, at Tokushima University – the conference is free and open to the public: details here!).

    After the conference, I’ll be spending two weeks researching the next three Hiro Hattori novels, starting with Book 6 (working title: KINGS OF HELL). While I can’t tell you exactly what adventures lie in store for Hiro and Father Mateo in the books to come, my itinerary holds some hints. Here’s where I’ll be traveling:

    Arrival: Tokyo/Narita Airport –> Tokushima (conference) –> Kyoto –> Osaka –> Koyasan –> Gifu –> Magome/Tsumago –> Hakone –> Kamakura –> Tokyo/Home!


    Due to my travel plans, I won’t be posting reliably here at the blog until my return on November 14. However, I do plan to hop in periodically and share a few photos and highlights of the trip, so please check in – and I’ll return to my usual blogging schedule on November 15!

    (Also: don’t worry about the seahorses and other residents of my reef. My husband is staying home this trip, so he’ll be here to take care of the house, the cats, and all of my finned friends in my absence.)

    Until then … sayonara!