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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  • Enterprise Bridge Panels – Up Close and Personal

    As I mentioned in yesterday’s post, I visited the Star Trek exhibit at Seattle’s EMP (Experience Music Project) museum over the weekend – and thoroughly enjoyed it.

    One of the more interesting exhibits I didn’t cover in yesterday’s post was a set of original bridge panels from the original (1960′s) Star Trek TV series.

    16H28 Bridge Panels

    All those futuristic-looking panels were actually composed of simple plastic, with translucent bits and buttons glued on to create the glimmering lights.

    16H28 Bridge Panels 2

    One thing that really stood out to me, seeing them in person: the set creators didn’t even bother to glue the pieces in a way that avoided smearing, or to keep the glue from showing on the finished pieces. TV cameras filmed with low enough resolution and detail that it didn’t matter, because the smears of glue would never show on-screen. 

    An interesting reality-check for those of us who dreamed of one day sitting on the bridge of the Enterprise, watching the computer do its job!