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!

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Flask of the Drunken Master

August 1565: When a rival artisan turns up dead outside Ginjiro’s brewery, and all the evidence implicates the brewer, master ninja Hiro Hattori and Portuguese Jesuit Father Mateo must find the killer before the magistrate executes Ginjiro and seizes the brewery, leaving his wife and daughter destitute. A missing merchant, a vicious debt collector, and a female moneylender join Ginjiro and the victim’s spendthrift son on the suspect list. But with Kyoto on alert in the wake of the shogun’s recent death, a rival shinobi on the prowl, and samurai threatening Hiro and Father Mateo at every turn, Ginjiro’s life is not the only one in danger.

Will Hiro and Father Mateo unravel the clues in time to save Ginjiro’s life, or will the shadows gathering over Kyoto consume the detectives as well as the brewer?.

Preorder Now–Releases July 14!

  • A Holiday Weekend Giveaway!

    In the United States, we’re celebrating Independence Day this weekend, but in the UK, AFE Smith is celebrating the launch of her debut fantasy novel, DARKHAVEN.

    In honor of that, there’s a Facebook party going on with lots of book giveaways and prizes. Check out the Darkhaven release party for all of the details.

    As part of the fun, AFE Smith interviewed me about the upcoming release of Flask of the Drunken Master, and I’m giving away a Drunken Master Prize Pack: a signed hardback copy of Flask, a ninja mug, and some special candy I brought back from Japan!

    Flask Cover web

    For a chance to win, click this link, “like” the post, and share it on Facebook. The contest is open through the weekend, and the winner will be announced on July 6 — which also happens to be my birthday.

    Good luck, and Happy Fourth!