Susan Spann

Mystery Author

“Combines enlightenment on 16th-century Japanese lise with a sharp and well integrated mystery.”

– Kirkus Reviews

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Blade of the Samurai

June, 1565: When a killer murders the shogun’s cousin, master ninja Hiro Hattori and Portuguese Jesuit Father Mateo are summoned to the shogun’s palace and ordered to find the killer. The evidence implicates Hiro’s friend and fellow shinobi, Kazu, who was working undercover at the shogunate; however, the victim’s wife, a suspicious maid, and even the shogun’s stable master also had reasons to want the victim dead.

The investigation reveals a plot to assassinate the shogun and depose the ruling Ashikaga clan. With enemy forces approaching Kyoto, and the murderer poised to strike again, Hiro and Father Mateo must produce the killer in time . . . or die in his place. Blade of the Samurai is a complex mystery that will transport readers to a thrilling and unforgettable adventure in sixteenth-century Japan.

Preorder Now–Releases July 15!

  • Behold: Flask of the Drunken Master!

    Cover art means a lot to an author–and to many readers also. The lovely imagery on the cover both inspires the imagination and teases at the story within the pages.

    The old adage says you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover, but in the case of the cover art for my third Shinobi Mystery, FLASK OF THE DRUNKEN MASTER, the art is so lovely that I’m ok if you want to love it at first sight (I know I did).

    flask of the drunken master


    FLASK will release from Minotaur Books in July, 2015. (Available for preorder now.)