Susan Spann

Mystery Author

“Spann demonstrates admirable attention to detail in her ninja detective debut”

– Library Journal, starred review, Mystery Debut of The Month

Claws of the Cat

When a samurai is brutally murdered in a Kyoto teahouse, master ninja Hiro Hattori has just three days to find the killer before the dead man’s vengeful son kills both the beautiful geisha accused of the crime and Father Mateo, the Jesuit priest that Hiro has pledged his own life to protect. The investigation plunges Hiro and Father Mateo into the dangerous waters of Kyoto’s floating world, where they quickly learn that everyone from an elusive teahouse owner to the dead man’s dishonored brother has a motive to keep the samurai’s death a mystery.

Available now from Minotaur books in hardback and ebook formats.


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  • Tax Week – and a Conference Announcement

    Since it’s tax week, I’m over at the Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers blog sharing some tips about writers and estimated taxes:

    Independent contractors of all varieties welcome!

    With conference season fast approaching, I also thought I’d say a word or two about the Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers’ Colorado Gold Conference, which takes place September 5-7, 2014 in Westminster, Colorado (just outside Denver).

    I learned about Colorado Gold in 2011, less than a month before the conference. I registered, hopped on a plane, and found myself surrounded by amazing classes, welcoming people, and a community unlike any other I’ve seen at a writers’ conference.

    I’ve returned every September since, and plan to do so for as long as I’m able to get on a plane.

    Colorado Gold holds a special place in my heart for another reason, too: it’s the place where I met my wonderful agent, Sandra Bond, and the very first conference where I was able to sign books as a published author. The workshops, people, and atmosphere of Colorado Gold provide an powerful, educational, and nurturing environment – no matter where you are on your writing journey.

    And if you do come to Denver this September, I hope you’ll find me and say hello!