I’m proud to announce we’ve defeated the ninjas and brought the cover home! And so, with no further ado, the cover for my debut Shinobi Mystery novel, 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.
I couldn’t be more thrilled with the cover art. I’m grateful to my editor, Toni Plummer at St. Martin’s Press, and the St. Martin’s art department for their hard work and this beautiful result.
Want to know more? There’s updated information on Claws of the Cat at Goodreads!
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