Today is release day for my third Shinobi Mystery, 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?
Library Journal called Flask “an accessible entry into the country’s fascinating history and culture,” and says, “Now that Laura Joh Rowland has finished the “Sano Ichiro” series, Spann’s mysteries, as well as the excellent historicals of Dale Furutani and I.J. Parker, will fill the gap. An added draw are Hiro and Father Mateo, who make a remarkable crime-solving team.”
I’m thrilled to be able to share Hiro’s newest adventure with the world today!
I’ll be at the Tattered Cover’s Historic LoDo location (in Denver) this Thursday, July 16, for a reading and signing from Flask, and I’ve got events scheduled in Los Angeles, Sacramento, and El Dorado Hills–with more in the works. Check out the events page for the full listings–I hope you’ll come say hello when I’m in your area!