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Blade of the Samurai (Shinobi Mysteries) Hardcover – 31 Jul 2014

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  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Minotaur Books (31 July 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1250027055
  • ISBN-13: 978-1250027054
  • Product Dimensions: 14.2 x 2.6 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,686,248 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"The second Hiro Hattori mystery (after 2013's "Claws of the Cat") finds the sixteenth-century ninja--and unofficial investigator--presented with an interesting problem...A strong second entry in a very promising series."--"Booklist

""Hiro and Father Mateo's second adventure "(Claws of the Cat", 2013) combines enlightenment on 16th-century Japanese life with a sharp and well-integrated mystery."--"Kirkus Reveiws

""After her exciting historical mystery debut, "Claws of the Cat", Spann proves she has the touch in her sophomore entry. The deceptively simple prose educates readers about 16th-century Japan, while the well-plotted story moves at ninja speed. The endearing characters fight to defend honor and truth, giving this strong YA appeal."--"Library Journal"

"An outstanding historical mystery set in Japan during the shogunate...What adds to the enjoyment of the history is a most elegant mystery that grows out of the politics of the time... All this is told in stripped down prose as we edge carefully through the thickets of confusion and emerge on to the plain of revelation as the killer is unmasked and uncertainty over the threat to the shogun is resolved. "--"San Francisco Book Review
""The second Hiro Hattori mystery (after 2013's "Claws of the Cat") finds the sixteenth-century ninja--and unofficial investigator--presented with an interesting problem...A strong second entry in a very promising series."--"Booklist
""Hiro and Father Mateo's second adventure "(Claws of the Cat," 2013) combines enlightenment on 16th-century Japanese life with a sharp and well-integrated mystery."--"Kirkus Reveiws
""After her exciting historical mystery debut, "Claws of the Cat," Spann proves she has the touch in her sophomore entry. The deceptively simple prose educates readers about 16th-century Japan, while the well-plotted story moves at ninja speed. The endearing characters fight to defend honor and truth, giving this strong YA appeal."--"Library Journal"

An outstanding historical mystery set in Japan during the shogunate What adds to the enjoyment of the history is a most elegant mystery that grows out of the politics of the time All this is told in stripped down prose as we edge carefully through the thickets of confusion and emerge on to the plain of revelation as the killer is unmasked and uncertainty over the threat to the shogun is resolved. "San Francisco Book Review"

The second Hiro Hattori mystery (after 2013's "Claws of the Cat") finds the sixteenth-century ninja--and unofficial investigator--presented with an interesting problem A strong second entry in a very promising series. "Booklist"

Hiro and Father Mateo's second adventure "(Claws of the Cat," 2013) combines enlightenment on 16th-century Japanese life with a sharp and well-integrated mystery. "Kirkus Reviews"

After her exciting historical mystery debut, "Claws of the Cat," Spann proves she has the touch in her sophomore entry. The deceptively simple prose educates readers about 16th-century Japan, while the well-plotted story moves at ninja speed. The endearing characters fight to defend honor and truth, giving this strong YA appeal. "Library Journal""

An outstanding historical mystery set in Japan during the shogunate What adds to the enjoyment of the history is a most elegant mystery that grows out of the politics of the time All this is told in stripped down prose as we edge carefully through the thickets of confusion and emerge on to the plain of revelation as the killer is unmasked and uncertainty over the threat to the shogun is resolved. San Francisco Book Review

The second Hiro Hattori mystery (after 2013's Claws of the Cat) finds the sixteenth-century ninja--and unofficial investigator--presented with an interesting problem A strong second entry in a very promising series. Booklist

Hiro and Father Mateo's second adventure (Claws of the Cat, 2013) combines enlightenment on 16th-century Japanese life with a sharp and well-integrated mystery. Kirkus Reviews

After her exciting historical mystery debut, Claws of the Cat, Spann proves she has the touch in her sophomore entry. The deceptively simple prose educates readers about 16th-century Japan, while the well-plotted story moves at ninja speed. The endearing characters fight to defend honor and truth, giving this strong YA appeal. Library Journal

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"An outstanding historical mystery set in Japan during the shogunate...What adds to the enjoyment of the history is a most elegant mystery that grows out of the politics of the time... All this is told in stripped down prose as we edge carefully through the thickets of confusion and emerge on to the plain of revelation as the killer is unmasked and uncertainty over the threat to the shogun is resolved. " --San Francisco Book Review

"The second Hiro Hattori mystery (after 2013's Claws of the Cat) finds the sixteenth-century ninja--and unofficial investigator--presented with an interesting problem...A strong second entry in a very promising series." --Booklist

"Hiro and Father Mateo's second adventure (Claws of the Cat, 2013) combines enlightenment on 16th-century Japanese life with a sharp and well-integrated mystery." --Kirkus Reviews

"After her exciting historical mystery debut, Claws of the Cat, Spann proves she has the touch in her sophomore entry. The deceptively simple prose educates readers about 16th-century Japan, while the well-plotted story moves at ninja speed. The endearing characters fight to defend honor and truth, giving this strong YA appeal." --Library Journal

About the Author

SUSAN SPANN is a transactional attorney focusing on publishing law and a former law school professor. She has a deep interest in Asian culture and has studied Mandarin and Japanese. Her hobbies include Asian cooking, fencing, knife and shuriken throwing, traditional archery, martial arts, rock climbing, and horseback riding. Susan keeps a marine aquarium where she raises seahorses and rare corals. Spann is a member of the Historical Novel Society and is the author of Claws of the Cat. She lives in northern California with her family.


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