The Ninja's Daughter

A Shinobi Mystery, #4 / A Hiro Hattori Novel

Have you ever wondered what a ninja would do if he ever came across an unsolved murder? I will be honest I never did, but after reading Susan Spann’s Hiro Hattori novel “The Ninja's Daughter”, I wish I would have done so sooner. It was one of my favorite reading experiences. It took a while for me to pick this up and read it. But once I did I finished it in less than three days.

For those that have never read a book by Susan Spann, “The Ninja's Daughter” puts you in the heart of Japan, in the journey of a Portuguese priest and his translator / shinobi protector Hiro Hattori. In their journey, a young man comes to them asking them for help in solving a young entertainer’s murder. The book soon leads us on a witty trip throughout our ninja’s mind and into the heart of the reader.

After reading “The Ninja's Daughter” I decided to look up the author because I had never heard of her. After a little bit of research, I discovered she is a woman after my own heart. I LOVE Japanese history and although I never studied it in college I am amazed that she was able to study it and incorporate her studies into her writing. I was inspired by her occupation because I also want to be a practicing attorney. Not only has she managed it but she has managed to continue to write as well.

I normally do not write book reviews about the author, but I think Susan Spann and her Hiro Hattori Novels are an inspiration to readers and writers. I wish her success for many years to come.

Now for the tricky part. Who will enjoy this book? Well a mystery lover definitely will. I also recommend this book to people who have fallen out of being book lovers like me. I use to be an avid reader. I was always caught with a book in my hand. Somewhere along the way the stories became the same to me. I just didn’t find myself falling in love with the stories and I fell out of love with books. Well to make a long story short, I became a book reviewer in hopes of finding the one book that would bring back my love of reading. The answer seems to be “The Ninja's Daughter” given to me by Night Owl Reviews. I really hope you will read it and see what I saw. Happy reading!


Book Blurb for The Ninja's Daughter

Autumn, 1565: When an actor's daughter is murdered on the banks of Kyoto's Kamo River, master ninja Hiro Hattori and Portuguese Jesuit Father Mateo are the victim's only hope for justice.

As political tensions rise in the wake of the shogun's recent death, and rival warlords threaten war, the Kyoto police forbid an investigation of the killing, to keep the peace--but Hiro has a personal connection to the girl, and must avenge her. The secret investigation leads Hiro and Father Mateo deep into the exclusive world of Kyoto's theater guilds, where they quickly learn that nothing, and no one, is as it seems. With only a mysterious golden coin to guide them, the investigators uncover a forbidden love affair, a missing mask, and a dangerous link to corruption within the Kyoto police department that leaves Hiro and Father Mateo running for their lives.


Night Owl Reviews Sep, 2017 4.50