Author: Susan Spann
Series: A Shinobi Mystery #5
Publisher: 7th Street Books
Release Date: July 11, 2017
Rating: 5 Stars
Reviewer: Jessica Higgins
This is quickly becoming my favorite series!
With Portuguese being evacuated from Kyoto, Hiro must take Father Mateo and his housekeeper Ana with him to Iga, which is the last place he wants to go. Everyone at Iga is trained to be a spy and an assassin, but at least Father Mateo should be safe. After they arrive, Iga’s leader Hattori Hanzo invites the guest to a feast. Also arriving at Iga are four emissaries from the nearby Koga clan, which Hanzo hopes to form an alliance with to stand against the new shogun. During the second meal course, the lead emissary suddenly starts retching and dies shortly thereafter from poison. Immediately the Koga clan blame Hanzo. After much deliberation, it is decided that Father Mateo and Hiro have three days to determine who the killer is in order to maintain peace or start a war. But when everyone is a trained assassin, can anyone be trusted?
I absolutely love this book and this series. These are some of the best stories with the quirkiest characters that I have ever read. It’s hard to explain, but the way that everyone plays off of each over is masterfully done. Father Mateo and Hiro’s demeanor is hilarious at times that you can help but laugh out loud. Add Hiro’s family and it is almost like watching a samurai soap opera unfold. Finally, Hiro’s past life’s story comes to life that has always been hinted about in the previous books. We’ve heard about Neko and finally get to meet her. And his mother and grandmother and some odd characters too, but make the story great.
It is so easy to get wrapped up in this story that I almost forget it is set in 1565. Even so, the historically accuracy is spot on and makes the reader feel like they are right in the middle of it. I highly recommend this book for mystery lovers and those who just love a good read. There is some history in the previous books, so I would suggest starting at the beginning, but don’t let that hinder you if you want to start it now!
I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher. The comments and views stated in the above review are my own.