July 10, 2019

#BookReview: Flask of the Drunken Master (Shinobi Mystery #3) by Susan Spann


Synopsis: Master ninja Hiro Hattori and Portuguese Jesuit Father Mateo investigate the death of a Kyoto brewer

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?
About the Author:  Susan Spann is the 2015 Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers' Writer of the Year and the author of six other novels in the Shinobi Mystery series: Claws of the Cat, Blade of the Samurai, The Ninja's Daughter, Betrayal at Iga, Trial on Mount Koya, and Ghost of the Bamboo Road. She has a degree in Asian Studies and a lifelong love of Japanese history and culture. When not writing, she works as a transactional attorney focusing on publishing and business law, and raises seahorses and rare corals in her marine aquarium.

Rating: 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟
My Review: This has got to be the best of the three stories that I have read. The stories unfold so well and I just could not put this one down.  The relationships in this one come alive and I really enjoyed how each of them played out.  The pacing was done very well and it was interesting to see how this one would play out.  I have to say that this did not disappoint at all!! 











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