December 12, 2019

#BookReview: Ghost of the Bamboo Road (Shinobi Mystery #7) by Susan Spann






Synopsis: When a vengeful spirit terrorizes a mountain village in medieval Japan, a ninja and a Jesuit priest must reveal the truth and save the villagers from the phantom's wrath.

January 1566: En route to Edo, Master ninja Hiro Hattori and Portuguese Jesuit Father Mateo spend the night in a rural mountain village whose inhabitants live in terror of a legendary vengeful ghost. When the innkeeper's wife is murdered and Father Mateo's housekeeper, Ana, is blamed for a crime she did not commit, Hiro and Father Mateo are forced to investigate and reveal the truth. But when another woman turns up murdered in the snow, the detectives must face the shocking truth that the vengeful yūrei the villagers fear might be more than just a legend after all.
 


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Biography


Susan Spann is the bestselling author of the Hiro Hattori Novels (Shinobi Mysteries) featuring master ninja Hiro Hattori and Portuguese Jesuit Father Mateo. Her first novel, CLAWS OF THE CAT (Minotaur Books, 2013) was a Library Journal Mystery Debut of the Month and a finalist for the Silver Falchion Award for Best First Novel.

Susan's sixth Hiro Hattori novel, TRIAL ON MOUNT KOYA (Seventh Street Books, July 2018) released to critical acclaim, and pays homage to Agatha Christie's iconic AND THEN THERE WERE NONE.

When not writing, she travels across Japan, climbing mountains and sharing photographs of her adventures on her blog and social media. She is also working on an upcoming nonfiction book about her choice to "break free from safe" and climb 100 Japanese mountains in a single year (scheduled for publication by Prometheus Books in early 2020).

Susan was the 2015 Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers' Writer of the Year and is a former president of the Northern California chapter of Mystery Writers of America, and a member of Sisters in Crime, the Historical Novel Society, and the Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers' Association. She is represented by Sandra Bond of Bond Literary Agency.

Find Susan online at her website (http://www.susanspann.com), on Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/SusanSpannBooks) and on Twitter (@SusanSpann), where she loves to share photos and stories from Japan. Please stop by and say hello!

Rating: ★★★★★
My Review: Although I have only read books one through three I still loved this one!! I will have to go back and read books four through six but I really enjoyed this one!!  This series has become one of my all time favorites and I just couldn't put them down.  Ghosts and more await the reader of this story and man o man I can not wait for more!!! 






Susan Spann is the 2015 Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers' Writer of the Year and the author of six previous novels in the Shinobi Mystery series: Claws of the Cat, Blade of the Samurai, Flask of the Drunken Master, The Ninja's Daughter, Betrayal at Iga, and Trial on Mount Koya. 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.










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