Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Claws of the Cat and the Brilliant Author Behind it!

Happy Book Birthday,

Susan Spann!

Miss Susan Spann is a dear, sweet friend of mine. She is also part of my amazing critique group, the SFWG, and today is her Book Birthday. I'm greedily reading The Claws of the Cat currently and I must say, Susan has done such a wonderful job of making 16th Century Japan come alive with elegant detail. I absolutely adore the character's, Hiro and Father Mateo, and I can't wait to see how she wraps this whodunit up. 

May 1564: When a samurai is brutally murdered in a Kyoto teahouse, master ninja Hiro has no desire to get involved. But the beautiful entertainer accused of the crime enlists the help of Father Mateo, the Portuguese Jesuit Hiro is sworn to protect, leaving the master shinobi with just three days to find the killer in order to save the girl and the priest from execution.

The investigation plunges Hiro and Father Mateo into the dangerous waters of Kyoto’s floating world, where they learn that everyone from the elusive teahouse owner to the dead man’s dishonored brother has a motive to keep the samurai’s death a mystery. A rare murder weapon favored by ninja assassins, a female samurai warrior, and a hidden affair leave Hiro with too many suspects and far too little time. Worse, the ninja’s investigation uncovers a host of secrets that threaten not only Father Mateo and the teahouse, but the very future of Japan.

Debut author Susan Spann delivers a riveting mystery filled with rich period detail and a fine sense of Japanese culture. Claws of the Cat boasts a detective like no other and a world never seen before in crime fiction.



Susan Spann is a transactional attorney and former law school professor whose practice focuses on publishing law and business. 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. She keeps a marine aquarium where she raises seahorses and rare corals. She lives in northern California with her family.


Publisher: St. Martin's Press, 2013
ISBN: 1250027020, 9781250027023
288 pages
Mystery & Detective & Historical

1 comment:

  1. Thank you SO SO much, Candie! It makes me so happy that you like the book, and I'm so glad that you decided to share this today!!!