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Author: Susan Spann Title: Flask of the Drunken Master Publisher: Minotaur Books Publish Date: July 14, 2015 Buy: Amazon Review Copy Provided By: TLC Book Tours Book Blurb: Master ninja Hiro Hattori and his companion Father Mateo are once again pulled into a murder investigation when a rival artisan turns up dead outside of their friend Ginjiro’s sake brewery. They must find the killer before the magistrate executes Ginjiro, seizes the brewery, and renders his family destitute. All the evidence implicates the brewer, yet with Kyoto on alert in the wake of the shogun’s recent death, Ginjiro’s is not the only life at risk.
As tensions rise, Hiro investigates a missing merchant, a vicious debt collector, a moneylender and the victim’s spendthrift son. But when a drunken Buddhist monk insists on helping Hiro and Father Mateo solve the crime, the monk’s bumbling threatens to foil the investigation altogether. With time running out, Hiro once again gambles on a clandestine mission to find the truth. Except that this time, Hiro isn’t the only one with a secret mission to fulfill.
Flask of the Drunken Master is the latest entry in Susan Spann's thrilling 16th century Japanese mystery series, sure to gain new fans and please old alike.
Review: OMG! It isn't often that you stumble across a new series that is so different that you fall in love with it instantly. This was such a time for me.
I love mystery series. They bring me great joy. I love when I can find one that isn't like every other series out there.
The Shinobi mystery series is definitely one such series. This book is the third in the series and it will make you want to go back and read the first two, though it can be read as a stand alone novel.
I really enjoyed learning more about Japanese customs from the 16th century. It is really clear that Susan spent a lot of time researching this book.
Mateo and Hiro are characters you really enjoy getting to know better. I highly recommend this book to mystery fans as well as fans of Japense culture