Claws of the Cat

Claws of the Cat When a samurai is brutally murdered in a Kyoto teahouse master ninja Hiro Hattori has just three days to find the killer before the dead man s vengeful son kills both the beautiful geisha accused of

  • Title: Claws of the Cat
  • Author: Susan Spann
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  • Claws of the Cat

    When a samurai is brutally murdered in a Kyoto teahouse, master ninja Hiro Hattori has just three days to find the killer before the dead man s vengeful son kills both the beautiful geisha accused of the crime and Father Mateo, the Jesuit priest that Hiro has pledged his own life to protect The investigation plunges Hiro and Father Mateo into the dangerous waters of KyotoWhen a samurai is brutally murdered in a Kyoto teahouse, master ninja Hiro Hattori has just three days to find the killer before the dead man s vengeful son kills both the beautiful geisha accused of the crime and Father Mateo, the Jesuit priest that Hiro has pledged his own life to protect The investigation plunges Hiro and Father Mateo into the dangerous waters of Kyoto s floating world, where they quickly learn that everyone from an elusive teahouse owner to the dead man s dishonored brother has a motive to keep the samurai s death a mystery.

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    1. Dan Schwent

      When a retired samurai is found murdered in a tea house, his son demands his honor be satisfied and he is bent on killing the tea house girl his father was found with. Jesuit priest Matteo stands up for Sayuri and buys her an additional three days of life while Hiro, his shinobi bodyguard, tracks down the real killer. But if Hiro can't, Matteo will be executed along with herClaws of the Cat is a historical mystery set in 16th century Japan. I don't remember where I first heard of it but a myster [...]

    2. Debbie

      Claws of the Cat was received as a First Reads giveaway.It is very rare for me to find a mystery worthy of 5 stars anymore; too many of them follow a cookie cutter pattern. So I was delighted to find that Susan Spann has broken the mold with Claws of the Cat and written an intriguing and fascinating mystery. Spann’s writing paints such a wonderful picture of Kyoto, Japan in the 16th century that the reader feels like they are there. Her characters are real and believable and the interaction b [...]

    3. Judith Starkston

      I love books that take me to a time and place I know little about and then make that setting utterly real to me. When the author also spins a mystery that won’t let go of me, then I’ve found a great read: Susan Spann’s Claws of the Cat. Spann takes us to Japan during the period of samurais and limited contact with the West. Her two “sleuths” are a most unlikely pair. Hiro, a shinobi assassin (think ninjas for the most part), is living undercover as the protector of Father Mateo, a Jesu [...]

    4. Weina

      I confess novels set in Asia, either in China, Japan, India, or Malaysia, attract my attention more than other settings, and I have a tendency to pause and read more about the authors who write them, especially if they are not Asian and were not born into the culture. So when I met Susan Spann a few years ago and heard she wrote Japanese mystery, I just couldn't forget her, for she was not Japanese, to begin with. I was curious to see how she would approach Hiro, the detective who's a shinobi, c [...]

    5. Janet

      I was fortunate enough to read this amazing jewel of historical fiction before it went off to the publishers. Ms. Spann's descriptions of 16th century Japan are as as clean as a well-swept bamboo floor and as delicate as a cherry blossom-scented breeze.Hiro, the uhhero-- of the story is a completely new type of character. A Ninja detective I meanDo I need to say more? The relationship between Hiro and his charge, the Spanish Catholic priest, Father Mateo steals the show. And this in a novel whic [...]

    6. Carolien

      This is a cleverly plotted mystery and I enjoyed meeting the cast of characters. The unusual setting adds a special layer to the story and I definitely improved my limited knowledge of Japanese culture. I look forward to trying more books in the series.

    7. Ronna

      This new mystery series is set in 16th century Japan and is full of interesting new words and the culture of the times. The heroes are an interesting pair. Father Mateo, a Jesuit Priest, and Hero, a master shinobi ( what we think of as a ninja), who is sworn to protect the Father.When a samurai is murdered in a local Kyota teahouse, the lovely young "entertainer" calls upon the Father to prove her innocence. The murdered man's son is furious and wants immediate revenge --the death of the enterta [...]

    8. Anashi Sterling

      I won this book through the First Reads Giveaway.I was hesitant to read this book at first because I am very fond of all things Japanese and as such, I tend to be very critical of things that are poorly researched or don't live up to my expectations of the culture.This book was very well researched but sometimes I felt that the author was a little overly descriptive for no other reason than to prove that the research had been done. That being said I did like the story line and found the mystery [...]

    9. Stephanie

      First in a new series. I really liked the setting- medieval Japan is not the first thing that comes to mind when you hear the phrase "cozy mystery", but there it is. A Portugese priest and his shinobi bodyguard investigate the murder of a samurai at a local teahouse, where one of the priest's recent converts is the main suspect. The writing style is spare, but I had no trouble imagining the setting. Tantalizing hints of Hiro's past are dropped, but frustratingly not followed up on; I am guessing [...]

    10. Lisa Lieberman

      I've spent a good deal of time studying suicide, both as a scholar and as a counselor on a suicide hotline. The ritual suicide (seppuku) in this book moved me, and that's saying a great deal. Suicides in novels are so often gratuitous; in real life, too, they can be manipulative gestures, a final effort at self-expression made with an audience very much in mind. Here the act was fitting, its tragedy all the more powerful for being understated (I will say no more, to avoid ruining things for read [...]

    11. Julianne Douglas

      How much do you know about sixteenth century history outside the borders of Europe? If you're like me, surprisingly (and embarrassingly) little. As a remedy, I recommend a just-published historical mystery that opens up the exotic, fascinating world of sixteenth century Japan.Susan Spann's debut mystery novel CLAWS OF THE CAT (Minotaur/St. Martin's Press) whisks the reader away to the land of ninjas, teahouses, samurai and missionaries. Writing with the spare beauty of an oriental flower arrange [...]

    12. Mark Stevens

      We’re in 16th century, medieval Japan. Kyoto. There’s a problem of the retired samurai who’s been violently attacked in a teahouse and left to die, his loincloth so soaked with blood that it is stuck to his hips. His throat is “ruined.” The vase holding hydrangeas is spattered with blood. The suspect list is short. At least, at first. There’s certainly an obvious suspect and there’s a nifty ticking clock—a local magistrate concedes to a few days of grace to figure out who wielded [...]

    13. Aimie Runyan

      This review delves into the world of Susan Spann’s CLAWS OF THE CAT. A Shinobi mystery set in the 1500s, my little historian’s heart was captivated. We have a cast of compelling characters: Father Mateo, a Portuguese Jesuit priest who is ministering to the Japanese people, Matsui Hiro, his Shinobi bodyguard who also proves to be a worthy detective, Sayuri, the beautiful entertainer who is a prime suspect for a murder Akechi Hideyoshi: The samurai murdered in an upper class tea house Akechi N [...]

    14. Tammy Salyer

      Admittedly, it’s been over a year since I read Susan Spann’s debut novel, Claws of the Cat. The biggest side effect (I know of, at least) of being a reader and writer for a living is that the constant Victoria Falls of new stories, characters, plots, and worlds that submerge my brain tend to make them all jumble and slosh into sometimes indistinguishable tales. Not so with Claws of the Cat.Set in Kyoto, Japan in the fifteen hundreds, Claws of the Cat is a crime fiction mystery and the story [...]

    15. Tinney

      Absorbed in this page-turner, I had no idea how much I was learning about 16th century Japan until I finished the book. I admire the author's skill in achieving this result so elegantly. The reader really does need every bit of this information for maximum enjoyment, and at no time did it ever feel like a tedious slog through unnecessary data, or present me with anything I felt tempted to skip – quite the contrary, I would have been happy to pick up a sequel right away and learn more about thi [...]

    16. Marci Jefferson

      After reading an early review copy of Claws of the Cat, I give it five enthusiastic stars! Hiro lives up to the sound of his name as an undercover shinobi striving to fulfill his mission; protect the Portuguese priest Father Mateo. But sixteenth century Japan is fraught with war lords and ninja assassins, some who would stop at nothing to oust the foreign priest and his accompanying merchants. When a cold blooded murder at a local tea house is nearly blamed on Father Mateo, the victim’s family [...]

    17. Janet

      I have mixed feelings. While the book provides a very detailed look at the customs and day-to-today life of feudal Japan, to me the characters sound like they’re from modern times. I was constantly having to remind myself that this was set in the 1500s. If you don’t mind the occasional modern turn of phrase, though, this book offers a satisfying glimpse into a little-known—to Westerners at least—world.

    18. Janyre Tromp

      Set in the samurai era of Japan, this entertaining book kept my interest from start to finish. The author did a fabulous job of infusing the culture into the story without making it confusing for a Western reader unfamiliar with the setting. I'm a sucker for clean mysteries and odd settings. And it helps that the two sleuths are engaging and interesting. I wish Father Mateo were a bit more fleshed out, but I suspect that it is coming. A well-crafted first book.

    19. Steve Goble

      Great period detail, a solid mystery and smooth prose. Very well researched.A Western priest becomes embroiled in a murder when a young woman he has been teaching about Christianity is the prime suspect, and his ninja companion must help solve the crime to protect his friend. Engaging stuff, and I look forward to reading more in this series.

    20. Toni

      Father Mateo Alvarez is a Portuguese Jesuit living in Kyoto in the 1500s. Sworn to protect him even at the cost of his life is shinobi and companion, Hiro, who was given this task after an unknown failure in his past life at Iga. Life is relatively quiet for the pair, until one morning when Father Mateo is summoned to a local teahouse where a guest was murdered. The suspected killer is the girl who was entertaining the man, a young woman named Sayuri, but she swears she did not do the deed and b [...]

    21. Betty Hutchinson

      Wow, what a fantastic book! I was pulled in from the beginning of this book and it was fabulous all the way through to the last page. My first (but not last) of Susan Spann's books and it didn't fail to impress. Such descriptive wording, I was transported to Japan, to the tea house, to the courtyard, to the Jesuit church. The book is a mystery, it has a murder, a love triangle, family secrets, adventure and the like from the beginning until the end. The author does a great job of keeping you gue [...]

    22. Гери

      Просто един треторазряден детективски роман, или първоразряден, кримките никога не са били моята любов. За разлика от нинджите. Тука ме уцелиха напълно. Пък и кой би разгадавал престъпления по-добре от сянка в нощта като един шиноби. След като прочетох поредицата на Лора Дж [...]

    23. Sara G

      This mystery set in 16th century Japan is a really solid debut novel. A retired general is killed in a teahouse, and his son wants to take revenge by killing the woman he spent the evening with. Our heroes, a Portuguese priest and his rather secretive ninja/shinobi companion step in to try to help her, only to have the son take offense and threaten to kill the priest as well. The mystery was pretty well done, although I was pretty sure who the killer would be about halfway through. My only real [...]

    24. Luvs2read

      First book by this author. Not bad! I didn't guess whodunit until the end. I lived in Japan and am very interested in Japanese culture and history. Look forward to seeing more of Hiro, Father Mateo, Ana, and hopefully the cat (and even Luis). Recommend for readers who enjoy historical mystery and Japanese history.

    25. Linda

      Four stars for Susan Spann's book, Claws of the Cat, Shinobi Mystery #1. Due to the amount of Japanese terms introduced in the first third of the book, I appreciated the fact that the author included a glossary at the end of the book! It took me a little while to get "into" the book, but once I did I enjoyed it. I love mysteries!

    26. Talie

      Quick murder mystery set in old Kyoto. A Ronin helps a Portugese priest prove the innocence of an entertainer. Ok for a bus read - otherwise light reading.Advanced Reader copy from local little library

    27. Mollie Hunt

      Having spent time in Japan, I very much enjoyed this historical Japanese murder mystery. Spann paints lovely and compelling images. Being a cat writer myself, I would have liked the cat to play a more prominent part, but that's just me. Besides the "claws of the cat" were weapons, not feline.

    28. Jonathan

      Normally I'm pretty forgiving for the first book of the series. You have authors figuring out their characters and the world they are in. That is completely unnecessary with this book. I thought this was a stellar beginning, and I can't wait to read the next one.

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