book three in the series last summer, and couldn't wait to read the latest installment in this series that takes place in 16th century Japan.
While this is a mystery series, Spann seems to focus on an aspect of Japanese culture and weave it into each story, infusing them with a bit of history (which I love)—this one being Japanese theater, the previous being the production of sake. Our main characters, as always, are Father Mateo, a Portuguese Jesuit priest and his "translator" and protector Hattori Hiro, a shinobi assassin.
This mystery begins when Jiro, a young apprentice for a Kyoto rice merchant, wakes up next to the dead body of the girl he loves. He had gotten drunk on sake the night before when Emi was still alive. He begs Hiro and Father Mateo to help him figure out whether or not he killed her.
I binged this book in a single day, which is easy to do with the familiar characters, intriguing mystery, interesting historical facts, and desire to find out whodunit! I had an inkling of the culprit, but that didn't spoil the big reveal, when all of the puzzle pieces were finally revealed.
As far as food goes, there is some to be found. So far, it's seemed fairly consistent from one book to the next. I always seem to crave udon, grilled fish, and plums by the final page. Hiro's favorite food is udon, so I thought it would be a fitting dish to make for The Ninja's Daughter. This bowl was inspired by some udon that Hiro, Father Mateo, and Haru got from a vendor just outside the Fushimi Inari Shrine, which lies southeast of Kyoto.
This book (and the whole Shinobi Mystery series) should appeal to fans of Japanese culture, mysteries, historical fiction. Oh, and you'll definitely want a steaming bowl of udon in the near vicinity.
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I received a complimentary ARC of this book in exchange for my honest review.
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Udon w/ Grilled Fish & Scallions | The Ninja's DaughterMonday, August 8, 2016
Michiana-based food writer with a fondness for garlic, freshly baked bread, stinky cheese, dark beer, and Mexican food—who believes that immersing herself in different cultures one bite at a time is the best path to enlightenment.