August 7, 2015

Flask of the Drunken Master by Susan Spann - Review and Giveaway

I received this book in exchange for a fair and honest review

Published: July 14, 2015
Number of pages: 304
Genre: Mystery
A Shinobi Mystery #3

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.

What did I think of this book:
Like the other two books in this series we get to travel along to another century with Hiro. Hiro again is trying to solve a mystery when someone turns up dead. As with the other books in this series I think the pace of this book is very steady and the writing style keeps you interested in the story. I like that this has not only a mystery but a little bit of history. Two good of my favorite things. There is adventure as well as the mystery in this book. I am glad I got the chance to read this entire series back to back. I suggest you read each of the books in order although I think you would be ok with reading just this one by itself. 

What I thought about the cover:
I think this cover is interesting and tells you a little about what this story is about. 

About the author:
SUSAN SPANN is a transactional attorney focusing on publishing law and a former law school professor. She is a featured blogger/columnist for the Social In Network. She has a deep interest in Asian culture and has studied Mandarin and Japanese. Her hobbies include Asian cooking, fencing, and knife and shuriken throwing. Spann is a member of Mystery Writers of America, the Historical Novel Society and the Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers Association. She lives in northern California with her family.

Author's website:

Shinobi Mystery:
#1 Claws of the Cat
#2 Blade of the Samurai 
#3 Flask of the Drunken Master

This giveaway is open to the US and Canada. It is for one copy of Flask of the Drunken Master. It is mandatory that you leave a comment and this will be verified. This is a rafflecopter giveaway and the winner will be randomly chosen. The winner will then be emailed and have 24 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen. 

Tuesday, July 7th: Open Book Society – Claws of the Cat
Thursday, July 9th: No More Grumpy Bookseller
Monday, July 13th: A Fantastical Librarian
Monday, July 13th: Griperang’s Bookmarks – Claws of the Cat
Wednesday, July 15th: Buried Under Books
Monday, July 20th: Book Dilettante
Tuesday, July 21st: Bell, Book & Candle
Tuesday, July 21st: Griperang’s Bookmarks – Blade of the Samurai
Wednesday, July 22nd: The Reader’s Hollow
Wednesday, July 22nd: Jorie Loves a Story
Thursday, July 23rd: Book Nerd
Friday, July 24th: Mom’s Small Victories
Monday, July 27th: Broken Teepee
Tuesday, July 28th: Priscilla and Her Books
Wednesday, July 29th: Reading Reality
Thursday, July 30th: Open Book Society
Friday, July 31st: A Chick Who Reads
Monday, August 3rd: Luxury Reading
Friday, August 7th: Griperang’s Bookmarks
TBD: 5 Minutes for Books
TBD: girlichef


  1. This sounds like a series I would like. Thank you!

  2. Thanks for this fascinating historical which I would enjoy greatly. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

  3. I hadn't heard of the Shinobi mysteries and would like to travel with Hiro to another century for this unique setting. Thanks!

  4. Sixteenth Century Japan has always interested me. It was a time of travelling priests and warriors. I'd love to add this book to my home library.

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  5. I love your blog. I always, like now, find interesting books/authors I need to seriously check out. I like stories that are different in location, characters, time/era. Thanks.

  6. It is not often I get to read a book set in 16th century Japanese that is also a mystery. I am adding this book to my TBR list.

  7. I'm glad you enjoyed this one! Thanks for being a part of the tour.