Betrayal at Iga: A Hiro Hattori Novel

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Father Mateo and Hiro Hattori are a curious pair: a trained ninja and a Jesuit priest. And yet, they have proven themselves an effective investigation team in 16th Century Japan. And their new case will test them like never before: a murderer who struck during negotiations with a rival clan. But when all the suspects are assassins with years of training, how do you uncover the truth?

The latest entry in the Shinobi Mystery series, Betrayal at Iga feels like an old-school Agatha Christie-style mystery. We meet all the players early on and spend most of the novel fixated on the likely suspects, rather than slowly introducing the possible players.

Unfortunately, like some less-enjoyable Christie mysteries, as a reader, you’re left feeling like you’re missing the one key puzzle piece that would make everything else fall into place. You’re teased with tiny details and rich atmosphere, but never given a fair shot at solving the crime yourself.

Still, this is arguably the most effective entry in the series thus far. Not only is the murder mystery engaging, but the overarching arc of Mateo and Hattori advances nicely.


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Author Susan Spann
Star Count 3.5/5
Format Trade
Page Count 256 pages
Publisher Seventh Street Books
Publish Date 2017-Jul-11
ISBN 9781633882775
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Issue February 2018
Category Mystery, Crime & Thriller
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