Today, friends, I have the honor of introducing our VERY LAST DEB LAUNCH. Yes, that’s right: Deb Susan’s engrossing debut, CLAWS OF THE CAT, comes out today, and it is the perfect (or should I say purrrfect) summer read!
For a lot of people, summer means travel and vacations, but if you’re me, and you have a four-month-old munchkin demanding your constant attention, exciting vacations aren’t exactly in the cards. And yet! No sooner had I cracked open CLAWS OF THE CAT than I was transported to 16th-century Japan and thrown into the complex and mysterious world of samurais, ninjas, and teahouses.
This book did what my favorite books do: it took me on a wild journey to a new and exotic place, and I never even needed to leave my couch. Deb Susan’s descriptions of 16th-century Kyoto are so rich and detailed that I felt as if I were standing beside Hiro and Father Mateo as they wandered the streets of the city, seeking clues in the murder of a samurai at a local teahouse. I cannot fathom the amount of research she must have done to create such a vivid and textured world. From the references to Japanese culture to the use of Japanese vocabulary (doshin, tokonoma, genpuku), the book transported me nearly 7,000 miles away — and I didn’t even need to deal with the TSA!
There were so many things I adored about this book (the relationship between Hiro and Father Mateo is perfect on so many levels), but given that I’m currently experiencing a bit of wanderlust, CLAWS OF THE CAT was the perfect antidote when a real trip to Japan is a far-off dream. So if you, like me, are looking to escape through a book this summer, I highly recommend you pick up a copy today!!
And don’t forget: in honor of her launch, Susan is giving away an amazing Ninja mug, a signed copy of the book, and a batch of delicious Ninja cookies (YUM)! To enter, just leave a comment below telling us where YOU would travel this summer if you could go anywhere!