Random Penguin Goes Ninja for Claws of the Cat

Back in January, Random Penguin paid a visit to Susan Spann’s house in California. He hung out with the fish in her aquarium and met her cat, Oobie. More importantly, he heard about her mystery novel, Claws of the Cat, and developed a serious case of hero worship for the main character, Hiro Hattori.

“Perhaps I, too, could become a Ninja,” thought Random Penguin. “Though I could never be as smart or as skillful as Hiro, surely there are mysteries I could solve.”

And so he set out to practice the skills of a Ninja. First, surveillance. Hiro, being stuck in medieval times and all, never had the luxury of binoculars. This did not stop Random Penguin.
NinjaRP Binoculars

He studied the art of camouflage, hiding in the tall grasses to observe without being seen.

NinjaRP Grass

He practiced hiding in other places as well, particularly ones where he knew his black and white coloring would blend in.

NinjaRP Bell

And also places that made him think of Japan. “Surely there would be Buddhas there,” he thought.

NinjaRP Buddha

All Ninjas must be prepared to face grave danger, and one day, Random Penguin found himself literally between The Claws of the Cat. Would he survive? Or would his short life end before he had the chance to solve a single mystery?

NinjaRP with cat


Fortunately for Random Penguin, by the use of his wits and dexterity he was able to extricate himself without coming to serious harm. And because he had now proven himself worthy, a great secret was entrusted to him, a secret which he is now permitted to share with all of you.

Are you ready?

Ninja Penguin Mug-1In honor of the release of her debut mystery novel, Claws of the Cat, Susan is giving away this awesome Ninja mug, plus a copy of the book and a batch of delicious Ninja cookies! All you need to do for a chance to win is leave a comment below, telling us what type of Ninja activity you would be willing to practice in order to win. Or, you know, just congratulating Susan. 

Random Penguin says – “If you have not yet purchased Claws of the Cat, what are you waiting for? Pre-order today, or go to your local book store and pick it up tomorrow on the official launch day!”

19 Replies to “Random Penguin Goes Ninja for Claws of the Cat”

  1. I’ve already got the book on preorder! Ninjas and penguins and mysteries – what more could one want. Can’t wait to read it.

  2. Happy release week, Susan! Enjoy every minute of it. 🙂

    Great post, Kerry. LOL. 🙂 Do Ninjas like to sit on a beach with iced tea and a book in their hands? That’s totally what I want to practice doing right now. 🙂

    1. Thanks Elizabeth! I don’t know about all ninjas, but I’d LOVE to be on a beach with a tea and a good book. In fact, a good book might be just what the doctor ordered for this afternoon.

  3. LOL. That is one crafty Random Penguin. I will practice my ninja chopstick skills. Starting now with my ham and egg sandwich. Not much success so far.

    I was lucky enough to read an ARC, and I highly recommend this book. It’s a great cozy read with a healthy dose of whodunit.

  4. This ninja likes to walk in the rain as she practices her quiet meditation: “Susan, do not be nervous, do not be scared. Smile and enjoy.”

    Congratulations, Susan! And thanks, Kerry & Random Penguin, for your delightful pictures of practicing to be a brave ninja!

  5. I sure hope this contest is international, because…COOKIES! Yes, I have priorities 😉

    I’m not subtle enough to be a ninja, but I could practise being inconspicuous (aka shutting up) 😉

    1. Thanks Tez! And yes, these are some TASTY COOKIES! I tried to find some made with real ninjas, but the best I could do was real chocolate. Probably tastes better than ninjas anyway!

  6. WOO-HOO!!!

    (I’m so sorry I missed this on Monday. My time in the blogosphere has been severely restricted lately.)


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