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.”
He studied the art of camouflage, hiding in the tall grasses to observe without being seen.
He practiced hiding in other places as well, particularly ones where he knew his black and white coloring would blend in.
And also places that made him think of Japan. “Surely there would be Buddhas there,” he thought.
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?
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?
In 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!”