The Black Lotus Affair by Lina Vine

The Black Lotus Affair (Kiko Ochisan Adventures, #2)

A Kiko Ochisan Adventure Thriller.

A few maimed bodies with strange marks are found on the outskirts of Tokyo. Kiko, a dismissed spy agent, is more concerned with her sword training than catching murderers, but when she learns that one of the victims is her former colleague, she is back in the game. She meets an enigmatic stranger who leads her on… Will he take her to the murderer’s lair? And will Kiko survive? 

First I would like to say I appreciate not having the entire story told in the Blurb!

Kiko is a dismissed spy but she left on good terms. Now she is intent on learning to use and control her precious short sword. Her instructor only has one pupil and Kiko is intrigued by him. She is also looking into the death and mutilation of a former colleague whose death is very suspicious and when another death occurs with the same markings, she can’t help but jump back into the spy game.

This time she may be in way over her head as she discovers the hidden secrets of the Black Lotus Society.

This was a fast paced read that had me from the very first chapter. Kiko is a really good character and even though I haven’t read the previous ones I was able to get up to speed quickly and enjoyed the book quite a lot.

Now I’ll have to go back and read the first ones. Thank you Lina for this one!

Out Now.

The Ninja’s Illusion by Gigi Pandian Debuts on Tuesday!

Number Five in The Jaya Jones Treasure Hunt Mystery Series published by Henery Press.

The Ninja's Illusion (Jaya Jones Treasure Hunt Mystery, #5)

A fabled illusion performed by a stage magician who claims to possess real supernatural powers. A treasure from the colonial era in India when international supremacies vied for power. A phantom trading ship lost over 200 years ago. And a ninja whose murderous intentions in present-day Japan connect the deeds of a long-dead trader who was much more than he seemed…

When Jaya travels from San Francisco to Japan with her stage magician best friend Sanjay—a.k.a. The Hindi Houdini—for his Japanese debut, she jumps at the chance to pursue her own research that could solve a tantalizing centuries-old mystery.

With the colorful autumn leaves of historic Kyoto falling around her, Jaya soon loses sight of what’s real and what’s a deception. A mysterious ninja attempts sabotage on Sanjay’s trick, along with Japan’s most controversial magician, Akira. Ancient folklore blurs the lines between illusion and reality when a magician’s assistant appears to be a kitsune, a mythical fox spirit. As tricks escalate to murder, Jaya and her friends must unravel secrets hidden in the ancient capital of Japan, before one of their own becomes the next victim.

In this the fifth installment of the Jaya Jones mysteries, Jaya is meeting her best bud Sanjay in Kyoto to see his act and the famed Akira do his impossible rope climbing illusion.

From the start things aren’t quite as they appear. Who is this mysterious Ninja they keep catching glimpses of? While tricks turn into murder Jaya turns to research and hidden secrets about a missing ship hundreds of years ago.

I enjoyed the mystery and the history of this clever book! Jaya and her friends are memorable and talented. A very entertaining and informative book. My favorite type!

Netgalley/Henery Press   Release Date is this Tuesday, October 3rd!