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The Honjin Murders by Seishi Yokomizo
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Aug 04, 2020 | ISBN 9781782275008

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“A classic locked-room murder mystery, the first in the Detective Kindaichi series . . . The solution to this mystery came as a complete surprise — exactly what I asked for.”
New York Times Book Review

“With a reputation in Japan to rival Agatha Christie’s, the master of ingenious plotting is finally on the case for anglophone readers.”

A beloved Japanese detective at last appears in English . . . If the whole series is as ingenious and compelling, this translation should be the first of many. Readers will delight in the blind turns, red herrings and dubious alibis.”

“The perfect read for this time of year. Short and compelling, it will appeal to fans of Agatha Christie looking for a new case to break.”
–Irish Times

“2020 may be the year of Seishi Yokomizo . . . Both [The Honjin Murders and The Inugami Curse are] set in the late 1930s/early 1940s, they promise to be atmospheric, exciting and knotty whodunits. The covers alone are enough to get any fan of the genre salivating.”
Japan Times

“Japan’s Agatha Christie  . . . It’s an absolute pleasure to see his work translated at last in these beautifully produced English editions.”
The Sunday Times

“The perfect gift for any fan of classic crime fiction or locked room mysteries.”
–Mrs Peabody Investigates

“The beauty of this book is that it’s never anything less than fun from beginning to end, but it is also smartly political, and the theatrical elements – the fourth wall-breaking, the static setting, the large cast of eclectic characters – make for a truly engrossing novel. This is, in short, a superb winter read.”
–Books and Bao

The Honjin Mysteries is beautifully writing and highly descriptive, rich in period detail and local custom. It’s an ingenious and deceptive mystery. An ideal book to curl up with on a winter’s night.” 
–NB Magazine

“The master of Japanese crime.”

“[The Honjin Murders] is a perfect example of a honkaku mystery: a fascinating form of crime writing that first emerged in Japan in the 1920s and, thanks to a recent raft of translations and republications, is now enjoyed by English readers more than ever.”
–The Guardian

“The mystery is carefully set with plenty of red herrings and surprises along the way.”
–The Watertown Public Opinion

“A perfect puzzle… Doesn’t fail to deliver in its extremely fun and chilling premise. You’ll be reading way past your bedtime.”

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