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The Honjin Murders: the classic locked room…
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The Honjin Murders: the classic locked room mystery (Pushkin Vertigo):… (original: 1973; edição: 2019)

de Seishi Yokomizo (Autor), Louise Heal Kawai (Tradutor)

Séries: Kosuke Kindaichi (1)

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Título:The Honjin Murders: the classic locked room mystery (Pushkin Vertigo): Seishi Yokomizo
Autores:Seishi Yokomizo (Autor)
Outros autores:Louise Heal Kawai (Tradutor)
Informação:Pushkin Vertigo (2019), Edition: 01, 192 pages
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Etiquetas:2021

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The Honjin Murders de Seishi Yokomizo (1973)

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Old fashioned fun - a locked-room murder mystery that uses locked-room murder mysteries as part of the tale. Pretty meta for the 1940s. ( )
  wordloversf | Aug 14, 2021 |
This is a clever locked room mystery but the story lacks interesting and compelling characters. ( )
  M_Clark | Mar 15, 2021 |
Thank you Edelweiss for the ARC!

The chilling twist ending had me going, "Wait, what?!" and funny enough it was the narrator himself who at the end apologizes for not being entirely forthcoming. Even then, I don't think I would have realized.
It was fascinating to read and also intriguing that Detective Kosuke Kindaichi shows up about 40% into the book.

I'm glad this has been translated so that it can have a wider audience and I'm eager to read the next one! ( )
  RachellErnst | Jan 5, 2021 |
i haven't read many locked room mysteries, but reading this definitely makes me curious to read more, even though he tells us in here that so many of them use weird mechanical devices to make it work. (that feels/sounds almost like cheating, but really i think to have a locked room mystery work, there almost has to be an almost cheat. there's just no other way to do it, so you have to go in knowing you'll be tricked.)

this was a quick and good read for me, even though it's written in a way that i wouldn't have thought i'd like. it's very clinical and cold, there is no character development at all, there is the framing where the narrator is telling us that he's telling us a story, there's no plot progression. it's really just a succession of facts and description of the solving of the crime. i suspect it will be unappealing to many people because of that.

for myself, having read so few books like this, i really didn't mind, as i was really curious how the murder could have happened. the writing and the characters and the rest aren't something i would normally like - i really want more character depth and would love to know how kenzo felt without kosuke telling us; it should be in the story for us to learn it - but i was taken enough with the how on earth could this happen that i forgave. i wouldn't want to read a bunch of books like this, just kind of information dumps with no real care for the characters or location (which all sounded like they could have been really interesting). ...that's not quite right - we do learn about the characters, but i'd like to know even more, and i'd like to learn about them differently. we are mostly just told, after the fact, what people are like or how they think. my preference is for that to unfold in the story.

the solution is really, really clever and maybe a bit far fetched? and for what this is, it was fun. it would have been even better to me, i think, had it been presented differently. but maybe that's my western eye looking at a more easternly written book. and maybe it really doesn't matter, because the entire point of a locked room mystery is the solution. and it was particularly fun to have all the references to other classic mysteries, and especially the authors of locked room mysteries. the author and the characters were very much appreciative of those books, and that's a fun thing to include. so even though it wasn't written the way i normally prefer, it was good, with a really amazing solution. i wouldn't read more by him, though, unless i thought they'd be done quite differently. i much prefer a real story with plot and character exploration, but am willing to give a pass this time. ( )
  overlycriticalelisa | Dec 11, 2020 |
This classic Japanese mystery is interesting, but is very much of its time. It was written in 1946 and set in the late 1930's, brings to mind Ellery Queen, John Dickson Carr and other "puzzle" mystery writers of the period. The Japanese setting was of course very different from the venues of Western writers, though it does take place in a large and prestigious country house. And the detective who solves the crime, Kosuke Kindaichi, is an engaging character. Overall, however, the book shares the characteristics of Western "puzzles" of the period: a focus on how the crime was done, rather than on who did it, or why. ( )
  annbury | Nov 4, 2020 |
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