The Honjin Murders
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The Honjin Murders

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In the winter of 1937, the village of Okamura is abuzz with excitement over the forthcoming wedding of a son of the grand Ichiyanagi family. But amid the gossip over the approaching festivities, there is also a worrying rumour - it seems a sinister masked man has been asking questions about the Ichiyanagis around the village.

Then, on the night of the wedding, the Ichiyanagi family are woken by a terrible scream, followed by the sound of eerie music - death has come to Okamura, leaving no trace but a bloody samurai sword, thrust into the pristine snow outside the house. The murder seems impossible, but amateur detective Kosuke Kindaichi is determined to get to the bottom of it.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 192 pages
  • 129 x 198 x 12.7mm | 176.9g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1782275002
  • 9781782275008
  • 16,821

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'With a reputation in Japan to rival Agatha Christie's, the master of ingenious plotting is finally on the case for anglophone readers.' -- Guardian '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.' -- Economist

'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.' -- Tuttolibri
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About Seishi Yokomizo

Seishi Yokomizo (1902-81) was one of Japan's most famous and best-loved mystery writers. He was born in Kobe and spent his childhood reading detective stories, before beginning to write stories of his own, the first of which was published in 1921. He went on to become an extremely prolific and popular author, best known for his Kosuke Kindaichi series, which ran to 77 books, many of which were adapted for stage and television in Japan. The Honjin Murders is the first Kosuke Kindaichi story, and regarded as one of Japan's great mystery novels. It won the first Mystery Writers of Japan Award in 1948 but has never been translated into English, until now.
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