A gripping tale of magic and illusion by Japan's master mystery storyteller.
|Publisher:||Stone Bridge Press|
|Product dimensions:||5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.80(d)|
About the Author
Soji Shimada is a designer, musician, and astrology writer for a major newspaper. He has written over 100 mystery novels.
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Tokyo Zodiac Murders: Detective Mitarai's Casebook based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Oh my! This is probably the best mystery novel I've read all year -- it is the kind of book that I hope to find every time I pick up a new mystery. I do have to admit to a fondness for Japanese authors, especially mystery writers, and this particular book is an example of why. I have to find other works by this author in translation if they exist. I could NOT put this book down at all once I started. The story begins some time back in the 1930s, and its focal point is a bizarre case known as the Tokyo Zodiac Murders. In the last will & testament of an artist under the influences of astrology and alchemy, he sets forth his plan to create the perfect woman...by killing off female relatives, including his daughters, to combine the best parts of all of them in his creation. The murders occurred, but this happened after the artist was found dead, in his studio, locked from the outside. The clues left little to go on, and solving the horrifying case became an obsession for many over the last decades. One detective, who is also a fortune teller, decides to take it on and solve it where others have failed. With the help of his friend, a fan of detective fiction, he tries to do what so many have attempted and failed over the a 40-year period of time.An amazing book, one that will totally occupy you as you read. There are a number of possibilities that present themselves as the two friends delve into the past. The characterization is very well done, the writing is excellent, and the mystery itself (not to mention the solution) is nothing like I've ever read before. Hooray for a mystery I could really sink my teeth into.I think this one will really appeal to people like myself who enjoy the different take on mysteries provided by Japanese mystery authors, and those who enjoy the classic locked-room scenario. It isn't a mystery for cozy readers or readers who want an easy solution -- this requires the reader's participation the entire way. Also, if alchemy and astrology aren't your thing, then you may want to skip it. An excellent mystery -- I enjoy finding these little gems now and then. Most highly recommended.
Soji Shimada has created with the Tokyo Zodiac Murders an incredibly elegant puzzle, whose answer while simple, will take the most astute individual to discern. An interesting feature of this novel, is that the author himself breaks into the story at one point. He does this in order to issue a challenge to the reader to solve his mystery with the clues that have been presented. All in all an intrinsically fascinating mystery and a wonderful story in its own right. I highly recommend this book.