Japan’s greatest classic murder mystery, translated into English for the first time
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 around the village.
Then, on the night of the wedding, the Ichiyanagi household 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.
Soon, amateur detective Kosuke Kindaichi is on the scene to investigate what will become a legendary murder case, but can this scruffy sleuth solve a seemingly impossible crime?
I wasn’t too sure what I was expecting from this book, but it was absolutely spell bounding and I couldn’t stop reading. It is a nice short story with only 189 pages. The first few chapters I wondered where the story was going to go but as you get into the story it evolves and is a mystery. If you like a murder mystery then this is the book for you as it is so cleverly written and just a bit different.
I received an ARC copy of this book for an honest review.
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