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本陣殺人事件 [The Case of the Honjin Murder] Locked Room Murder Strikes Rural Japan An English translation of the masterful Japanese mystery author Seishi Yokomizo, one of Japan s most beloved mystery writers This sensational case marked the debut of the eccentric young detective genius Kosuke Kindaichi Reading this brought back many happy memories of when I lived in Japan, so I might be biased The details, not the event Picture it November 25, 1937, the rural village of Okamura in Okayama Prefecture, Japan The scholarly eldest so Locked Room Murder Strikes Rural Japan An English translation of the masterful Japanese mystery author Seishi Yokomizo, one of Japan s most beloved mystery writers This sensational case marked the debut of the eccentric young detective genius Kosuke Kindaichi Reading this brought back many happy memories of when I lived in Japan, so I might be biased The details, not the event Picture it November 25, 1937, the rural village of Okamura in Okayama Prefecture, Japan The scholarly eldest son of the Ichiyanagi family is marrying a young, intellectual school teacher The wedding ceremony goes as planned, however in the middle of the wedding night, screams and eerie koto music echo throughout the mansion The wedding couple is discovered dead inside their locked rooms, with no indication of how or why this has happened The mystery is baffling, the cast of characters is relatively small though the depth of characters is hit or miss , and the atmosphere is creepy, but not terrifying Overall a very enjoyable read, and I want to readby Yokomizo eARC Netgalley The first novel in Yokomizo s sizeable Detective Kindaichi series shows the author s distinct love of whodunits as it pays homage to previous locked room mystery greats While he mentioned quite a few of the staples of this literature and touched on the general mechanism behind these cases, it s a relatively good thing that he managed to only spoil one Sherlock Holmes story, as I plan to look these up later.The book even went meta as two characters who also loved the genre discussed the issue The first novel in Yokomizo s sizeable Detective Kindaichi series shows the author s distinct love of whodunits as it pays homage to previous locked room mystery greats While he mentioned quite a few of the staples of this literature and touched on the general mechanism behind these cases, it s a relatively good thing that he managed to only spoil one Sherlock Holmes story, as I plan to look these up later.The book even went meta as two characters who also loved the genre discussed the issue of mechanical tricks I m not a fan of the use of convoluted apparata in detective novels, unlike Kindaichi who in expressing his lack of disdain for them might have been posing a subtle defense of the nature of this very mystery.The revelation of the murderer was a bit of a shock but it s very much in keeping with his her character Reminds me of some readings I ve had on how Japan has a culture of shame rather than of guilt, how keeping appearances and face is paramount, and the overriding importance of lineage and honor, which I guess was evenpronounced during the pre War period when this case took place.I didn t like how it used one glaring coincidence to obfuscate the plot, but it wasn t all that crucial, really Overall it s a satisfying read, and I d still grab a Yokomizo if I d come across another one in English.I m rating this 7 10 or 3 stars out of 5 Best E Book, The Case Of The Honjin Murder Author Seishi Yokomizo This Is Very Good And Becomes The Main Topic To Read, The Readers Are Very Takjup And Always Take Inspiration From The Contents Of The Book The Case Of The Honjin Murder , Essay By Seishi Yokomizo Is Now On Our Website And You Can Download It By Register What Are You Waiting For Please Read And Make A Refission For You Yokomizo Seishi 1902 1981 was a Japanese mystery novelist He s especially known for his series of stories featuring young detective Kosuke Kindaichi 77 total His influence can still be seen today in many authors Among them, Kanari Yozaburo who took inspiration for his manga and anime series Kindaichi Sh nen no Jikenbo featuring the fictitious grandson of Kosuke Kindaichi or Aoyama Gosho, author of the Metantei Conan series In spite of his influence, he has seldom been translated Par Yokomizo Seishi 1902 1981 was a Japanese mystery novelist He s especially known for his series of stories featuring young detective Kosuke Kindaichi 77 total His influence can still be seen today in many authors Among them, Kanari Yozaburo who took inspiration for his manga and anime series Kindaichi Sh nen no Jikenbo featuring the fictitious grandson of Kosuke Kindaichi or Aoyama Gosho, author of the Metantei Conan series In spite of his influence, he has seldom been translated Part of his works have been published in French, but none in English as far as I know, until now The Case of the Honjin Murders is the first story featuring Kosuke Kindaichi, and is considered a classic In 1937, at the large mansion of the Ichiyanagi family, the wedding of the eldest son and heir, Kenzo, is being prepared Meanwhile, a strange vagrant missing two fingers on one hand is seen at a nearby village Several members of the family are present at the ceremony, during which the koto, a 13 string musical instrument, is played, as it is traditional in the family The ceremony then ends with a celebration of the couple by the locals Later that night, a cacophony of koto and screams is heard across the mansion Members of the family rush outside to the annex in which the couple s bedroom is located As it is locked from the inside, they have to force their way in, and they discover the couple brutally murdered The katana used to commit the crime is found outside, in the middle of the garden, on a coat of snow, with no footprints around A perfect locked room mystery.While the police looks for the vagrant, the late bride s suspicious uncle calls for his prot g , young detective Kosuke Kindaichi The book was a great read It has been translated in English in quite an adequate style by Louise Heal Kawai We can feel the contagious enthusiasm of the young detective jump from the pages, and share the bafflement of the police and other protagonists while he unravels the intricate mystery The story is narrated after the fact by an author of detective novels , allowing Yokomizo Seishi to introduce us to his own influences from occidental and Japanese mystery authors This is a book that will be enjoyed both by Agatha Christie lovers, and fans of mystery manga and anime such as those I ve referenced above I hope Pushkin Press will continue their effort in adapting all further entries in the series Thanks to Pushkin Press and Netgalley for the ARC in exchange for this unbiased review This was the book club pick for February It s a who done it, closed room mystery Set in Japan in the 1930 s The bride and groom have been murdered on their wedding night It was easy to read so a good translation and I enjoyed it. I found the elements of this book that are uniquely Japanese fascinating the house, garden and everything in it, the way of life in Japan just before WWII, the formality and feudalism that persisted until then The locked room murder mystery, though cleverly conceived, left me cold and the reason for it what can I say, only in Japan perhaps The plot was structured effectively for me well paced and the several different narrators perspectives on events mixed it up nicely A quick, absorbi I found the elements of this book that are uniquely Japanese fascinating the house, garden and everything in it, the way of life in Japan just before WWII, the formality and feudalism that persisted until then The locked room murder mystery, though cleverly conceived, left me cold and the reason for it what can I say, only in Japan perhaps The plot was structured effectively for me well paced and the several different narrators perspectives on events mixed it up nicely A quick, absorbing read but not one I d care to repeat or particularly recommend I m guessing I m not enough of a crime mystery devotee for this and others will enjoy its foreshadowing ofrecent authors offerings.With thanks to Pushkin Vertigo via NetGalley for the opportunity to read an ARC Review of murder in the HONJIN by Sheisi Yokomizo Dedicated with love to Father Peter Milward, who died in August of 2017 I spend as a student, and then a friend of the Inklings J.R.R Tolkien and C.S Lewis Missionary evangelist and lover Professor of University in Japan, and for being a great connoisseur of literature If it could have been someone I would like to be you I regret not having known you, enjoy forever heavenly glory and eternal salvation, and pray for me To you I dedicate thi Review of murder in the HONJIN by Sheisi Yokomizo Dedicated with love to Father Peter Milward, who died in August of 2017 I spend as a student, and then a friend of the Inklings J.R.R Tolkien and C.S Lewis Missionary evangelist and lover Professor of University in Japan, and for being a great connoisseur of literature If it could have been someone I would like to be you I regret not having known you, enjoy forever heavenly glory and eternal salvation, and pray for me To you I dedicate this criticism I hope, you like it I regret a lot have delayed both my meeting with Seishi Yokomizo, and its brilliant creation Kosuke Kindaichi, and also apologize to the editorial Quaterni by having both delayed the realization of this criticism I fear that the passage of time has made me forget much of what I was going to comment, but the day of the Epiphany or three kings always has been an auspicious day, to write a review I did it with Elijah in Jerusalem Michael d O Brien fromreviewpage 1And I think, it is something that brings me good luck I have great memories of the detective Kosuke Kindaichi, as it entertained me enormously with Gokumon To the gates of hell island , which allowed me to write one of my best critics, and if the Publisher let me consolidate my friendship with Quaterni Here is the criticism, if someone is interested in reading that adventure of Kosuke Kindaichi, which is murdering rhythm of Haiku fromreviewpage 1 Quaterni has rightly decided to retrieve one of the great detectives of Japan, and such is his generosity, which not only gives us his first adventure, but other two stories , like the eponymous story of g k Chesterton in the incredulity of father Brown , which began not with the murder of a millionaire, but with three Quaterni with murder in the Honjin allows us to enjoy a salutiferous genus, and paraphrase the good back enormously moral Chesty This time the criticism won t be so long monster as the of column of fire do not scare users of Goodreads Here I don t have, to refute a novel whole, but give up to three shiny, brightly with elected Quaterni stories.Extinct year 2017 it had brilliant moments, and one of those was certainly attend the duel of the two largest, and famous detectives of Japan Kogoro Akechi, and Kosuke Kindaicho enjoy both, as well as Edogawa Rampo I particularly liked Black Lizard in which is measured at a brilliant thief from search true , and also saw other loose cases of Kogoro Akechi However, despite the greatness of Edogawa Rampo, and its alleged daring to write arguments that defy censorship, and that even today are bold even for a time as corrupt, as this, however I think that the disciple and friend of Edogawa Rampo Seishi Yokomizo is greater than the master It is not enough to be sexually explicit, brave, when one writes a story there is to tell a good story that engages the reader from the very beginning, and that what both Seishi Yokomizo and his creature of fiction have made Kosuke Kindaichi in these three stories.But I m extending me, and think, that it is necessary to speak of the three cases The first murder in the Honjin is the first case of Kosuke Kindaichi, where its origins are counted But wasn t that what fascinated me, but the original of this first murder The mechanism to carry out this crime is masterful Indeed, Agatha Christie feel envy of the brilliant puzzles, and of the mechanism, that killer job, to get rid of his victim Also enjoy the great criminal mastermind Saburo, worthy antagonist, and nemesis of Kosuke Kindaichi and his library, which could compete with the of Don Alonso Quijano, except, that instead of books of cavalry contained detective novels What I liked most about this first story was the great knowledge, Seishi Yokomizo of the history of the detective novel had I would have liked, he had written a book of the history of the genre, like P.D James Julian Symonds Bloody Murder From the Detective Story to the Crime Novel , or the own Keating The amount of writers, appearing is formidable Arthur Conan Doyle, Maurice Leblanc, A.A Milne if the creator of Winnie the Poo , John Dickson Carr Gideon Fell is one of my favorite detectives , Will Art Croft, Agatha Christie, Gaston Leroux S.S Van Dine, or Roger Scarlett despite my scholarship by the detective novel, never heard of this author the conversation between Kindaichi, and Saburo on the crime in closed room is one of the attractions of this story, and a tribute, yielding Yokomizo gene lovers UT Police There are also moments of terror, and the motivation of the crime could not beJapanese what the writer Juan Manuel de Prada referred to as hypertrophy of the honor However, paradoxically to the writer, who reminded me of most was to g k Chesterton than in the case of the crime of Moonshine in the secret of Father Brown use one of the resources used by Seishi Yokomizo the use a dead man It seems that g k Chesterton was inspired by one of their favorite authors Robert Louis Stevenson In addition, another fact in favor of Seishi Yokomizo is that you cheating on me and did with me, what he wanted in all three cases, which proves that he is a great writer, because in none of the cases I see the killers, or the media, which were used to commit their crimes Although if the author of the saga would have measured my mother, or my friend Alfonseca of the hounds transition would have beendifficult to deceive.The second case is also fascinating is set in postwar Japan, and is about a marriage Was also a devilishly difficult case, which reminded me of much cases of Philo Vance, particularly to the casino murder case what is fascinating about this case are the impersonation, and the change of identity, and especially the questioning witnesses, and the huge game, giving the cats.But paradoxically of all my favorite is not murder in the Honjin, but the third because ground the pulley of the well , it is written by a brilliant and intelligent woman, getting through your intuition solve the crime before, that the Detective, in such a way that the honorable Kindaichi resigned to collect their fees Enjoying much of this story, because it could have been written by the Bront sisters, or Wilkie Collins He plays with a legend, and also a phishing, and retains a wonderful Gothic atmosphere, which gives him a very close to the Poe But the best is undoubtedly the Tsuruyo Narrator.In summary to the first story he would you 4 stars, the second three star, and the last story put you five star I recommend this book to everyone especially to fans of the detective genre, and we congratulate Quaterni by have edited Although the book, which I liked most of them this year was the Hitchcockian Creepy by Yutaka Maekawa leave the review in case someone wants to read it fromreviewpage 1.I applaud his courage when it comes to choosing books of such quality, and not to seek only consecrated authors Quaterni In addition to I want to praise, how much, and it very well, that they treat customers, and I hope that this year 2018 continue editing good books.I want to finish this criticism to dedicate to the Jesuit, and Professor of Sophia Press Peter Milward, who died in August of last year This man was student and friend both of C.S Lewis and J.R.R Tolkien, work on the Shakespearean question, and evangelized Japan If I could have been a man I would have liked to be the Father Milward It is now in heaven, but hopefully some Publisher is interested, and publish their books to the Spanish I don t know if I was a fan of the detective novel, but certainly if the wonderful land of the rising sun This review devoted to you A classic of the honkaku genre, The Honjin Murders is the first of Yokomizo s mysteries to feature the perennially scruffy but ingenious investigator, Kindaichi K suke While Yokomizo wrote 76 stories featuring the intrepid detective, only two have been translated into English to date the second is The Inugami Curse In this novel, Kindaichi makes an appearance fairly late in the story, well after an unnamed narrator clearly a man of a certain age and some importance establishes the charac A classic of the honkaku genre, The Honjin Murders is the first of Yokomizo s mysteries to feature the perennially scruffy but ingenious investigator, Kindaichi K suke While Yokomizo wrote 76 stories featuring the intrepid detective, only two have been translated into English to date the second is The Inugami Curse In this novel, Kindaichi makes an appearance fairly late in the story, well after an unnamed narrator clearly a man of a certain age and some importance establishes the characters, setting, and plot The initial framing is a bit slow but it does establish the setting well and once Kindaichi arrives on the scene the story picks up momentum and emotional weight This is an exceptionally tightly focused mystery, it s private wedding plot narrowing the potential murderers down to a small circle As with most locked room type stories the puzzlement is not so much who or why as how, and Yokomizo does not disappoint in the complexity with which he concocts the actual truly heinous crime But what impressed me most in the book was how surprisingly metafictional and modern much of discussion between characters is in Chapter 10, A Conversation About Detective Novels , Kindaichi and Ichiyanagi Saburo an avowed fan of detective stories engage in an argument on locked room mysteries as a genre that is really quite remarkable and delightfully sly This sort of slightly jaded side eye at the conventions of classic mystery stories continues throughout much of the book and gives it a uniquely piquant, intellectually stimulating feel, a welcome counterpoint to the genuine ugliness of the crime at its center This should be a must read for anyone interested in the development of the detective story, in locked room mysteries, or just good crime fiction I hope Pushkin Press publishestranslations of Yokomizo s work I ll certainly buy and read them A locked room murder, a red ochre painted room and the sound of the koto Set in 1937 in a rural Japanese village, a horrible murder takes place following the wedding of the eldest son of a wealthy family The Ichiyanagi family operated a honjin an inn for the nobility but when the feudal system was on the verge of collapse they moved to this small town and bought cheap farmland This is a classic locked room murder mystery It is the first in a series featuring the young, disheveled and st A locked room murder, a red ochre painted room and the sound of the koto Set in 1937 in a rural Japanese village, a horrible murder takes place following the wedding of the eldest son of a wealthy family The Ichiyanagi family operated a honjin an inn for the nobility but when the feudal system was on the verge of collapse they moved to this small town and bought cheap farmland This is a classic locked room murder mystery It is the first in a series featuring the young, disheveled and stuttering detective Kosuke Kindaichi Think of a less pompous Hercule Poirot A suspicious looking three fingered vagrant has been seen lurking around the estate and mysterious koto music has been heard in the night The story is related by an unnamed narrator based on what he was told by people close to the crime It s a very inventive plot There is no way I could have figured out how the crime was committed, but the narrator didn t really hide anything In fact, at the end of the book he sets out several instances of how his careful wording should have been a clue to the reader I would love to readof this series, but most of the books don t seem to be readily available in English The author matches up well with the other authors to whom he refers in this book, including Agatha Christie and John Dickson Carr.I received a free copy of this book from the publisher The first Detective Kindaichi mystery, and it is an impressive, awesome debut In a rural Japanese village, the young master of the most powerful family in the village is getting married with a beautiful, talented young bride But at the wedding night, the family heard terrible screams coming from the bedroom of the newlywed couple, the door and the windows were locked and the couple were found stabbed to death Why must they be killed Was the ominous Three Fingers Man witnessed by the village The first Detective Kindaichi mystery, and it is an impressive, awesome debut In a rural Japanese village, the young master of the most powerful family in the village is getting married with a beautiful, talented young bride But at the wedding night, the family heard terrible screams coming from the bedroom of the newlywed couple, the door and the windows were locked and the couple were found stabbed to death Why must they be killed Was the ominous Three Fingers Man witnessed by the villagers, the true murderer Detective Kindaichi was summoned, by the bride s uncle, to investigate the double murders case, but the truth he uncovered might be unsettling to both his clientand the victim s family


About the Author: Seishi Yokomizo

Seishi Yokomizo was a novelist in Sh wa period Japan.Yokomizo was born in the city of Kobe, Hy goHe read detective stories as a boy and in 1921, while employed by the Daiichi Bank, published his first story in the popular magazine Shin Seinen New Youth He graduated from Osaka Pharmaceutical College currently part of Osaka University with a degree in pharmacy, and initially intended to take over his family s drug store even though sceptical of the contemporary ahistorical attitude towards drugs However, drawn by his interest in literature, and the encouragement of Edogawa Rampo , he went to Tokyo instead, where he was hired by the Hakubunkan publishing company in 1926 After serving as editor in chief of several magazines, he resigned in 1932 to devote himself full time to writing.Yokomizo was attracted to the literary genre of historical fiction, especially that of the historical detective novel In July 1934, while resting in the mountains of Nagano to recuperate from tuberculosis, he completed his first novel Onibi , which was published in 1935, although parts were immediately censored by the authorities Undeterred, Yokomizo followed on his early success with a second novel Ningyo Sashichi torimonocho 1938 1939 However, during World War II, he faced difficulties in getting his works published due to the wartime conditions, and was in severe economic difficulties The lack of Streptomycin and other antibiotics also meant that his tuberculosis could not be properly treated, and he joked with friends that it was a race to see whether he would die of disease or of starvation.However, soon after the end of World War II, his works received wide recognition and he developed an enormous fan following He published many works via Kodansha s Weekly Sh nen Magazine in serialized form, concentrating only on popular mystery novels, based on the orthodox western detective story format, starting with Honjin Satsujin Jiken and Ch ch Satsujin Jinken both in 1946 His works became the model for postwar Japanese mystery writing He was also often called the Japanese John Dickson Carr after the writer whom he admired.Yokomizo is most well known for creating the private detective character Kosuke KindaichiMany of his works have been made into movies.Yokomizo died of colon cancer in 1981 His grave is at the Seishun en cemetery in Kawasaki, Kanagawa .


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