Monday, 10 August 2015


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Monday, 3 August 2015

Crime Fiction, Japanese-Style

Publishers Weekly (PW) recommends Yukito Ayatsuji's The Decagon House Murders as a best summer read for 2015. The novel was first published in 1987 and has now been translated from Japanese into English. As noted in PW, the  novel launched the shinhonkaku ("new orthodox") renaissance to Japanese crime fiction by "restoring Golden Age-style plotting and fair-play clues to the Japanese mystery scene."

Members of a mystery club, who are investigating deaths on a small island off the coast of Japan, must survive in a house where they are being targeted by a killer. Sound familiar? Publishers Weekly describes it as a "sophisticated homage" to Agatha Christie's And Then There Were None.

For the PW review, please see