𝐓𝐡𝐞 𝐇𝐨𝐧𝐣𝐢𝐧 𝐌𝐮𝐫𝐝𝐞𝐫𝐬
𝐁𝐲 𝐒𝐞𝐢𝐬𝐡𝐢 𝐘𝐨𝐤𝐨𝐦𝐢𝐳𝐨
𝐏𝐮𝐛𝐥𝐢𝐬𝐡𝐞𝐫: 𝐏𝐮𝐬𝐡𝐤𝐢𝐧 𝐕𝐞𝐫𝐭𝐢𝐠𝐨
𝐏𝐮𝐛𝐥𝐢𝐬𝐡𝐞𝐝: 𝟏𝐬𝐭 𝐉𝐚𝐧𝐮𝐚𝐫𝐲 𝟏𝟗𝟒𝟔
𝐆𝐞𝐧𝐫𝐞: 𝐌𝐮𝐫𝐝𝐞𝐫 𝐌𝐲𝐬𝐭𝐞𝐫𝐲
𝐑𝐞𝐚𝐝𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐘𝐞𝐚𝐫: 𝟐𝟎𝟐𝟒
In 1937, preparations for the wedding of Kenzo, the eldest son and heir of the Ichiyanagi family, were underway at their sprawling mansion. Meanwhile, in a nearby village, residents noticed a peculiar vagrant with two missing fingers on one hand.
The wedding ceremony took place with several family members in attendance, featuring the customary performance of the koto, a traditional 13-string musical instrument cherished by the family. Local villagers joined in the celebration of the newlyweds.
Later that fateful night, amidst a discord of koto melodies and chilling screams, chaos erupted within the mansion. Rushing to the annexe where the couple's bedroom lay, family members encountered a grim scene. The door was locked from the inside, necessitating a forceful entry, only to find Kenzo and his bride brutally slain. The murder weapon, a katana, lay outside in the pristine garden, atop a blanket of untouched snow, devoid of any footprints. Thus began a perplexing locked-room mystery.
As authorities scoured for the enigmatic vagrant, suspicions brewed within the family, particularly surrounding the deceased bride's uncle. In response, the uncle sought the aid of his protégé, the astute young detective Kosuke Kindaichi, to unravel the intricate web of deception and deceit. As Kindaichi plunges further into the investigation, he unravels a complex tapestry of secrets and deceit lurking within the Ichiyanagi family. Among the pool of suspects are Kenzo's estranged father, his envious cousin, and an enigmatic stranger spotted near the inn on the fateful night of the murder.
What truly captivated me about this book were the narration style, the storytelling prowess, and the intricately crafted characters. The narration is particularly fascinating as it comes from a perspective indirectly connected to Kindaichi's cases, adding an extra layer of depth to the storytelling. The writing style in this book feels somewhat different from what I'm used to, which might indicate that it's a translated version. However, I found the story plot engaging, and the language was easy to follow. Despite enjoying the entirety of the book and being captivated by the story, I couldn't help but feel a bit let down by the climax. While the suspense built up from the beginning was maintained admirably, the conclusion didn't quite meet my expectations. Nevertheless, for fans of suspense, it's still a solid choice.
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