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Seishi Yokomizo (1902–1981)

Author of The Honjin Murders

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Works by Seishi Yokomizo

The Honjin Murders (1946) 579 copies
The Inugami Curse (1976) 373 copies
The Village of Eight Graves (1951) 205 copies
Death on Gokumon Island (1947) 187 copies
The Devil's Flute Murders (1953) 85 copies
A Devilish Temari Song (1998) 14 copies
Fragranze di morte (2022) 4 copies
怪獣男爵 3 copies
仮面舞踏会 3 copies
くらやみ婿 2 copies
鬼火 2 copies
女怪 (1996) 2 copies
Beloe i chernoe (2006) 1 copy
首 (角川文庫) (1976) 1 copy

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Canonical name
Yokomizo, Seishi
Legal name
横溝正史
Birthdate
1902-05-02
Date of death
1981-12-28
Burial location
Seishun-en cemetery, Kawasaki, Kanagawa
Gender
male
Nationality
Japan
Country (for map)
Japan
Places of residence
Kobe, Japan
Education
Osaka Pharmaceutical College (Pharmacy)

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Originally written in 1973 and now released by Bolinda Publishing with translation from the Japanese by Jim Rion and narrated by Akira Matsumoto. The story is set in post WW2 Japan and was reflective of the times post war which was contemporary for the author. The Detective Kindaichi Mysteries first came out as serials and later as books which were popular in Japan. The series is finding new readers among those whose families originated there and seems to be quite popular with those who have a greater understanding of the background. Which is my roundabout way of saying that while the deductions were exemplary, I found it slow and difficult for me to relate. But it is interesting and I do favor books set in places I can never afford to visit. And I geek history. Glad that I read it.
I requested and received a free temporary audio copy from Bolinda Audio via NetGalley. Thank you!
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jetangen4571 | 2 other reviews | Apr 15, 2024 |
This is a real 'locked-room murder mystery' that young private detective Kosuke Kindaichi is determined to solve.
During the wedding night, the head of the Ichiyanagis and his bride are brutally killed. When they were found in the morning, no traces were found in the fresh snow around the building, all the shutters were closed and the door was locked from the inside. How could the murderer have escaped? What happened? This mystery is written with many twists and turns. On the one hand, the reader thinks he is on the trail of the murderer, but soon realises that he is looking in the wrong direction.
It was a very exciting and amusing read.
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Ameise1 | 30 other reviews | Apr 14, 2024 |
An uneasy feeling remains after reading The Hojin Murders. Does it have to do with the lock? Does it have to do with the fact that throughout the book it is said that this or that would later prove to be important in this case? That names and places are mentioned with only the initial letter? I can't bring it home. Even though I enjoyed this book, the characters, Japanese words and customs, I would like to give the author a few words of praise. The positive point is that he is able to mislead you about who or what and how. Just like Agatha Christie, but a bit more flawed because after a while it became clear to me that the supposed murderer could almost be removed from the list after the first few pages. It's not bad, it's not special. But I look forward to another title from this author. If only to know whether he has refined his writing style over the years.… (more)
 
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annus_sanctus | 30 other reviews | Mar 27, 2024 |
Needed a palate cleanser between heavy Asian stories. Hope this hits the spot!
 
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littlel | 12 other reviews | Jan 6, 2024 |

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