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The Honjin Murders
Written by:
Seishi Yokomizo 
Read by:
Akira Matsumoto 
Unabridged CD Audio Book 
Number of CDs:
5 hours 9 minutes 
September 01 2021 
Available Date:
September 01 2021 
Age Category:
Fiction; Crime & Thriller; Detective; Mystery 
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The Honjin Murders is 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 about the Ichiyanagis around the village. Then, on the night of the wedding, the Ichiyanagi family 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. The murder seems impossible, but amateur detective Kosuke Kindaichi is determined to get to the bottom of it.

'A classic locked-room murder mystery, the first in the Detective Kindaichi series ... The solution to this mystery came as a complete surprise – exactly what I asked for.'
New York Times Book Review

'The perfect read for this time of year. Short and compelling, it will appeal to fans of Agatha Christie looking for a new case to break.'
Irish Times

'Japan's Agatha Christie ... It's an absolute pleasure to see his work translated at last in these beautifully produced English editions.'
The Sunday Times

'Akira Matsumoto provides an exciting narration of this classic locked-room mystery. Translated into English for the first time, this first of 77 Detective Kindaichi volumes offers a fascinating glimpse of Japanese culture. In Okamura in 1937, the son of a great family and his bride are found brutally murdered in their locked room on the morning after their wedding. The bloody prints of a three-fingered man are found at the scene, but with no way in or out of the room, the mystery deepens. Matsumoto's Japanese pronunciations are flawless. He keeps the intensity high as both helpful clues and red herrings create a puzzle worthy of Kindaichi's agile mind. This Kindaichi mystery will leave listeners eager for more.'
AudioFile Magazine