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The Tokyo Zodiac Murders
The Tokyo Zodiac Murders | Soji Shimada
Astrologer, fortuneteller, and self-styled detective Kiyoshi Mitarai must in one week solve a macabre murder mystery that has baffled Japan for 40 years. Who murdered the artist Umezawa, raped and killed his daughter, and then chopped up the bodies of six others to create Azoth, the supreme woman? With maps, charts, and other illustrations, this story of magic and illusion, pieced together like a great stage tragedy, challenges the reader to unravel the mystery before the final curtain.From the Trade Paperback edition.
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AutumnRLS
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And now I begin my #spookyreads.

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suvata
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Mehso-so

Continuing my TBR project:
This is one the oldest selection on my TBR list - Originally added September 19, 2015.

I‘m usually all in for a Japanese crime novel but this was just not for me — too much astrology — and nothing like the American Zodiac Killer. I don‘t know what I was expecting.

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Erofan
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Imagine that on the table in front of you are files related to the mass murder of forty years ago. The investigation has long been at an impasse, and possible suspects died. You have an identical set of information as the private detectives who took the case. The author challenges the reader in an intellectual game and offers to find the murderer before his heroes. This is the main feature of the genre "honkaku": feel like a detective! ? #Japan

Gina This sounds fascinating! 6mo
Smrloomis Wow! And also that cover is really frightening 😱 6mo
Erofan @Gina Yeah, I can't wait to read this book! 6mo
Erofan @Smrloomis Yep, when I looked closely, the female figures on the cover scared me! 😨 6mo
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grumpygirlbooks
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This one is a solid three stars. I definitely enjoyed it, and I really like mysteries where the reader has a chance to solve it too. There were a few things I didn‘t love - like way too much focus on the first part of the case, and it was a big exposition dump - by design - to give enough info to have the clues to solve it.

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BiblioNyan
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This is an OwnVoices JPN crime thriller about a guy in the mid-1930s who‘s found in a locked room dead w/a testament that explains how he‘s going to kill 7 women. Shortly afterwards the remains of 7 women are found chopped-up & dispersed all around rural Japan, all who died after the guy in the room. Flash to 40 years later & everyone‘s still baffled at how it was done & who the culprit is. But 2 random dudes are determined to solve the mystery!

vivastory I really liked this one 13mo
8leagueboot This sounds so cool! 13mo
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mrozzz
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Can‘t believe September is over already... here is my #Booked2018 3rd quarter wrap up! I have yet to finish the tagged for Japanese thriller, but I should finish in a couple of days! 🤗

The rest include:
Blame it on Litsy— The Kiss Quotient
Beach Read— When Katie Met Cassidy
Set in a school— Dare Me
Diverse Nonfiction— My Beloved World
LGBTQIA+ MC— Leah on the Offbeat

Reviewsbylola I loved When Katie Met Cassidy! 14mo
vivastory I loved the tagged book 14mo
mrozzz Me too @Reviewsbylola 😊 I really like Camille Perri 14mo
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mrozzz @vivastory woohoo! I hope I end up loving it too. It‘s... interesting. 14mo
Cinfhen Yay!!! Thanks for posting & sharing!!! 14mo
mrozzz @Cinfhen ☺️💜 14mo
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megantargaryen
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Visiting my moms in North Fort Myers and reading on the lanai is incredibly relaxing. Let's stress ourselves out with a really disturbing murder, shall we?

WordWaller Hahaha this is exactly how I feel when I bring a horror novel on vacation. Like what am I even doing? 3y
megantargaryen @WordWaller lol it's probably masochistic. I was wide awake and horrified for hours reading this. 3y
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KimmyM
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I was really confused for a while and I definitely did not figure this one out! Very entertaining.

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KimmyM
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I confess, I am thoroughly confused. But I'm enjoying the journey! I love that the author left this note to readers.

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KimmyM
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This book has been highly recommended several times by fellow readers so I'm going to start reading it tonight!

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Amy_H
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Fun mystery. I usually don't go in for these locked room puzzle kind of mysteries, but I enjoyed it. I need to find more mysteries in translation. The ones I've read recently haven't disappointed.

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bookwrm526
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This was not at all what I was expecting, but for what it turned out to be it was pretty great! It's a murder mystery focused almost entirely on the intricate plot of the crime itself, with no political analysis and very little about the characters except as it relates to the crime. Once I understood what it was doing, I really enjoyed it!

Marchpane Sounds fascinating 3y
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DiruVamp
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I really enjoyed this one! The beginning was a little (ok a lot) overwhelming with the amount of information presented. But a true mystery! Now that I know how it ends I want to read it again! Very very good.

BookishFeminist I enjoyed this too! Interesting set up that was a bit different than a lot of American detectives. 4y
DiruVamp I agree. Very Holmes/Watson but I enjoyed that. 4y
sleuthsandspies I'm glad you enjoyed this! I recommended it to someone who HATED it, so it's nice to see others recognize Shimada's genius. 4y
DiruVamp @sleuthsandspies I actually read this after seeing your post about it and was not disappointed at all! 4y
amazingmavis Love this cover! 4y
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DiruVamp
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It was a good mail day! 🤓

callunakeep Looks like it!! 👏🏼👏🏻👏 4y
DaveNeufeld Can't wait to start Hex! 4y
DiruVamp @DaveNeufeld I'm only 3 chapters in but I'm loving it so far! 4y
DaveNeufeld Awesome, luckily my current book is pretty good too, all the great stuff I'm hearing about Hex is making it really tough to wait haha... 4y
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sleuthsandspies
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Despite its overt homage to Conan Doyle, The Tokyo Zodiac Murders is no mere recasting of Holmes and Watson as Kiyoshi Mitarai and Kazumi Ishioka. Rather, by blending the locked-room mystery with an arcane mysticism and self-reflexive narrative, Shimada creates a unique form of logic problem.

sleuthsandspies Full review at www.sleuthsandspies.wordpress.com 4y
squibblesreads this is hardcore on my TBR!! 4y
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