Ayatsuji's cult classic mystery about a group of sleuthing university students trapped on a notorious island pays homage to the Golden Age puzzle-plot novel whilst cleverly pushing its boundaries.
The Japanese cult classic mystery
The lonely, rockbound island of Tsunojima is notorious as the site of a series of bloody unsolved murders. Some even say it's haunted. One thing's for sure: it's the perfect destination for the K-University Mystery Club's annual trip. But when the first club member turns up dead, the remaining amateur sleuths realise they will need all of their murder-mystery expertise to get off the island alive.
As the party are picked off one by one, the survivors grow desperate and paranoid, turning on each other. Will anyone be able to untangle the murderer's fiendish plan before it's too late?
Publisher: Pushkin Press
Number of pages: 288
Dimensions: 198 x 129 mm
--Esquire, The 50 Best Mysteries of All Time
"A terrific mystery, a classic of misdirection very much in the manner of Agatha Christie or John Dickson Carr'"
"Behold, the perfect escapist drug! If I could crush this book into a powder and snort it, I would."
"A real page-turner... Highly recommended"
"Ayatsuji's brilliant and richly atmospheric puzzle will appeal to fans of golden age whodunits... Every word counts, leading up to a jaw-dropping but logical reveal"
--Publishers Weekly (starred review)
"A stunner of a plot, with an ending which I simply could not believe when it was first revealed... Rivals Soji Shimada's The Tokyo Zodiac Murders for sheer audacity and ingenuity"
--At the Scene of the Crime
"A knowing tribute to classic crime, it features all manner of puzzles, including locked rooms, jigsaws and magic tricks."
--Mark Sanderson, The Times
--Laura Wilson, Guardian
"The Decagon House Murders, is a thrilling homage to Christie's And Then There Were None, following a group of amateur sleuths on a trip to a lonely island, the site of several unsolved murders. In the opening chapter, one character remarks: "Enough gritty realism please! What mystery novels need are a great detective, a mansion, a shady cast of residents, bloody murders, impossible crimes and never-before-seen-tricks played by the murder." It's impossible not to agree."
"Aimed to be a murder mystery that readers can solve as they read, this book is gripping and has fun bits such as characters having nicknames based on American and European mystery writers, and of course, maps!"
--United by Pop
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