The Decagon House Murders (Paperback)
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The Decagon House Murders (Paperback)

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Paperback 288 Pages / Published: 03/12/2020
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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
ISBN: 9781782276340
Number of pages: 288
Dimensions: 198 x 129 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
"A terrific mystery, a classic of misdirection very much in the manner of Agatha Christie or John Dickson Carr'" - Washington Post

"Behold, the perfect escapist drug! If I could crush this book into a powder and snort it, I would." - Vulture

"A real page-turner... Highly recommended" - Classic Mystery

"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

"highly ingenious" - 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." - The Guardian

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“Well Thought Out Murder Mystery”

ARC provided to me through NetGalley for an honest review.

I didn't really know what to expect from this book but I love Agatha Christie type murder mysteries so I was really intrigued! After finishing it,... More

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“Clever, intriguing and complex”

A group of Japanese University students, with a shared interest in murder mysteries, visit an island with a grisly history. Less than a year ago, a gruesome multiple murder took place. When one of the current mystery... More

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“Japanese Mystery”

A group of Japanese students are members of a Mystery Club and each of them take on names of famous crime writers . A number of them go to visit an island where an eccentric man has built a mansion and also a separate... More

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