The Little Sparrow Murders (Paperback)
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The Little Sparrow Murders (Paperback)

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Paperback 320 Pages
Published: 06/06/2024
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An old friend of Kosuke Kindaichi's invites the scruffy detective to visit the remote mountain village of Onikobe in order to look into a twenty-year-old murder case. But no sooner has Kindaichi arrived than a new series of murders strikes the village - several bodies are discovered staged in bizarre poses, and it soon becomes clear that the victims are being killed using methods that match the lyrics of an old local children's song...

The legendary sleuth investigates, but soon realises that he must unravel the dark and tangled history of the village, as well as that of its rival families, to get to the truth.

Publisher: Pushkin Press
ISBN: 9781782278870
Number of pages: 320
Dimensions: 198 x 129 mm


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Praise for Seishi Yokomizo's classic mysteries: - .

The diabolically twisted plotting is top-notch - New York Times

Readers will delight in the blind turns, red herrings and dubious alibis... Ingenious and compelling - Economist

With a reputation in Japan to rival Agatha Christie's, the master of ingenious plotting is finally on the case for anglophone readers - Guardian

This is Golden Age crime at its best, complete with red herrings, blind alleys and twists and turns galore... A testament to the power of the simple murder mystery and its enduring appeal - Spectator

Plenty of golden age ingredients... with a truly ingenious solution - Guardian, Best New Crime Novels

A classic murder mystery... Comparisons with Holmes are justified, both in the character of Kindaichi and Yokomizo's approach to storytelling mixing clues, red herrings and fascinating social insight before drawing back the curtain to reveal the truth - Japan Times

At once familiar and tantalisingly strange... It's an absolute pleasure to see his work translated at last in these beautifully produced English editions - Sunday Times

Has a touch of Agatha Christie but with so much added spice. There are plenty of twists, red herrings, and suspects in this monkey puzzle of a story. Japan has a wonderful history of crime writing, and Yokomizo is one of their finest authors - NB Magazine

Another legendary Yokomizo book... A campy and delightful detective novel - Books and Bao

A gory tale of family greed, honour, revenge and loyalty with plenty of red herrings. Full of action and with a detective like no other - Live and Deadly

A delightfully entertaining locked room murder mystery... There are plenty of twists, red herrings, and suspects in this monkey puzzle of a story... An ideal book to curl up with on a winter's night - NB Magazine

Atmospheric, exciting and knotty whodunits. The covers alone are enough to get any fan of the genre salivating - Japan Times

An exceptional whodunit... The brilliant and intricate plot will keep readers turning the pages. Golden age fans will hope for more translations of this gifted author - Publishers Weekly, starred review

Seishi Yokomizo took a pinch of John Dickson Carr and a dash of Agatha Christie in creating Kosuke Kindaichi, solver of impossible crimes... Kosuke's arrival [on Gokumon Island] coincides with a string of bizarre and gruesome murders. As deaths mount, the quirky, endearing detective strings together the clues to solve this fiendish puzzle - Sarah Weinman, The New York Times

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“Gruesome murders happened again.”

Following detective Kindaichi's supposed peaceful retreat to Onikobe, the story begins with the disappearance of Hoan Tatara, the village chieftain and the man behind “Onikobe’s Temari Song,” which was once... More

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“Another Yokomizo head-scratcher”

This is the 6th book by Seishi Yokomizo featuring the (slightly scruffy) detective Kosuke Kindaichi to be published in English, and it's another example of why he is regarded as one of the masters of the crime... More

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“Japan's golden age of crime.”

Typical Kindaichi mystery, wherever he goes bodies start appearing. Originally published in 1971 recently translated it's in the same vain as Poirot but the Japanese detective being less. Well dressed.
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