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The Moai Island Puzzle (Egami Jiro #2)

3.57  ·  Rating Details ·  35 Ratings  ·  5 Reviews
In his introduction, Soji Shimada, the doyen of the Japanese form of Golden Age detective fiction known as shin honkaku, calls this novel a masterpiece and Publisher’s Weekly gives it a starred review.

Three students from Eito University in Kyoto travel to a remote island populated with moai statues in order to find a hidden treasure, but several murders—including one impos
Paperback, 232 pages
Published May 21st 2016 by Locked Room International (first published July 1989)
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Jul 22, 2016 Jeanette rated it liked it
This is a very formal Japanese "closed room" mystery. It takes place completely on a island during a 5 day summer holiday- no transportation "off" possible. There are 11 characters and its wording, nuance to meaning, clue giving and asides and references to other mystery writers of the last 150 plus years are prime to the "knowledge" that the reader needs to assume a guess. And you are actually asked to guess at a point that is 80% into the copy. I guessed wrong.

It's first half was a 4 star, bu
Nov 19, 2016 Sae-chan rated it liked it
Shelves: japanese-writers
A real whodunnit. No worries about motive.
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Jul 26, 2016 Elaine Tomasso rated it really liked it
Written in 1988 The Moai Island Puzzle is part of the new wave of Japanese locked room mysteries. I must admit that I didn't know there was an old wave never mind a new one and came to the novel through a recommendation on Crime Fiction Lover.

Three students, Maria, Alice (a young man) and Mr Egami, all members of the Eito University Club, travel to Maria's family's island holiday home to try and find a cache of diamond jewellery her grandfather hid before his death using his "evolving puzzle" cl
David Chamberlain
Jul 31, 2016 David Chamberlain rated it it was amazing
Classic locked room mystery ably translated by Mr. Wong. We can only hope he will continue to translate the works of Ayatsuji, Arisugawa, and others.

Not only a locked room, but a mysterious puzzle on the island: what do the moai statues signify? Trapped on the island, the members of the college mystery club try to solve 4 murders.
Margaret Tassey
Aug 19, 2016 Margaret Tassey rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Pure puzzle

Modern mystery novels tend to focus on the dysfunctional lives of the detectives and other interested parties. This one strips all that away. It is like a Japanese garden or house. Spare. Polite.

I really enjoyed it.
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