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(Kyoichiro Kaga #8)

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Detective Kyoichiro Kaga of the Tokyo Police Department has just been transferred to a new precinct in the Nihonbashi area of Tokyo. Newly arrived, but with a great deal of experience, Kaga is promptly assigned to the team investigating the murder of a woman. But the more he investigates, the greater number of potential suspects emerges. It isn’t long before it seems nearl ...more
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Published November 20th 2018 by Minotaur Books (first published September 2009)
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Supreeth It might not be as good as Malice, but definitely a decent piece of mystery fiction. I believe JUMS is his best work so far!

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Dec 23, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018
Newcomer by Keigo Higashino, Giles Murray (Translator) is a 2018 Minotaur publication.

A pleasant surprise!

Fans of cozy mysteries or old school detective stories will love this one!!

Detective Kyoichiro Kaga has recently been transferred to the Nihonbashi precinct. He is immediately assigned to solve the murder of a divorced woman with ties to the Nihonbashi business district. To solve the mystery, he must interview people working in the neighborhood, all of whom have secrets, which may be a m
Nov 20, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Cozy murder mystery fans
Recommended to Paula by: NetGalley
Newcomer is a translated Japanese murder mystery. It is the 8th in the series, but doesn’t matter if you start here as the main character, Sergeant Kyochiro Kaga, is new to the Tokyo police force. Kaga is assigned a murder case about a 45 year old divorced woman. His style is like that of Colombo - kind and a bit bumbling while interviewing the many suspects and coming back on numerous occasions to ask additional questions.

This book is a whodunnit. A character driven, cozy mystery more like Aga
Nov 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is beautifully written, character driven translated Japanese crime fiction by Keigo Higashino featuring the razor sharp Sergeant Kyochiro Kaga, the eponymous Newcomer, recent arrival to Tokyo as a precinct detective. This is the 8th in the series, but it worked just fine as a standalone for me. In the district of Kodenmacho, a 45 year old divorced woman, Mineko Mitsui, has been discovered murdered in her apartment, strangled to death. No-one knows why she moved to the area, but she has been ...more
Jul 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: fans of Miss Marple
08/09/20 US Kindle sale $2.99

In each Higashino Sgt. Kaga mystery I've read, he's done something quite unique, and in Newcomer, he surprised me again with his unusual approach to the mystery of a strangled woman.  One of the conceits of the story is that Sgt. Kaga is new to the Nihonbashi district, which apparently resembles "old" Tokyo; as he goes into different shops and houses, the reader gets the feel for a distinct place and time. Much like Miss Marple going to visit Dottie Bantry for tea an
Theresa Alan
Oct 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
3.5 rounded up. Newcomer refers to the detective who is new in town and trying to solve the case of the murder of a forty-five-year-old divorced woman. If you like traditional, non-gory mysteries, you’ll like this story. In many detective novels, the cops have a grim, gritty disposition and possibly a drinking problem. Sergeant Kaga is downright friendly as he goes from shop to shop looking for small clues.

It turns out I’m not a huge fan of traditional, non-gory mysteries with affable detective
Newcomer is the seventh Higashino novel I've read and it was the perfect book at the perfect moment. Note that Higashino's novels are being translated into English in a seemingly haphazard fashion, so mystery readers compelled to read series in order must take a shot of their favorite beverage (or take any other action that works to calm one's nerves) and get over that compulsion. Yes, Newcomer is book 8 in the Detective Kaga series, but it's truly a standalone in every way.

Things you won't fin
Sep 22, 2019 rated it liked it

3.5 stars

In this 2nd book (that's been translated into English) in the 'Detective Kaga' series, the Tokyo homicide cop investigates the murder of a woman. The book can be read as a standalone.


When a middle-aged woman named Mineko Mitsui is murdered in her apartment in the Kodenmacho district of Tokyo, homicide detective Kyoichiro Kaga - a newcomer to the local precinct - uses his Sherlockian skills to track down the killer.

Rather than zero in directly on the victim, Kaga starts by investiga
Dec 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
Detective Kaga is newly assigned to the Nihonbashi Precinct. His first case is investigating the strangulation of a 45 year old divorced woman. There was an ever-widening group of suspects and witnesses to question. So many that the author had to include a cast of characters at the beginning of the book. Kaga is kindly and unobtrusive, but also deceptively shrewd and perceptive. He’s sort of a cross between Colombo and Miss Marple. From the description of the book I wasn’t expecting a cosy myste ...more
Mar 13, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
‘Newcomer’ revolves around the murder of a middle-aged woman living in Nihonbashi area of Tokyo. The newly arrived detective, Kyochiro Kaga, is assigned to the case. The detective soon discovers that there are many people all over the town who, in one way or another, are linked to the victim or the incident. So, he goes on interviewing the suspects to figure out their role in the murder mystery.

This is a traditional whodunnit thriller. There are a lot of characters involved and I’m glad there’s
I wonder if Keigo Higashino walks all over the Tokyo brooding about random people, fitting in six W's and police terms, alibis, motives, timelines and everything. I guess he has written it all, whodunits, howdunits, whydunits, whendunits, wheredunits, did-he-dun-its. Newcomer falls under typical whodunit. For a mystery book, keeping the reader actually giving a crap for the characters is more important than plot and suspense and all that. Newcomer does keep the reader guessing and anticipating, ...more
May 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
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I love me a good puzzle mystery/classic whodunits and Keigo Higashino does it so well
Riju Ganguly
Mar 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I don't know whether this would remain as the best book of 2019 for me, since almost ten months are still left. But as of now, this was one of the smartest, sweetest, saddest, and charming tale that I have ever read, and definitely the best one of this year so far. It's amazing that this tale involved murder, betrayal, and so much of pain at so many levels, and yet succeded in oozing positive feelings at the conclusion of each chapter!
Higashino rules, but Giles Murray is THE man, who has succeed
Julie Parks
Oct 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book really does read much like a Japanese version of Sherlock Holmes, giving the reader not only the thrill of a murder but also an educational journey into Tokyo's street life. Very authentic and enjoyable.

Thank you NetGalley for the copy in exchange for my honest review.
Aug 23, 2019 rated it liked it
Me : Hey, you are the new Higashino thriller! Pretty much excited to make acquaintance with you.

Book : Hey there. How are you doing Shifad. You know me?

Me : Well, yeah. I am a fan of Higashino thrillers. He explores the dark psyche of human beings like no other. Devotion of Suspect X, Salvation of Saint, Malice, Journey under the midnight sun! Ingenious books! And you are authored by the same person!

Book : Well ( huffs in pride), you got that right! There is murder in me. And a long possible lis

Really good but compared to his other novels, this might be my least fav.

That’s it. One more and I’ve read all of Higashino’s works.
It feels like the end of an era.
Hafizz Nasri
Apr 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebook, favorites
Another Kyoichiro Kaga! I love Kaga that he was so mysterious, like what Koji commented about him-- "He sort of popped up, asked a few questions, and then vanished in a puff of smoke." Kaga's mind seems 'unsure' but full of curiosity as a detective, him being nice and proper, he knows certain things that you might can't identify, his eyes and that out of the box thinking (that left right people walking with/without jackets!), I adore Kaga so much (since Malice he was so good!).

“Aren’t you suppo
Jessica Woodbury
If you enjoy intricate and puzzling procedurals, hopefully you've already found Keigo Higashino. If you haven't, you're in luck. This newest translated book brings back Detective Kaga, who appeared in MALICE, for the most delightful of his novels to come to the US so far.

The joys of reading Higashino are the joys of how he leans into the details of a good investigation and how he plays with those forms. The actual crime here isn't as intricate as SALVATION OF A SAINT (which was a true joy of rev
3.5 stars
As usual it was a convoluted mystery with lots of red herrings. Kaga, the unassuming constable, who was originally a police detective, who got demoted due to some petty work related complaint, is the new comer to this particular precinct in Tokyo, when a woman is murdered by strangulation in her own house, with no signs of a tassle. He investigated all people connected with the lady, and unearths many secrets ranging from silly to normal to impactful . Finally, the murderr is caught an
Oct 15, 2020 rated it liked it

Very entertaining thriller ! Not my fave but I also don’t love detective/police fiction. If you enjoy Sherlock Holmes, you’d definitely enjoy this!
The Pfaeffle Journal (Diane)
Jan 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019
Most enjoyable.
Sep 10, 2020 rated it liked it
Only two of the Detective Kaga novels have been translated into English, and I liked this one better than the other, Malice. The cerebral detective Kaga investigates the strangulation murder of a 45-year old divorcee. She is estranged from her ex-husband and 20 year-old son. Kaga methodically interviews the shop-owners in her neighborhood. Both the owner personalities and the shops are interesting and diverse: a traditional Japanese restaurant and shops selling china, clocks, pastry, and handicr ...more
Divine Anas
While Malice is deemed to be the better installment of the series, I fairly think that Newcomer makes Detective Kaga's involvement more pronounced and hmmmm likeable? This was unexpectedly well fleshed out and pretty wholesome for crime fiction. One of the most commendable aspects here is how the setting was laid out and held significance in the storyline. It makes the reading experience more like a field trip to Japan as it details the circuits of Ningyocho or commonly known as the Doll Town.

2.5 stars maybe.

This was a rather disappointing mystery. Not only did it take a very long time to get going (the pacing felt off until about 40% in and the language in the first half was exceedingly plodding and awkward, as if either Higashino or the translator just could not figure out what tone to take to get this exposition out of the way) but, when it finally did, the mystery itself was all too easy to figure out (even the final "twist" signaled obviously well before the end) and there was
What different purposes two authors can make of similar structures, and what different moods they can create. As I finished my first Keigo Higashino mystery, I remembered a short novel by the Nobel prize winner of 1937 that I read last week: The Postman, by Roger Martin du Gard. Both Higashino and du Gard make use of a single government employee wending his way from house to house (or shop to shop) in a small community, performing his duties and using canny questioning and comments to achieve va ...more
Saimon (ZanyAnomaly)
Newcomer felt more like a short story book of small-town family drama rather than the advertised book of murder, mystery, and intrigue. Here’s why I felt so:

While this book does start with a dead woman, I barely felt any emotion in the story because we never actually get talking to the people closest to the victim until the last 30% of the book. The first 200 pages were spent with the detective running around the neighborhood solving petty family drama issues mostly irrelevant to the murder. I j
Dec 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I struggled to find the words for why I enjoyed this so much. Part of a series (not all of which are available in English yet), this book sees the observant and dogged Detective Kaga in a new district, the Nihonbashi area. Like other standard detective stories, he picks up on little details, seemingly insignificant, that others fail to notice and somehow weaves that into the solution for whodunit.

That's not why I loved it though. The book is broken into sections based on the places he investigat
Pooja Singh
A divorced woman has been murdered in the Nihonbashi district of Tokyo and it is up to the newly appointed detective Kyochiro Kaga to find out who the murderer is. That is when he finds himself closely involved in the lives of the business owners and the people living in the precinct as he goes about interviewing them.
With a touch of the old school detective novel, each part describes the household of a specific business owner and their connection with the victim along with interesting anecdote
May 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
"People who've been traumatized by a crime are victims, too. Finding ways to comfort them is also part of my job." -Detective Kyochiro Kaga

A 40ish recent divorcee is found murdered in her apartment. The search for her killer. The story was simple but the telling of it was a work of art. An intelligent crime thriller without any extra words or unrelated distractions. Vignettes that seem to have nothing in common but were in fact joined by a single axis that connected them to the murder.
An interes
Mar 05, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of the representative works of the author. The book is about the struggle of a policeman to find out the murder of a case which happened at the centre of Tokyo. The specific point which I thought that is making this book special is the way that policeman is going to find out the murderer. While the mystery novel usually make up reasoning from the evidence which had been left at the scene, this book proceeds as solving the case which seems unrelated to the essential case. But in the end, answ ...more
Lulu Rahman
Jan 13, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An intricate riddle that takes a while for every piece of the puzzle to come together. And when it does, all of fit perfectly!

Newcomer may not be an exhilarating fast-paced crime thriller but its storyline is no less intriguing and the main character, Detective Kyoichiro Kaga, is a charming and unconventional character.
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Keigo Higashino (東野 圭吾) is one of the most popular and biggest selling fiction authors in Japan—as well known as James Patterson, Dean Koontz or Tom Clancy are in the USA.

Born in Osaka, he started writing novels while still working as an engineer at Nippon Denso Co. (presently DENSO). He won the Edogawa Rampo Prize, which is awarded annually to the finest mystery work, in 1985 for the novel Hōkago

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Kyoichiro Kaga (10 books)
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  • 眠りの森 [nemuri no mori] (加賀恭一郎, #2)
  • どちらかが彼女を殺した [Dochiraka ga kanojo o koroshita] (加賀恭一郎, #3)
  • Malice (Detective Kaga, #1)
  • 私が彼を殺した [Watashi ga kare o koroshita] (加賀恭一郎, #5)
  • 嘘をもうひとつだけ [uso o mou hitotsu dake] (加賀恭一郎, #6)
  • 赤い指 [Akai yubi] (加賀恭一郎, #7)
  • 麒麟の翼 [kirin no tsubasa] (加賀恭一郎, #9)
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