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新参者

(Kyoichiro Kaga #8)

really liked it 4.00  ·  Rating details ·  1,852 ratings  ·  353 reviews
东京,日本桥。一个单身女人在公寓内被杀。警方发现她最近刚搬到这里居住。负责调查的是刚调到日本桥地区的刑警加贺。仙贝店、高级料亭、陶瓷器店、钟表店、民间艺术品店,加贺走访案发地附近一家家店铺。他的调查看上去琐碎又与案情无关:通勤轨迹不同于往常的保险员、替老板给情人买人形烧的料亭小伙计、关系不睦的陶瓷器店婆媳、因女儿私奔而断绝父女关系的钟表店老板……
案件真相就在充满人间烟火的家长里短中逐渐显露。
Kindle Edition, 266 pages
Published February 1st 2016 by 南海出版公司 (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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Julie
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
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Paula Kalin
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
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Paromjit
Nov 03, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Theresa Alan
Oct 15, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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carol.
Jul 18, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of Miss Marple
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 and stopping to talk with Bert ...more
Carol
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
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Faith
Dec 03, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Apoorva
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
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Supreeth
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
Rincey
May 15, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: poc-author, favorites
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
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Julie Parks
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.
❄️Nani❄️
3.5⭐

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.
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Caroline
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
The Pfaeffle Journal (Diane)
Jan 29, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019
Most enjoyable.
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.
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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
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Em*bedded-in-books*
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
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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
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(ZanyAnomaly) Sai Ram
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
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Marie-Therese
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
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Kkinugawa
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.
Mobyskine
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
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Aristotle
May 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"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
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MRIDULA
My journey with Keigo HIgashino started with ‘Journey Under the Midnight Sun’, and that book is still one of my favorite multigeneration mystery.

‘Newcomer’ is about a woman who was found dead in her apartment and a quick glance at the murder suspect will tell you that the entire town has motive and opportunity to kill this humble lady. But with detective Kage, life is a bit more than black and white. He notices it all, but this journey is rather unusual.

As Kaga movies from one small mystery to a
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Jo
A divorced woman living alone is found murdered in a Tokyo apartment block. The police question everybody who had any connection to her from her ex-husband to her lawyer to the shops she frequented. Detective Kaga is the new policeman in town, the quirky Poirot-type who is able to thread all the strands together to find the answer. This was an enjoyable (if that's the right word to use for a crime novel) mystery with some interesting characters.
Justine
Dec 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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Shruti Ramanujam
Nov 11, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Originally posted on This is Lit.

Like every other Higashino novel, this one’s different from traditional crime fiction. The premise is simple. A woman is dead and our favorite detective Kaga starts investigating. The business district near the woman’s apartment is filled with shops whose owners are in some way linked to her murder. How Kaga finally unmasks the killer forms the rest of the story.

The Higashino touch in this novel is that we don’t see Kaga’s POV until the very end. Instead, each ch
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John
Dec 27, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Earlier this year I was blown away by Higashino's novels Malice and especially Under the Midnight Sun , so I came to Newcomer with high expectations -- perhaps unreasonably high expectations. I found the novel to be rather like Yuengling's lager: very pleasant on the palate but somehow undistinguished.

A divorcee, Mineko Mitsui, has been strangled in the Nihonbashi precinct of Tokyo. No one can think of an explanation: she was a rather reserved woman, much liked by those who knew her. Inspecto
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bookishly_sweety
**3.75 stars**
Newcomer by Keigo Higashino is part of the Detective Kaga series. This book can be read as a standalone as there's no backstory about Kaga or his personal life in the books. I've only read The Devotion of Suspect X before by the author and I loved it for its brilliant narration and I was super hyped about receiving this book for review. 

Newcomer is about the murder of a 40-year old woman, who is living alone and hardly any of her neighbours or the shops around her place know her or
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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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