My Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐
About the Author:
Keigo Higashino (born February 4, 1958) is the single bestselling, best-known novelist in Japan and around Asia, with numerous television and film adaptations of his work appearing in several languages. He’s the author of ‘The Devotion of Suspect X’, which was the finalist for the Edgar Award for best novel, and ‘Malice’, among many others.
He was working as an engineer before he began writing. He won the Edogawa Rampo Prize for writing at age 27 and subsequently quit his job to start a career as a writer in Tokyo. Keigo was the President of ‘The Mystery Writers of Japan’ from 2009 to 2013. He is renowned for his mystery novels which have garnered many awards and recognition from all over.
Publication Year: 2012
‘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 a list of cast given in the beginning, otherwise recalling the names would’ve been painful! This was more of a laid back, comfortable mystery as it’s mostly focused on the lives of the suspects than the actual murder. Kaga goes on to learn more about the murder but discovers harmless skeletons in their closet and helps them solves their problems.
“People who’ve been traumatized by a crime are victims, too. Finding ways to comfort them is also part of my job.”
I loved the sweet and quirky personality of Kaga and I had fun delving into the domestic mysteries of the people’s lives and how they were connected to the murder. The book wasn’t much suspenseful and I wasn’t blown away by the ending, but I enjoyed reading the story. It’s always entertaining to read the mystery unravel due to the detective’s sharp observational skills and power of deduction.
If you don’t mind a cozy mystery, then go for it!