*** Newcomer by Keigo Higashino

Newcomer is a delightful murder mystery in which the action takes place in a small Tokyo neighborhood where many neighbors have secrets, some deep and some frivolous, all of which stand in the way of the detective tasked with finding the murderer. Each chapter is focused on one of the households, as the detective patiently untangles the alibis and delicately presents his conclusions, whether or not the secrets lead to the murderer. There are secret children, family feuds, and late-in-life lovers, so much so that it’s easy to forget at time that a woman was indeed murdered. Highly recommended.

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