Book review: The Black Lizard / Beast in the Shadows

The Black Lizard

The Black Lizard / Beast in the Shadows
by Edogawa Rampo
translated from the Japanese
by Ian Hughes
January 2006
280 pages
The stories were first published 
respectively in 1934 and 1928
Mystery/Japanese literature
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Read for The Classics Club

I recently discovered the Japanese Mystery Book Club on Discord (check here). We were supposed to read The Black Lizard and Beast in the Shadows a few weeks ago, and share on Instagram Stories.
That was a total debacle for me, I still don’t understand how you can share things on Stories (instead of in the Feed), as I can’t seem to be able to do a search with hashtags in Stories). So I have no idea what the others thought about the book.
Anyway, it doesn’t matter, I’m glad it gave me the opportunity to discover a classic Japanese author I didn’t know yet. And a really great one!

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Book review: Newcomer

NewcomerNewcomer
by  Keigo Higashino
Translator: Giles Murray
Minotaur Books
11/19/2018

Crime fiction
352 pages

Goodreads

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International bestseller Keigo Higashino returns with his latest mindbender, Newcomeras newly transferred Tokyo Police Detective Kyochiro Kaga is assigned to a baffling murder.

In his masterpiece Life: A User’s Manual, Georges Perec takes his reader room by room to discover the lives of people in a single apartment building. Imagine a variation of this pattern, introduce a Columbo-like detective, add a hint of the game Clue/Cluedo, and you have Newcomer in a nutshell.

VERDICT: Another cleverly plotted, beautifully structured mystery by the Japanese master of the genre. I highly recommend Newcomer for all lovers of smart stories, and readers interested in diverse and international literature.

Please go to Criminal Element to read my full review

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The top 8 books to read in November

Here are

The top 8 books
I plan to read in November

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CURRENTLY READING

currently readingOther books I liked by
Kate Morton
Michel Bussi
Nancy Bilyeau

READING NEXT

books up next

CURRENT AND NEXT AUDIOBOOKS

ne lache pas ma main  N'oublier jamais

My only problem with Bussi, is that after these 2,
there will be only 1 audiobook by him I have not devoured!!

CURRENT GIVEAWAYS

The Song Peddler  ALYCAT

The Song Peddler: open until November 30
Alycat: open until Nov 3

Eiffel Tower Orange

HAVE YOU READ
OR ARE YOU PLANNING TO READ
ANY OF THESE?
WHAT ARE YOUR READING PLANS FOR NOVEMBER?

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