The “chapter title” stories are 雪割草 and 獄門島 (i.e. the mystery of the chapter revolves around a copy of that book in some way). Some other titles including 八つ墓村 get briefly name-dropped in early dialogue.
As per Amazon: 出生の秘密のせいで嫁ぐ日の直前に破談になった有爲子は、長野県諏訪から単身上京する。戦時下に探偵小説を書くことを禁じられた横溝正史が新聞連載を続けた作品がよみがえる。著者唯一の大河家族小説！
A review: Storytellerとしての才能，布石の打ち方，話の妙そして何よりもその時代を生きた人しか醸し出せない時代の空気感を出している作品。後の戦後からのヒット作品「八つ墓村~」へと続く小説の原点を観ることが出来ます。橫溝正史ファンならずとも一度はご覧下さい。
Sounds interesting! Not something we’ll read with the 金田一 club (unless you’re all interested in a non 金田一 横溝 as well?), but it went on my list for when we take our next s&m break (or something). Another one that went on the list is 悪魔の手毬唄 which was referenced in this book. Being a 金田一 entry, we might actually get to read it as a club!
Chapter five! (I have been reading a little bit ahead, because chapter 6 is our longest chapter and happens to fall on a week when I’ll have a bit less time available for reading. And also because I’m enjoying the book…)
More cave exploration, and lots more to come, it looks like. Also a lot of blundering around and bumping into other people in the dark. No surprise that the gold has turned up again, either. I feel like that must surely be the underlying motive, except that the actual murders seem to have no connection to it as yet.
I was amused that the aunts used the exact same sleeping-tablets-in-the-tea trick again, and Tatsuya played along and drank it again!
Just finished Chapter 4. Now I need to try to get through Chapter 5 over the weekend.
I agree with the comments about Tatsuya’s secrecy. Definitely annoying. He shouldn’t have hid that from Haruyo, of all people. Noriko is an entertaining character though. Interested to see what’s coming up next…
At this point I don’t trust anybody. One of the women in the tunnels must know more than they’re letting on, right? In my head I’ve been treating the aunts as basically a single character, so it would be a fun twist if one of them were actually betraying the other (e.g. if the kidnapped one faked the kidnapping).
For a while, my out-of-left-field theory was that the aunts were keeping Youzou drugged up in some kind of animalistic state and using him for nefarious deeds around town. He would be the one who visited the protagonist when he had sleep paralysis. Seems a bit less likely now
My suspicions are that Kuno wrote the note just because he likes mystery novels and so was following along trying to solve the mystery (and fled because he knew it was suspicious – after all if he was the murderer he would have at least tried to have a poker face) and that someone else other than Shintaro was the shadow in the house (though that might be far-fetched). But it seems like we have a lot of balls in the air at this point and none of them have started to come down, so who knows!
The distrust raised around Miyako Mori is interesting - the amount of times Haruyo insists she’s an ally makes me rather distrust her instead, but I might just be being overly suspicious of everything presented at face value…
I agree Noriko is entertaining, and she seems a bit more developed so far than Suzuko (a character with a similar role) in 本陣殺人事件 which is nice.
I suppose the mistake Kindaichi alluded to has something to do with whatever it was Myouren stole?
I finally finished Chapter 5. I think that Haruyo is the most suspicious character right now. She has the emotional trauma of seeing her mother killed by her father. She knows that her aunts poisoned Yozo. She conveniently found the secret passageway at just the right moment. She had a plausible opportunity to administer poison for all of the murders, and there were no murders while she was sick. And she’s been on Tatsuya’s side the whole time, never suspecting him.
I could be way off base, but this is where my mind is taking me right now. On to Chapter 6!
I’m liking the cave exploration scenes, and that we have a bunch of very different female characters all playing a major role.
Pretty exciting chapter. It’s been slow going since I’m on holiday and the kindle isn’t such a good choice in direct daylight (of which there is a lot here), but I’ll keep plugging away~ (in fact I think I’m behind on all of my book clubs. Oh well, I’ll catch up when I’m back home ^^)
Chapter 6! It was a long one and I didn’t find much time to read at the start of the week (work conference) but I got through it eventually. And so we’re less than a hundred pages from the end…
Finally, Tatsuya calls in the police. But he’s still trying (badly) to conceal things from them. Oops.
As predicted, Youzou isn’t Tatsuya’s father.
Nothing like a good old fashioned mob of peasants waving flaming torches.
At the end of the chapter, when Tatsuya escapes into the caves, not one but two people offer to bring him a bento. The last two people who escaped into a cave and ate a bento somebody brought them both found it was poisoned…
Language notes: I noticed a few places where the text has 闇を縫うて (that’s a subchapter title) and I think a couple of 迷うて (hard to refind without text search) where 縫って and 迷って would be more usual.
I did not bother to properly read the text of the letters where they were full of 候, because I am lazy. Yokomizo kept them to just small fragments, though, which was kind of him.
Also, TIL that From Software developed a Nintendo DS game based on this book (judging by the blurb, sounds vaguely Phoenix-Wright style gameplay?)…
I left set-up/note-taking mode behind and just let myself sink into it and read through. I think I’ll hold back posting thoughts until later on when it’s less jumping the gun. but suffice to say I enjoyed it!
Ooh, good find! Looks like there was an Inugami Family game too. Glancing through a bit of a longplay, it doesn’t look like… the most enthralling game in the world… but I’m amused by the somewhat tasteless intro cutscene and the apparent shifting of Kindaichi to actual protagonist position!
I just finished Chapter 6. Earlier on, I said that 春代 seemed the most suspicious, but there’s definitely more going on than meets the eye with 典子. Also, while the first part of the chapter was pretty slow going, the pace picked up considerably towards the end.
Let’s see if we get some 弁当 action in the next chapter! I predict more 冷や汗 as well.