悪魔が来りて笛を吹く (金田一耕助 Reading Club)

That’s how I understood it as well, also that it was one place doing both things. It’s proving hard to find anything about this online.

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My interpretation was that single men were bringing prostitutes to the ryokans, which is why only couples were allowed to stay… but I also can’t say I fully understood any two consecutive sentences from the innkeeper, so who knows :sweat_smile:

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Spoilers for chapters 20 and 21:

Clearly Kindaichi shouldn’t have gone off to the other side of the country – you can’t leave these people alone for five minutes without somebody getting murdered…

Can the person who killed 新宮 be the same as the person who killed the nun? The timing seems pretty tight (assuming I haven’t mixed up the days) - they would have had to start on the island in the morning, get the first ferry and then a (1940s speed) train back to Tokyo in time to kill 新宮 in the evening.

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Spoilers through chapter 19:

I sort of like the new setting, but there are way too many new characters (most of whom we will never even meet since they died in the war or were otherwise murdered). Maybe it would feel more coherent if Kindaichi were traveling around with someone from the original estate (e.g. Mineko) instead of the police detective.

And speaking of Mineko - my guess is that she is the daughter Kindaichi’s looking for, rather than Kikue or Tane. Yokomizo keeps emphasizing how ugly she is compared to her mother, so that has to mean something…

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Through chapter 24, and it seems like the answer is no.

The way the jewelry store robbery has been tied back in is pretty neat. I guess a book with no misogyny would’ve been too much for Yokomizo. But this is not nearly as bad as most of his other books. And there’s no incest or statutory rape… Honestly one weak female character is fine, and Mineko’s indignation shows that it’s a bad thing.

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Are we sure? This is one of my theories for the hidden really bad thing that happened at the Baron’s summer house…

Also, we’ve been told there’s another murder coming up – who do you think it will be? My guess is either Mega (as the most grotesque of the remaining cast) or Akiko (as I think the last remaining person who was at the summer house twenty years ago or whenever it was).

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Spoilers to end of chapter 27:

Nearly at the end now. I was amused by the inspector grumbling about it being yet another potassium cyanide murder. And I see my guess about the locked room mystery was totally wrong…but I was right to think it was a bit early to declare that the plot didn’t feature any incest :slight_smile:

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Yup. :upside_down_face:

This book has been a very comfortable read in a way. I feel like all the typical Yokomizo shenanigans are there, but it’s very approachable. A good book to come back to after a break. :slight_smile:

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Oh, I forgot to mention that it seems a trifle unfair to have a key clue Kindaichi picks up be one which is only present in spoken language and not on the printed page (Kansai vs Tokyo pitch accent)…

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Through Chapter 24:

My largely-unfounded theories are that Tsubaki is still alive (the dead body was the lookalike) and that Shino is the next to die (because she gives me a suspicious vibe).

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