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Students from a university mystery club decide to visit an island which was the site of a grisly multiple murder the year before. Predictably, they get picked off one by one by an unseen murderer. Is there a madman on the loose? What connection is there to the earlier murders? The answer is a bombshell revelation which few readers will see coming. The Decagon House MurdersStudents from a university mystery club decide to visit an island which was the site of a grisly multiple murder the year before. Predictably, they get picked off one by one by an unseen murderer. Is there a madman on the loose? What connection is there to the earlier murders? The answer is a bombshell revelation which few readers will see coming.The Decagon House Murders is a milestone in the history of detective fiction. Published in 1987, it is credited with launching the shinhonkaku movement which restored Golden Age style plotting and fair-play clues to the Japanese mystery scene, which had been dominated by the social school of mystery for several decades. It is also said to have influenced the development of the wildly popular anime movement.This, the first English edition, contains a lengthy introduction by the maestro of Japanese mystery fiction, Soji Shimada.Locked Room International discovers and publishes impossible crime masterpieces from all over the world...

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Number of Pages : 228 Pages
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The Decagon House Murders Reviews

  • Jokoloyo
    2019-06-03 09:20

    First, I want to say thank you for Sanny who introduced me with this novel, and more importantly introduced me with Honkaku mystery genre. Honkaku means orthodox in Japan, and this genre keeps the whodunit mystery stories alive in Japan. I admit I didn't know the existence of Honkaku mystery before I read this novel.This is an isolated-island murder mystery with the clues, red herrings, and so on with climax when readers found whodunit. In my opinion, the mystery and climax is good, just as expected. I expected a twist at climax, and I like the twist. I was reading the last pages at the morning and still sleepy, then the climax words successfully slapped me into fully awake.I recommend this novel for whodunit stories fans. If you don't know Honkaku genre, I recommend to search a bit about it, as what I have been doing for several days.EDIT NOTE: I previously only mentioned the genre as Honkaku. Sanny corrected me.

  • Lark Benobi
    2019-06-03 09:53

    Bad things happen. Everybody dies. The flatness of the prose in this novel at first bothered me and then delighted me because it freed me from that somewhat squicky feeling I often have, when reading a murder mystery, that violent death should not be quite so entertaining. The characters here are nothing more than pieces on a magnificent, imaginative board game, and their lack of dimension allowed me to feel pleasure in the storytelling. I lived for years in Japan and this experience made my reading all the more delightful. The translation sounds exactly like the Japanese, to the point where many times I could know for certain what the Japanese word or phrase had originally been. It felt as if the translator is not a native English speaker, or at least the translator never stepped out of literal translation, and the unusual nature of the language in the novel gave it a charged, unexpected feeling as I read. The English here sounds something like Japanese native speakers who have only a fragile command of English. Some of the direct translations of Japanese concepts include "senior" for a person who is ahead of you in the same school, or "after-after-party," which is self explanatory but is an actual thing in Japan for that smaller, frequently drunken gathering that happens when you're too tired to go home or the trains have stopped running and you're stuck in limbo with your friends until morning comes. The proper names weren't reversed to fit English usage. Some words honestly seemed made up or taken from a not very good bilingual dictionary--like "shrubberies" rather than "shrubbery." I'm going on about it because it was an aspect of the novel that I enjoyed deeply but I'm not sure how readers who haven't lived in Japan would take it. Then there is the mystery itself. Honestly I felt both very satisfied by the solution to the puzzle, and kind of snookered by it. I didn't feel the story gave me all necessary clues throughout the novel for me to feel satisfied with the ending as it unfolded--a lot of these clues instead were given after the fact, to fill in the blanks. I didn't mind this however because I got such pleasure from reading this strange little book, and because of all the ways it was different from anything else I'd read, and because of all the ways the language intersected with my experience of Japan.

  • Robin
    2019-06-12 07:55

    3.75 stars.This is right up my guilty pleasure alley. Originally published in Japan in 1987 and only now available in English translation, this book represents a resurgence of "locked room" mysteries in Japan at the time. It's an unmistakable homage to Agatha Christie's incomparable And Then There Were None. I just love those impossible closed door mysteries of the Golden Age in which the suspects are limited and the clues are there for the reader, with no rabbit pulling at the end. They are like dark, dangerous puzzles, each piece illuminating a disturbing truth.This story has seven students on a private, isolated island. They all belong to their university's mystery society, and as such, go by awesome nicknames like Agatha, Van Dine, Leroux, Orczy, Ellery, Carr and Poe. (This alone earned the book half a star for me.) They are intrigued to spend a week on this island because an unsolved murder/suicide happened there six months previously. They stay in a unique/creepy house shaped like a decagon. Then, as you might guess... they start to drop like flies. This is scary! No way of escaping, or communicating with the outside world, surrounded by your increasingly dead friends, with a maniac on the loose. And that maniac is likely one of your friends.The book also tells the story of what was happening on the mainland at the same time, with people who were starting to put together the idea that something very wrong was happening.And then... a great twist that I didn't see coming which reveals the identity of the murderer. Makes me want to go back and re-read.Unfortunately, the 'denouement' felt a little too "informative" rather than exciting, and that lessened my rating of the book. I understand that explanation is there in order to reveal the clues that the readers could have picked up on; it's also fun to re-live the days on the island from the point of view of the killer. There just has to be a better way of ending the book that explains the beautiful puzzle but also packs a bigger punch. Also, I needed more character development just so I could attach more of an identity to each of the people on the island. I had a hard time keeping track of who they were at times.I admire that Ayatsuji took on a classic Christie - there's so much love for the Golden Age mysteries in this book. I would recommend this for anyone who shares that love.

  • Haiiro
    2019-06-11 08:19

    Điểm trừ mà có lẽ người đọc nào cũng nhận ra khi đọc Thập giác quán là xây dựng nhân vật quá ư mờ nhạt. Trừ hai cô gái (vì là số ít) và anh bạn Ellery thích tỏ ra thông thái nhanh nhạy hơn người thì không thể nhớ nổi tên tuổi và đặc trưng tương ứng của một ai nữa. Vả lại tôi cũng không thích vụ dùng tên các nhà văn nổi tiếng làm biệt danh này lắm.Vụ không ngủ nghê sinh hoạt tập trung thì thật là khó hiểu và việc cố ý dùng thuốc an thần để khỏi mất ngủ thì cũng thật dở hơi. Như đã từng nghĩ đến một lần trước đây, trong tình trạng tính mạng bị đe dọa như thế này, nếu là tôi, tôi sẽ không muốn bị mê man vì thuốc ngủ.Ngoài ra thì tôi thấy lời thoại giữa nhóm sinh viên 7 người, nhất là khi các án mạng bắt đầu xảy ra, được xây dựng có phần gượng ép. Nó thiếu mất sự tự nhiên, kiểu như trong trường hợp thế này thế này, tôi nghĩ chả ai lại đối đáp thế nọ thế nọ ấy.Tuy nhiên cuối cùng, vì không đọc Kindachi nên vẫn thấy cuốn này khá, có thể một phần bởi mình vốn chẳng áp đặt kì vọng gì cho nó nữa. Với cá nhân tôi thì nó đúng là một cái kết bất ngờ như nhà đài quảng cáo, sau khi đã lược đi phần "nhất lịch sử tiểu thuyết trinh thám Nhật Bản". Cái này thì phải tự kiểm chứng mới tin được, hê hê.

  • John
    2019-05-30 09:03

    Seven college students, all members of their university's mystery club, decide to spend a week on an island where, last year, a brutal and to date unsolved multiple slaying took place. The island's main structure, the Blue Mansion, was destroyed by arson in connection with that earlier crime; the students -- who bear nicknames like Ellery, Agatha, Orczy and Carr in honor of their favorite authors -- thus occupy the island's only other building, the Decagon House of the title.The fact that this house is decagonal, the rooms inside it trapezoidal (there's a helpful map in the book to explain this), doesn't really affect the plot but does convey to us quite effectively that what we're reading here is an artificial construct, a puzzle detection rather than a mimetic novel. And, indeed, as we learn from the afterword, the publication of The Decagon House Murders, written originally as essentially a piece of fan fiction for the Kyoto University Mystery Club, heralded a return to fashion in Japanese crime fiction of the puzzle mystery, which had been supplanted decades earlier by more realistic fare.In early pages it's specifically acknowledged that the setup strongly resembles that in Agatha Christie's classic novel And Then There Were None, and, sure nuff, there's a murderer intent on knocking off the students one by one for reasons of revenge. However, this exercise in homage is by no means a copycat exercise -- indeed, there's a separate, very major plot strand set simultaneously on the mainland and involving a completely different set of characters -- and I actually found the puzzle part of the mystery here more intriguing than (albeit just as implausible as) its equivalent in the Christie novel.In short, if you're into Golden Age Detection then there's a very great deal here for you to feed on (not least a quasi-reincarnation of one of my favorite fictional detectives, EQ!). But where everything else gets let down a bit is in the translation, which hobbles and stumbles where it should gracefully glide. This isn't, I think, the fault of the translator but of the English-language publisher, who needed to be far more proactive in terms of editing and copyediting than he obviously was here.An especially egregious misjudgment occurs when Ellery (for no real plot reason) tantalizes the others with a few riddles based on the shapes of Japanese calligraphs. Obviously these would make exactly zero sense to English-language readers, so the translator has invented new, roughly equivalent riddles to take their place. The trouble is that these make no sense either! Since the passage concerned contributes nothing to the plot, it could easily have been omitted; or completely new, this time genuinely English-based riddles could have been substituted. At the moment, though, the little section serves merely to irritate . . . especially since you have to keep flipping to the endnotes to find out what the heck the riddles are supposed to be about.The Decagon House Murders, then, reminded me of the way so many self-published novels that could be great are severely impaired by the lack of the final polish that professional publishers aim to supply: there's a diamond within, all right, but it's hard to see it through the rough. This is not the kind of book that should be the hard slog that, at least for me, it proved to be on occasion.

  • Gigi
    2019-06-08 04:59

    4.5 stars for this incredibly clever closed-circle mystery originally published in Japan in the 1980s, out this year in English for the first time. The book is filled with clever puzzles and a brilliant resolution, but the characters didn't draw me in enough for me to give this book a full 5 stars. Highly recommended for reading when you're in the mood for a twisty mystery as opposed to deep characters. University student members of a campus mystery club gather on an island in a mystery reminiscent of Agatha Christie's And Then There Were None -- and in fact this book is credited with repopularizing this style of mystery in Japan. A cute homage is that the students' nicknames are taken from classic mystery writers: Agatha, Orczy, Ellery, Carr, Poe, Leroux, Van Dine.

  • Fitrah Tanzil
    2019-06-08 09:09

    Tulisan di bawah ini mengandung banyak spoiler. Kebiasaan buruk saya tiap kali membaca novel -yang baru datang- adalah saya membaca cepat dan membuka halamannya secara acak, kadang saya baca dari bab-bab terakhirnya dahulu. Inilah yang terjadi pada Decagon House Murders Mystery, saya baca sepertiga bagian akhir dulu, saya endapkan beberapa hari, baru kemudian saya baca lagi dari awal. Dari tahapan membaca awal, saya teringat dengan novel And Then They Where None dari Agatha Christie, kisah pembunuhan berantai yang terjadi di sebuah pulau di mana semua orang yang diundang ke pulau tersebut tewas secara misterius. Pada bagian ini, rasanya saya nggak ingin banyak berkomentar. Dari premis itu saya cuma bisa bilang, oh begitu doang. Namun saat saya membaca kedua kalinya -dari awal hingga akhir secara lengkap- saya sadar bahwa novel karya Yukito Ayatsuji ini adalah versi upgrade dari sang Ratu cerita kriminal. Butuh puluhan dekade untuk menciptakan novel sehebat ini dan jelas orang biasa-biasa aja nggak mungkin bisa bikin yang seperti ini. Ok, secara garis besar novel ini dibagi menjadi dua cerita; penyelidikan di luar pulau dan penyelidikan di dalam pulau. Penyelidikan di luar pulau, itu dilakukan terhadap kasus yang terjadi di masa lalu yang pernah terjadi di Decagon House. Sedangkan penyelidikan di dalam pulau, ini lebih ruwet lagi, sebab sambil menyelidiki apa yang terjadi di masa lalu, mereka juga menyelidiki pembunuhan yang terjadi sekarang dengan korban adalah mereka sendiri yang terjebak di dalam pulau. Peliknya lagi, semua karakter di novel ini adalah penggemar fiksi detektif, lebih spesifik mereka benar-benar freak dalam hal itu, sampai-sampai mereka menggunakan nama samaran para penulis novel detektif legendaris. Sungguh, saya nggak tahu harus mengkritik apa tentang novel ini. Yukito Ayatsuji benar-benar kompleks dan sangat serius dengan novelnya. KonklusiDari plot, setting, pendalaman karakter, dan cara penyajian cerita. Novel ini saya kasih 89 skala 100, bisa dibilang ini novel terbaik yang saya baca di akhir tahun 2017. Sebuah penutup tahun yang nyaris sempurna.. Satu lagi, thank you tuk Irfan Nurhadi yang sudah kirimin novelnya, lengkap di

  • Bev
    2019-05-29 09:58

    The Decagon House Murders (1987) by Yukito Ayatsuji is a daring homage to the Golden Age detective novel and, most particularly, to Agatha Christie's classic impossible crime novel, And Then There Were None. It also represents a resurgence of the classic crime novel in Japan. As is stated in the notes at the end of the 2015 English translation by Ho-Ling Wong:The publication of The Decagon House Murders in 1987 was seen as a mile stone in detective fiction and the start of the shin honkaku movement. The symbolises the rebirth of the classic puzzle-plot novel with a new twist, audacity: pushing the bounds of the puzzle-plot novel while adhering to its fair-play rule.Ayatsuji takes the familiar trope of a group of people stuck on an island with no escape from a murderer and gives it a twist. This time, unlike the Christie novel, the people aren't strangers brought together by an unknown host--they are a group of students who are all members of a mystery club at a local university. They are so immersed in their hobby that they have each taken names from classic detective fiction: Agatha, Orczy, Van Dine, Leroux, Ellery, Carr, and Poe. The island and Decagon House was the site of a ghastly murder (possibly murder-suicide) just six months before and it appeals to their sense of mystery. When the uncle of one of the club members buys the property, the club takes advantage of their connections to plan a week's excursion. They explicitly tell the fisherman who runs them out to the island on is boat not to come back for a week.*"So I really don't have to check up on ya even once?" the fisherman asked the six as they set foot on the dangerously creaking pier. "Don' think phones work here."Van Dine meets the six--he had come ahead to bring the supplies and prepare the lodgings and they settle down for their stay. Initially, they enjoy exploring the grounds and wondering about the details of the crime six months before. But it isn't long before they are involved in a very personal murder mystery of their own. Someone begins killing the club members--one by one. Has one of their own gone mad or is there someone unknown hidden on the island? Clues begin to point to someone connected to the previous murders. Did that killer manage to hide on the island all this time? Ayatsuji manages to produce an unexpected answer that is at once surprising and highly satisfying.This is a highly enjoyable puzzle-plot mystery. Since it is focused on the puzzle aspect, the characterization suffers a bit, but not enough to keep mystery fans from enjoying themselves. The solution to the mystery is quite audacious and, while I kept wondering if perhaps X might be the killer, I couldn't figure out how it would be possible. The clues are there if you just know how to interpret them. The motive isn't quite as clearly given, but there are subtle hints. ★★★★*Note to self: If I'm ever invited to a secluded island for an extended stay--even by people I think I know well--make sure somebody will be checking up on us regularly (like--every. single. day.). AND make sure I bring along an emergency pack that contains an easily portable, inflatable boat for getting off the island ASAP if a madman starts knocking off the guests.First posted on my blog My Reader's Block. Please request permission before reposting. Thanks.

  • Marie-Therese
    2019-06-14 07:57

    2 1/2 stars. Disappointing, particularly as it started out so well.Ayatsuji opens the mystery strong with an intriguing setup and a lively group of youthful characters spread over two locations, but the story's promise fades as the utterly implausible and not very well-constructed plot unfolds and initially slightly rounded characters stiffen into flat, unyielding props. Unlike the prose of fellow honkaku writer, Soji Shimada, who provides an unduly laudatory introduction to this volume, Ayatsuji's language is awkward, just barely adequate to the task of telling his story, not something to enjoy in its own right. While it may be an accident of translation, as is, this particular volume presents little to get excited about as puzzle or novel.

  • Irfan Nurhadi
    2019-06-15 08:07

    Damn! This novel is awesome! Another shin-honkaku mystery novel, with a strong sense of puzzle plotted mystery, but with a different taste in style as opposed to The Moai Island Puzzle. If TMIP offered a mystery in the style of Ellery Queen, TDHM worked in the style of our beloved Queen of Crime, Agatha Christie. To be more precise, TDHM was an homage to her famous novel, And Then There Were None.Heck! The initial premise is the same. A bunch of people spend their time on an inhabited island. They die one by one. A killer among them. An investigation by the remaining survivor. A brilliant ending.So, how can i not love this novel! You bet I love it!The story itself involves a bunch of individuals, member of the Mystery Club from K--University. If you knew much about the movement of mystery genre in Japan, you would know that K--University refers to Kyoto University, where the real Mystery Club (yes, the real one) exist. This famous club was responsible in bringing up (again) the forgotten honkaku-mystery which has lost its popularity to social-school mystery. The shin-honkaku movements was first initiated by Soji Shimada, who then helped new aspiring writer from the Mystery Club to begin their debut in writing mystery novel. Yukito Ayatsuji was once a member of the Mystery Club, and this novel was his debut in the genre.Anyway, back to TDHM, the member of the Mystery Club has decided to spend their spring holiday on Tsunojima Island. There's a mysterious building, a decagonal house. And a history of past crime that happened on that island. A gruesome, quadruple murder that killed the owner, his wife, and two servants. No wonder, those mystery maniacs wanted to spend their time on that island. But none of them realized that only death awaits them there. Apart from the murderer of course.Reading TDHM reminds me of the role-playing game, Werewolf game, or Mafia. There's an unsuspecting murderer (werewolf or a member of the mafia) among a group of innocent people. Each night the werewolf, or the mafia, killed the innocent. And the next day, he acts as one of the innocent and along with others, try to make sense of what happened and find the murderer. That, of course, adding the tension between the group every time one of them became the victim and the circle of suspect grew thinner. Who among us is the murderer?The mystery itself is quite engaging, but the clues are quite hard to figure out. It doesn't have the same quality of clewing and chain-of-deduction as TMIP. But the explanation of the mystery included previous information provided, in retrospect. So, you get a solution in the form hindsight explanation, not a deductive reasoning pointing to the solution. While that bit didn't really sit well with me, I can get behind it for the plot and the unfolding identity of the murderer are excellent. Seriously, just read the book and see for yourself. It will gave a slap on the face. A neat way to show the reader that the murderer is X. Thumbs up for that!I want to say more about this book. But I fear that will spoil your enjoyment. All I can say is, this book is awesome! You mystery fan, would definitely love it!

  • Anh
    2019-06-17 09:10

    3.75* - một cuốn sách khá thú vị để đọc liên tục cho hết trong vòng 1 ngày đêm :)tình tiết thú vị, xây dựng cách thức gây án tuy còn lỏng lẻo nhưng cũng khá ấn tượngà mà mình thích cách đặt tên các nhân vật theo tên của các thám tử nổi tiếng, dễ nhớ chứ mà toàn gọi bằng tên Nhật, gần chục nhân vật chắc mình loạn não ~.~điểm trừ là động cơ gây án hơi bị lố và không hợp lí lắm, bên cạnh đó thì các nạn nhân và kể cả hung thủ đều bị thiếu chăm chút trong cách xây dựng tính cách, chưa kể thủ đoạn và cách thức gây án càng về cuối càng thiếu logic và hời hợt, thành viên câu lạc bộ trinh thám gì mà như những chú cừu non...khi án mạng xảy ra, chỉ biết lo sợ, khóc lóc đập phá, đi loanh quanh và nghi ngờ lẫn nhau mà không có một cách thức nào đó hiệu quả để giảm tối đa nguy cơ bản thân trở thành nạn nhân tiếp theobởi vậy càng về sau, các nhân vật bị giết càng dễ dàng và hung thủ thì ung dung giết giết và giết, thuận lợi tới mức phòng kín vẫn có chìa khóa vạn năng, muốn hạ độc bất ngờ thì đâu ra tự nhiên có sẵn ngay dụng cụ được tẩm độc trong người, trét độc hú họa vô 1 trong 2 cây son thì bỗng nhiên 1 sáng xấu trời nạn nhân thích đổi màu son - thế là trúng độc, còn các nạn nhân thì luôn lơ ngơ như bò đeo nơ :v nhân đang nói về điều này chợt nhớ lại 1 đoạn trong review đọc phát bật cười - nhưng đúng về cuốn sách này mà lúc nãy mới đọc:Tiếp, về cốt truyện, mình cảm thấy kế hoạch của hung thủ dựa quá nhiều vào may mắn. Thậm chí ngay đầu truyện, tác giả đã nhấn mạnh yếu tố “may mắn”, mình ậm ừ cho qua, nhưng đọc xong thì phải lật lại trang đầu mà than trời “May gì mà may thế?!” nhưng rồi ngẫm nghĩ thì đúng là tác giả đã có hint từ đầu “Tao đã bảo nó may mắn rồi mà.”Đầu truyện, khi hắn đang nung nấu kế hoạch giết người thì bác hắn tình cờ mua lại hòn đảo. OK, tình cờ đi.Lần khác, hắn hạ độc vào café, mục đích giết ngẫu nhiên 1 nạn nhân trong 6 người, nhưng trước đó đã đặt sẵn bẫy dành riêng cho một nạn nhân khác nên nếu cốc café đó ngẫu nhiên được nạn nhân kia hoặc hung thủ chọn thì coi như kế hoạch giết người không trọn vẹn. Tóm lại, hắn có 66% thành công, ok anh vẫn win.Lần khác nữa, hắn bị nạn nhân bắt gặp khi vừa chèo xuồng đến đảo, bị nạn nhân bắt gặp từ trên bậc đá, khoảng cách rất xa, hắn lại “thể trạng yếu ớt”, tưởng thế là xong rồi, nhưng ngay lập tức, nạn nhân còn “hoảng loạn hơn, loạng choạng cuống quýt không chạy nổi”, thế là bị hắn đuổi kịp và cho ăn hành.Đỉnh điểm của sự tình cờ và bất ngờ là việc hắn xuống bút giải thích hết kế hoạch của mình, nhét vào một cái chai ném xuống biển. Đầu truyện ném xuống, cuối truyện thấy cái chai trôi vào bờ, nhặt lên.Em chịu anh rồi =)))đáng lẽ sẽ mắt tròn mắt dẹt với kết thúc được cho là có cái kết khiến người đọc sững sờ nhất lịch sử tiểu thuyết trinh thám Nhật Bản nhưng than ôi, do là fan của dòng truyện trinh thám và cũng đã đọc quá nhiều lần bộ truyện Thám tử Kindaichi nên cũng không thấy bất ngờ lắm với kết thúc, thiếu một chút nữa để có thể gọi là "sững sờ"...à còn cái nữa quên nói, mà ấm ức quá nên phải mở review ra để edit lại, add thêm vô...tại sao? tại sao? tại sao lại spoil tình tiết mấu chốt trong series The tragedy of X, Y, Z của Ellery Queen vậy chời, tui mới order trên tiki về cầm còn chưa nóng tay, đang tính đọc mà -___-

  • Zijian
    2019-06-19 04:20

    Read this in a different translation...regarded as a milestone in Japanese crime literature, but didn't find it very specialA tribute? Perhaps.

  • Emiliya
    2019-06-08 08:04

    Добрите стари "Десет малки негърчета". В нов вариант, но не толкова добър.

  • Елис Емин
    2019-06-10 05:11След „Зодиакалните убийства” изд. Милениум ни радват с издаването на втори криминален хит от японски писател. „Убийства в Декагона” е сравнявана с най-известния роман на Агата Кристи – „Десет малки негърчета”. Сюжетът и структурата на романа са своеобразна почит към Първата дама на криминалния свят.На остров Цуноджима е извършено жестоко четворно убийство, което остава неразкрито. В изгорена къща са намерени само останките от труповете на четирите жертви. Шест месеца по-късно седем студенти от Клуба на писателите на детективски романи решават да посетят злокобния остров и да прекарат една седмица в декагона.Декагонът всъщност е особен вид постройка – това е десетоъгълна къща с десет сектора, разположени един до друг и подредени около вътрешен декагон, образуващ салон. Състои се от приемна, кухня, тоалетно помещение и седем напълно еднакви спални. Масата, чиниите, чашите, формата на стаите – всичко възможно е с форма на десетоъгълник. Гостите слагат табелки с имената си на вратите, за да не объркат в тази прецизна идентичност. Всеки от тях е с псевдоним, носещ името на велик криминален автор – Агата Кристи, Едгар Алън По, Джон Диксън Кар, Елъри Куин, Гастон Льору и С. С. ван Дайн. Но освен страстта към криминални загадки, ги обединява и още нещо – те са неволни или не дотам съучастници в смъртта на тяхна състудентка. Едноседмичният им престой на острова, започнал като ваканция поема неочакван обрат. Ръката на невидим убиец ги покосява един по един. Нямат връзка със сушата, а претърсването на острова за неканен гост остава безрезултатно. Табелките с имената им мистериозно се подменят с нови: първа жертва, втора жертва и т.н. Убиецът е един от тях седмината, но кой и защо?Удушване, отравяния, пребиване до смърт, запалване – докато на острова не остава никой. Междувременно на сушата вече бивш член на клуба – Каваминами, получава загадъчно писмо. Подателят е бащата на убитото момиче. Но той е и единият от четиримата брутално убити половин година по-рано. Оказва се, че и други членове на клуба са получили същото писмо – недодялана шега или възмездие за смъртта на момичето е това?Три отделни престъпления се свързват в едно. Но чия е ръката, която раздава отмъщение?Сюжетът може да бъде разделен на две линии: убийствата, които се случват на прокълнатия остров и разкритията на четворното убийство на сушата. Наяве излизат тайни, пазени в продължение на много години.След като е сравняван с „Десет малки негърчета” няма как да не обърна внимание на нещата, по които „Убийства в Декагона” отстъпва на класическия роман.И това са персонажите – не достатъчно пълнокръвни и точни. Докато Кристи е отделила първите глави на романа на описание на гостите на Негърския остров, то Юкито просто ги стоварва там и на моменти читателят се чуди кой точно герой говори. Тук трябва да вметна, че да им даде имена на криминални автори е чудесна хрумка. Освен засвидетелстване на почит към тях това улеснява четящия, който не е обременен да помни труднопроизносимите им японски имена.

  • LợnSiêu Nhân
    2019-06-20 05:59

    Túm lại thì Waston (Conan) Kawaminami và Holmes Shimada chỉ để làm cảnh thôi đúng không? Điểm mình thích ở truyện là cách kể song song diễn biến trên Đảo và Đất liền và cách đặt biệt danh cho nhân vật. Cách kể này tạo ra chứng cứ ngoại phạm hoàn hảo cho Ai Đó, đánh lừa được kha khá độc giả (trong đó có mình). Nhờ đó dẫn đến cái kết khá sững sờ khi Ai Đó được tiết lộ chính là Hung Thủ, vì thực sự Hung Thủ và Thám Tử trên đảo không khó đoán. Bỏ qua vấn đề sức khỏe, vì hung thủ hẳn là khỏe như cái xe thùng, có thể lăn qua lăn lại giữa 2 địa điểm suốt 7 ngày đêm mà không gục ._.Nhưng tác giả có lẽ đầu tư toàn bộ vào đoạn kết, nên các phần khác như các thức giết người không được chú trọng lắm. Cũng hơi thất vọng vì cái nhà 10 cạnh này, vì ban đầu mình nghĩ sẽ có màn tráo xác hay tráo phòng gì đó nhờ cấu trúc đặc biệt của ngôi nhà (vai trò của kiến trúc trong gây án) mà lại không có, mà tự nhiên lòi ra một mật thất là phòng thứ 11, mà cái mật thất đấy chả có tác dụng gì ._. Update:Cảm giác như cả thế giới có mình bạn thích Thập giác quán vậy, thấy mọi người chê đủ đường, bị coi là "không đáng đọc". Mà đau khổ là mấy điểm bị chê người ta nêu ra bạn không thể phải bác nổi, vì bạn cũng thấy thế, chỉ là bạn chả bận tâm mẹ j đến mấy cái chi tiết đấy :'( Chỉ cần có 1 điểm làm bạn thích, bạn sẽ ném hết mấy cái loăng quoăng kia bay xa cả chục ki lô métttttt

  • Mizuki
    2019-06-09 11:07

    For the first book of Yukito Ayatsuji's Mansion Series, I gave 3.5 stars after I re-read the story for the third or fourth time, it's a nice take of the traditional murder mystery taking place within an "isolated mansion" (the students went to a remote island and were killed one by one, obviously this book is a homage to And Then There Were None). It's Mr. Ayatsuji's first published novel and it does show in his writing, but luckily for him and for us readers, Mr. Ayatsuji's later works show a great deal of improvement. I'm not saying I don't enjoy this book, I think the murder mystery is outstanding for a newbie author, my only complaints being: (1) part of the story telling seems a bit forced, (2) instead of coming up with his own style, the author borrowed a bit too heavily from the classical murder mysteries and used a bit too much of the same-old, same-old elements within those mysteries.

  • Miya
    2019-06-15 09:16

    I just bought the whole Mansions series with 10 books written by Yukito Ayatsuji. It all starts with this story referring toby Agatha Christie. It tells that seven college students, who are nicknamed as Ellery, Carr, Leroux, Van, Poe, Agatha and Orczy, went to a mysterious island and end up being killed one by one. No possible ways to escape this going-to-be so dead fate, all the rest living human beings are left to die in horror. It all links to the murder happened a year ago on the island, but there's no way you can figure out the murderer before the very end. All I can say is that it has a clever twist.

  • Huy
    2019-05-29 03:03

    Sau Another đến cuốn này, Yukito thể hiện rõ ông là một tác giả rất giỏi về tình tiết, có thể dẫn dắt người đọc vào những câu chuyện hấp dẫn, nhưng ông lại rất kém trong việc xây dựng nhân vật, các nhân vật trong sách cứ nhàn nhạt, có cũng được, ko có cũng chẳng sao, chẳng có ai nổi bật khiến lẫn lộn người này với người kia. Động cơ gây án thì không được thuyết phục lắm, cộng thêm thủ phạm may mắn mới thực hiện được một loạt vụ giết người mà không có sai sót vậy.Nhưng mà nói chung cộng điểm vì cái kết bất ngờ.

  • Nhi Nguyễn
    2019-06-07 03:20

    Holly moly!!! ^^ Totally devoured this book!!! At first I thought it would be another lock room case, a total copy cat of the all time famous "And then there were none" by Dame Agatha Christie, but it turned out I was wrong :D And I'm happy that I'm wrong :)) When it comes to Japanese people, they are often the creative pinoneers, not the followers ha ha ^^Back to this book, I'm glad I didn't see it coming when the murderer was finally revealed. Now I know why this book is considered as having one of the most shocking ending in the history of Japanese detective literature :))

  • Ann
    2019-06-17 08:16

    I first heard about this book in a Washington Post review . . . it's a murder mystery of the classic locked room/limited cast sort. Quite well done . . . well written, well translated. Enough twists to keep you guessing, with a full explanation of what you might have missed at the end. Though the price is a bit high -- $9.99 for the kindle edition, it is available through Kindle Unlimited and the Prime Kindle Owners Lending Library. Well worth a borrow!

  • Mizuki
    2019-05-31 03:20

    Edited@19/07/2015English translation! Fuck yeah!!!!The first book of the 'Mansions series' is not so great--especially comparing with Yukito Ayatsuji's better written works, but I'm still willing to give it 3.5 stars.Longer review here:

  • Gabriela Kozhuharova
    2019-06-06 03:11

    Не е толкова сложна и задълбочена като "Зодиакалните убийства", но пък тече значително по-динамично и увлекателно. Като цяло ми хареса повече заради зловещата, леко кинематографична атмосфера.

  • Kumi
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  • Pio
    2019-06-15 03:13

    Ngay khi đọc tới giữa quyển sách, trong đầu tôi đã nảy ra biết bao khả năng và kẻ tình nghi, nhưng cuối cùng tôi vẫn bị choáng trước cái kết vô cùng bất ngờ. Thật đáng sợ và đáng khâm phục.

  • Anita
    2019-05-31 03:53

    Actual Rating: 3.5 StarsFirst of all, I don't claim to be an expert on the Golden Age of murder mysteries, nor have I religiously read works by the well-known writers of mystery either.  In fact, I just last year read my first Agatha Christie book.So, my thoughts are simply that.To be honest, it was hard not to make references to Dame Agatha's And Then There Were None while reading this book, considering the setting and the circumstances.  The only difference was a different kind of emotional impact that I felt throughout both books.And Then There Were None gave a strangely cozy feel, with an urgent, "Who's Next?" factor. The players were all strangers, but the dramatics where high and I couldn't help but feel anxious to know who would die next, and how.  There were scenes that kind of startled me.With The Decagon House Murders, the narrative was extremely methodical, almost to a point of detachment.  The players were all friends from a Mystery Club at university--they all knew each other and hung out together.  There should have been a certain amount of high emotion attached to this premise as well, and for a moment at the beginning, there was.  But it was brief, and then the rest of the story panned out in a very "game play" type of way.  It was like our characters were acting like they were just indulging in a game of Clue, and aside from some of the over-the-top hysterics that one or two of the characters displayed, the truth is, this book was very textbook, very apathetic.I won't deny that The Decagon House Murders had an extremely cleverly outlined progression for each of the murders, and for our amateur sleuths in their attempts to analyze the killings and the circumstances.  I loved how the titular decagon house that our players were staying in played a crucial part in the murder mystery itself.  This made the book easy to fall into, and while the beginning was pretty slow to build up, I DID finally come to a point (probably the second or third day on the island), where I couldn't make myself put the book down.While I found myself more anxious to find out who would be killed next in And Then There Where None, I found myself more inclined towards wanting to know how the murders were committed, and who the ultimate Murderer was.  I found myself trying to analyze the events, much like the amateur sleuths on the island were trying to do, and even almost bought into one or two of the theories being thrown out there.  And it was also hard not to wonder if a similar conclusion to Dame Agatha's masterpiece would reveal itself as well.I'll admit, the whole thing with the seven plates--each proclaiming "The First Victim," "The Second Victim," "The Third Victim," "The Fourth Victim," "The Last Victim," "The Detective," and "The Murderer"--was a nice touch to create a sense of panic in our players.I did, however, question the intentional use of only the Mystery Club members' nicknames throughout the book, and found that I'm not sure how I felt about how this part played into the story's closed circle murders.  It's an interesting twist when you realize that not once does the book mention the real names of anyone on the island, even though the fact the characters introduced on the mainland had mentioned once or twice about the nicknames.Speaking of which, the tangential investigation on the mainland by related players was also a welcome side dish.In the end, I'm not entirely sure how I feel about this book.  The conclusion was definitely NOT what I expected, while at the same time, it fell together quite well.  And even after that ending... I still found myself a bit confused, because the very last scene was pretty open-ended.You know, it's hard to write a review piece for a book about such an intricately thought out murder mystery without giving anything away.  And so, with hopes that I didn't include anything I shouldn't have, I might just leave my thoughts at that.This book was a nice tribute to Dame Agatha's And Then There Were None, though her book was only referenced once in this book itself.  But being that our players were all Mystery Club members, all sporting nicknames of famous master murder mystery writers (such as Ellery Queen, Edgar Allan Poe, and even Dame Agatha herself), I didn't find it strange for references to popular murder mystery devices to be brought up.  I thought it was a nice touch, as well, for our players to examine the murders with a mind to compare them to similar popular mystery fiction devices.***Halloween Bingo 2017

  • Sunsettowers
    2019-05-26 04:14

    When a group of students from a Japanese university, all part of a mystery fiction club, move into the Decagon House for a week, they think it is simply to visit and understand the site where a notorious multiple murder occurred the year previously. But as they start dying one by one, they begin to realize somewhere on the island there is once again a murderer.This is such a clever, gripping read! It reads as a Japanese homage of sorts to one of my all-time favorite books, And Then There Were None (a muse the book readily has the characters themselves acknowledge). This is a book that is scary, suspenseful, and surprising. I could not put this book down, and read it in less than a day. And I never saw the ending coming, it absolutely blew my mind.I just wish that more of Yukito Ayatsuji's books were translated into English! I would read more in a heartbeat.I studied Japanese literature in college (including a Japanese Horror class), and it was a wonderful treat to return to something I had read a lot of and loved. And to have such a great take on my second favorite book of all time just made it even better. I definitely recommend this book.

  • Сибин Майналовски
    2019-06-20 11:19

    Многото заемки и Easter eggs, вместо да помагат, пречат. Паралелите с „Десет малки негърчета“ се натрапват толкова насилствено, че чак дразнят. Една звезда допълнително заради финала. Но въпреки това – слабичко. Не е шедьовър определено.

  • Christopher Beckett
    2019-05-31 10:50

    Inelegant but serviceable translation of a classic "locked room" type of mystery. The solution is a satisfying one - I always enjoy it when a book gives me a scenario that could only work in literature, one that could not be filmed without destroying a key surprise.Truthfully, the classic mystery is not my favourite type due to the generic characters and lack of psychological depth. The players here are broadly sketched enough that I found it easy to keep track of which of the prospective victims was which, but they're not individually interesting enough to care which one bit the dust next (except for maybe the unpleasant Carr). For that reason I actually found myself enjoying the mainland (sub-)plot a good deal more than the main event on the island.Not perfect then, but engaging enough that I sayed up an extra hour to finish it in one day.

  • Simon
    2019-06-05 09:53

    The writing wasn't great, but the mystery was unpredictable and fun.The structure is also pretty good and inventive, though I have some reservations about the inclusion of the (view spoiler)[prologue, which was just spoilery and only needed for the part about the bottle at the very end. (hide spoiler)]

  • Nek0 Neha (BiblioNyan)
    2019-06-17 04:16

    🚪 Classic locked room mystery.🚪 The novel does a wonderful job of dissecting common tropes of the genre within the story; helps define personality of characters.🚪 There are many references to famous authors of the mystery genre, Western & Japanese alike; there is major spoiler for a popular Japanese murder mystery novel in the first few pages of book (that novel is unnamed, however if you’re familiar with Japanese crime fiction, it’s not difficult to figure out).🚪 Story progression is slow at first and gradually picks up as plot gets more suspenseful, but stays rather moderate overall.🚪 There are confusing descriptions in the beginning as the setting and foundation for the narrative is laid out.🚪 Illustrations are provided for specific portions, which greatly helps to put concrete points into perspective.🚪 The English translation isn’t the best and doesn’t do a great job of capturing Ayatsuji’s style of prose, which allows for loss of atmosphere and certain contextual details necessary for a tale of this nature.🚪 After the first one-third, the book begins to show creepy qualities; starts to tighten the tension, which was mediocre due to translation.🚪 People familiar with Japan’s geography will enjoy catching the references to specific cities and other locales; makes it easier to visualise the areas. 🚪 This was a novel that I often thought about--the events that occurred and the way the mystery was solved--and it felt wonderful to be able to pick up things long after I've read it; it's definitely a book that can stick with you.🚪 Recommended to folks who enjoy classic mystery stories, and don’t mind something that is more straightforward and less thriller-esque. 🚪 3.5 outta 5!