Book review: 『犯人のいない殺人の夜』by Keigo Higashino

犯人のいない殺人の夜 (はんにんのいないさつじんのよる)
Title: 犯人のいない殺人の夜 (はんにんのいないさつじんのよる)
First published: 1990
Published: 2020
Format: Bunko
Page Count: 371

This is a collection of short stories that were first published between 1985 and 1988 in different magazines. In other words, these short stories were written by Higashino at the very start (1985) of his career.

There are three volumes of short stories published by Kobunsha: 『犯人のいない殺人の夜』, 『怪しい人びと』and 『あの頃の誰か』.


Not only did I love these short stories, but I was also glad to read some of Higashino’s first writings. All the short stories are entertaining, easy to read, suspenseful, and Keigo Higashino always manages to surprise his reader at the end, even in a 40 pages short story.

That being said, I don’t consider this collection to be the best I have read. I prefered 『嘘をもうひとつだけ』or 『探偵倶楽部』which are also collections of short stories. In these two books we follow the same detectives throughout the stories: Kyoichiro Kaga in the first one and the Membership Detective Club in the second one.

But I really enjoyed reading 『犯人のいない殺人の夜』. I need to read more books by Keigo Higashino to confirm this, but I think that I particularly like his writings from the 1980s and 1990s. While I found some of the short stories better than others, I also found that they all had this particular style that I love so much in Keigo Higashino’s books.

I read this book very fast and could not put it down once I started a short story. If you like short murder mysteries,『犯人のいない殺人の夜』is a good choice!

5 thoughts on “Book review: 『犯人のいない殺人の夜』by Keigo Higashino

    1. Most of the books I talk about are novels, so I would say that they are more on the N2-N1 side. However, I can recommend ちょっと今から仕事やめてくる by 北川恵海 (Emi Kitagawa) and ビブリア古書堂の事件手帖 by 三上延 (En Mikami). Both are light novels, the first one is about work and I think that you can read it with N3. The second one is a mystery, the beginning might be a little difficult, but once you get into the story, I would say it is a N3-N2 level.
      I also found that Haruki Murakami was very easy to read, definitely worth giving it a try if you are working towards N2.
      I haven’t talked about it much on my blog recently, but Miri Masuda’s manga series すーちゃん is great to start reading in Japanese.

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