CrimeReads writes in its annual ranking that: “in the midst of a Golden Age revival” its list of the top ten titles for 2019 “celebrates the best in traditional mystery” and that Murder in the Crooked House, published in English translation by Pushkin Vertigo, “is filled with puzzling crimes—and even more puzzling architecture.”
“In a wintry chateau that feels like it was inspired by German Expressionist set design, a murder has taken place. Detectives arrive just before a snowstorm cuts the whole mansion off from the outside world, for a locked room mystery that’s bound to satisfy traditional mystery fans and armchair travelers alike,” CrimeReads writes.
The award-winning author Shimada, who originally wanted to become a painter but turned instead to reinventing the art of mystery writing, is very well known and highly regarded in Japan, his native country, where he has won the prestigious Japan Mystery Literature Award.
His name, however, is not yet a household or familiar name outside Japan, especially in the English-speaking world, despite his debut novel, The Tokyo Zodiac Murders, translated by Ross Mackenzie and Shika Mackenzie, being ranked internationally as one of the very best of its genre ever written. This is at last starting to change.
CrimeReads selection of the English translation of Murder in the Crooked House, which was originally published in Japanese in 1982, as one of the best titles published in 2019, is another important example of international reviewers falling in love with ‘Japan’s Man of Mystery’, Shimada, and his unfathomable ingenious plots, highlighting his growing international reputation.
Later this year, Red Circle will publish an original new work by Shimada in its critically acclaimed Red Circle Minis series. This new work will be published in English translation before any other language including Japanese as part of Red Circle Authors Limited’s English-first publishing strategy.
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