Finished reading ビブリア古書堂の事件手帖 

The premise of the books is that the owner of the second-hand bookshop “Biblia” can discern the story behind a physical book – information about where it is from and its previous owners. Each chapter is named after the book that it revolves around, usually solving some small mystery associated with it. Not exactly a gripping read but the relaxed pace seemed fitting for the hot summer during which the story takes place.

Things pick up in the final chapter however, the story takes an unexpectedly dramatic turn and it also ties together all the characters introduced in each chapter very neatly. There isn’t much set up for the second book though so I imagine it will be more of the same; solving problems and an exciting concluding chapter. I might look into the rest of the series later, but for now I’ll be moving onto 謎解きはディナーのあとで. I saw the drama which came out a few years ago and  it was a lot of fun so I hope the book will be too!

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2 thoughts on “Finished reading ビブリア古書堂の事件手帖 

  1. locksleyu April 24, 2014 at 7:51 pm Reply

    Sounds like a cool idea. How difficult was the Japanese used?

    • ecclemon April 24, 2014 at 8:11 pm Reply

      I’d say as novels go it’s not too hard as there’s no specialist or technical vocabulary required, (it actually falls under the 日常ミステリ genre – who knew there was such a genre!). There is some ‘old man’ Japanese which might be tricky if you’re not used to it.

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