Bustle ‘Bout Books: Review- A Midsummer’s Equation By Keigo Higashino

Book Review

A Midsummer’s Equation By Keigo Higashino

AUTHOR: Keigo Higashino

GENRE: Mystery, Police Procedural

PUBLISHED ON: June 6, 2011

MY RATING: 4/5 stars


Are you a fan of murder mysteries? Do you like Japanese thrillers? If your answer to any of these or both the questions is ‘yes’ then, this book is definitely the one for you!

I think that not many people know that this awesome book exists. I read this book long time back and I loved it! This was the first murder-mystery I ever read and I remember making a mental-note to read more works of Keigo Higashino.

The story starts when a boy named Kyohei (a fifth grader) travels to Hari Cove (in Shizuoka) all on his own. In Hari Cove, he was supposed to spend his holidays with his aunt and uncle who owned a resort. Kyohei’s parents worked at a small clothing boutique and often had to spend a lot of time travelling to sell their products.

A physicist, Manabu Yukawa (also known as ‘Detective Galileo’) had come to Hari Cove to attend a conference on “a planned underwater mining operation”. He decided to stay in Kyohei’s relatives’ resort. Over time, Kyohei and Yukawa became friends and both kept company with each other- Yukawa taught Kyohei various scientific theories by performing fun experiments, which made Kyohei always want to spend his time with him.

Amidst all of this fun, there was also something strange and serious going on in the resort as the night after Yukawa’s conference meet, one of the resort’s guests was found dead. At first, the police considered the case to be a very simple one. However, Yukawa realised that this case was much more complicated to be considered as a simple accident. The case was later found out to be very complex as the victim was discovered to be a former policeman whose death was a result of carbon monoxide poisoning. Yukawa and the police took up the challenge of cracking the case so as to get to the bottom of it.

Many people were suspected for the policeman’s death. Infact, while reading this book, I, too, started suspecting a few. But, I must admit that the ending of the book was completely unexpected and I don’t think anybody can guess it right. How the case ended and what the correct answers were, left me open-mouthed and goggle-eyed!

I remember getting goosebumps throughout and of course, while reading the ending.

Favourite quote from the book:

“It didn’t bother me. It excited my curiosity. And I believe there is no greater sin than to leave one’s curiosity unsatisfied.”

~ Keigo Higashino

Totally loved this book!

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Hello to all the readers and writers out here! I am Meher Gandhi. I am a dreamer and a wanderer, dreaming of a world made of words and wandering in a land of my own scribblings. I am constantly scribbling my reveries and all the secrets I unearth while living, sometimes it’s on paper, most of the times, it’s mental notes. WordPress is a great platform to showcase the art of writing be it on the spot or else. I am loving this work of writing blogs, reading your blogs, commenting on them, receiving the likes, comments and valuable suggestions. It is all so fun! I am a teenager who loves to read and write. I am a positive person and so are my scribblings. If you want to connect with me then, head over to the contact page in the “my pages” section! Would you like to join me in for a walk in my land of scribblings? With love, Meher.

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16 thoughts on “Bustle ‘Bout Books: Review- A Midsummer’s Equation By Keigo Higashino”

      1. Not intended as spoiler. Just send you to know the essence and warmth of the book. Must read for everyone. Suggest all other bloggers who follow you and whom you follow, your friends, family (anyone who loves reading, even if they don’t live reading books they would start loving reading books).
        Take one more initiative Meher Gandhi. Think something more about I said and come up with something like “Let’s Talk WordPress” tag. This step would be of immense importance for people to know what it takes to be a writer and invoke interest among people to read books which are publushed. It takes so much of emotions and feelings to write one book.
        I have full faith on you and you will think about it and come out with something “Out Of the Box” in this direction as well!!

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