Death in the House of Rain

Death in the House of Rain

Book - 2017 | First American edition
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"Honkaku meets Grand Guignol amidst a string of grisly and horrifying murders. The floor plan of the manor, specially built for entrepreneur Jingfu Bai, traces the Chinese character for rain. Shortly after construction is finished, Bai and his and his wife and daughter are slaughtered and the culprit hangs himself in jail. Now, a year later, Jingfu's brother has inherited the manor and decided to stay there for the summer with his daughter. She invites a number of friends and, sure enough, they start to get slaughtered one by one in impossible circumstances."--from back cover.
Publisher: [North Charleston, SC] : Locked Room International, [2017]
Edition: First American edition
Copyright Date: ©2017
Branch Call Number: MYSTERY LIN PBK
Characteristics: 172 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
ISBN: 9781974337798
1974337790

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SkokieStaff_Steven Jan 04, 2018

Once again I am grateful for the reviewer from Publishers Weekly who keeps alerting me to new puzzle mysteries published by Locked Room International. As an admirer of complexity for its own sake, I had much to enjoy in Szu-Yen Lin’s “Death in the House of Rain” which includes a character list as... Read More »


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SkokieStaff_Steven Jan 04, 2018

Once again I am grateful for the reviewer from Publishers Weekly who keeps alerting me to new puzzle mysteries published by Locked Room International. As an admirer of complexity for its own sake, I had much to enjoy in Szu-Yen Lin’s “Death in the House of Rain” which includes a character list as well as several house plans, diagrams, and charts, all of which are needed to keep track of what’s going on in Lin’s briskly paced “howdunnit.” Lin’s titular House of Rain is the scene of no fewer than four deaths in locked rooms as well as an earlier triple homicide. These are no ordinary run-of-the-mill killings, and I for one could hardly resist a book with a chapter titled “A Night of Beheading.” Readers who insist on plausibility in their fiction will no more appreciate this book than they would the contrivances of Rube Goldberg, but lovers of ingenuity and surprise will be well satisfied.

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