Book Review: Case Closed Volume 27

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As I said in the last post, the rest of my Barnes & Noble order arrived recently, which gave me three new books. Since one has been covered, two remain. Today, I am going to review another one of those books, which is called Case Closed Volume 27 by Gosho Aoyama.

As I gave a series synopsis in an earlier post, I will not go over it again.

Jimmy, Rachel, and Richard go on a little trip that was suggested by Richard, possibly for some ulterior motive. However, the supposedly peaceful atmosphere that was supposed to be there is turned upside when one of the attorneys working at Eva's law office is found dead and the only suspect is Richard himself. Later, Detective Sato plans to pay respects to her father who died 18 years ago, even though her department is after an arsonist. However, while investigating, Takagi realizes what Sato's father was talking about and ends up assaulted by somebody. The question though is whether or not the person who attacked Takagi was also the arsonist. Afterwards, Jimmy, Rachel, and Serena spend time at an arcade and talk about how Araide has taken the spotlight now that Jimmy is no longer at school and even a new English teacher named Jodie, who greets them at the arcade. Even though things seem peaceful, somebody is found dead in the seat of a fighting game. There are six suspects, but only one seems to be ruled out and Jimmy does not think that that person should be. Now, Jimmy must find out how the person died before Jodie, and anyone else, is arrested of a crime that they supposedly did not commit. Finally, the Junior Detective League is out hunting for mushrooms, but when George goes missing, the form two groups to look for him, while Dr. Agasa stands by. Unfortunately, when he returns, Mitch and Haibara are now the ones missing. Meanwhile, in the woods, Mitch and Haibara find a corpse and a bear cub. Now, they must be on the run before the killer catches them.

I have to say that I enjoyed this one. Although not all of the cases get completed until the next volume, I found the cases much more exciting than that last volume I reviewed. It was nice that the volume started off right at the beginning of a case, instead of in the middle of the case like volumes 28 and 42. Then again, all the cases from volume 26, which was the last volume of Detective Conan (Case Closed) I got, before I had difficulties finding the volumes I needed, were wrapped up, so it was kind of obvious. It kind of seemed funny that even though Eva and Richard were not getting along that Eva would do so much to prove the innocence of her husband. I guess that goes to show that even though they are separated Eva still cares for Richard. The surprising part about this case though was who the victim was in this case. We are hinted in the text that she is up to something, which makes us suspicious of her exact plans. However, when we see her again, she is dead. Now, I would not say that is uncommon, especially since I have not read every mystery, detective, and crime fiction story out there, such as those written by Edgar Allan Poe, Edogawa Rampo, and P.D. James, but it certainly is not unexpected. Probably the most surprising, yet not unexpected, thing though was who killed the victim. However, the funniest part about this case was that at the end, Richard tells Eva, who he does not know is not listening to him, that he wants her back, but it turns out that she recorded everything he said. I was going to say, that people in this world of our's from the generation previous to mine care so much about manners and politeness that this kind of thing would be considered rude. On the other hand, I am of the belief that no matter whether or not one does something to show respect, such as use titles like mister, miss, and misses, that they are rude if they use the wrong title, even accidentally. In fact, if they are wrong about anything concerning manners and politeness, they are rude. That is why I usually call out sir or ma'am to get a stranger's attention, if that is what I wanted to do, because if I call out miss, I would be assuming that the woman is not married. Also, I have warned people many times in my posts that assumptions are never a good thing, unless, of course, one is in a situation similar to Detective Conan (Case Closed) episode 5. Anyway, my thoughts of manners and politeness have nothing to do with this post, so I will get back on topic. The arsonist case had some pretty interesting stuff. Normally, Jimmy is the one to point out stuff, while Haibara agrees with everything he points out and make comments of her own. However, when Jimmy and Haibara get Sato to themselves, Haibara is the one to bring up what is so strange about the case. She asks Sato what is really going on, since her division is chasing after an arsonist. Jimmy agrees and says that Sato's division deals with homicide and other violent crimes, which arson did not fit under. Now, I may have a friend that works in the field of law enforcement and I may have also read many detective, crime, and mystery stories, but I am not familiar with the inner workings of the police, so I cannot say whether or not arson really is not a violent crime. However, the fact that Sato's division does not cover arson certainly brings up questions. The only cases that would come to my mind in which officers or detectives investigate crime that their division does not handle is either that officer or detective is the culprit or behind the crime or something happened or evidence came up that would suddenly put the crime into a category covered by their division. Luckily, Sato explains the situation and tells them that a corpse was found at one of the sites that the arsonist targeted, which would obviously turn the culprit from an arsonist into a murderer and conveniently move our suspicions away from Sato and her division. Also, the fact that Takagi was attacked brings up more mystery, which sure brings in some excitement. Another nice thing about this volume is that we finally understand how Mitch and Haibara got into their situation in volume 28, since I received this volume after volume 28, so we now get more details about that case. The most interesting part is that Jodie seems to have come to Japan for more than just video games and such, which makes her very suspicious in this volume. This alone also brings more intrigue, but we do eventually find out the reason in future volumes. The fact that the reasons for Jodie being in Japan and that this volume starts off with a new case, instead of continuing from the previous volume, as well as the fact that more details are provided about the case continued in volume 28 sure are pluses.

Although I liked the volume, I cannot say it is perfect. At the same time, nothing noticeable has cropped up in this volume. Because of that fact, I will have to say that there is nothing worth mentioning that is bad about this release.

Considering that we get more details on a case that continues in the next volume and that all of the cases were quite interesting, I would have to say that this definitely is very much worth reading. I recommend this to fans of detective, mystery, and crime fiction, as well as those that are fans of the Detective Conan (Case Closed) anime. For everyone else, this series seems like a great one as an introduction to detective, mystery, and crime fiction.

What are your thoughts on Case Closed Volume 27? Do you agree or disagree with my views? Do you have anything to add? Feel free to comment.

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