Book Review: Case Closed Volume 30

January 18, 2013


This is surprising. After I had reviewed A Life of Death: The Golden Bulls, I received the last book in my order from Amazon. Today, I will be reviewing that book, which is called Case Closed Volume 30 by Gosho Aoyama.

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

Richard, Rachel, and Jimmy are leaving Osaka and head back, but their ride is not so peaceful. While on the train, a suspect that Sato and Takage captured and are transporting on the train stabs himself in the bathroom and later found dead. Everyone suspects suicide, but Jimmy thinks otherwise. Now, the murderer must be captured before three suspects can leave the train scot-free.

Later, Richal, Rachel, and Jimmy have been invited a banquet and given two million yen. However, things are not as they seem when five other detectives and they all believe that KID called them there. They are then told that they must solve the riddle find the treasure with their lives at stake. Now, the seven detectives must find out what is going on and even who is the Phantom Thief KID.

Afterwards, Jimmy and the Junior Detective League notice that George strange. When he tells them that his life is in danger, they think that is not possible. However, when something comes tumbling down towards them, Jimmy realizes that George was telling the truth. Now, they must find out who is after George and even what he really saw.

Finally, Rachel and Serena go to a pottery class, after Serena talked about some teacups she made for herself and Makoto. However, the peaceful atmosphere of the class is ruined, when somebody is found dead in the storage room some time after Jimmy arrived. Now, Jimmy and the gang must capture the murderer before an innocent person is arrested.

I liked this volume. The case of the gathering of detectives was certainly interesting. It was setup well and not very much was obvious. This case seemed reminiscent of Agatha Christie's And Then There Were None. Of course, there were nine people here, which include the seven detectives. It was funny how everybody thought that there were only six detectives, but I guess that is understandable because nobody knows that Jimmy and Conan are the same person. I kind of had a hard time figuring who KID was this time and Jimmy and the newly introduced Hakuba, from Magic Kaito, KID's own series, seemed to know right off. I also like how KID seemed to help out with this case. I guess that this is the first that he gets involved to clear his good name. Gosho also states in the back that each of the detectives parodies a famous fictional detective, but I could only notice a similarly with Agatha Christie's Ms. Marple. Funny, I do not remember reading anything featuring her, but I guess I recognized the similarity because Gosho Aoyama's Mystery Library features Ms. Marple in volume 20 of the manga. I am not too sure about the armchair part, but the fact that she is an elderly woman that nobody would think was a great detective certainly fits the bill. As for the pottery class murder case, which continues into the next volume, this was a bit better than I expected. I liked how the case utilized dramatic irony. I wanted to complain in my review of volume 31 that the culprit in this was obvious, but now that I know why, I cannot really say that. After all, it lets us see how good our main cast is by seeing if they can realize how much we already know. Of course, the trick was not so obvious, which is kind of nice. The fact that there is case that seems similar to And Then There Were None and that the pottery class murder case used a bit of dramatic irony, as well as the fact that not very much was obvious.

Although I liked the book, there are certainly some issues. Most of the cases just seemed dull. I did not really care about who was after George or who killed the man that Takagi and Sato were transporting on the train. I do not get why there just cannot be a volume where every case is very interesting. The only case that was interesting was the case of the gathered detectives, which is the manga counterpart of one portion of anime episode 219 (Japanese count), according to Detective Conan World. The pottery class was probably the worse though because even without having read this volume prior to volume 31, I knew who was guilty by the way the culprit acted in volume 31. The case involving George is probably lower on the list though. The only thing there was interesting was that Haibara revealed that Gin was left handed. Since it has been awhile since I have seen the anime episodes in the 124+ (Japanese count) range, I was not aware what Gin was left-handed. Still, that was the only mention of Black Org.The fact that most cases were uninteresting and one was obvious before the deduction presented in the next volume does not really make this look too good.

Despite the fact that most of the cases were dull, the case of the gathered detectives was interesting enough that this was worth reading. I recommend this fans of detective, mystery, and crime fiction, but only for the gathered detectives case, as well as fans of Detective Conan (Case Closed). As for everyone else, this is a good introduction to the series, but only one case seems like a good introduction to the detective, mystery, and crime fiction genres in general.

What are your thoughts on Case Closed Volume 30? Do you agree or disagree with my views? Do you have anything to add? Feel free to comment.

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