Book Review: Case Closed Volume 51


Now that I finally covered the titles from last month covered, I can finally deal with newer titles.

Recently, I got two books from Barnes & Noble’s eBook catalog, which I had forgotten had been released, mainly because of old habits of preordering in bulk, before I discovered the thing I have been utilizing these days, which is why I did not usually get new volumes of the series I follow in the month of release, though there are still some titles I have to get in print.

Today, I am going to review one of those books, which is called Case Closed Volume 51 by Gosho Aoyama.

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

With the deduction battle between Harley and Jimmy coming to an end, Harley still has no idea that there was no third genius detective after all.

However, after the moment of peace reminiscing about the past, Jimmy is pulled right back into the world of mysteries when a waitress at Poirot tells Jimmy, Richard, and Rachel that she started receiving strange texts from a little boy that seems to have been locked in a car by himself.

Later, Jimmy and the Junior Detective League stumble into a murder case, when one of their new acquaintances that claim to like shellfish is found dead in the parking lot.

Everyone suspects suicide, but Jimmy has his doubt and must find out the truth.

Finally, Eisuke, Jimmy, Rachel, and Serena decide to take a trip to a mountain villa that houses bad memories for Rachel.

Unfortunately, after they that the bridge has again been found to be broken, the four find themselves in yet another murder case when one of the people staying in a nearby villa is found dead in the same room that a previous owner met their end.

While most of the people gathered think it was suicide, the sightings mentioned in a story about the old owners and Eisuke’s fright about seeing something in a window that had been nailed shut.

However, the case is not the only thing that Jimmy has to deal with, because one of the foursome is watching Jimmy’s every move.

I kind of liked this volume. Most of the cases ended up being rather enjoyable. The ending of the deduction battle that began in the previous volume was rather interesting. Most of the case from start to finish was not very obvious. In fact, I was kind of suspecting that detective that did show up while both Jimmy and Harley around was responsible. The thing that I liked the most was the end. After both Jimmy, who was on the phone with a police officer, and Harley, who showed in front of the suspects, revealed their deductions, neither one wanted to talk to police about the case because they thought the other had solved the whole thing by themselves. I found this funny because both Jimmy and Harley revealed that they had held from their parents, though those following this case from the beginning already knew that. Jimmy may have been one step ahead of Harley, but that does not mean that their thoughts were entirely correct. If anything, the only thing that was correct about their thoughts was that they would eventually meet again, after exchanging brief glances, which would happen in the diplomat case that occurs in volume 10, according to notes in my review of FUNimation’s second season of the anime, where it occurs immediately after the events of anime episodes 39 and 40 (Japanese count on both). The cellphone case was also nice, but it but was not the best. I did like how Jimmy was able to use the details about the old messages to narrow down the location of sender, but that was about it that impressed me in that case. The murder case involving the shellfish lovers was also pretty interesting, because the victim unknowingly played a part in their own demise. While not exactly a new thing, especially in Detective Conan, I definitely did not suspect anything like that to happen, though his depressed mood was strange. The trick involved also seemed to be unique, because poison is usually already in a drink when somebody dies from a poisoned drink, not somewhere else on the drink. The case that immediately happens after the shellfish lover case, which I did not give a synopsis of, was probably the least interesting though. However, I did like how Viz kept things intact. While looking at online scans, because I did not think the cat’s name was the one Viz gave it, it is later revealed that the cat was named after Richard, who is called Kogoro Mouri in the Japanese version. Because Viz uses the names FUNimation gave the main cast, I was wondering how Viz would handle it and I am glad they actually kept the reference here, instead of trying to explain things away like what was supposedly done in the second movie, where names were tied to cards (e.g. ichi is one in Japanese, but I have heard it shortened to ich). The last case was probably the most interesting though. There was not a whole obvious and it certainly misled me, because I had thought that the guy trying to get the victim to open the door. I had not even thought of a secret area, though there had to be some kind of trick involved, otherwise Eisuke would not have have said he saw something strange. As a result, this case ended up being my favorite of this volume. The thing that I think I liked the most though was that all of the cases were complete. As nice as it is to look forward to the next volume to find out the answer to a case, it kind of makes it hard for me to determine whether a case is actually good or not, which is also the reason why I never split up my reviews of multipart cases or extended length episodes when I reviewed the anime. Not only that, but I do not even need to look through past volumes just to check up on something that happens in the case, which was something that happened quite often during my coverage of the Detective Conan anime, since I had to look at the past episodes of the cases. Outside of that, there was not much that I liked that comes to my mind. The fact that most of the cases were interesting and there were some thing that were a bit funny, as well as the fact that all of the cases are complete, made this volume rather enjoyable.

Although there were things that I liked, there are some issues. However, aside from a few minor issues, and the fact that there was one case that was not that great, nothing really comes to my mind. As a result, there is nothing worth mentioning.

Seeing as there was not much to hate about this volume, it was definitely worth reading. I recommend this to fans of detective, mystery, and crime fiction, as well as fans of Detective Conan (Case Closed), because there was only one case that was not that impressive. As for everyone else, this might be worth giving a shot, but because the first case is a continuation, it might be best start with earlier volumes.

What are your thoughts on Case Closed Volume 51? Did you enjoy it, hate it, or find it okay? Were there things that you liked or hated that I did not mention? Feel free to comment.

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