I received a free copy of this book from Net galley in exchange for an honest review. This is a translated work of Japanese crime fiction that is seriously trying to copy Sherlock Holmes. It sets itself up as a classic locked room mystery that the clever astrologer protagonist and his dumb sidekick are going to solve when no one else can work it out. There are some great themes in this book of alchemy and astrology, however I feel like this book is quite 2 dimensional and as such feels like a mediocre read.
None of the themes of the novel that make it special are explored in enough detail, and the leaps of deduction are not thoroughly explained. Unlike Sherlock holmes where the crime is clearly explained, you are expected to believe his leaps of logic and just accept the solution to the crime. As a short beach read it’s not too bad but if you are interested in locked room stories I would recommend Anne Holt’s 1222, her crime stories are a joy to read.