Book Review: Salvation of a Saint by Keigo Hagashino


Hi Everyone,

This is the second book I have reviewed by the Japanese author and hopefully next year when more translations are due I will be reviewing even more. This caught my eye in Waterstone’s when I went for some Kinspiration = kindle inspiration and I was just drawn to the cover. There was a melancholy to it and just like the Devotion of Suspect X I have demolished this in just one day.

This is another book in the Detective Galileo series and is number five. Detective Galileo is actually a nickname for a physicist that consults on various cases. Here is the Goodreads Summary:

Now physics professor Manabu Yukawa—Detective Galileo—returns in a new case of impossible murder, where instincts clash with facts and theory with reality.

Yoshitaka, who was about to leave his marriage and his wife, is poisoned by arsenic-laced coffee and dies. His wife, Ayane, is the logical suspect—except that she was hundreds of miles away when he was murdered. The lead detective, Tokyo Police Detective Kusanagi, is immediately smitten with her and refuses to believe that she could have had anything to do with the crime.

There was more to this on the site but I didn’t want to include the spolier that I thought to be in there. This book is full of twists there is absolutely no way this man could have been murdered by the number one suspect…or is there?

This, just like the previous book was beautifully written and very well translated, with just the odd grammar error. I could not step away from this book once I started and completed it in an afternoon. The way all parts work together to solve the crime – and how a number of secrets are kept so close to the author’s chest until the very end – make this a gripping read.

One tiny criticism I have is that one aspect in the book is not explained too well – the death of a friend – and it would just add something a little bit extra is there was more added.

This again is for lovers of crime and in particular Steig Larsson.

Formats: Mine was on Kindle but available on other E-Readers and in the paper formats.

Approx Pages: 330 pages

Goodreads Rating: 3.75 (I gave this a five)


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