What is a Honkaku Mystery?

Honkaku mysteries are a sub-genre of detective fiction that originated in Japan. The term “honkaku” roughly translates to “orthodox” or “genuine,” and the genre is characterized by its adherence to strict rules and logical deductions. Honkaku mysteries are often compared to the works of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, particularly the Sherlock Holmes stories, for their emphasis on the puzzle-like nature of the mystery. One of … Continue reading What is a Honkaku Mystery?