Jimmy Kudo, ace high school detective, was trailing two suspicious men in black (Gin and Vodka). The nefarious duo attacked Kudo and administered a mysterious substance that physically transformed the teen detective into a first grader. While searching for a cure, Jimmy adopts a new identity, becoming elementary school student, Conan Edogawa. Acting alone and sometimes with his friends, the Junior Detective League (JDL), Jimmy/Conan continues to solve criminal cases and mysteries.
Case Closed, Vol. 54 opens with the murder of a star-gazing wife and mother. Her young son thinks a woman that Conan is tracking is the killer, but is Rena Mizunashi really the killer? Next, a woman dies during a snowboarding accident... not really. A friend killed her, but which one, Conan wonders?
Conan, Richard Moore (the “Sleeping Detective”), and his daughter, Rachel, join Harley Hartwell (another great teen detective) and his girlfriend, Kazuha, for an old-fashioned cherry blossom viewing trip. There, the group discovers a haunted shrine that seems to devour corpses. Is the secret of this bizarre phenomenon an ancient curse, murder, or good intentions?
THE LOWDOWN: Case closed: I love the Case Closed manga. Known as Detective Conan in Japan, this cozy mystery will cozy up to any mystery fan.
Case Closed Volume 54 is a stand-our volume for me. “The Moving Shrine Room” story is not quite what it seems, while being exactly what it is supposed to be. Creator Gosho Aoyama always finds novel ways to spin a mystery yarns, which makes everything seem fresh and new. This graphic novel also starts a good story featuring four teen detectives (including Conan and Harley) that will continue into the next volume, and it promises to be fantastic. Like I need a new reason to come back...
POSSIBLE AUDIENCE: Readers looking for fun mystery fiction will want to investigate the “Shonen Sunday” detective manga, Case Closed.