Josei, Romance, Mystery
This volume contains 3 one-shots by Shinohara Chie. Toubou Kyuukou: Natsumi is a young journalist who aspires to get that one big scoop that will put her on the map. Searching for something that might make a good story, she drives around at night and comes upon a murder scene. Wanting to find out more, she stops to ask questions of the investigators, but is taken hostage by a guy covered in blood! Is this story worth risking her own life?? Shissou Toshi: Keiko wakes up one morning naked and with a huge hangover in a hotel room next to a guy that she had only met the night before. Horrified as she realized what she had done, she rushed back to her home, worried about what might happen if her strict husband ever found out. However, she discovers her husband dead at her house and she is now the prime suspect! Can Keiko prove her innocence? Shikeidai no 72jikan: Natsuki Kiriko has received a mysterious invitation to spend a few days at a fancy lodge called "The Orchard House". When she arrives, she finds 4 other young people there who had also been invited. After welcoming them, the hostess declares that the 5 of them had been chosen b/c they were all suspects of her son's murder 4 years ago. If one of them did not confess his/her guilt, they would all 5 die by the end of their stay! Kiriko knows she did not kill the hostess's son, but everyone else says the same. Can she find the real killer before she loses her life??
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Chie Shinohara is an award-winning shoujo mangaka best known for Red River (Sora wa Akai Kawa no Hotori). She has twice received the Shogakukan Manga Award for shoujo, in 1987 for Yami no Purple Eye and in 2001 for Red River. She indulges a lot in horror-fantasy stories, putting a strong focus on plot rather than character. Her art is clean and action-intensive, often dipped in an eerie romantic vibe. She is particularly good at drawing flying or floating stances - perhaps that's why water and liquid usually take center stage in her creations.See all 12 titles