Following the killing of a sixth-grade girl in Sasebo by her classmate, some TV networks postponed the airing of mystery dramas when reports circulated that the suspect may have gotten ideas for her chosen method of killing from a mystery she’d seen on TV. Eleven-year-old girls are not the target audience for these dramas. Most are aimed at middle-aged women, which is why so many feature female detectives and are set in hot-spring resorts and popular sightseeing areas.

On this week’s “Monday Mystery” (TBS, 9 p.m.), Ryoko Sakaguchi plays Kikuchio, a former Tokyo geisha who is hired by the owner of a posh inn in Iseshima to be the inn’s okami, or female manager. As an outsider suddenly called in to act as mistress, Kikuchio finds the help decidedly resistant. They do what they can to discourage her and drive her back to Tokyo. One day, however, a handsome travel agent named Noguchi comes to the inn. He is dating the owner’s daughter, who is overseas on business, and the owner is quite determined to see that the two get married, but then something dreadful happens

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