“A Midsummer’s Equation,” the sixth book in prolific crime writer Keigo Higashino’s “Detective Galileo” series, sees physicist and amateur sleuth Manabu Yukawa relocate to a sleepy seaside town in Shizuoka Prefecture. There to act as a scientific adviser on a controversial underwater drilling project that threatens the beautiful coastline, he is quickly drawn into an investigation of murders old and new when a fellow guest at his inn is found dead.

The book — the third of Higashino’s “Galileo” novels to be translated into English — is a familiar blend of razor-sharp logic and pavement-pounding police procedural with more twists than a double helix. It’s a classic whodunit where potential suspects and competing motives are played off against each other in an attempt to confound the reader.

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