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There's a serial killer loose in Los Angeles and the local authorities need help fast. For some reason the killer has been leaving a string of maddeningly arcane clues at each crime scene. Each of these clues, it seems, is an indecipherable roadmap to the next murder. Onto the scene comes L, the mysterious super-sleuth. Despite his peculiar working habits, he's never shown There's a serial killer loose in Los Angeles and the local authorities need help fast. For some reason the killer has been leaving a string of maddeningly arcane clues at each crime scene. Each of these clues, it seems, is an indecipherable roadmap to the next murder. Onto the scene comes L, the mysterious super-sleuth. Despite his peculiar working habits, he's never shown his face in public—but this time, he needs help. Enlisting the services of an FBI agent named Naomi Misora, L starts snooping around the City of Angels. It soon becomes apparent that the killing spree is a psychotic riddle designed to specifically engage L in a battle of wits. Stuck in the middle between killer and investigator, it's up to Misora to navigate both the dead bodies and the egos to solve the Los Angeles Murder Cases.


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There's a serial killer loose in Los Angeles and the local authorities need help fast. For some reason the killer has been leaving a string of maddeningly arcane clues at each crime scene. Each of these clues, it seems, is an indecipherable roadmap to the next murder. Onto the scene comes L, the mysterious super-sleuth. Despite his peculiar working habits, he's never shown There's a serial killer loose in Los Angeles and the local authorities need help fast. For some reason the killer has been leaving a string of maddeningly arcane clues at each crime scene. Each of these clues, it seems, is an indecipherable roadmap to the next murder. Onto the scene comes L, the mysterious super-sleuth. Despite his peculiar working habits, he's never shown his face in public—but this time, he needs help. Enlisting the services of an FBI agent named Naomi Misora, L starts snooping around the City of Angels. It soon becomes apparent that the killing spree is a psychotic riddle designed to specifically engage L in a battle of wits. Stuck in the middle between killer and investigator, it's up to Misora to navigate both the dead bodies and the egos to solve the Los Angeles Murder Cases.

30 review for Death Note: Another Note - The Los Angeles BB Murder Cases

  1. 5 out of 5

    Petrik

    It's Death Note, of course it’s great. Death Note: Another Note The Los Angeles BB Murder Cases is written by Nisio Isin and it’s a spin-off novella from the massively popular manga/anime series, Death Note, which was created by the highly acclaimed duo, Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata. It’s a great detective novel and it’s definitely a must-read for all Death Note fans. This novella shows Naomi Misora—a great female detective that appeared briefly in the original work—on her case with L before the It's Death Note, of course it’s great. Death Note: Another Note The Los Angeles BB Murder Cases is written by Nisio Isin and it’s a spin-off novella from the massively popular manga/anime series, Death Note, which was created by the highly acclaimed duo, Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata. It’s a great detective novel and it’s definitely a must-read for all Death Note fans. This novella shows Naomi Misora—a great female detective that appeared briefly in the original work—on her case with L before the time of the manga. Even though this is technically a prequel and the story can be read without reading the manga or watching the anime first, it’s really mandatory in my opinion to experience the original work first. Not only this novella contains gigantic spoilers for the series, it would give even more information and background on who these characters are if you’ve read the main series. “The most intelligent people disguise the fact that they are intelligent. Wise men do not wear nametags. The more people talk about their own skills, the more desperate they are—their work should speak for itself.” There aren’t a lot of things to say without spoiling stuff, the only thing I’ll add is that Beyond Birthday is a fascinating villain and the author/translator did a great job on this work. I do think that this piece of work would be even better in manga format though. Picture: Death Note: Another Note interior artwork 1 Highly recommended for all Death Note fans. Thank you, Mary, for giving me this novella as a late birthday gift! You can find this and the rest of my Adult Epic/High Fantasy & Sci-Fi reviews at BookNest

  2. 5 out of 5

    Onibana

    Oh my GOD!!!!!!!!!!! This was one of the best, no, the best murder mystery that I have read before! It was so nice to be able to see familiar chareters in a new setting and writing style. The ending made a little sad though... I was hoping that Rue Ryuzaki was really L, cause' the authors description fit him 'almost' perfectly. And, having Mello as the narrorator was really awsome! This book is the kind of book, where I hope that the author never wants to commit a murder, cause, if they did, they w Oh my GOD!!!!!!!!!!! This was one of the best, no, the best murder mystery that I have read before! It was so nice to be able to see familiar chareters in a new setting and writing style. The ending made a little sad though... I was hoping that Rue Ryuzaki was really L, cause' the authors description fit him 'almost' perfectly. And, having Mello as the narrorator was really awsome! This book is the kind of book, where I hope that the author never wants to commit a murder, cause, if they did, they would be really good at it!

  3. 5 out of 5

    Joshua Fialkov

    If this were made in America, it would be terrible. A spinoff prose novel of the beloved manga Death Note. But, Japan just knows better. It's an amazingly executed novel that perfectly uses the literary medium, creating something so much more compelling than you'd ever imagine it to be. Non-essential for enjoying Death Note, but, it really does add so much more to the experience. If this were made in America, it would be terrible. A spinoff prose novel of the beloved manga Death Note. But, Japan just knows better. It's an amazingly executed novel that perfectly uses the literary medium, creating something so much more compelling than you'd ever imagine it to be. Non-essential for enjoying Death Note, but, it really does add so much more to the experience.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Amber Hetchler

    Wow, it exceeded all my expectations. It had a lot darker, more serious feel to it than the manga series that it's based off of, but I really liked that about it. Beyond Birthday was brilliant and twisted which made for some pretty unsettling descriptions of his murders. Super fun to read. I recommend it to hard-core Death Note fans. Or anyone who likes crime novels because I believe you could read it without reading Death Note and still love it. Wow, it exceeded all my expectations. It had a lot darker, more serious feel to it than the manga series that it's based off of, but I really liked that about it. Beyond Birthday was brilliant and twisted which made for some pretty unsettling descriptions of his murders. Super fun to read. I recommend it to hard-core Death Note fans. Or anyone who likes crime novels because I believe you could read it without reading Death Note and still love it.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Douglas Morrison

    Charity shopping trip yesterday netted this book. It is a rather better quality than your average book, fine quality cover with a half cover over it. Colour prints within and certainly a step up from most manga Japanese presented stuff. This is a story of words, not an art piece, so a departure from the usual Japanese material. Have you read Death Note before? It would certainly help. It is set before the final confrontation between L and Kira (Go, Kira!) A series of serial killer murders in Los An Charity shopping trip yesterday netted this book. It is a rather better quality than your average book, fine quality cover with a half cover over it. Colour prints within and certainly a step up from most manga Japanese presented stuff. This is a story of words, not an art piece, so a departure from the usual Japanese material. Have you read Death Note before? It would certainly help. It is set before the final confrontation between L and Kira (Go, Kira!) A series of serial killer murders in Los Angeles attracts L`s attention. He enlists the support of Naomi Misori, an FBI agent on leave / off, for time to reconsider her action. The crimes/murders are complicated and, frankly, weird. And in that respect, this is the first time I can remember seeing the word Weirdosity in any book! So the first three victims are investigated by Naomi and a PI who offers his help, the wildly eccentric Ryuzaki. The victims are Believe Bridesmaid, Quarter Queen and Backyard Bottomslash. I kid you not! They follow the clues, but to be honest, I identified the killer on page 75 after a less than a subtle hint, just not the reason. And the reason and solution make little sense to me when explained later. And so Ryuzaki helps Naomi id the possible two last victims either … wait for it … Blackberry Brown or Blues-harp Babyslip!!! With those names, death should be preferred! And Naomi rushes in to save the day wen she finally finishes following the trail of bread crumbs. I enjoyed this book, but, BUT! The plot could not be more heavily laden with symbology. If a character sneezes, there is an underlying reason, and it is not cause he has a cold! So in that respect, it made me laugh out loud a lot. Probably inappropriately! 

  6. 4 out of 5

    Caro ♡ Hot Mess Sommelière

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I guess I would have given this book more stars if the author hadn't made so many mistakes. And I'm not speaking of typos but rather of the logic in the book. Mello is the narrator of the story. This doesn't make any sense at all, because Mello never knew either Beyond Birthday (the murderer) or L. (I mean, sure he heard of them, but he never actually met either, so how come he tells the story? Doesn't make sense.) In the prologue (or foreword or whatever it was) Mello is foreshadowing L's death i I guess I would have given this book more stars if the author hadn't made so many mistakes. And I'm not speaking of typos but rather of the logic in the book. Mello is the narrator of the story. This doesn't make any sense at all, because Mello never knew either Beyond Birthday (the murderer) or L. (I mean, sure he heard of them, but he never actually met either, so how come he tells the story? Doesn't make sense.) In the prologue (or foreword or whatever it was) Mello is foreshadowing L's death in the series and HIS OWN. If you tell a story, you usually are ALIVE, right? So how come dead Mello's telling stories from his grave? Seriously, there should have been a neutral narrator. Then their were several other logical gaps. Naomi Misora, for example "prolonged" L's life in Death Note (the manga), because Light didn't know about the deep connection between Naomi and L, which he could have used for his merits. Death Note: Another Note states that Naomi made L's life a few years longer. That can't be, because the official DN timeline states that L dies approx. 1 year after first beginning his investigations about Kira. So when Light/Kira meets Naomi and kills her afterwards, L has at most 1 year left to live and not many years. There were several other logical mistakes which made me ask myself if the author had actually read the series at all, but the biggest mistake was this one: The novel introduces Rue Ryuzaki as a side character. Ryuzaki presents himself as a private detective. Naomi is a bit suspicious of him at first, because he has strange manners (sitting around hugging his legs, eating sweets all the time and crawling around on the floor), but L tells her to work together with him, so she does. The thing is, the reader (as the he is meant to be) immediately assumes that Ryuzaki is L. This makes sense, because not only does L present himself as "Ryuzaki" in Death Note, but the way he acts is also strikingly similar. Of course, the author wants the reader to think that Ryuzaki is L, but Ryuzaki is actually Beyond Birthday, the killer. That would have been a great twist, had it only been logical. But it wasn't. Another Note clearly states that B.B. doesn't know L personnaly. Which means he doesn't know anything about his habits or about what he looks like. So how come he guessed all of it? - doesn't make sense. Even if the reader is supposed to assume that L assumed Ryuzaki's name after winning against B.B., taking over his "manners" would be completely out of character for L. Especially since L is described in the end of the book as the "original" Ryuzaki, who was only the copy. But how could B.B. have been the copy of someonce he never met? This book could have been good if only the author had at least tried to be logical. I usually overlook that kind of thing, but in this particular novel, I simply couldn't. Death Note: Another Note was so illogical I wanted to bite the authors head off.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Adarsh

    “The most intelligent people disguise the fact that they are intelligent. Wise men do not wear nametags. The more people talk about their own skills, the more desperate they are—their work should speak for itself.” 4 crime scenes. Each scene has a clue for the subsequent murder. The clues can be anything - the dates of the killings, means of the killings, the names of the victims. The clues are conveniently in 'normal-humans-cannot-understand-it-however-hard-they-try' language. The world's great “The most intelligent people disguise the fact that they are intelligent. Wise men do not wear nametags. The more people talk about their own skills, the more desperate they are—their work should speak for itself.” 4 crime scenes. Each scene has a clue for the subsequent murder. The clues can be anything - the dates of the killings, means of the killings, the names of the victims. The clues are conveniently in 'normal-humans-cannot-understand-it-however-hard-they-try' language. The world's greatest detective, L and FBI Agent Naomi Misora have to unravel the mystery and unmask the perpetrator before he performs the perfect crime. 'Death Note: Another Note' has got to be the most mind-fu mind-bending mystery novel I’ve ever read. And, believe me. I have had more than my share of mysteries. Sherlock (both classical and Batch version), Enid Blyton’s Fatty, gadget savvy Batman, Agatha Christie’s Poirot and Maple – I remain staunch fans of all. But, L’s methods are the most intriguing of the lot. Even Sherlock (and Mycroft to a good extent) may not be able to involve the level of statistics, probability and the paradox of choices as L does. More than L, Naomi Misora was the biggest draw for me in the novel. (view spoiler)[Her death affected me the most in the TV Show. (hide spoiler)] I loved the way she comes out unscathed in the mind games against one the most intelligent criminals ever. And, there is a lot of nice flashbacks and subtle references to the canon as well. Heavily recommended for fans of Death Note.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Che Adventure

    the B.B. murder case is very tasteful - like a sugar rush L would have after eating a delectable dessert.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Oshnap

    This book failed both as a detective novel and a supplement to an already existing franchise. I would've forgiven this book if it failed at one but succeeded in the other, unfortunately that's not the case here. I love Mystery Novels, even the Death Note Series despite not being a "traditional Mystery Series." I like to figure out Who did it? Why? and How? But this was easy to figure out within the first few chapters then it fails as a good mystery novel, in my opinion. As a supplement to the De This book failed both as a detective novel and a supplement to an already existing franchise. I would've forgiven this book if it failed at one but succeeded in the other, unfortunately that's not the case here. I love Mystery Novels, even the Death Note Series despite not being a "traditional Mystery Series." I like to figure out Who did it? Why? and How? But this was easy to figure out within the first few chapters then it fails as a good mystery novel, in my opinion. As a supplement to the Death Note series, it fails worse than as a mystery novel. The main characters, save for Beyond, aren't delved into well in here and most of the stuff drawn could've been obtained from the Anime or Manga. Beyond Birthday, Who had the most potential and the coolest name, was just slapped with the personality of another character, although some what explained it still ticked me off. If you ask me stick with the anime or manga.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Devan, Sarcasm Expert

    Althought it wasn't writen by the orignal author it adds nicely to the collection even if its in the view of one person. And your still learning more of the subject of death & solving murder. Asking what will the killer do next. When reading this book I learned from the character Rue that "It doesn't matter if a child or adult gets killed, its the same." I really struck me and makes me ponder the idea from time to time. And in truth he is right because when you kill someone you take that life wa Althought it wasn't writen by the orignal author it adds nicely to the collection even if its in the view of one person. And your still learning more of the subject of death & solving murder. Asking what will the killer do next. When reading this book I learned from the character Rue that "It doesn't matter if a child or adult gets killed, its the same." I really struck me and makes me ponder the idea from time to time. And in truth he is right because when you kill someone you take that life way never to come back. That death includes all life not mattering size, sex, and age because it always comes in the end.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Shayna L

    This is a spin off from the Death Note comic series for those of you that missed L and thought Naomi Misora got a bit shafted. It focuses on a prior case where the two worked together to solve a series of murders in L.A. While this is indeed a prequel, this isn't for people who haven't read or finished the Death Note series. You'll have the series spoiled for you before you even finish the first chapter. Also, it won't make nearly as much sense. It's a fairly short book with the same detective st This is a spin off from the Death Note comic series for those of you that missed L and thought Naomi Misora got a bit shafted. It focuses on a prior case where the two worked together to solve a series of murders in L.A. While this is indeed a prequel, this isn't for people who haven't read or finished the Death Note series. You'll have the series spoiled for you before you even finish the first chapter. Also, it won't make nearly as much sense. It's a fairly short book with the same detective style flair of the comic, but with the focus on Naomi being stuck between L and the killer. Not only is it a nicely twisted little plot, but it gives a lot of background into the world of the Wammy House. The story is fun and I like the style it's written in. It's got a streak of dry humor and flows nicely. The only things about this book are a couple of translation issues. Since it is translated from Japanese there are a couple oddities that take a bit of getting used to like "..." being a full sentence. Then there's the names. They must have been translated directly since there are people named Beyond Birthday and Believe Bridesmaid. Yes. Those are supposed to be names. You just have to choke them down and get on with the story. But over all I'm pleased and I look forward to the other Death Note novels (I think there's 3 total). Also, the book itself is very pretty. =3

  12. 5 out of 5

    Miss Susan

    this is a story that is told by a narrator beyond the grave. now whether that was intentional i cannot say, but in the interests of charity i will assume the author is aware the character he choose to narrate it should have been dead at the time of telling. either that or in possession of an ability to see the future which begs the question, why does he let himself die the way he does in death note? you can see why i like the dead man talking theory better. and hey, it explains how he somehow knows this is a story that is told by a narrator beyond the grave. now whether that was intentional i cannot say, but in the interests of charity i will assume the author is aware the character he choose to narrate it should have been dead at the time of telling. either that or in possession of an ability to see the future which begs the question, why does he let himself die the way he does in death note? you can see why i like the dead man talking theory better. and hey, it explains how he somehow knows the details of what misora's thinking throughout the case! i like to believe the afterlife lets you have access to all the information you'd ever want, i mean you've got to give all those dead souls something to amuse themselves with which is also my explanation for the names of characters in the story, because believe bridesmaid? yeah mello has to be screwing with us but who cares though because naomi misora adventures! :D i heard when asked in interview why they killed her so early in the story ohba/obata replied that she would have solved the kira murders way too early in the story. i believe it! i would be very interested in further tales from the naomi misora case files. 3 stars

  13. 4 out of 5

    Zeynep Beyza

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Where do I start? There are so many things to talk about. Let's talk about Mello being the narrator. I must confess that I was very excited when I found out the fact in the first few pages. My excitement arose from my fondness towards Mello. But, unfortunately, him being the narrator did not make any sense nor made the narrating any different. The story told in Another Note takes place in 2002, L dies in 2004. Mello was 15 when L died, and he was still in Wammy's House. So, when did L see Mello a Where do I start? There are so many things to talk about. Let's talk about Mello being the narrator. I must confess that I was very excited when I found out the fact in the first few pages. My excitement arose from my fondness towards Mello. But, unfortunately, him being the narrator did not make any sense nor made the narrating any different. The story told in Another Note takes place in 2002, L dies in 2004. Mello was 15 when L died, and he was still in Wammy's House. So, when did L see Mello and tell him the story about Beyond Birthday and 2 others? It does not make sense. In the book, Mello speaks as if the battle between L and Kira was over. Of course, he might be referring to L being dead. But he made it sound like he was writing all this after everything was over and everyone knew who Kira was. But he did not actually see Kira die. He died 2 days before Kira did. So, when actually did Mello write Another Note? Now let's move on to the plot. Misora meets a guy under the name of Ryuzaki. His manners and his appearance are described exactly like L from the manga. Us readers automatically assume that she met L. But at the end of the book, it is revealed that she did not meet L, in fact she met B. But B never met L... So how does he copy L's appearance or manners? He couldn't. Also throughout the book Misora and Ryuzaki (I mean B) work together to solve the three crimes B has commited. Most of the time, Misora was led by Ryuzaki to find the answers. Even the smallest stuff, she needed Ryuzaki's help. I was frustrated because that's not the image she represented in the manga. She was originally portrayed as a very clever woman. Her needing Ryuzaki's help in every step she took did not make sense. (I must add that I actually liked the setup of the crimes. I only did not like the way they were solved.) And at the end of the story, Misora saves B from death and then they lock him in a prison. However, he dies of a mysterious heart attack on 21st of January, 2004. Now, what does this mean? It is obviously implying that someone wrote his name in a Death Note. But, who? Who could write his name? Light? He didn't have anything to do with B. Misa? Again, has nothing to do with B. So who else? ...L? The first time L touches a Death Note is after Higuchi's death and he died 8 months after B's death. So who killed B? I don't see any logical explanation. As I read more reviews of this book, I come across more illogical stuff that's been thrown in it. For example, Mello states in this book that Misora saved L a few more years, but L actually dies (more or less) a year after all this Kira thing started. So what "few" years are we talking about? I didn't notice this when I read the book but now that I checked it I see that it is true. All in all, this book was a disappointment in many ways. I'm sad that it is so. It had the potential of being something majestic just like the manga itself, but no. I wish more time and effort were put into this, because this is a Death Note novel and it deserves more attention.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Juliette (Chiyu)

    MIND BLOOOOWN I love murder mysteries. I went through a phase where I binge watched Detective Conan and other locked-room-murder shows but, oddly enough, it never occurred to me to actually read a mystery novel, despite my great love for reading. By pure chance, I found this book in my local charity shop for only 2 euros and, having already watched and loved the anime, I decided to pick it up. I'm so glad I did. It's a short read and that's absolutely perfect- it means that it gets straight in MIND BLOOOOWN I love murder mysteries. I went through a phase where I binge watched Detective Conan and other locked-room-murder shows but, oddly enough, it never occurred to me to actually read a mystery novel, despite my great love for reading. By pure chance, I found this book in my local charity shop for only 2 euros and, having already watched and loved the anime, I decided to pick it up. I'm so glad I did. It's a short read and that's absolutely perfect- it means that it gets straight into the case and there's no waffling around with unnecessary scenes. Each page contained a new and interesting revelation that left me surprised and eager to continue. THIS BOOK It's sooooo clever. I can't stress enough how genuinely clever it is. The case, the clues, the deductions- they're all so complex and, honestly, compared to the amazing minds and intellect of the characters, I was left feeling rather stupid as I could never have figured out anything remotely close to that myself. The writer does an excellent job of explaining things though, so even an idiot like me could understand the reasoning and train of thoughts of the characters. Despite the gruesome nature of the murders (which also held a good deal of morbid appeal, in my creepy ass opinion), humour is generously scattered throughout the book, making this serial murder case highly amusing. Wait...that came out wrong. I meant that the way the characters went about deducing it and their dialogue was amusing, not the actual murders. I highly recommend reading this- though you may be slightly confused by the strange names and some of the terminology if you are not already familiar with the world of Death Note. The only bad aspect I can think of, in regard to this book, would be the fact that it left me craving more amazing murder mystery novels and I doubt I'd find many that can match up to the wit and exciting pacing of this one (bonus: with characters I already love and know from watching the anime).

  15. 4 out of 5

    Phee

    This was delightful. Death Note is one of my favourite series so anything Death Note related is going to be awesome for me.

  16. 5 out of 5

    linda

    such a nice extra story to the original story of death note! // i really flew through this one and it was really easy to read and refreshing since somehow the majority of this book consists of only dialogues. it's kind of like watching another season of death note but in book form and one really does not see the plot twists and all of it coming. and, i really liked the investigation itself following naomi and ryuzaki. i watched death note itself and read the other L special years ago and i am st such a nice extra story to the original story of death note! // i really flew through this one and it was really easy to read and refreshing since somehow the majority of this book consists of only dialogues. it's kind of like watching another season of death note but in book form and one really does not see the plot twists and all of it coming. and, i really liked the investigation itself following naomi and ryuzaki. i watched death note itself and read the other L special years ago and i am still absolutely intrigued. now, after having finished this one i really want to re-watch it all again. 🙈

  17. 4 out of 5

    Pooja Bhoi

    Anything containing the concept of Death Note and the characters are bound to be entertaining and thrilling.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Margo

    What a plot twist! I thought I was being smart and had it figured out but then the unexpected happened! I don't normally read mystery novels, but since it was Death note I decided to give it a go and I must say, really liked it! Even if this book is considered a prequel, I'd recommend having read/watched the original, since there are pretty big spoilers and it wouldn't make as much sense. I was glad to learn more about Naomi as a character, since not much is mentioned about her in the original s What a plot twist! I thought I was being smart and had it figured out but then the unexpected happened! I don't normally read mystery novels, but since it was Death note I decided to give it a go and I must say, really liked it! Even if this book is considered a prequel, I'd recommend having read/watched the original, since there are pretty big spoilers and it wouldn't make as much sense. I was glad to learn more about Naomi as a character, since not much is mentioned about her in the original story. On a side 𝘯𝘰𝘵𝘦, the cover is pretty to look at and I appreciate the art work at the beginning.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Suraj Krishnan

    The only thought that kept recurring when I was reading this book was why I did not read this book earlier. Set as a prequel to the Death Note Manga, (however I would advise you to read this after the Death Note series due to a number of spoilers), the book is a first-class execution of the usage of visualization in technical writing. The author clearly gives us all the facts about the murder scenes and the murderer BB right at the beginning and the rest of the plot is BB trying to always stay o The only thought that kept recurring when I was reading this book was why I did not read this book earlier. Set as a prequel to the Death Note Manga, (however I would advise you to read this after the Death Note series due to a number of spoilers), the book is a first-class execution of the usage of visualization in technical writing. The author clearly gives us all the facts about the murder scenes and the murderer BB right at the beginning and the rest of the plot is BB trying to always stay one step ahead of L and a steady build-up to the mind-blowing climax. I rate it 4 stars because there is not much of L as the book promises and L's deduction skills weren't completely put to test (and I definitely missed Kira). The main protagonist is Naomi Misora, who is caught in the cat and mouse game between L and BB. I have never been a big fan of Misora and for me, both the protagonist and the antagonist is the murderer BB who you will be able to appreciate once you finish the book. This is a must-read book for all fans of Death Note and will certainly keep you captivated with its characters and complexity. “The most intelligent people disguise the fact that they are intelligent. Wise men do not wear nametags. The more people talk about their own skills, the more desperate they are—their work should speak for itself.” ― NisiOisiN, Death Note: Another Note - The Los Angeles BB Murder Cases

  20. 5 out of 5

    John Egbert

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Mello can't write to save his life. Naomi saved this book. If it had been any other heroine, it would have fell flat. I like the mystery feel, even though I already came into the book knowing that Beyond was really Ryuzaki. I would have liked to see more motivation on Beyond's part for like, killing five people though. Also: Beyond, I love you, but your logic is so twisted I can't even... "I killed them, but they would have died anyway. I saw it in their lifespan." (not a direct quote, but generally Mello can't write to save his life. Naomi saved this book. If it had been any other heroine, it would have fell flat. I like the mystery feel, even though I already came into the book knowing that Beyond was really Ryuzaki. I would have liked to see more motivation on Beyond's part for like, killing five people though. Also: Beyond, I love you, but your logic is so twisted I can't even... "I killed them, but they would have died anyway. I saw it in their lifespan." (not a direct quote, but generally what he thinks of the matter) YES YOU BLITHERING FOOL, THEY DIED BECAUSE YOU KILLED THEM! You didn't kill them because they would die -- it was the other way around! ...sorry. Just had to let that out.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Atharva Tawde

    L.Lawliet and Naomi Misora team up to catch a serial killer. This novel all the elements of a classic 'murder mystery' with the genius of Death Note sprinkled on the top and the twist at the end was just MIND BOGGLING. L.Lawliet and Naomi Misora team up to catch a serial killer. This novel all the elements of a classic 'murder mystery' with the genius of Death Note sprinkled on the top and the twist at the end was just MIND BOGGLING.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Andy

    The literary equivalent of malaria.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Ece

    It was my all time fav detective novel!! It deserves more stars!

  24. 4 out of 5

    Krish Bhati

    The best💓...second best. :)

  25. 4 out of 5

    Jenvile

    ”If you agree with something, you must have sufficient reason to agree with it. If you disagree with something, you must have sufficient reason to disagree with it. However accurate, a deduction based on a fallacy means you have not defeated the killer.” I had a lot of shocked pikachu moments reading this, and I read this in one sitting. I carved out time specifically, to finish it because I knew I wouldn’t be able to put it down. I enjoyed it immensely. Now, there are quite a few problems with it ”If you agree with something, you must have sufficient reason to agree with it. If you disagree with something, you must have sufficient reason to disagree with it. However accurate, a deduction based on a fallacy means you have not defeated the killer.” I had a lot of shocked pikachu moments reading this, and I read this in one sitting. I carved out time specifically, to finish it because I knew I wouldn’t be able to put it down. I enjoyed it immensely. Now, there are quite a few problems with it - but if you’re a fan of the original Death Note and you want more of L, more of the mystery and thriller - you will enjoy this, nonetheless. Though, it is imperative to have already read DN, because while this light novel is a prequel to the manga, the story is narrated and conveyed in a way that expects the reader to know what has already happened. This was a great detective mystery, with quirky characters and great plot twists.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Jared

    Good Book But... The names are nothing short of ridiculous. Beyond Birthday? Quarter Queen? Still most people should be able to over look the slight downsiide and see the one HECK OF A PREQUEL this book is. Very Very good storywise with a mindbending twist at the end. This is book is like icing on the cake that is Deathnote! Really everyone who read the series NEEDS THIS BOOK! This book is an actual novel not a manga so it needs a slightly different rating than Deathnote Violence: Moderate to Mod Good Book But... The names are nothing short of ridiculous. Beyond Birthday? Quarter Queen? Still most people should be able to over look the slight downsiide and see the one HECK OF A PREQUEL this book is. Very Very good storywise with a mindbending twist at the end. This is book is like icing on the cake that is Deathnote! Really everyone who read the series NEEDS THIS BOOK! This book is an actual novel not a manga so it needs a slightly different rating than Deathnote Violence: Moderate to Moderatly High "Pretty Dark compared to the already creepy normal series but its a novel so no pictures" Language: Moderatly Low "There's barely any" Humor? "actually very funny at some parts of the story!" Overall Age Reccomendation: Probably Between 13-15 Should Be Ok If You Can Handle CSI or Law and Order

  27. 4 out of 5

    Sesana

    Another Note is a prequel to the Death Note manga, but it would be a terrible, horrible idea to read it first. Considering that it's supposed to have been written by one of the characters from the latter half of the series, there's some big spoilers scattered around here. Set in L.A. before any of the events of Death Note, Another Note stars Naomi Misora. Thank goodness, because I always hated how short her time in the manga was. She was awesome, and here we can see just how awesome as she teams Another Note is a prequel to the Death Note manga, but it would be a terrible, horrible idea to read it first. Considering that it's supposed to have been written by one of the characters from the latter half of the series, there's some big spoilers scattered around here. Set in L.A. before any of the events of Death Note, Another Note stars Naomi Misora. Thank goodness, because I always hated how short her time in the manga was. She was awesome, and here we can see just how awesome as she teams up with L. to solve a serial killer case. The killings are, as so often in fiction, overly mannered. Here, at least, there's a reasonable explanation for why the killer would go so far out of his way to do so. There are some interesting twists along the way, and some extra backstory that will interest Death Note fans.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Lina

    Death Note is one of those series that refuses to die. I have lost count how many times it has received a remake or adaptation and there is even a (in my opinion really good!) musical adaptation. Seriously check it out! With all these different versions existing, I am still asking myself why they don’t just give The Los Angeles BB Murder Cases an adaptation as well instead of giving us the same story over and over again and producing that truly awful Netflix remake? Well since that adaptation h Death Note is one of those series that refuses to die. I have lost count how many times it has received a remake or adaptation and there is even a (in my opinion really good!) musical adaptation. Seriously check it out! With all these different versions existing, I am still asking myself why they don’t just give The Los Angeles BB Murder Cases an adaptation as well instead of giving us the same story over and over again and producing that truly awful Netflix remake? Well since that adaptation has sadly not been announced yet for reasons I cannot understand, I decided to reread the book instead. This book serves as a prequel to the Death Note series. Technically it’s not necessary to have read the manga, but I do believe it makes the book much more enjoyable if you have. More on that later though. Three locked-room murders. Mutilated corpses. No evident motive. Seemingly no connection between the victims besides some straw dolls that have been left at the scenes. FBI agent Naomi Misora has been tasked by the world's greatest detective L to aid him in solving the case. Because for some reasons this strange yet comparable small and insignificant case has sparked L’s interest. And then Misora stumbles upon a rather strange individual, the self proclaimed “unprivate” detective Ryuzaki. Ryuzaki is just such a fun character. Everytime I reread the book I enjoy him even more. His dialogue and interactions with Misora are just hilarious. Again, I'd love to see some kind of visual adaptation, because I want to see him crawling around on the floor. I also really like Misora. She is smart without being a genius like almost everyone else in this series, nice yet also sarcastic and can totally kick some ass. Plus she's just so done with Ryuzaki which is honeslty relatable. As fun as he is, if I had to work with him I would be annoyed as well. I enjoy their chemistry quite a lot. Why did they waste her character in the original manga? It made sort of sense, but I’m still salty about that. Especially since there are so few female characters there. To be honest, the four stars are more because I’m personally attached to this book than because of its objective good quality. It’s by no means a bad book. I think it’s a pretty solid murder mystery with fun characters, but I admit that there are some faults concerning both the story and the writing - though I can only judge the translation. There are some plot holes and some facts outright contradict themselves. (view spoiler)[Is Beyond Birthday B’s real name or not? The book states he calls himself like this and then later it says it’s his real name after all. (hide spoiler)] It’s mostly small things like this, but still. However, the biggest thing that bothers me is the narration itself or more the narrative voice. As much as I enjoy having Mello from the main series act as the narrator, it just doesn't really make sense. Apparently he heard the story from L, but most of the book's perspective is narrated from Misora’s point of view. So that is information L had no access to. Maybe Mello talked to Misora as well, but I think that is rather unlikely when the timeline is taken into account. Still, I think this book is a fun murder mystery that I enjoy rereading from time to time. ***(ENDING) SPOILERS FOLLOWING!*** I feel like this book only really works if you’ve read the manga (I assume most did anyway). Like the big plot twist that Ryuzaki is not L but the true culprit B only works when you are familiar with L. I knew beforehand that Ryuzaki is B, but I still love how the book uses the manga and plays with the reader’s knowledge of the series to give all these hints that Ryuzaki is L, but also making this "L" feel off somehow at the same time. For those not knowing how L behaves and looks like all of this would not make sense and it would be very obvious right from the start that Ryuzaki is the true killer. Coming back to Ryuzaki - or rather his true identity of Beyond Birthday -, he is a very fascinating character, even though not much of his real self is revealed. His Shinigami eyes which let him see the name and day of death of every person whose face he sees are also as interesting as they are horrifying. Having to see the death date of everyone you meet and know must be horrible. A reminder of mortality everytime you look into their faces. His introduction also gives the Wammy’s house orphanage a darker twist. It was already quite dubious in the main series, I mean nothing good can come out by raising children to become the successor to the greatest detective. Here this is very much confirmed, as one of those kids has committed suicide and another has turned to homicide. One can only imagine how growing up in such a place must have been like for all these children. Especially for one that already was aware of A’s short life. I do feel a bit sorry for Beyond. Having this ability, having no parents, having been raised to be someones replacement and been given the name Backup, not even meeting the guy he’s supposed to replace, and then the person closest to him commiting suicide. I would love to learn more about the relationship between A and B and how the other first generation kids turned out. I like that some things are kept vague and that readers can make up their own theories. The nature of Beyond’s Shinigami eyes for example and how they work in this universe. Were his victims really fated to die no matter what (as the book suggests) or does this universe take B’s eyes into account and the victims only died because of him? The former would take some of his guilt away as he technically did not really steal someone’s life. They would have died anyway. That kind of raises the question of free will as well. Everyone is destined to die on a certain day, so pretty much the whole life has already been decided by birth. That’s a frightening thought, but also kind of liberating in a way. Then again, that ambiguity does fit this story very much so keeping all options open is for the best.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Echo

    (I have no idea what shelf to put this on . . . hmmm . . . ) First off, if you haven't finished the Death Note series, don't pick this one up or you'll have it spoiled. But, with that said, it was a very good novel. It was amusing and interesting, and gave some extra insight into a few of the Death Note characters. Some of the names are completely off-the-wall (Quarter Queen?), but I just shrugged my shoulders and moved on with the novel. The end, to me, was totally unexpected. I hope they come o (I have no idea what shelf to put this on . . . hmmm . . . ) First off, if you haven't finished the Death Note series, don't pick this one up or you'll have it spoiled. But, with that said, it was a very good novel. It was amusing and interesting, and gave some extra insight into a few of the Death Note characters. Some of the names are completely off-the-wall (Quarter Queen?), but I just shrugged my shoulders and moved on with the novel. The end, to me, was totally unexpected. I hope they come out with more like this.

  30. 5 out of 5

    LG (A Library Girl's Familiar Diversions)

    I’ll start this review off with a warning: the book assumes you’ve read (or watched) most of Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata’s Death Note. I’m going to be writing this review with the same assumption - there are major spoilers for the series from here on out. Okay, so this book stars L and Naomi Misora. If you don’t remember who Misora is, she was the FBI agent who began investigating Kira after her fiance, FBI agent Raye Penber, was killed by him. The book’s narrator is Mello, who has decided t I’ll start this review off with a warning: the book assumes you’ve read (or watched) most of Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata’s Death Note. I’m going to be writing this review with the same assumption - there are major spoilers for the series from here on out. Okay, so this book stars L and Naomi Misora. If you don’t remember who Misora is, she was the FBI agent who began investigating Kira after her fiance, FBI agent Raye Penber, was killed by him. The book’s narrator is Mello, who has decided to write down some of L’s cases after his death, starting with this one. You know, in between hunting down Kira or something. Anyway, Misora is trying to decide whether to resign from the FBI after a particular event that got her suspended when she receives an email from her fiance that actually turns out to be from L. L wants her help with a case he’s currently working on: the Los Angeles BB Murder Cases, also known as the Wara Ningyo Murders or the L.A. Serial Locked Room Killings. There have have been three murders so far and, due to the murderer’s pattern, L believes there may yet be a fourth and even a fifth, unless he and Misora can find the killer first. L sends Misora to be his eyes and hands, although it’s not long before she’s joined by Rue Ryuzaki, a suspicious and strange private detective who has a habit of crawling around on all fours and eating disgustingly sweet snacks. I went into this feeling somewhat hopeful. My one previous experience with NisiOisin’s writing was Kizumonogatari: Wound Tale, which I loathed, but this was a Death Note prequel starring one of my favorite characters from the series, L, so it was possible it would be better. I figured I’d be happy if NisiOisin delivered a competent mystery that stayed true to L as a character and didn’t include multi-page panty descriptions. Panties showed up once but weren’t described in detail. L was okay, although he occasionally came across as a little pathetic. There was one part where he seemed to be fishing for compliments from Misora, and I found myself wondering how old he was in this story. I spent a good chunk of the book a little annoyed with him, because it seemed like he’d arranged for Misora to “help” him primarily so that he could get a chance to look cool around a pretty woman. Thankfully, the situation wasn’t quite what I thought it was, although that wasn’t revealed until fairly late in the book. As for Naomi Misora… I don’t recall having any particular opinions about her when I read the original series and watched the anime, but NisiOisin managed to make me dislike her somewhat. Some of that might have been the translator’s fault - for example, Misora’s word choice when she came up with an idea that she realized wasn’t very good: “no, that was retarded” (124). But Misora’s rant when L asked her what she thought about Ryuzaki was definitely all on NisiOisin: “‘Creepy and pathetic, and so suspicious that if I weren’t on leave, I’d move to arrest him the moment I laid eyes on him. If we divided everyone in the world into those that would be better off dead and those that wouldn’t, there’s no doubt in my mind that he’d be the former. Such a complete freak that it amazes me he hasn’t killed himself.’” (55-56) I have a feeling that NisiOisin intended readers to find this humorous, Misora accidentally and very pointedly insulting L, but instead it made Misora seem horrible and cruel. The mystery itself left me feeling torn. The puzzles the killer left behind were incredibly contrived, and I had trouble believing in the solutions Misora and Ryuzaki came up with, several of which relied heavily on what I felt were unfounded assumptions. Three murders didn’t give them much data to work with when trying to figure out the murderer’s patterns, and their justification for the date when the fourth murder would occur was, in my opinion, particularly weak. According to Wikipedia, one of the things NisiOisin is known for is creating characters with extremely strange names. As amusing as it was, I wish he’d reined that tendency in here, because it made the characters seem like idiots. The police noted that each crime scene had Wara Ningyo dolls (similar to voodoo dolls?) nailed to the walls, that the murderer had painstakingly wiped away all fingerprints, and that they were all “locked room” murders, but they couldn’t find any similarities between the victims. The first victim was a 44-year-old male freelance writer named Believe Bridesmaid. The second was a 13-year-old girl named Quarter Queen. The third was a 26-year-old female bank clerk named Backyard Bottomslash. Although the characters considered the possible implications of the alliteration in the victims’ names, not a single person commented on how strange those names were and whether that strangeness might be part of the killer’s pattern. The book’s pacing was terrible, and the tone should have been tense, considering there was only a short amount of time before the next murder, but NisiOisin kept peppering the story with awkward little jokes. My attention started to wander but was captured again when it was revealed that this case had a closer connection to L than I originally thought. The final revelations did take me by surprise, but I was also annoyed by them. It boggled my mind that a killer who was supposedly so smart couldn’t come up with a better way to beat L in a battle of wits. Even if he’d succeeded, he’d still have lost.(view spoiler)[Not only would he have been dead, he’d never have been 100% sure that L couldn’t figure out what he’d done. (hide spoiler)] It was a quick read the offered a few nice tidbits for fans of Death Note in general and L in particular, but the tone and pacing could have been so much better, and the final revelations somehow managed to be both surprising and disappointing. I have one Death Note novel left, Death Note: L, Change the World, and I hope it turns out to be better than this one. Extras: Includes one page of color artwork by Takeshi Obata and a page of black-and-white artwork before each chapter. Rating Note: I gave this 1.5 stars on other sites. Since GR doesn't allow half stars, I rounded up based on some of the interesting details related to L and Wammy's House. Still, Death Note fans deserve better than this. (Original review posted on A Library Girl's Familiar Diversions.)

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