English Title: Zaregoto
Japanese Title: 戯言シリーズ – Zaregoto Series
Author: Nisio Isin
Illustrator: Take
Translator: Greg Moore
Genre: Mystery, Psychological, Romance
Original Run: 2002 – 2005
English Run: 2008 – 2010
Volumes: 9 (followed by 6 more for Ningen spin-off series)
English Publisher: Del Rey
Volumes Published in English: 2 (Discontinued)

Synopsis: It’s the vacation of a lifetime, a trip to a remote island filled with geniuses–and murder. On Wet Crow’s Feather Island, a tiny speck in the Sea of Japan, lives Akagami Iria, the exiled daughter of a powerful family. Born into great wealth, she was a princess of the highest pedigree–until she was cut off by the leader of the Akagami Foundation. For the last five years, she’s lived on Feather Island with her maids. But she hasn’t been alone. She has invited the best minds Japan has to offer to come and stay with her. And so nineteen-year-old college student Ii-chan and his best friend, computer genius Kunagisa Tomo, find themselves as Iria’s guests at her elaborate mansion. Surrounded by fascinating women–a chef, a fortune-teller, a scholar, and an artist, not to mention his own friend Tomo–Ii-chan is feeling a little overmatched intellectually. But the sudden discovery of a grisly murder sends the island into shock. And Ii-chan discovers that he does possess a bit of genius: the ability to discover what is real and what is fake . . . who is who they claim to be–and who is a killer.

Volume 1 – Zaregoto: The Kubikiri Cycle
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Volume 2 – Zaregoto: The Kubishime Romanticist
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Reviews of Zaregoto
Vol 1 — English Light Novels
Vol 1-5 — Nonsense Translations
Vol 1-2 — Raindrops and Dreams
Vol 2 — Sets of Interesting Things
Vol 1 — The Daily Fig

Suggestions for Further Reading
Same Author (Nisio Isin) – Death Note: Another Note, Faust (“Outerholic,” “Magical Girl Risuka”), xxxHolic: Another Holic 
Similar Tone and Subgenre 
(dark mystery) – Another, Boogiepop, Chain Mail: Addicted to You, Death Note: Another Note, Missing

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  8. Hello,
    is the English translation stopped with the second volume?
    in the VO there is 9 volume but i can’t find the third volume or the fourth :/

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