Keigo Higashino Mysteries 09 - The Wedding Announcement



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Ryoko Hirosue, Sayaka Yamaguchi, Koji Okura, Kiichi Nakai, and others


Bringing viewers the 9th stand-alone episode in a collection of Keigo Higashino's best mystery short stories. Tomomi is unemployed and staring down her 30th birthday. After the publishing company she worked at went under 3 years prior, she registered with a temp agency, but her contract there ended 2 weeks ago, and once again, the agency only finds her jobs that don't align with her wishes. Day by day, her patience wanes. But then, she gets a letter from her best friend Noriko from junior college. It's an announcement that she is married. Single despite being in her prime, and still searching for a job, Tomomi can't share an ounce of her friend's happiness. Still, she reads her friend's letter, which mentions at the end that a photo of Noriko and her husband is included. She immediately pulls out the photo. She's never met him, so she doesn't recognize him. ...But neither does she recognize Noriko? Despite not seeing each other in 10 years, Tomomi wouldn't forget the face of her best friend. She calls the phone number Noriko included in the letter, but it doesn't connect. Three days and a countless number of failed calls later, the unemployed Tomomi decides to use her excess free time to meet up with Noriko. But she's not at her apartment. On a whim, she shows the photo to their neighbor, Mr. Sakurai, who confirms the people in it are indeed Noriko and her husband. But this only makes her more suspicious. With no other options, she leaves a note with her contact info on it and departs. Just then, she gets the disturbing feeling that she's being watched. The next day, Tomomi figures out where Noriko's husband Masaaki works and gives him a call. She asks after Noriko, but Masaaki seems to be hiding something...