This is a good mystery as well as interesting insight into Chinese culture. The main character, Judge Dee, surprises in the way he deals with the issues & how he figures out the mystery. I couldn't stop because I was anxious to find out what happened next.
Action, adventure, cerebral. Hooks you from the beginning.
"One of a series of Judge Dee detective novels written in the 1950's and based on a popular genre of Chinese seventeenth century detective stories. These convey an insight into life in imperial China...and make for fascinating reading for students of Chinese history and, of course, for mystery fans everywhere." A unique mystery novel that includes maps and illustrations based on sixteenth-century pictorial blockprints. I enjoyed going back so far in history to read a detective story! If you like mysteries and you also like historical fiction, then this is for you!
I love Robert Gulik. He was a great writer and his Judge Dee books are amazing. I highly recomend them to everyone.
Another interesting set of mysteries by Van Gulik. He takes ancient Chinese stories and convert them into sets of mysteries in somewhat modern format. He chief character is based on a real Chinese magistrate.
This set of mysteries is somewhat brutal and the criminals, when caught, are dealt with in a harsh manner.
Judge Dee mystery set in ancient China