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The Chinese Parrot: A Charlie Chan Mystery (Charlie Chan Mysteries)
The Chinese Parrot A Charlie Chan Mystery - Charlie Chan Mysteries Author:Earl Derr Biggers It is 1926. The character of Charlie Chan was based in part on the experiences of two Chinese detectives, Chang Apana and Lee Fook, who Biggers had read about in a Honolulu newspaper while on vacation. Biggers wrote six Charlie Chan mysteries. — The Chinese Parrot is the second book in the series and begins: — "Alexa... more »nder Eden stepped from the misty street into the great, marble-pillared room where the firm of Meek and Eden offered its wares. Immediately, behind showcases gorgeous with precious stones or bright with silver, platinum and gold, forty resplendent clerks stood at attention. Their morning coats were impeccable, lacking the slightest suspicion of a wrinkle, and in the left lapel of each was a pink carnation, as fresh and perfect as though it had grown there."« less
I enjoyed this Golden Age mystery quite a bit. It was not quite as engaging as the first in this series, A House Without a Key, but still had many good points of its own. In this adventure, Charlie is pressed into service (in more ways than one!) to deliver an extremely valuable string of pearls to the mainland. As readers, we meet many characters. Some are crucial to the advancement of the plot and some are not, but all add to the sense of place and are nicely developed. There is a nice twist at the end, but I'll admit to a little impatience in getting there.