Book Reviews of The Haunted Monastery / The Chinese Maze Murders (Judge Dee Bk 5 and Bk 1)

The Haunted Monastery / The Chinese Maze Murders (Judge Dee Bk 5 and Bk 1)
The Haunted Monastery / The Chinese Maze Murders - Judge Dee Bk 5 and Bk 1
Author: Robert Hans Van Gulik
ISBN-13: 9780486235028
ISBN-10: 0486235025
Publication Date: 6/1/1977
Pages: 328
Rating:
  • Currently 3.7/5 Stars.
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3.7 stars, based on 9 ratings
Publisher: Dover Publications
Book Type: Paperback
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Two very interesting stories of long ago Chinese magistrate Judge Dee and the mysteries he solves as part of his job. The colorful and authentic background is provided by the author, a noted orientalist who served in the Far East.

He was convinced that mysteries based on ancient Chinese culture would be popular. However, he understood that the ancient Chinese novels, which were popular in the time that he depicts, would be boring to modern readers. I know this for a fact, as I've tried reading a few and they seem to go nowhere.

So he took the culture of that period and wrote 'modern' mysteries. I think he did quite well. I stumbled on this book in a used book store. I read it and immediately requested two more of this series from members.

See the Wikipedia page on this author for the correct sequence of this series.
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