The Chinese Bell Murders - Judge Dee Author:Robert Van Gulik The Chinese Bell Murders describes the Judge's exploits in the tribunal of Poo-yang early in his career. He has one case left over from his predecessor -- the brutal rape-murder of Pure Jade, the daughter of Butcher Hsai who lived on Half Moon Street. Her lover has been accused and is on the verge of being convicted, but Judge Dee sen... more »ses that all is not right and sets out with his lieutenants to find the real murderer.« less
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.
"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!