Earl Derr Biggers was born in Warren, Ohio in 1884. He graduated from Harvard University in 1907, and lived for many years in California. He wrote six novels featuring detective Charlie Chan, who became a staple of the movies. He died in Pasadena, CA in 1933.
Behind That Curtain (Charlie Chan Series #3)by Earl Derr Biggers
In the third installment of the Charlie Chan mysteries the diminutive Chinese detective who hails from Honolulu finds himself back in San Francisco after his incredible adventures in the California desert with the previous book, The Chinese Parrot. A former head of Scotland Yard comes to town hot on the trail of a 15-year-old murder, where the significant clue is a pair of Chinese slippers. There is also the mysterious disappearance of a series of women, one of whom the British inspector believes may be linked to his case. When the English sleuth is himself inexplicably murdered in a social gathering, it's up to Charlie Chan to figure out the guilty party, and solve the related mystery.
Meet the Author
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
See all customer reviews
Set in San Francisco, this is the third of six books in the Charlie Chan series. The most interesting characters are a thoroughly liberated female lawyer and a famous British explorer. Chan's strong suits are his infinite patience and dogged attention to detail. He brings order out of chaos while operating in a simpler world. As a bonus we get not only a neat solution to the crimes but also two promising romances at the end. This is a story designed to leave the reader feeling good about the human condition.
...in my humble opinion this novel, the third of Biggers' Charlie Chan books, has everything and contains the most Mystique of the 6 Chan novels. Sir Frederick Bruce, a retired Scotland Yard inspector, is murdered, Charlie is trying desperately to sail back to the islands and his family, A female lawyer-District Attorney who's unsure of herself and bullies Charlie into taking the case, and an unsolved murder from decades earlier! And this is the first novel where Biggers begins to include more of the wonderful "aphorisms" Detective Chan is famous for, after probably realizing his public "demands and loves" them! And some are deliciously, politically incorrect as the time they were written (1928): "Women were not made for heavy thinking, but should decorate scenery like blossom of the plum". Biggers' first two novels only contained four and three aphorisms, respectively; while "Behind That Curtain" has no less than 21! So enter the world of our oriental sleuth as he matches with Scotland Yard, and a murderer who will stop at nothing! Curl up in your favorite armchair and enter the world of Charlie Chan...you won't be sorry. Thank you so much.
This book, the third in the series I think is the best so far. With some series books the author changes the location (where the story is taking place) and sometimes this works and sometimes it doesn't. I wasn't as fond of the 2nd book 'The chinese Parrot' because of the location. This book fits in just where I would expect Charlie Chan to be.