Judge Dee—Confucian Imperial magistrate, inquisitor, and public avenger, based on a famous statesman—was Dutch diplomat and Chinese cultural historian Robert van Gulik’s (1910–67) lasting invention. A welcome addition to the elite canon of fictional detectives, the Judge steps in to investigate homicide, theft, and treason and restores order to the golden age of the Tang Dynasty. In Murder in Ancient China’s first story, we watch as Judge Dee attempts to solve the mystery of an elderly poet murdered by moonlight in his garden pavilion; in the second, set on the eve of the Chinese New Year, the Judge makes two rare mistakes—will peril result?
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About the Author
Robert van Gulik (1910-1967) was a diplomat and author. He is best known for his series of historical mysteries featuring Judge Dee, inspired by an 18th-Century Chinese detective novel. His first original novel was completed in 1950, the book was titled The Chinese Maze Murders. In all he would write over a dozen Judge Dee novels.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Murder in Ancient China by Robert Van Gulik is set in ancient China in A.D. 667. Judge Dee is the local magistrate who investigates crimes . Using deductive reasoning, he analyses the clues to solve the mysteries. This book includes two Judge Dee mysteries. The first is about the murder of a recluse poet on the lotus pond. Judge Dee's uses his observations to capture the murderer. In the second story is about a murder on New Year's Eve. With all the evidence pointing to one person, Judge Dee concludes that he was not the killer and solves the mystery. I recommend this book for those who enjoy a quick light read.
Onlybtwo short stories
Loved these short mystery storiess with a very interesting detective!
All books in this series are good.