When a young Chinese woman is murdered within the British Quarter of the foreign legation, Inspector Gong is ordered by the Imperial Court to solve the crime before the incident escalates into war between China and the foreign powers. The only problem? Inspector Gong doesn't speak English. And he is hardly the type of man to be accepted by the British elite living in Peking.
Once again, he must turn to the one woman who can help him. The woman he can't stop thinking about.
Lady Li is trying to forget about Inspector Gong. He's a danger to herself, her position, and her children's future. But when he comes once again knocking on her door and asking for her assistance in solving a case, she can't resist, despite her better judgment.
Lady Li's language and diplomatic abilities allow her to freely enter the world of the Western visitors, but tensions between the foreigners and local people are increasing by the hour.
Will Lady Li and Inspector Gong be able to solve the crime without the answer leading China to war?
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The story of Lady Li and Inspector Gong continues to evolve in a new and exciting investigation. I have found that Amanda has balanced a perfect blend of crime solving, passion, Chinese history and customs. Her manner is unique from my perspective. She manages to leave out information at times, making you think that she has left a giant hole in the story, only to have it displayed at just the right time to allow you, the reader, to begin to solve the intregrate puzzle at the same time as the investigator. You become part of the equation. Brilliant when you can do it, and Amanda has succeeded each time. I cannot wait for the future installments of this and other stories she has written. She has a true gift and I am happy she shares it.