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Murder in Canton (Judge Dee (Chronological order) #17)

4.07 of 5 stars 4.07  ·  rating details  ·  379 ratings  ·  15 reviews
Broughtback into print in the 1990s to wide acclaim, re-designed new editions of Robert van Gulik's Judge Dee Mysteries are now available.

Written by a Dutch diplomat and scholar during the 1950s and 1960s, these lively and historically accurate mysteries have entertained a devoted following for decades.Set during the T'ang dynasty, they feature Judge Dee, a brilliant and c
Unknown Binding, 217 pages
Published May 14th 2014 by Not Avail (first published 1964)
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Ivonne Rovira
In a nice change of pace, Judge Dee investigates in Canton, which, even in the 7th century, was a cosmopolitan city full of Arabs, Persians, and other foreigners. Judge Dee, now elevated to Lord Chief Justice, has come to that southern city with two trusted assistants, the solemn Colonel Chiao Tai and the wily old trickster Tao Gan, to investigate the disappearance of a high-ranking official from the capital. While Murder in Canton was the 13th Judge Dee novel published, the novels bounce around ...more
Mar 15, 2014 Kevin rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of Judge Dee, light mysteries
In the chronology of Judge Dee, this book is set at the end of his career as an investigator, as he makes the transition to a statesman in the capital. Most of the actual investigation is handled by two of his men, Chiao Tai and Tao Gan. In fact, at the conclusion of the story Judge Dee notes that criminals have become familiar with his techniques and can use that knowledge to evade him.

The story is set in the port city of Canton, with Arab and Persian merchants and an "untouchable" social class
Nancy Oakes
#12 in the series, set in Canton.

Judge Dee, the famous Tang-dynasty magistrate with a reputation for solving crime, goes to the city of Canton to investigate the disappearance and (as it turns out) murder of a Chinese court official. Several subplots (which are Van Gulik's forte) get tossed into the story, including a blind cricket-collector as well as creepy Arab assassins. As always, Judge Dee painstakingly unravels each mystery using his magnificent deductive powers.

Actually, this one is pro
Kathy Chung
This is the end of the journey. It have been fun and exciting.

I wish that I can say this book is the best of all in the series but unfortunately I find that it's not so.

The story was rather confusing with Arab intrigue and the Imperial connection. The story have a "heavy" and sober tone.

Over here, I think what i like is Tao Gan and the blind girl. It was fun to see how the story unfolds between them .

When I read till the last page, I thing this is really the end; unless there is another author
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The best from van Gulik so far!
Lisa Kucharski
Chronologically this is the last novel in the series though, they were not written in chronological order. Here we see Judge Dee in an imperial position investigating political intrigue... which also becomes murder. Interesting story that shows how Dee makes the decision to lay down his hat has investigator and take on his new position. This story also makes good on "predictions" made in previous stories. Here Chaio Tai and Tao Gan assist him in Canton.
George Seminara
Hard to rate, especially when you compare it to the quality of the series. I thoroughly enjoyed it and will most assuredly
re-read it. But please read this book last. There are four books that must be read in order and I will up date this with those
titles as soon as I get my books out of storage. But, read the eleven other titles first and then you will be set.
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One of the weaker Judge Dee novels, with a muddled, confusing mystery. However, the scene where Judge Dee tells who did it is great.
Mar 25, 2009 Jeremy rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Mystery fans/Misogynists
Pretty good, although the author was way old school in his treatment of race and women.
David Dibble
Not a reader of mysteries, much, but Judge Dee is a welcome exception.
Apparently Mr. van Gulik was really into non-European girls :-)
ένας εξαιρετικός επίλογος στις περιπέτειες του Δικαστή Τι.
Slow pace, but a nice finish.
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Robert Hans van Gulik was a Dutch diplomat best know for his Judge Dee stories. His first published book, The Celebrated Cases of Judge Dee, was a translation of an eighteenth-century Chinese murder mystery by an unknown author; he went on to write new mysteries for Judge Dee, a character based on a historical figure from the seventh century. He also wrote academic books, mostly on Chinese history ...more
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Other Books in the Series

Judge Dee (Chronological order) (1 - 10 of 17 books)
  • Celebrated Cases of Judge Dee (Dee Goong An)
  • The Chinese Gold Murders
  • The Lacquer Screen
  • Judge Dee at Work: Eight Chinese Detective Stories
  • The Chinese Lake Murders
  • The Monkey and The Tiger
  • The Haunted Monastery
  • The Chinese Bell Murders
  • The Red Pavilion
  • The Emperor's Pearl
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'There can't be men like that!' Chiao Tai protested. 'Must be ghosts or devils!'(49)”
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