Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “Murder in Canton” as Want to Read:
Murder in Canton
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

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

4.12  ·  Rating Details ·  541 Ratings  ·  25 Reviews
Brought back 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
Unknown Binding, 217 pages
Published May 14th 2014 by Not Avail (first published 1964)
More Details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about Murder in Canton, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about Murder in Canton

This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Add this book to your favorite list »

Community Reviews

(showing 1-30)
filter  |  sort: default (?)  |  Rating Details
Aug 22, 2016 Nikoleta rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, historical
Αστυνομικές περιπέτειες στην Κίνα του 680 μ.χ.! Περιποιημένο αστυνομικό, ιστορικό μυθιστόρημα, με ωραία αφήγηση, έξυπνους και σπιρτόζους ήρωες και αναπάντεχο τέλος. Πάνω από όλα όμως ευκολοδιάβαστο και πολύ διασκεδαστικό. Ο δικαστής Τι και η περιπέτειες του τελικά δεν με απογοητεύουν ποτέ.
Ivonne Rovira
Mar 24, 2013 Ivonne Rovira rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 12, 2014 Kevin rated it really liked it  ·  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
kostas  vamvoukakis
άλλο ένα πολύ καλό μυστήριο του δικαστή τι....το ίδιο μοτίβο με όλα τα υπόλοιπα αλλά πολύ καλή και σφιχτή ιστορία... Αν τα βρείτε αυτά τα μικρά βιβλία μην τα χάσετε
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
Oct 06, 2016 Gea rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ook dit weer een leuk boek van Rechter Tie. Ik blijf ze goed vinden.
Jan 27, 2017 John rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
Timons Esaias
Jun 22, 2016 Timons Esaias rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've been treating myself to a Judge Dee mystery at every Seton Hill WPF residency, ever since I ran out of Raymond Chandlers. This one covers an important section of Dee's later career, when Dee was Lord Chief Justice, Magistrate of the Metropolitan Court; and when he became enmeshed in a succession struggle in the Imperial Household.
The action, as one might guess from the title, takes place in the port city of Canton, in the far south of T'ang China. Sadly, Ma Joong has settled down, and is
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
Lisa Kucharski
Aug 03, 2011 Lisa Kucharski rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Oct 03, 2014 Janice rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the last Judge Dee book and one of the best. One of his lieutenants is married with children, so is not taken along on the trip to Canton to discover why the Imperial Censor is incognito in Canton while the Emperor is breathing his last and power struggles are occuring in the capitol. Judge Dee uncovers the answer and in the process loses one of his lieutenants and another seems poised to finally marry. This is probably one of the best Judge Dee stories, but also a sad one.
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.
Nov 20, 2015 LKM rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved the twins on this one, they were quite fun for characters that appeared only briefly. The blind girl was also a nice character, and on the whole the book felt like it had a slightly different pace from the other ones.
This being the last book in the series, it has a very sad air about it (view spoiler).
Sep 21, 2011 Madelon rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: historical, detective
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
Jan 19, 2017 Joni rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Kiitos hienosta romaanisarjasta, Robert van Gulik. T. Fani
May 25, 2014 Roosi rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014, crime
The best from van Gulik so far!
Feb 20, 2009 Jeremy rated it liked it  ·  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.
Feb 19, 2016 John rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Nice swan song for the good Judge.
Ram Kaushik
Jul 26, 2015 Ram Kaushik rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very enjoyable indeed - paints a terrific picture of Chinese culture interacting with "strange" Arab and Asian immigrants and traders in Canton, modern day Guangzhou.
Jan 06, 2014 Antonis rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: in-possession
ένας εξαιρετικός επίλογος στις περιπέτειες του Δικαστή Τι.
Aug 03, 2011 Erik rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
One of the weaker Judge Dee novels, with a muddled, confusing mystery. However, the scene where Judge Dee tells who did it is great.
Slow pace, but a nice finish.
Apparently Mr. van Gulik was really into non-European girls :-)
David Dibble
Jan 30, 2013 David Dibble rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not a reader of mysteries, much, but Judge Dee is a welcome exception.
Michel rated it liked it
Sep 09, 2008
Staub rated it liked it
Mar 28, 2008
Sharon rated it really liked it
Oct 10, 2014
Marcel rated it really liked it
Apr 20, 2013
Julia rated it really liked it
Aug 16, 2012
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 next »
topics  posts  views  last activity   
the plot 2 8 Jan 19, 2012 07:45AM  
  • The Snow Empress (Sano Ichiro, #12)
  • The Song of the Gladiator (Ancient Rome, #3)
  • Rubicon (Roma Sub Rosa, #7)
  • Алтын-Толобас (Огни большого города)
  • A Friar's Bloodfeud (Knights Templar, #20)
  • Midnight Harvest (Saint-Germain, #16)
  • A Dying Light in Corduba (Marcus Didius Falco, #8)
  • The Diary of Ma Yan: The Struggles and Hopes of a Chinese Schoolgirl
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
More about Robert van Gulik...

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

Share This Book

“Yau proposed another round, then asked: 'Is it true that to the west of the Khalif's domain there live white-skinned people, with blue eyes and yellow hair?'

'There can't be men like that!' Chiao Tai protested. 'Must be ghosts or devils!'(49)”
More quotes…