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Judge Dee At Work: Eight Chinese Detective Stories (Judge Dee (Chronological order) #4)

3.98  ·  Rating Details  ·  467 Ratings  ·  18 Reviews
Paperback, 192 pages
Published March 1st 1979 by Charles Scribner's Sons (first published 1967)
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Nov 28, 2008 Terence rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Mystery fans
Recommended to Terence by: Very late-night TV
Back in the day, before the infomercial conquered late night TV, independent stations (yes, such creatures existed before the 1996 Telecom Act) aired movies, some good, most bad, and sometimes I would stay up all night watching them. It was on one of these marathons that I first saw Judge Dee and the Monastery Murders (based on van Gulik's The Haunted Monastery) with Khigh Dhiegh (Wo Fat, the crimelord from "Hawaii 5-O", and the diabolical psychiatrist who hypnotizes Laurence Harvey and Frank Si ...more
Lisa (Harmonybites)
Aug 28, 2011 Lisa (Harmonybites) rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Lovers of Historical Mysteries Interested in China
This is an enjoyable book, but I wouldn't recommend it as an introduction to van Gulik's Judge Dee mysteries. Van Gulik was raised in East Asia from early childhood and tutored in Mandarin from an early age. He served throughout Asia in the Dutch Diplomatic service and married a Chinese woman, so few people would be so ideally positioned to write works based on Chinese culture for Western audiences. As Van Gulik explains in his afterwards, Judge Dee is a real historical person who lived from A.D ...more
Sandi Layne
Nov 23, 2012 Sandi Layne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed "meeting" Judge Dee years ago in a collection of "historical sleuth" stories and enjoyed meeting up with him again in van Gulik's collection of short stories.

What I most appreciate about the author is how he takes a figure of antiquity and shares the society of that time (without apology, though many aspects of 7th C. China might not "suit" contemporary readers) and makes it accessible.

Oddly enough, I am not always a mystery fan. Historical mysteries? Just the ticket.

If you like hist
Cherese A. Vines
May 22, 2014 Cherese A. Vines rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: chinese, mystery
Shelves: mystery
I first became aware of the Detective Dee or Judge Dee (Judge Di) stories when I saw the movie Young Detective Dee: Rise of the Sea Dragon. It was a movie in subtitles but I enjoyed the mystery and fantasy so I watched the next movie Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame. It reminded me a lot of the Sherlock Holmes stories in that Detective Dee used clues and deduction to solve the mystery, mixed with Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon type stunts. However, Dee doesn't use science as hi ...more
I've read most of the books in the Judge Dee series, and this is the first time that I've realized that Sherlock Holmes has absolutely nothing on Judge Dee! In fact, if you were to put both of these men on a case, I'd bet on Judge Dee solving it first, less arrogantly, and more neatly than Holmes.

Truth be told, however, I'm not really a big fan of short stories, and Judge Dee at Work is a collection of short mystery stories full of very subtle clues that are collected and pieced together by our
Apr 06, 2015 Joni rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Tämä pieni kirja sisältää pieniä aivopähkinöitä kiinalaisen Tang-dynastian aikaisen tuomari Deen uralta (historiallinen esikuva eli vv. 630-700). Kirja jäi van Gulikin viimeiseksi, joten viides tähti tulkoon koko Dee-sarjalle, joka tämän kirjan myötä sai arvoisensa täydennyksen. Tai kuten kirja loppuu: 'Tuomari kannusti hevostaan, käännähti satulassaan ja huudahti: "Hyvää uutta vuotta!" - Hän mietti mahtoivatko ovensuussa seisovat kuulla häntä. Eikä sillä oikeastaan ollut väliä.'
Sep 25, 2011 Kati rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I think I prefer short stories when it comes to mysteries: they are concise and to the point. And despite their briefness, every one of them tells us something about the main character. In this, Robert Van Gulik's stories are very similar to Arthur Conan Doyle's. For example, in "He Came with the Rain", we find out how Dee married his third wife. In "The Red Tape Murders", we see what a pedant Dee is and how little patience he has with disorderly, stupid people. In "Murder on New Year's Eve", it ...more
Kathy Chung
Jan 26, 2014 Kathy Chung rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
have read two of the stories earlier. the balance of the stories were interesting.

short and concise. ending were logical and not slapped on.
Jane Auringer Danjin
I still enjoy Robert van Gulik's Judge Dee mysteries the most of those I have read which are set in China. What a scholar he was and what an amusing sense of humor. I chuckle when I see his line drawings. A librarian told me his tome on the sexual mores of ancient China disappeared from one of the libraries in Ann Arbor. What a shame.

For modern day mysteries set in China, my favorite author is Qiu Xiaolong.
Ryan McArthur
Apr 22, 2015 Ryan McArthur rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: library
Pretty good. I kept imaging it done as a cheap television series from the 70's, all clattering footsteps and period costumes.
I didn't manage to solve any of the mysteries, though I had some idea about the last one...
As someone else said, I don't like historical novels, but historical mystery novels are right up my alley.
Lisa Kucharski
Aug 14, 2011 Lisa Kucharski rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A series of short stories that interweave cases at various times and places between the other novels.

Nice to see how intense and interesting each story is, and how they are solved by Dee. It is also interesting since we get a glimpse at also more of the military and their customs as well.

Trish Tomes
I love the way Judge Dee (an actual historical figure) thinks! I am re-reading all of the books about him written by Robert van Gulik, a Dutch writer.
Apr 13, 2013 DaViD´82 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Esence "tiovek" jakožto osmero čtivých jednohubkových povídek napříč kariérou soudce Ti. Nic více a nic méně; ono ostatně ke spokojenosti více ani netřeba.
Marty Nicholas
Mar 20, 2013 Marty Nicholas rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
8 short stories from Dee's career. A quick read. This volume also has a excellent chronology of the Judge's career keyed to van Gulik's stories.
Marie Bouteille
Des petites histoires policières astucieuses qui donnent l'occasion de voyager dans la Chine du 1er siècle après J.C.
May 15, 2015 Janice rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
8 Short stories across the career of Judge Dee, Magistrate n 7th century China.
Aug 03, 2013 Charlene rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
These books are great--some kind of justice
Mar 06, 2014 Bettie☯ rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: film-only
Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame

trailer here

All action, storyline shy of visible.
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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
  • The Chinese Lake Murders
  • The Monkey and The Tiger
  • The Haunted Monastery
  • The Chinese Bell Murders
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