The Chinese Gold Murders (Judge Dee (Chronological order) #2)
In this, the second book in Robert van Gulik's classic mystery series of ancient China, Judge Dee must look into the murder of his predecessor. His job is complicated by the simultaneous disappearance of his chief clerk and the new bride of a wealthy local shipowner.
Meanwhile, a tiger is terrorizing the district, the ghost of the murdered magistrate stalks the tribunal, a...more
I can't help but gush about this book, even as my description renders it in a juvenile light that does not apply to the proceedings. This is excellent fiction that ...more
I picked this up in a secondhand bookstore along with a pile of authentic vintage mysteries only because it had a rather endearingly self-designed-looking cover. Published by the University of Chicago Press in this particular edition in 1979, it hardly fits my definition of vintage. But it was all blue.
Van Gulik, I learned in the introduction, was born in of Dutch parents in Indonesia in 1910, where he lived his entire childhood, before being transported ...more
Judge Dee was supposedly a real person who inspired an oral tradition of detective yarns that Dutchman Robert Van Gulik translated and worked up. Book jackets claim that he is the first detective fiction to use investigation, ratiocination an ...more
R.H. Van Gulik was the Dutch ambassador to China during the 1940's. He was a true scholar about everything from Chinese erotic art, the Chinese lute, to Chinese snuff bottles. As a hobby h ...more
nevertheless, his "innocence" was captivating.
here, his two side kicks played a more active role in helping Judge Dee to solve the case.
the only downside of the story is the ending. I find that the way Judge Dee solved the case and how the cases played out according to the opera was too simple. I had expected more.
nevertheless I liked the beginning and ...more
Yang lebih menarik lagi, ternyata pengarangnya, Robert van Gulik, itu orang Belanda yang dibesarkan di Batavia. Fasih berbahasa Jawa, Melayu dan berbagai dialek Cina, selain juga mampu berkomunikasi dengan bahasa Rusia, Perancis, Inggris dan ...more
Magistrate Judge Dee, in Tang-Dynasty China, is tasked with trying to find out who killed his predecessor. But also, all in a day's work, there's a tiger on the loose, a monk is buried in the wrong grave, and there's a ghost floating around. There is never a dull moment; I enjoy watching the unraveling of each of the subplots in these novels.
recommended for those who enjoy historical mysteries, or book ...more
Interesting book that really shows a lot of daily cultural views and attitudes. Great mystery, and as always a great intro that helps one learn more about Chinese mysteries that Gulik's books are inspired by.