Behind That Curtain (Charlie Chan, #3)
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Behind That Curtain (Charlie Chan #3)

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The third novel in the Charlie Chan series.set almost exclusively in California (as opposed to Chan's native Hawaii), and tells the story of the former head of Scotland Yard, a detective who is pursuing the long-cold trail of a murderer. Fifteen years ago, a London solicitor was killed in circumstances in which the only clue was a pair of Chinese slippers, which he apparen...more
Paperback, 237 pages
Published April 1st 1987 by Warner Books (NY) (first published 1928)
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This book, published in 1928, was the third of Earl Derr Biggers’ excellent Charlie Chan mysteries.

The great Chinese detective is in San Francisco, on holiday. He is to return to Hawaii in a few days. At the very same time a distinguished retired policeman from Scotland Yard, Sir Frederic Bruce, is also in San Francisco. A bright newspaperman decides it would make a great story if he could bring these two great detectives together.

He does so, with momentous consequences. Sir Frederic is still t...more
Jim Dooley
This was one of those pleasant reading surprises that don't come along too often. Because the other book that I was reading had been left at home, I started this one as a filler...and I almost couldn't put it down. Not only was it a classy, classic mystery, but it was a return to the type of Charlie Chan adventure that I had enjoyed so much after the misstep of the second one.

The story has an incredible roster of suspicious characters and multiple mysteries wrapped up in an overriding one. San F...more
Larry Piper
I'm developing rather a fondness for Charlie Chan. This was the third of the six books Biggers wrote that featured the detective. Poor Charlie is still stranded in San Francisco, hoping to go home to greet the birth of his eleventh child, eighth son. But, a day or so before he is to leave, he gets invited to a dinner party, one of whose guests is a famous Scotland Yard detective. The dinner party is to feature films taken by a famous English explorer who has been everywhere, Tibet, the Gobi Dese...more
Kathleen Dixon
This book begins a matter of days only after the second book in the series ends. Poor Detective Chan - he'd come from Hawaii to mainland USA for a short holiday, then took on a simple errand (which ended up not, of course) and now, in this book, gets stuck looking into another case, another murder with intriguing side-stories.

Remembering always that these books were written 90 years ago, I remark upon the author's respect for women in the workforce. The main female in this book is a lawyer, a De...more
This is my first Charlie Chan book, and I enjoyed it as much as the Edgar Wallace and Agatha Christie mysteries of the time. Like other mysteries from the 1920's, it has no sex, is full of action, and has beautiful young women and a brilliant detective. The yarn takes place in San Francisco and involves a retired Scotland Yard detective, who is searching for the perpetrator of a sixteen year old murder and chasing down the disappearance of a beautiful young woman, and of course Charlie Chan, a d...more

I read my first Charlie Chan books 30+ years ago in high school. After 3 decades and having forgotten the story in this book, I decided to revisit Earl Derr Biggers famous detective. I half expected to find a very different character than I found so long ago. Yet, I was remarkably satisfied with the story. Chan is affectingly humble, yet imminently clever in his quiet wisdom. I also found the dialogue to be quite witty at times, almost like watching a fast paced mystery film from the 1930s or 19...more
Thoroughly enjoyable! Casually racist! Profoundly sexist! A true product of its time, but a fun little jaunt through San Francisco.
Tad Richards
Nothing much to add. Grand old-school mysteries. I'm enjoying these Charlie Chan books so much.
Another winner in the Charlie Chan series, although my least favorite of the three I've read so far.

Coming off his success in the Californian desert mystery, "The Chinese Parrot", Charlie is back in San Francisco awaiting the next ship to Honolulu, Hawaii so that he can re-unite with his very pregnant wife and 10 children. Unfortunately, fate has other plans for Charlie when he is called upon to investigate the shooting death of a retired Scotland Yard detective.

Charlie has to use every skill in...more
Lisa Kucharski
In this mystery, there are many many paths that twist and turn, and it seems that the mystery has so many points to search, including the past that it seems that one will never find the murderer. However, as time marches on Chan is able to make some pretty big leaps to find killer.

Overall fun book, there's a bit more problem between the police not taking a Chinaman seriously. They don't seem to treat him like the American citizen that he is, as well as, a fellow officer. Chan also gets some jab...more
Håvard Bjørnelv
Klassisk krim, en variant av lukket-rom-mysterie. Boka ble skrevet allerede på 1920-tallet og dette viser seg igjen til tider. Blant annet i komiske replikker som: "De har et klokt hode på dine vakre skuldre, for en merkelig kombinasjon!". Absolutt lesverdig og kan anbefales tilhengere av klassisk krim-sjangeren.

Another fabulous mystery solved by Charlie Chan. Written in 1928 this is a much slower mystery. There are no shoot outs or car chases or high paced drama. This a slow methodical and drawn out mystery that is impossible to solve! I had absolutely NO idea who the murderer was or the reason behind it. A very nice read.
Another great Charlie Chan mystery. In this one, Charlie encounters more bigotry and prejudice, yet he remains above it, and ultimately upstages his mainland counterparts. "Patience" is his watchword.
Doug Dams
Not as good as the first two Charlie Chan books, but it moves along and there is more action in it than the previous books. The mystery is sort of convoluted and covers years.
Earl Derr Biggers was savvy enough to make a woman a high powered attorney is the DA 's office in the late 1920's. His mystery was entertaining as well as exciting.
Another good Charlie mystery. Well constructed and I enjoyed the characters. Very interesting considering it was written in 1910ish. #3 in the series.
Unlike the myriad of movies, there were only 5 original novels. The writing was good, but they were nothing like the movies.
Have read several times over the years. Never tire of the oldies but goodies.
Good mystery, cute story, pleasant read.
Cindy Barnett
Master of the genre. Free on
3rd of the Charlie Chan mystery novels.
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Earl Derr Biggers was born in Warren, Ohio on August 24, 1884. Years later, while attending Harvard University, Biggers showed little passion for the classics, preferring instead writers such as Rudyard Kipling and Richard Harding Davis. Following his graduation from Harvard in 1907, he worked briefly for the Cleveland Plain Dealer and at Bobbs-Merrill publishers. By 1908, Biggers was hired at the...more
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