Judge Dee at Work: Eight Chinese Detective Stories (Judge Dee (Chronological order) #4)
The eight short stories in Judge Dee at Work cover a decade during which the judge served in four different provinces of the T’ang Empire. From the suspected treason of a general in the Chinese army to the murder of a lonely poet in his garden pavilion, the cases here are among the most memorable in the Judge Dee series.
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 ...more
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 ...more
For modern day mysteries set in China, my favorite author is Qiu Xiaolong.
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.
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.