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Robert van Gulik
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Poets And Murder: A Chinese Detective Story (Judge Dee (Chronological order) #11)

4.03 of 5 stars 4.03  ·  rating details  ·  300 ratings  ·  11 reviews
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Master detective Judge Dee sets out to solve a puzzling double murder and discovers that complicated passions lurk beneath the seemingly tranquil landscape of academic life. A student has been murdered; a beautiful poetess is accused of whipping her maidservant to death; and further mysteries lie in the shadows of the Shrine of the Black Fox.
Hardcover, 174 pages
Published by Heinemann Educational Books (first published 1968)
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Kathy Chung
this has been a juice tale.

last round Judge Dee came across Magistrate Lo, he was hoodwinked by Magistrate Lo to stand in for him (see The Red Pavilion), when in actual fact Lo was running away from the mess he found himself in with a courtesan.

this time, Judge Dee thought he could see how his friend , Magistrate Lo governs his district but when a murder case came up, Judge Dee found himself getting deeper into the mystery.

to make the matter worse, time is of the essence. and the mystery migh...more
An academic, a poet, two magistrates, a chan monk, and a poetess with a turbulent past convene during the Autumn Moon Festival for feasting and discussions on poetry. I enjoyed the setting, the emphasis on fox-magic, the addition of a Chan monk (a rarity in a Gulik novel), being within an elite circle of Chinese literati, and even some memorable characters, such as Magistrate Lo who also seems a very capable detective. However, much of the mystery was wrapped up in events of the past, which fran...more
Jean Donnel
Love the Judge Dee mysteries. They transport one back to China's golden age - which one finds has much in common with modern living. Tang Dynasty China seems to be so very real in these novels. In this one though - so many innocent people die, and it's so very sad. No real happy endings - but justice of a type, but even judge Dee realizes that the law doesn't always work.
I believe This is the last Judge Dee book that Robert van Gulik wrote. Again, Judge Dee is away from home and his usual helpers. He is the guest of a fellow magistrate, whose methods differ greatly from Dee's, along with several scholars for the mid-autumn festival. One of the other guests is a talented poetess who has been convicted of beating a servant to death but is traveling to the capital to appeal her conviction. During the celebration there is another murder, which must be solved quickly...more
An entertaining Judge Dee that reaches an exciting finale
Lisa Kucharski
In various stories Dee is partnered with a single compatriot to solve a crime. In this story he is in Magistrate Lo's district and together with Lo they work over various murders past and present.

Lo is a much different person that Dee and it is interesting to see the two personalities work. Lo, who can appear a dandy of sorts, has his own set up like Dee's to help solve crime.

Also in this story is a zen monk, showing how Buddhism was changing in China, as well as the fox lore many believed.

# ? in the Judge Dee mystery series

Set in Ancient China, Master Detective Judge Dee solves crimes using his wits and old-fashioned skills. No DNA, no forensics, no computer databases.

"This time Judge Dee must solve a double murder with complicated passions which lurk beneath the tranquil landscape of academic life."
Judge Dee helps his friend Luo solve not one but three murders at once! And an 18 years old mystery too. In this book, Dee appears without his usual helpers, the role of his sounding board takes over Luo, an official in his own right. And the murderer? It was the one person I suspected the least. Huh.
Average entry in the Judge Dee series. Unfortunately resorts to Judge Dee putting visiting the person who knows who the murderer is last on his to-do list. Does have great ending.
Millicent Swinson
This book had the clumsiest exposition I've ever seen. Utterly bush-league, which is unfortunate, given the highly promising title.
Carol Benton
Gulick leads us on a convoluted path to the solution of this murder and the literary world of old China.
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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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