Judge Dee at Work (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.
13 JUL 2012 - So, I downloaded the ebook and read 4 of these stories straight through. The writing is wonderful and the stories are engaging. I honestly did not guess the mystery until the very end when it was revealed to me. These are some of the best written short story mysteries I have read in ages. Judge Dee is a pretty neat guy.
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.
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.