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Necklace and Calabash (Judge Dee (Chronological order) #12)

4.11 of 5 stars 4.11  ·  rating details  ·  345 ratings  ·  23 reviews
Broughtback into print in the 1990s to wide acclaim, re-designed new editions of Robert van Gulik's Judge Dee Mysteries are now available.

Written by a Dutch diplomat and scholar during the 1950s and 1960s, these lively and historically accurate mysteries have entertained a devoted following for decades.Set during the T'ang dynasty, they feature Judge Dee, a brilliant and c
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Unknown Binding, 153 pages
Published May 14th 2014 by Not Avail (first published 1964)
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Joseph
It's so good to fall back into a good Judge Dee detective mystery. Unlike a Christie novel, or a Holmes' novel, or a Father Brown novel, where the complexity of the crimes bog the story down, and one can no longer be entertained by the question, "who done it?" Gulik raps his mysteries in exotic locales in the customs of an ancient time, where one is thrilled half by the mystery, but also by discovering Judge Dee's medieval Chinese world, bit by bit, with descriptions of wall paintings, costumes, ...more
Erik
One of the best of the series, and the most like a Chandler novel. You wouldn't think one could do the scene where the detective is told to just shut up and get in the car in the 7th century, but van Gulik pulls it off.
Maddy
RATING: 3.5

7th century China. Judge Dee is off on a fishing vacation when he finds himself involved in 3 cases. He goes undercover as a doctor. He is summoned to the Emperor's palace to help find a necklace stolen from the Third Princess; a local cashier has been murdered; an innkeeper's wife has disappeared. He relies on deduction and is at times helped by a fascinating Taoist monk, Master Gourd. An interesting look at the judicial system and basic cultural elements. I gather this is not a typi
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Sprecher
Aus dem Englischen von Klaus Schomburg
Hörspielbearbeitung: Heiko Daniels
Erzähler: Ernst Jacobi
Richter Di: Hans-Michael Rehberg
Meister Kalebasse: Peter Fitz
Wei Theng: Rudolf Wessely
Prinzessin: Sascha Icks u.a.
Regie: Götz Fritsch
Produktion: hr/SWR 2008 - Ursendung

Hörspiele, welche vom SWR produziert werden sind eigentlich immer qualitätiv sehr hochwertig und wirklich gut gemacht, so auch dieses Hörbuch. Die Sprecher sind gut, wenn auch nicht die Top Sprecher, hier auch der Puntkabzug, weil
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Catherine Delors
I wish I had more than 5 stars to give to this wonderful historical mystery.

When Judge Dee, on horseback, tired and soaked through, arrives at Riverton one rainy evening, he has to rub his eyes, for he believes for a moment that he has run into his double. But no, he is only looking at a harmless old hermit, riding a donkey. Blame it on the dusk.

What else does a mystery lover need? A beautiful princess in distress, the Emperor's guilty secret, youthful love, court intrigue, mobsters, gruesome m
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Tatiana Pastukhova
I'm completely immersed into Judge Dee investigations :) till the extend that I close the book, fall asleep and keep dreaming those adventures.
This one is just another great example of good detective story which also brings to the scene 3d princess, intrigues of the royal palace and family secrets.
P.S. What I gonna do when I'll read them all???
Kathy Chung
in this book, Judge Dee reminds me of Hercule Poirot. He inadvertently got lost in the jungle and bumped into someone who looked like him . from there he stumbled upon a murder.

for me this has been a delicious reads . there were plenty of intrigue to keep the page turning.

I love the method of the crime was committed was slowly revealed in the end if the story.

the only downside was I don't quite catch the paternity of the princess. how did Judge Dee know? maybe I missed something.

overall, I lo
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Kevin
My second favorite Judge Dee mystery (so far). This is the second to last Judge Dee book that Robert van Gulick wrote. In the last books he tried to concentrate more on Judge Dee's character, so he sends him off on travels without his usual assistants. This works, for the most part, but makes the book atypical of the series, and not one that I'd recommend as a starting point to someone unfamiliar with Judge Dee. The characters Judge Dee meets -- a Taoist monk who appears to be his double, the he ...more
Kati
Judge Dee goes undercover! Man, for a judge, Dee sure gets around, doesn't he? This time he has to find a precious necklace that was stolen from the Third Princess and that could cause dissent at the imperial court. In this book, Dee has to rely only on himself, neither his trusted bodyguards nor his secretary are there to aid him. And all he wanted was to go fishing...

I just love Robert Van Gulik's books. The characters are so alive and the settings, the atmosphere of the various places that Ju
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Lisa Kucharski
Judge Dee must take on a case all on his own, not knowing who to trust. A stolen necklace brings about all sorts of murder and mayhem. Dee spends most of his time in cognito...

A fun story with lots of twists and turns. Very cinematic. Including the naked young woman as well... got to have one of those it seems in practically every story. :)
Dimitri
Judge Dee mysteries take place in ancient imperial China. The historical background and the singular character of judge Dee make these murder mysteries quite unique. The murder mysteries are quite involved with a healthy dose of adventure.
Nick Benson
Early historical detective story - series set in Tang dynasty China c675 - though it doesn't drown in historical detail - the hero Judge Dee is called on to find some lost pearls on his way back home from another case.
nicole
it was the first book about Di that i read. i definitely want to read more.
it is well written, well researched, easy to read and catching.
Shaula
I just couldn't get interested, so I stopped. The writing style is admirable, but I just didn't care about any of the characters.
Marjorie
Oh, these books are good, Judge Dee MM, 3rd princess lost necklace. Murder mysteries from very early Chinese century.
Colleen
judge dee never disappoints and this was no exception
enjoy the setting and the philosophical bent
Roshni
An enjoyable historical mystery with a complicated plot and a satisfying finale.
Sae-chan
My first Judge Dee. Not bad, but feels a bit rushing. Will try some more.
Kipi
Entertaining and different. I enjoyed the Chinese milieu.
Cathy
I love Judge Dee Mysteries stories, each of them!
Iryna
Nice detective story with a historical flavor.
David Taylor
My favorite of the wonderful Judge Dee stories.
Sophie Lagace
Good plot, great atmosphere.
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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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