The Emperor's Pearl
It all begins on the night of the Poo-yang dragonboat races in 699 A.D.: a drummer in the leading boat collapses, and the body of a beautiful young woman turns up in a deserted country mansion. There, Judge Dee—tribunal magistrate, inquisitor, and public avenger—steps in to investigate the murders and return order to the Tang Dynasty.
In The Emperor’s Pearl, the judge dis...more
What is interesting about this series is that they tend to be rather fast-moving 'mysteries' wrapped up in a 7th century China setting. Judge Dee is a historical literary figure that has a great deal of cultural ...more
Judge Dee is an all-around 'Renaissance man' action hero, going undercover to solve a series of murders in his township.
Based on a real-life district magistrate and diplomat of the Tang Dynasty (almost a wild-west sheriff or marshal). Written by Dutch diplomat Robert Hans van Gulik in 1963, 9th in his series of fictions following his translation of The Celebrated Cases of Judge Dee (an eighteenth-century Chinese murder mystery by an unknown author).
Judge Dee and his three wives partake of a boat race in honor of a river goddess in A.D. 699. In less enlightened times, a young man was sacrificed to the White Lady in order to ensure good harvests and fishing. However, as in old, a young man named Tong Mai, a disreputable stud ...more
The author, a diplomat, scholar, musician, artist and mystery novel writer has much to recommend him. Many of his scholarly publications are or were 30 years ago considered definitive studies.
His scholarly works included topics from The Chinese lute, to Chinese sexual practices to Chinese art. He was a linguist and enough of an artist to illustrate his Judge Dee Books.
Judge Dee, was an actual Judge or to quote the source ...more
Second Judge Dee accompanies a woman to a business meeting. She is murdered in an old abandoned mansion before he can get to her.
Third an itinerant student and curio finder is murdered by the old mansion.
Fourth three ruffians attempt to abduct a young girl.
Fifth an old woman is strangled.
Judge Dee has three main suspects and no hard evidence. He does have the old mansion with an abandoned shrine hidden in the forest next to it. ...more
Another very, very entertaining read allowing us to go back to the wondrous setting in which Judge Di live ...more
Students or adult readers especially those interested in medieval Chinese culture and its behavioral intricacies are recommended to devour this series of books....
-In this story, there are a series of deaths which are seemingly unrelated, but as more deaths occur, common denominators, which the judge happens to discover, show that they're related.
-First there is the boat competition, where different teams compete to see which group will be the fastest. It's a major event and one of the boats appear to be taking the lead when the per ...more
The hero is Judge Dee, who was the main character of a series of Penquin Books and is not the typical inscrutible picture created of the Chinese man. In his own way, which is in part dictated by restrictions of the Chinese culture, he uses a mixture of logic and superstition to uncover a devious villian ...more
Again, don't start with this one; make sure you read them in order. They're all fun, but the first few books bring in the characters & you get their backstories along with ...more
* The story is fictious, and it's actually Dutch, but anyway, it took place in China and all the casts were Chinese. ...more
I find that there is not much excitement in this book. no urgency to solve the mystery. it's more like reading on how Judge Dee pieced together the solution.
nevertheless, I did enjoy the mystical part. that was interesting ...more