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Het Wilgenpatroon

(Judge Dee (Chronological order) #16)

4.08  ·  Rating details ·  804 ratings  ·  32 reviews
A.D. 677

As Judge Dee copes with the administration of the plague-ridden Imperial Capital, he must also bring his skills to bear on the mystery of two seemingly unconnected murders that could mean the extinction of the city's oldest, most aristocratic families.

"All the charm, cruelty and fragile magic of China in the Tang Dynasty."—Chicago Sun-Times

"A tense and exotic
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Published 1966 by W. van Hoeve (first published 1965)
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Ivonne Rovira
Jun 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Willow Pattern takes placed in A.D. 677, when Judge Dee’s official magisterial career has ended and he’s been elevated to Lord Chief Justice of the Imperial capital, Chang-An (modern day Xi'an). (His faithful sergeants, Ma Joong and Chao Tai, have been promoted to colonels of the guards.) The entire city has been thrust into an uproar by a plague and the ensuing flights of the well-to-do and the corpses of the stricken.

In this confusion, Judge Dee must solve the murders of the heads of two
Oct 21, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015-reads
Robert van Gulik (1910-1967) was a scholar who was intensely interested in Asian history and culture. The Judge Dee mysteries are based on a real person named Di Renjie, who lived during the earlier part of the Tang Dynasty (600-900). After translating the original stories, van Gulik started to write his own Judge Dee stories.

The Willow Pattern fascinated me because of the characters, the intricate plot, and for introducing me to a type of weapon I'd never heard of before: loaded sleeves. That
sabisteb aka callisto
China im 7. Jahrhundert: Richter Di vertritt den Abwesenden Kaiser in der Hauptstadt in einer Hitze- und Pestperiode in Doppelfunktion als Präsident des obersten Gerichts und Gouverneur. Straßenkehrer ziehen vermummt in ihre Pestgewänder randalierend und plündernd durch die Straßen. Sie stehlen und plündern und wiegeln das Volk auf. Als wäre das nicht genug, ereignen sich drei Mordfällen im Kreise dreier alter, verfeindeter adeligen Familien: Mei, Hu und Yi. Der Kaufmann Mei, stürzt in seinem ...more
Nancy Oakes
#10 in the Judge Dee series. In this episode, Magistrate Dee is in the capital of the Empire where the plague has broken out. Not only that, but while there, he has to get to the root of 2 murders. As always, each subplot ties together, and it is fun watching Judge Dee figure it all out and unravel the case. This series is one of my absolute favorites in my library.

Highly recommended; if you haven't tried this series yet you may not wish to start here, but rather with the first. If you like
Afroditi Kousouni
Aug 08, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Στην Κίνα της Δυναστείας των Τανγκ και ενώ η πανώλη αποδεκατίζει τον πληθυσμό ο Δικαστής Τι αναλαμβάνει να λύσει για άλλη μια φορά το γρίφο που του παρουσιάζεται. Δύο από τους τρεις άρχοντες "του παλαιού κόσμου" δολοφονούνται και τα διαθέσιμα στοιχεία για την αποκάλυψη των δραστών είναι ελάχιστα. Ανάμεσά τους ένα σπασμένα βάζο από πορσελάνη που απεικονίζει το σχέδιο με τις ιτιές. Δεν είναι μόνο η πλοκή, που κρατάει το ενδιαφέρον του αναγνώστη ζωντανό σε κάθε σελίδα, μέχρι το τέλος. Είναι και η ...more
Jun 17, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Kohtunik Di uurimuste eelviimane osa. Seda sarjasisese kronoloogia järgi, aga ka kirjutamise järjekorras on "Remmelgamuster" suht lõpus.
Eks ta käib kah aga järjest rohkem tundub et kõik on juba olnud, kõik kuritööd on eelmiste kuritööde lahjad kordused ja ka kohtunik Di hakkab väsima. Veel üks abiline - Ma Rong - lahkub ta juurest, sedapuhku küll pere luues. Eks tegevuspaik ja sisu olid ka sarja algusotsa "õdusatest kuritöödest" kaugel, taudist ja näljast puretud Impeeriumi pealinn, mis on täis
Nov 22, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
Good. AlwYs enjoy the culture and the multiple plot lines. Learned about the willow pattern and how the “legend” was actually an English creation
J Grimsey
Apr 02, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very Good Judge Dee mystery reads in order will be pleased Mah-jong is finally hooked.
Mazeli Dee
Nov 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is where Ma Joong met the woman who tamed him. Hihih.
Olha Yeremenko
Sep 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Jun 13, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime-fiction
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This wasn't my favorite Judge Deebook. I usually don't figure the mysteries out before the judge does, but I had this one pegged early on. There were several murders that needed solving this time, so it should have been difficult to figure these mysteries out. It really wasn't.

I also thought this book had a much heavier element of sexuality than many of the other Judge Dee books. There is often some sexual component to a Judge Dee novel, but I've not noticed such a heavy use of sex in the books
Dec 01, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A good story from late in Di's career. He is charged to maintain law and order in the capitol during a period of the plague. While this forms the background to the novel, the focus of the novel are the murders of two well-known and formerly very influential men, members of the oldest families of the empire.

All of Gulik's books feature female protagonists, and this is no different. Once more, at the center of this story is a woman who was trained in the art of seduction, a beautiful courtesan who
Jul 24, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Judge Dee mysteries are set in Tang China. Dee was a historical person, who lived in the 7th century, various stories have been written about him. Gulik translated some and made up some of his own. This story he made up and despite the anachronistic use of the willow pattern, I think it was my favourite mystery so far. It's set with the plague ravaging the city. There are martial arts, acrobatic heroines, the avenging of women wronged, courtesans, and an evil cult. I don't read many mysteries ...more
Timons Esaias
Jul 08, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm a fan of the Judge Dee mysteries, slowly reading through them in order of publication. The Willow Pattern is a standard entry, set when Dee is temporarily in control of the Capital, during an outbreak of the Black Death. As usual, there are three mysteries involved, somewhat interwoven. As usual, Dee and his lieutenants do their level best to serve the public and mete out justice.

While satisfying, this book didn't have much extra to it. The detail of women using shot-loaded sleeves for
Jul 17, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This story of Tang China, illustrated by the author in classic Chinese style, has the judge investigating the death of an elderly aristocrat, who has fallen downstairs and that of another aristocrat who died in his private room after being entertained by a professional. Then there is the puppet master with the very realistic puppet set and his daughter who fights with loaded sleeves. This one was easier to follow than the Red Pavilion and while a little melodramatic it was actually more ...more
Kathy Chung
diseases and death is in the city. judge dee and his staffs need to take control of the situation.

on top of that, there is the strange death of Mr Mei and the feud of the three old families in the city.

For me this has not been as exciting read as previous books. it had a more sober tone.

only thing that lighten the tone of the book was Ma Joong and Bluewhite.

have been good but could have been better
Lisa Kucharski
Aug 03, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Dee is magistrate during the black plague, which means the city is under martial law and two murders are committed. It is a hot summer time in a drought. The city has been abandoned my many and is oppressive and dangerous. The postscript also contains interesting information about the story's inspiration.

Oct 03, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Next to last of the Judge Dee books. Very good story and characters and Ma Joong gets involved with a woman.
Sophie Lagacé
It's the only one of van Gulik's "Judge Dee mysteries" which I have found disappointing. The mystery itself did not shine and the dialogue was uninspired.
Dec 07, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Anh by: desertblues
Not the best Judge Dee book I've read, but certainly good.
Jan 11, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is very much like all of van Gulik's Judge Dee's books, although I don't recall naked Chinese women illustrations in the other books. It was an easy, relaxing read.
Not as complicated as the usual Judge Dee mystery and a bit less interesting. Still a fun read.
Oct 12, 2016 rated it really liked it
En ook dit boek van Rechter Tie was weer ontzettend goed.
Aug 03, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Solid Judge Dee mystery about three cases in the plague-stricken imperial capital. I think he solves one of the mysteries too easily, but there are cool things such as the art of "loaded sleeves."
I saw many patterns of chinese willow called Love Story. I always wondered why.

In this volume Mr. van Gulik was feeling a bit erotic, I guess :-)
Oct 24, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Once again, complicated and suspenseful.
Jan Pocestnej
Nov 07, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Klasická detektivka jak má být. Hvězdičku dolů za samotnou postavu soudce Ti. Je až moc dokonalý.
Lang niet meer gelezen. Gelukkig blijven het heerlijke boeken.
1960's mystery series set during Imperial China. The story behind the Blue Willow china pattern figures in the plot.
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