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the feng shui detective's casebook (Feng Shui Detective #3)

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Published 2007 (first published 2003)
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Aug 29, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Das Buch gleicht mehr einer Sammlung von Kurzgeschichten, die durch eine Hintergrundgeschichte zusammengehängt wurden. Am Anfang ist es etwas komisch, weil die Kriminalfälle recht schnell aufgeklärt und dann nie wieder erwähnt werden. Hat man sich daran erst mal gewöhnt, ist es eigentlich ganz nett. Trotzdem hat mir das Buch "Der Fengshui-Detektiv im Auftrag Ihrer Majestät" um Einiges besser gefallen.
Jul 23, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Delightful little book and would be a great TV series, I think. Enjoyed it and was only half a days read.
Rachel Nowakowski
Sep 10, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Loved this! It was just the right kind of book I needed to help me chill out. I loved the excerpts of Chinese wisdom from Mr. Wong's own book, I particularly liked the story about the nun! I loved the juxtaposition between the characters of Joyce and Mr Wong. I feel it was a great pairing, irascible, old, traditional chinese man vs fluffy, airhead, young western girl. I liked the way it educated me on the finely-tuned art of networking and business in the eastern world. I'll definitely read more ...more
Feb 12, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have read several books by Vittachi following Mr. Wong, particularly because I'm very interested in feng shui generally.

*Compared the the first book in the series, , this one is a book of short stories. So, the narrative is necessarily disjointed.

*What is great is that vittachi still includes his "ancient" wisdom vignettes at the b eginning of many of the chapters.

*What I didn't like is the inclusion of Joyce - even though she brings added stuff to some of the cases, she's still a bit annoyin
Yu Lam
Feb 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This honest and subtly humorous collection of C.F Wong's international cases has an authentic writing style of an experienced author that has local knowledge, which Nury Vittachi certainly is, being Hong Kong based. As someone from Hong Kong, I appreciate the little jokes and references, making the read all the more enjoyable. The novel is extremely well rounded and affords readers with an inside look into the world of the Feng Shui Detective. I especially like it because the accounts have been ...more
Jul 25, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime-fiction
Hilarious. This was my first encounter with CF Wong & Co.

Vittachi has a real talent for capturing accents in a written form... although I think I only counted one 'lah?' from all of the Singaporeans, which struck me as a little under-representative. ;)
Sukma Mase
Berisi kasus-kasus unik yang berhubungan dengan pekerjaan C.F. Wong yaitu detektiv Feng Shui, yang dikemas dalam cerita pendek. Menghibur. Lucu. Aneh. Informatif. Inovatif. Sangat berguna sebagai teman untuk menghabiskan waktu selama menunggu.
Chiara Rodier
Good fun.
Jan 19, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
very interesting lively reading....well not a world class detective mystery but a good time can surely guess a few but its more of a comedy and feng shui
Jan 09, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
5 bintang karena: unik (memecahkan kasus kriminal dengan pendekatan fengshui) dan bahasanya lentur sekali. Nury Vitacchi ini dulu mengasuh rubrik berita aneh2 di majalah FEER almarhum
James Floyd
Aug 05, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A lot of fun as CF Wong and Joyce head across Asia on a series of feng shui readings that end up as detective cases!
Nice light read. I picked it up randomly at the library. A mixed between feng shui, murders, and mystery. And it's funny too.
I would read other books by him but it's the only one at the library.
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Nury Vittachi is a journalist and author based in Hong Kong. His columns are published daily, weekly in a variety of newspapers in Asia as well as on his website. He is best known for the comedy-crime novel series The Feng Shui Detective, published in many languages around the world, but he has also written non-fiction works and novels for children. He is also noted for his role in founding the As ...more
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“In ancient times, a thoughtful nun was sad about the transience of all life. She said to her teacher: ‘All things decay. Today dawned beautifully, but tonight it will die. Life is only a breath. Man is born to die. What value has existence?’ The teacher said to the nun: ‘Go ask the butterfly. Go ask a candle. Go ask a drop of water.’ The nun went to a sacred barna tree, a tree with white flowers which attracted white butterflies. She watched and saw how the butterflies lived only one day each. The nun went to the temple. She looked at candles burning in front of the Buddha. She saw how the candles went out after only one hour each. The nun went to a river. She saw how the river was made of a million drops of water. She saw how they passed her town in less than the time it took to sip a cup of tea and never come back. The nun went back to her school. She said: ‘Life is transient like a butterfly visiting a sacred barna tree.’ But the gardener was present. He said: ‘No. Butterflies make plants live. Already the barna tree is older than you are. It has been growing for a hundred years.’ She said: ‘Life is transient like a candle in a temple.’ But the priest was there. He said: ‘No. The fire in the temple has been burning for many centuries. It is one thousand years old.’ She said: ‘Life is transient like a drop of water passing a town in a river.’ But the old boatman was there. He said: ‘No. The river has been there for ten thousand years. It will be there for ten thousand more.’ And so it is with us, Blade of Grass. Some of us see the butterfly, the candle and the drop of water. Some of us see the tree, the fire and the river.” 0 likes
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