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Keeper of the Keys (Charlie Chan #6)

3.86  ·  Rating details ·  171 Ratings  ·  33 Reviews

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Once again, the setting of the novel is rural California, where Chan has been invited as a houseguest. He meets a world-famous soprano, Ellen Landini, who is murdered not too long after the meeting. Chan does not have far to look for suspects -- the host is her ex-husband, as are three of the other house guests. Her servants, entourage and husbands all come

Paperback, 224 pages
Published February 1st 1988 by Popular Library (first published 1932)
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Bobby Underwood
Nov 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"Man who buries treasure in the snow, forgets that summer is coming." -- Charle Chan

Hawaii's Charlie Chan gets his first look at snow in Keeper of the Keys. In another first for the Chinese detective from Honolulu, this mystery will move Chan to facilitate the flight of someone involved deeply in a murder and its aftermath. Not a first by any means in this old-fashioned series, Chan will also facilitate a budding romance.

As Charlie travels by train through the snow-clad mountains all the pieces
B.R. Stateham
May 11, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Do you know who Charlie Chan is? Or his creator, Earl Derr Biggers? Over the years the Charlie Chan character has not held up in terms of being a positive image. I won't go into some deep discussion as to why---but let me just say it's all wrong.

The REAL Charlie Chan character is a Chinese/Hawaiian police detective who is just pretty damn smart. He's an astute observer of the human condition, a humane and compassionate soul, and (in my opinion) can rival a Sherlock Holmes in solving a complex ho
Oct 06, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mysteries, 2011-reads
I've completed my highly enjoyable journey with Inspector Charlie Chan, and I will miss this wise and witty detective. In this offering, Chan is invited to Lake Tahoe to help find the missing possible son of his client. "Possible" because his client doesn't even know if his son exists at all. His ex-wife, a world renown singer, seems to have kept his birth secret from her husband for almost 20 years. Now he wants the truth, and thinks he will get it with Charlie by his side (not to mention the w ...more
Lisa Kucharski
Apr 27, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The last in the series (a short series) of the famous Charlie Chan mysteries. An interesting mystery that has the extra element of a Chinese servant in an American household butting heads with Chan. The mystery is great, but the element of watching two individuals with Chinese backgrounds coming to the US and deciding how to embrace (or not embrace) American culture. Well worth the read.
Aug 03, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Alas! I have come to the end of the Charlie Chan mystery novels. Charlie has come to feel like a good friend. He is bright, modest, quick, clever, and very human.

This book is every bit as good as its predecessors. Plenty of potential suspects. Lots of hints and allusions. A final twist at the end.

I wish Charlie good fortune in his home on Punchbowl Hill.
Aug 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: re-reading
Jul 11, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I heard about this book from the Classic Mysteries podcast. I have not read a Charlie Chan mystery before and this one was pretty interesting, even if it took me awhile to wade through. The description of Chan being invited to a gathering is a good one. He seems to be about the only person there who wasn't at one point married or involved with Ellen Landini, a favorite opera singer. When she turns up dead, there is no shortage of suspects. It is up to Charlie to figure our who the killer among t ...more
Jul 11, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
Inspector Charlie Chan discovers snow in the Sierra Nevada mountains of California. Brought in to find the long lost son of his host, he instead is asked to help the young, inexperienced local sheriff solve the murder of his host's ex-wife. With three ex-husbands, a future husband and his sister, and a faithful long-time servant, there are plenty of suspects on hand. Charlie solves the mystery with his characteristic wit and astute reasoning.
Cathy Houston
Aug 14, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
very clever Charlie Chan plot
Cristina Rold
Oct 09, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: gialli
È il secondo che leggo di Derr Biggers, e non delude.
Un ottimo giallo alla Christie, alla Van Dine.
Ci si accompagna volentieri con la saggezza di Charlie Chan.
Mariafrancesca di natura viperesca
"Le buone maniere non bastano a far un uomo giusto"

Il titolo “I sepolti vivi (Scene dalla ‘Casa morta’)” mi aveva sempre intrigato. È quello della copia in mio possesso pubblicata nel 1932 dalle Edizioni A. Barion di Sesto San Giovanni. Sapevo che in italiano quest’opera ha titoli molto mutevoli, e quando l’ho scovata quest’estate, lisa, sbrindellata, ingiallita e pigmentata , su una bancarella ho capito che aspettava me. Il non averla mai comprata, nonostante del Dosto abbia quasi al completo l
Oct 13, 2011 rated it liked it
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Michele bookloverforever
nothing like the movies...but Excellent period pieces.
Jim Dooley
Feb 18, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The last of the Charlie Chan book series is not the best, but it is still a worthwhile read. The mystery is not as engrossing, although the characters are well-developed. (Two of them were especially memorable for me, and I have no doubt that we would have been seeing them again in a future offering had the series continued.)

My sole complaint with this one is the last-minute introduction of a personality trait in a key character that we had not seen before. It seemed much too convenient. That sa
Larry Piper
Jun 13, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the last of the Charlie Chan books, and a fine one it is. Charlie is invited by a rich man to his house on Lake Tahoe. His ostensible job is to learn if the man had had a son by his ex-wife, an opera diva, and if so, to find the son. Also invited to the house are the diva's three other ex-husbands as well as her designated #5, once her Reno divorce on #4 becomes final. So, naturally, the diva shows up as well and manages to get murdered in her sitting room, just as the plane that is to t ...more
Apr 28, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
After hearing his former wife, opera singer Ellen Landini, may have been pregnant when she left him, Dudley Ward is determined to find his son. He invites Charlie Chan along with Ellen's three later husbands to his large house on Lake Tahoe. Ellen soon shows up with her current flame and his sister. When Ellen is found shot dead on the balcony just as another flame is arriving by plane to take her home, there are many suspects. They include the four ex-husbands, the new boyfriend and his sister, ...more
Apr 09, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Early 1930s murder mystery set at Lake Tahoe with too many clues and too many suspects without alibies. Inspector Chan patiently sorts through them to find the murderer. Interesting tension between the Americanized Chan and a Chinese servant who has resisted Americanization. The Inspector uses a scientific technique that the author describes as being still experimental, which technique now appears in many police procedural novels and TV shows.
Jul 29, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the last Chan book written (#6) and it is a good tale. Populated with an assortment of characters and many possible suspects, the complex story had you second guessing til the end. The story and dialog stood up well even though it was written in 1932. The setting was at rustic Lake Tahoe. The last of the series, I found this in a little bookshop in Burlington, VT. I believe there are a couple I may have missed, so I am still on the search!
Madalyn Koval
Sep 02, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
The last Charlie Chan.. and my least favorite. But still a fun book to read. Charlie is faced with several hard decisions and seems to take forever to solve this one. Read all five Chan books in a row, maybe not the best way to go as you start to see the similar plot line. But again a fun read for over the summer.
Apr 14, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wonderful mystery novel. I picked up the book at a used book store in San Fransisco and took home to Lake Tahoe. I was pleasantly surprised about all of the local details, but was even more surpized about the wonderful mystery crafted by the author. This may be the last Charlie Chan book, but it has encouraged me to read the others as well.
Aug 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
read some time in 1980
Mar 20, 2008 rated it really liked it
Have read several times over the years. Never tire of the oldies but goodies.
Sep 06, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
5 stars for the puzzle, 3 to 4 stars for the rest. A fun retro read, and the puzzle kept me involved and guessing (always wrong, of course) until the very end.
Jan 10, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Nice detective story from the early 1930s. Nicely written with a lot of great dialogues.
May 02, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The last, and definitely the best, of the Charlie Chan mysteries. A satisfying mystery with somewhat of a surprise ending.
A Perfect puzzle. I'll probably restart this series from the beginning.
Aug 31, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Last of the original Charlie Chan books. Gonna miss that round Chinese son of a gun.
John Yeoman
Oct 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime-suspense
Ridiculous but delightful in its oriental gnomicisms!
John Uzzi
Sep 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
well plotted and written
Vikas Datta
Mar 21, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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Earl Derr Biggers was born in Warren, Ohio on August 24, 1884. Years later, while attending Harvard University, Biggers showed little passion for the classics, preferring instead writers such as Rudyard Kipling and Richard Harding Davis. Following his graduation from Harvard in 1907, he worked briefly for the Cleveland Plain Dealer and at Bobbs-Merrill publishers. By 1908, Biggers was hired at the ...more
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