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Poets And Murder: A Chinese Detective Story (Judge Dee (Chronological order) #11)

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A.D. 668

Master detective Judge Dee sets out to solve a puzzling double murder and discovers that complicated passions lurk beneath the seemingly tranquil landscape of academic life. A student has been murdered; a beautiful poetess is accused of whipping her maidservant to death; and further mysteries lie in the shadows of the Shrine of the Black Fox.
Hardcover, 174 pages
Published by Heinemann Educational Books (first published 1968)
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John Frankham
Jul 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime-detective
I have thirteen of this series, and I read them very sparingly, as I don't want to get to the end. Aping the traditional structure of 18thC Chinese mysteries, with three interlocking cases, the prose is spare and beautiful, the line drawings (by the author) enchanting. This was the last he wrote, in 1968.

"A.D. 668. Master detective Judge Dee sets out to solve a puzzling double murder and discovers that complicated passions lurk beneath the seemingly tranquil landscape of academic life. A student
Nov 26, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime
Ça faisait longtemps que je n'avais pas lu de roman policier, ce n'est pas un genre qui m'intéresse ces dernières années, mais j'ai bien aimé cette lecture. Elle change de ce que j'ai eu l'habitude de lire dans le sens où l'enquête se passe en Chine au 7ème siècle. Pour tout dire je ne connais rien de l'histoire ou de la culture Chinoise mais cela ne m'a pas empêché d'apprécier l'époque retranscrite. On retrouve beaucoup de folklore et la culture de l'époque -la façon dans le système fonctionne( ...more
Dec 09, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
Interesting, enjoyed the fox lore though I missed the judges usual assistants
Mazeli Dee
Jan 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
First read of the year! Unfortunately, this is also Robert van Gulik's last book in my collection. How sad.
An academic, a poet, two magistrates, a chan monk, and a poetess with a turbulent past convene during the Autumn Moon Festival for feasting and discussions on poetry. I enjoyed the setting, the emphasis on fox-magic, the addition of a Chan monk (a rarity in a Gulik novel), being within an elite circle of Chinese literati, and even some memorable characters, such as Magistrate Lo who also seems a very capable detective. However, much of the mystery was wrapped up in events of the past, which fran ...more
Nov 21, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
There were certain parts to this story that I liked very much, and some that I didn't like. I did like the fact that the story re-introduces his friend and colleague Lo. I also liked the fact that this is a story that elaborates on the role/status of women (even more so than in most of his stories - women always play a central part in his stories) and that women in very different circumstances and from different walks of life are introduced, and in many ways this story is an eyeopener with regar ...more
Kathy Chung
Feb 08, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
this has been a juice tale.

last round Judge Dee came across Magistrate Lo, he was hoodwinked by Magistrate Lo to stand in for him (see The Red Pavilion), when in actual fact Lo was running away from the mess he found himself in with a courtesan.

this time, Judge Dee thought he could see how his friend , Magistrate Lo governs his district but when a murder case came up, Judge Dee found himself getting deeper into the mystery.

to make the matter worse, time is of the essence. and the mystery migh
I believe This is the last Judge Dee book that Robert van Gulik wrote. Again, Judge Dee is away from home and his usual helpers. He is the guest of a fellow magistrate, whose methods differ greatly from Dee's, along with several scholars for the mid-autumn festival. One of the other guests is a talented poetess who has been convicted of beating a servant to death but is traveling to the capital to appeal her conviction. During the celebration there is another murder, which must be solved quickly ...more
Lisa Kucharski
Aug 08, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In various stories Dee is partnered with a single compatriot to solve a crime. In this story he is in Magistrate Lo's district and together with Lo they work over various murders past and present.

Lo is a much different person that Dee and it is interesting to see the two personalities work. Lo, who can appear a dandy of sorts, has his own set up like Dee's to help solve crime.

Also in this story is a zen monk, showing how Buddhism was changing in China, as well as the fox lore many believed.

Judge Dee helps his friend Luo solve not one but three murders at once! And an 18 years old mystery too. In this book, Dee appears without his usual helpers, the role of his sounding board takes over Luo, an official in his own right. And the murderer? It was the one person I suspected the least. Huh.
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Robert Hans van Gulik was a Dutch diplomat best known 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 histor ...more
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