Category: Historical Mystery
Date Finished: June 23, 2015
This is a slimmer volume than some of the other Judge Dee mysteries, and perhaps isn’t quite as challenging as others in this series. A series of murders relate to a curio trade and a haunted shrine. The expertise of van Gulik in describing China in Judge Dee’s time is evident, as always. The most memorable character is a female wrestler who only appears briefly. Few other female characters play any role in this, which is largely limited to interaction with the four male suspects. Good but not great.