Robert van Gulik – The Emperor’s Pearl (1963)


Silver Age
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.

Vintage Silver Bingo 2015-06-23


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