Robert van Gulik – The Chinese Nail Murders (1961)

ChineseNailMurders

Vintage Silver Age Mystery
Just the Facts Category: Why — It made a “best of” list
Cloak and Dagger Challenge #108
TBR #75
Date Finished: July 28, 2018

Judge Dee is now the magistrate of a far northern frontier district and again has three mysteries to solve. The first involves the headless corpse of a wife, her missing husband, and her two brothers. Eventually, this case leads into the murder of a famous boxer, and the reopening of an old investigation into the murder of a disagreeable woman’s husband.

The intertwining of these mysteries is very well done, the period and setting is effectively portrayed for Western audiences and the mysteries themselves are interesting. The difficulty for me remains the similar names, but it helped to read more of it in one sitting than I did the last one. This novel made the list of Anthony Boucher’s Best Crime Fiction for 1962.

Just the Facts Silver Card 2018-07-28b

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