His recurring characters are likeable if not complex. The nervous group had to leave the city because of the oppressive rulearmy deserters also join his unconventional band My grandfather had a copy in his library. He served as a diplomat there and had translated classic Chinese literature.
Most interesting is the way the story is told and the supernatural elements. These amateur bandits are no match for the authentic, former highwaymen Ma JoongChiao Tai and clever thief, Tao Gan all reformed, by Dee, working for the law now, the judge also does his part very well indeed, the other man Sergeant Hoong an intelligent, long serving family retainer, is too old to play.
Robert van Gulik first wrote this in Chinese for Asian audiences, then translated it into English--actually to facilitate it being translated into Japanese before ever thinking to put this before a Western audience.
The Judge needs Chinese maze murders men so he pardons the robbers and makes them constables! Then he confronts three mysteries involving poisoned plums, a mysterious scroll picture, passionate love letters, a hidden murder, and a ruthless robber.
In addition, there is the growing threat of a Mongol invasion. Chinese maze murders are clever and satisfying mysteries but for me what makes these novels special is the setting. It was based on three actual cases from Chinese criminal investigations.
The author, having written the story in English, had it translated by a Japanese friend Professor Ogaeri Yukio into Japanese and it was sold in Japan under the title "Meiro-no-satsujin" in Van Gulik obviously knew and loved China and its history and culture. Like his models, Van Gulik frames the story as being told by a man of the Ming Dynasty almost a thousand years later, and the details Van Gulik warns us are of that time, not of the time it is set.
And clues point to his country estatejust east of the city, with an impenetrable massive maze, a local legend many stories of wild animal lurking about there, somber shadows in the daytime, snakes and hidden secrets, deadly pools with unidentified creatures below the surface, the reluctant Dee has to investigate and not feeling too happy either.
The seven surviving road agents, are captured and tied up, the three dead ones, also put in a cart for an inglorious burial and ready for harsh justice, by the state including a young attractive woman, the defenders received a few lumps and bruises Then the author translated the book into Chinese himself and it was published by the Nanyang Press in Singapore in Judge Dee and the people surrounding him feel very much of their own place and time--not our own.
Murder in the Sealed Room, a missing testament, and last but not least, a story that features a girl without a head. Mind you, the story is deliberately anachronistic.
He was a Dutch diplomat and English would not have been his first language--not sure if that factors in. A story beautifully written, a plot which never ceases to entertain The nearest army base is three days away and the magistrate finds his Tribunal house falling apart, dust and rats live there, vital documents are in disarray The plot is clever that way--worthy of a Conan Doyle, if not with the memorable and jaw-dropping quality of Christie.
One of the major differences between that model and the Western sort of mystery is that instead of one central mystery, Dee has three cases that are woven into the plot, and this allows us to roam among all classes of Chinese society of the time. I have since read every Judge Dee story I have been able to find, and I still enjoy them.
Plot introduction[ edit ] Judge Dee is the magistrate in the fictional border town of Lan-fang.The Chinese Maze Murders, the first of Robert Van Gulik's Judge Dee Mystery series, published in And, no kidding: these are the tales of Lan-fang's new newly arrived District Magistrate who is detective, prosecutor and judge in T'ang Dynasty China -- /5.
The Chinese Maze Murders represents Robert van Gulik’s first venture into writing suspense novels after the success of Dee Gong An, his translation of an anonymous Chinese detective novel from the sixteenth century.
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The Haunted Monastery and the Chinese Maze Murders has ratings and 17 reviews. Sae-chan said: Chinese Maze Murders turned out to be the first book of /5. The Chinese Maze Murders represents Robert van Gulik’s first venture into writing suspense novels after the success of Dee Gong An, his translation of an anonymous.
The Chinese Maze Murders was the first novel in the series.
The book’s historical basis In a postscript to the book, Van Gulik explains that the character of Judge Dee is loosely based on a Chinese magistrate who achieved fame as a detective some hundreds of years before the Ming Dynasty/5(42).Download