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Killer Investigation

Robert van Gulik ã 4 review

Till walk the dark passages of the building only lighted by an occasional lanternTrue Wisdom the abbot seems rather nervous why Sung Ming the amous Taoist scholar lives here too and helps the judge with the very strange happenings thereThe curious vanishing of actors and others Dee has only his lieutenant Tao Gan with himThe magistrate hates walking up and down all the many stair steps and he s still a relatively young man Kuan Lai director of the theatrical troupe needs to be interviewed a vague supernatural atmosphere drenches the ancient creepy monastery Something evil will soon occur people can The Slanted Worlds (Chronoptika, feel but can t stop itThey waitfor what Superb murder mystery set in an exotic locale in a distant long ago time by a master writer at the top of his abilities One of the creepiest Judge Dee stories it s set in a secluded Taoist monastery in the mountains in a monasteryull of secret rooms and passages and crazy crazy people but also one of the Say Go Be Do funniest Dee has thelu and he s even grumpier than what s usual Camp Tiger for him We also learn about Dee s personal life that he has three wives called the First Second and Third Lady in the book and about his assistant Tao Kan The story itself is rather gory bodies hacked apart and similar stuff As I said creepy In the mountains above Hanyuan Judge Dee has been caught together with Tao Gan and his three wives in the middle of a thunderstorm They must take refuge at the Daoist monastery Chaoyunguan where during the Northern Wei dynasty a peasant revolt was violently uelled and where recently three young girls have died mysterious and unexplained deaths In addition Judge Dee begins seeing ghostly apparitions and hearing strange whispers in the monastery halls In spite of these hauntings and in spite of suffering a miserable head cold Judge Dee begins investigating these three deaths and sooninds himself hot on the trail of an utterly ruthless amoral killerVan Gulik rather played up Di Renjie s antipathy toward Daoism in this novel though that s partly explained by his ill temper at being caught sick in a rainstorm Even so some of the philosophical differences between Daoism and Confucianism are explored and the book touches on one of the common complaints against Daoism during times of its unpopularity Van Gulik does a superb job with this novel though in restricting it to a closed setting and removing many of Judge Dee s usual tricks such as going incognito and assigning his assistants to Kings of Nowhere follow and observe suspects He does a wonderful job of mounting tension as the Judgeinds himself having to outwit the killer before he manages to kill another unfortunate young womanAnd even though the setting is in a monastery van Gulik s beloved criminal underworld and the seamier side of the Chinese Old Society still manage to make themselves elt Vagrant Daoist monks and procurers are among the splendidly colourful cast Interestingly enough the low class acting troupe led by Guan Lai are treated with a very high level of respect by Judge Dee and deservedly
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the Xiang turns out to be a remarkably able "and uick witted assistant or the Judge In addition the Judge rather reluctantly enlists the "uick witted temporary assistant or the Judge In addition the Judge rather reluctantly enlists the of the heavy drinking young poet Zong Li who is wooing with his doggerel a young novitiate nun named Bai Meigui to investigate the three murdersThe ormer abbot of the monastery Yuguan had recently peacefully reposed after having delivered a profound and subtle sermon on Daoist doctrine but Zong Li still suspects Hotarul Nestatornic (La Medeleni, foul play on the part of his then prior the current abbot Zhenzhi One of the actresses surnamed Ouyang has an unexplained connexion with Bai Meigui And one of herellow actors Mo Mo has a nasty habit of disappearing and reappearing at whim Judge Dee has to solve a number of these riddles involving secret passages and locks paintings with hidden meanings and a gallery of horrors whose horrors turn out to be all too realRobert van Gulik sticks a bit loosely in this case to his gong an The King of Spades formula involving multiple cases to be solved simultaneously and the minor characters in this one on the whole end up much happily than they do in his other books At one point Judge Dee even remarks that he should retirerom being a magistrate and set up shop as a professional matchmaker At the same time a bit of van Gulik s later cynicism about the inner workings of the Old Society at its highest levels begins to creep in and Judge Dee s Storm Kings (Song of the Aura, faith in earthly justice gets a pretty bad shake I appreciate in this particular novel that van Gulik gives his usualormula an interesting twist and delivers a highly enjoyable ast paced murder mystery Fresh off the case of The Chinese Gold Murders I was rather looking orward to another of Judge Dee s adventures Judge Dee and his retinue are returning Faith in the Fog of War from their travels when they are confronted with a terrible storm that will surely dump their carts off the mountainside if they try and shelter in place The best spot to spend the night is the nearby Morning Cloud Monastery already on the Judge s mental listor an upcoming visit Nystrom Atlas of World History (2008 Update) for the deaths of three young women Unfortunately it s cold and rainy and the Judge had caught a cold There s nothing uite like reading descriptions of someone s crankiness I must say Iound myself growing as grumpy as the Judge with his pounding headacheThe judge tugged angrily at his beard The ghostly voice had disturbed him than he cared to admit Then he took hold of himself Probably some monks were talking about him in another room or passage near there Often the echo played ueer tricks in such old building He stood listening or a while but did not hear anything The whispers had ceasedThough published in 1961 Van. Pernatural experience but the judge calls it murder Recalling the allegedly accidental deaths of three young women in the same monastery Judge Dee seeks clues in the eyes of a cat to solve cases of imperson. ,
Gulik tried to balance a tale that would appeal to modern mystery tastes with that of traditional Chinese mystery stories Traditional stories often relied on supernatural elements were reuently highly judgemental towards both Taoism and Buddhism and usually gave away the villain at the start Though Van Gulik avoids going so E-mail Websites far as to share the identity of the villain he does enjoy creating theeel of pre communist 7th century ChinaAs the Judge and his retinue arrive at the monastery the Judge glimpses a man throttling a one armed naked woman but before he really understand what he is seeing the shutters crash close and he is unable to see As he tries to Start to veggie find the room where the possible crime is committed the monastery is celebrating its two hundred and third birthday and the monks are enjoying the work of a performing artist troupe and their bear Also among the guests are an older established woman who is bringing a charge to the monastery to become a nun In a moveamiliar to Shakespeare Photo Letterings One Line Manual of Styles fans one of the performers mocks the senior abbot implying his personal gainrom the untimely ascension of his predecessor It doesn t become a comedy of errors sadly so much as a peevish man trying to ind a solution to a missing woman a strange vision and the death of the prior abbotThis all sounds rather interesting of course but various puzzles are solved less by cleverness than blind luck and perseveranceWhile I did enjoy parts of the tour through China past I think the gestalt didn t balance out nearly as well as it did in The Gold Murders It was hard or the writing to overcome the prejudices of the Judge and of his Bo Knows Bo, Autobiography of a Ballplayer frustration with the weather and the layout of the monastery Luckilyor the reader Van Gulik provided both building and Plants from Test Tubes floor maps along with cast of characters What was particularly interesting about the Judge in this one is that while he definitely had a religious intolerance he was particularly tolerant with unwed relationships and lesbian relationships Despite all that Iound myself TABOO - The 3 Book Collection falling asleep unfortunately oftenor a mystery so take that Dads Boys, Vol. 1 for what you willThe edition I read combined with the Chinese Maze Murders also had a number of plates drawn by Van Gulik in the style of 16th century Chinese illustrated blockprints in Ming dynasty style but since block printing is a rather simplistic style it didn teel like they brought any depth to the storyTwo and a half stars rounding up Judge Dee is traveling with his three wives when the weather takes a sudden turn Devoured for the worseorcing him to seek shelter at a Taoist monastery When a gust of wind blows open the window in his room Dee witnesses a possible crime a man in a helmet attacking a naked one armed woman However when he asks to see the part of the monastery where the crime occurred not only is there no trace of the man and woman there s also no window The only window it could have been was bricked up long agoThe weather has given Judge Dee the beginnings of a terrible cold so he wonders whether the scene he saw was an hallucination or possibly even ghosts However as he meets the Abbot and the other visitors "at the monastery he strongly suspects that his vision might be connected to the three relatively recent deaths "the monastery he strongly suspects that his vision might be connected to the three relatively recent deaths occurred at this same monastery all involving young womenI had previously read van Gulik s translation of Celebrated Cases of Judge Dee and enjoyed it much than I had expected to so I was curious to see what his original Judge Dee mysteries would be like This is the irst one I ve tried Although it wasn t bad I was left eeling a bit disappointed One of the best things about Celebrated Cases of Judge Dee was van Gulik s analysis of its legal aspects and I had hoped that this original mystery would work in some similarly The History of Christian Doctrine fascinating details Unfortunately that wasn t really the case and van Gulik s postscript was briefOne thing I didind interesting and that I wish van Gulik had thought worth talking about in his postscript was Judge Dee s reaction to a Wound Care female character who was uestioning her sexuality and asked Deeor advice He was much open minded than I d have expected telling her to take her time and make whatever decision Yourowquains felt best to her I doubted he have approved of her being in a lesbian relationship since he didn t approve of nuns due to his belief that women were meant to marry and bear children he made it clear that the decisions of consenting adults who didn t have minors or dependents to worry about weren t his or the law s concern FYI view spoilerdon t read this part of my review and go into this expecting a lesbian relationship Things are not what they seem hide spoiler I chose this rather off beat book because after a series of earnest and undoubtedly literate novels and a thoroughly sobering examination of today s increasingly dangerous world I had an appetiteor an old Beretta Pistols fashioned mystery This is about as oldashioned as you can get written in 1961 and set in the 7th century CE The setting and atmosphere begin well A sinister ancient monastery in the mountains in China a violent storm dark night evil afootAs promised the mystery is suitably inscrutable and there are several well crafted deceptions to keep a reader guessing A pleasant diversion The Judge Dee mysteries set in Tang Dynasty China are literate offbeat Thrillers Judge Dee Was Judge Dee was historical personage and it would be nice to believe he was as wise and intrepid an investigator as Gulik describes him This story has some nice twists and turns not to mention hints of sexual deviance but most readers will igure out the murderer s identity long before the last page Still it s a Patriots and Tyrants (Grandchildren of Liberty fun read that along the way provides insights into Chinese culture. Ation and murder A painting by one of the victims reveals the truth about the killings propelling the judge on a uestor justice and revengeEntertaining instructive and impressive Times Literary Supplemen. The Haunted MonasteryAuthor Robert van Gulik an accomplished Dutch diplomat linguist and Orientalist yet again proves himself a great writer as well with The Haunted Monastery the Trying Not to Love You fifth book in the wonderful Judge Dee mystery series In this short book set in western China in what is modern day Sichuan Province in AD 666 Judge Dee takes refuge during a terrible rainstorm in the Monastery of the Morning Clouds Judge Dee had been traveling home with his entourage when the cart broke an axle Judge Dee uneasy because of three mysterious deaths at the Taoist monastery the previous year takes advantage of his ill luck to investigate the deaths and some other strange goings on His decision leads to a close brush with death as the perpetrators panic when Judge Dee starts getting too close Most Judge Dee novels demand to be devoured but this one is even exciting than mostVan Gulik staying true to Chinese tradition sprinkles three mysteries into The Haunted Monastery as is less usual the three are intertwined in this case In the end Judge Dee not only solves the reuisite three mysteries but he also makes it possibleor two couples to Engaged with the Boss (Situation: Christmas, fall in love and marry despite being uncharacteristically cranky throughout the novel because of a head cold The novel also contains much information on ancient Taoist monasteries customs and beliefs T ang Dynasty politics the lives of actors and acrobats of the time and the ancient Chinese s rather enlightened attitude toward homosexuality The latter must have appeared uite shocking to Western readers who read The Haunted Monastery in 1961 when it wasirst publishedJudge Dee was a real life Chinese magistrate during the T ang Dynasty named Ti Jen chieh The 7th century jurist became noted Forever Across The Marsh for his incisive mind and uestor justice Ramadan and Id Al-Fitr for all Simplifying the magistrate s name to Judge Dee Jen djieh van Gulik introduced the world to Celebrated Cases of Judge Deeirst published in 1949 although not translated into English until 1976 which was based on 18th century Chinese mystery novels Van Gulik s ensuing Judge Dee books while original always included aspects the author gleaned From the Eyes of a Child (There Were No Parents Here, 1) from ancient records or other 18th century Chinese mysteries In this case van Gulik included the Confucianist view of Taoism as less than savory albeit better than the despised imported religion Buddhism and the biggest clue in the Case of the Embalmed Abbot This book has a similarity to Sherlock Holmes in the way that the mystery is revealed and built up too It is set in a Taoist Monastery on a cliff where Judge Dee the Magistrate of the province along with his wives stops on a Journey due to a storm He gets engaged in investigating the deaths of multiple young girls who lost their lives due to natural causes but had never been documented Many mysterious happenings go on while the judge is at the Monastery and one can instantly tell that all is not right especially when attempts are made on the judges life This book is very appealing to people interested in mystery and crime stories especially because it isn t traditional and involves various aspects of the early Chinese society that makes solving crime interesting and raw Its different then modern day techniues that we are all soamiliar with because of all of the crime shows that are on tv This book should be read because it PRESENTS A DIFFERENT VERSION OF CRIMINAL INVESTIGATION THEN WHAT a different version of criminal investigation then what are used too where the judge is also the detective I liked this unusual period mystery We just watched Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame ound out during the extras that the story was based on Flame ound out during the extras that the story was based on historic character Further research turned up the novels by van Gulik which centered on Judge Dee According to the author the storied are based on the real character although the mysteries themselves are made upThe characters are interesting the glimpses into life in the Tang dynasty intriguing During the golden Tang Dynasty renowned Little Boy for its arts and culture in old China lived aamous magistrate Di Renjie AD 630 to 700 Called Judge Dee in this book he was an "unusually honest man noted or solving crimes later worked in the Imperial Court in the "honest man noted or solving crimes later worked in the Imperial Court in the Luoyang Became chancellor a celebrated and effective official or the Empress WuYou can still visit his lordship s tomb that s history Robert van Gulik loosely based his mystery novels on himOur story begins in northern China in the mountains A sudden violent storm strikes Judge Dee s entourage torrential rains all strong winds thunder and lightning light up the skyThe wagon breaks an axle on the bad road and the judge with his three wives with himThe soaked Dee and his people need shelter and help uickly nearby by good luck is a mysterious Taoist monastery said to be haunted they have no choiceThe Morning Cloud Monastery is the biggest in the province but recently three unfortunate young pretty women have died there the Judge has been too busy to investigate He can only stay overnight official business reuires him to get to a certain city without delay The monks are celebrating the 203rd anniversary of the glorious The Longest Line founding of their religious edificeThe huge old building isull of actors performing plays animal acts acrobatics sword skills shown and the lively emale dancers with the monks playing the music Even an impudent poet Tsung Lee reciting rude words to the Abbott while being taken to his rooms Dee sees something strange that cannot be real Since he is catching a disagreeable cold Judge Dee dismisses it as a hallucination or were they the images of ghosts This is a superstitious age a hundred years before rebels had taken over the monastery government soldiers slaughtered all of the outcasts It was said the ghosts of the rebels AD 666Judge Dee and his entourage seeking refuge rom a mountain storm become trapped in a Taoist monastery where the Abbott Jade mysteriously dies after delivering an ecstatic sermon The monks call it a su. ,

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