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Wednesday, 19 August 2009


I used to be a fan of these murder stories too, and enjoyed them very much. I read nearly all of them when I was in my early twenties and it is one of the rare murder/detective/thriller series that I have read in my whole life. For some reason, I don't read murder or detective stories anymore, I just don't fancy them.

I also agree - they are absolutely wonderful books that I discovered by accident some years ago, and I lapped them up! They made me aware of the highly civilised life of ancient China - especially the sophisticated system of justice and law. I also found Judge Dee's character very interesting...

My father loved the Judge Dee mysteries and passed that enthusiasm on to me. I strongly support Lindsay's recommendation!

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