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Murder in the Forbidden City (Qing Dynasty Mysteries Book 1) by [Roberts, Amanda]
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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2786 KB
  • Print Length: 216 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Red Empress Publishing (11 July 2017)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B072SL3HQK
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Off the beaten track historical mystery! 11 July 2017
By wordsandpeace - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
VERDICT: Off the beaten track historical mystery! Set in Peking Forbidden City in 1867, it offers a captivating way to discover life and intrigues in the Chinese court.
Murder in the Forbidden City sounded so different that I decided to read it
Imagine: a murder mystery set in Peking Forbidden City in the 19th century! It was all I expected and I’m thrilled to present it to you today, on its release date!

We are in 1867. The book opens on the regent empress in tears: Lady Yun, 15, one of her ladies-in-waiting, was just found murdered. Inspector Gong has been called to investigate, but he faces a difficult challenge: as a man, he is not allowed access to the inner court.
A solution could be to ask the help of the victim’s sister-on-law, a former lady-in-waiting herself. But how can Gong, a man, and a Han, manage to convince a woman, a Manchu, for this delicate matter? However, if the killer is still at court, who knows if there won’t be another murder? Time is of the essence.
I thoroughly enjoyed the suspense, the well-designed plot, with the unexpected motive for the murder, as well as the original murder weapon, though totally in keeping with the place and time.
As a historical mystery, the background was superb, with a lot of fascinating information on the Chinese society of the time, its customs, and the place and role of women; the difference of classes between Manchus and Hans; the clash between traditional Confucian and spreading Buddhist principles.
There were also allusions to a past conflict between the Chinese court and the White Devils, the British.
And finally life at court in the Forbidden City, with the role of ladies-in-waiting, eunuchs, court-ministers, wives, and concubines. And its jealousies, gossip, and bribes!
There were even some unusual details, such as a special recipe for contraception!
I only regret the presence of a few typos, at least in the digital edition, even with a character sometimes called Kwon, sometimes Kwan. But there were just a few isolated cases, and they didn’t prevent me from thoroughly enjoying the book, as well as looking forward to next volume in the series.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very good, but needs another edit. 11 July 2017
By PRBC - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
This is an excellent book, well plotted, good characterization, and, generally, well-written. It's obvious a ton of research went into writing this. I took off a star because of the errors, both mix-ups as mentioned in another review and things like using different tenses in the same sentence. Since the author is reported to have an MA in English, I think she should have read through it another time. Still worth reading, but I am very picky about grammar, etc. I was sent an ARC of this book and am reviewing it voluntarily.
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent debut for a promising author! 23 July 2017
By NoseInBook - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
I really enjoyed this mystery--the author displayed an in-depth knowledge of the era and customs of the Manchu dynasty of the time. The characters were well-developed and believable and the plot line was sufficiently complex to hold my attention to the end. My only complaint was that it was relatively short; I would have enjoyed another 50 to 100 pages.

Looking forward to the sequel, especially after reading the preview at the end of the book.
5.0 out of 5 stars Murder in the Forbidden city 2 July 2017
By Helen - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This is a great murder mystery that happens in. China. The author gives a lot of china history, Loved the suspense and the mystery I could have read and read. A very interested book,A great book for anyone to read. I VOLUNTARILY ACCEPTED THIS AVANCED READER COPY OF THE BOOK FOR A HONEST REVIEW.
5.0 out of 5 stars What a fantastic book. Wonderful plot and very interesting characters 1 July 2017
By mima48 - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
What a fantastic book. Wonderful plot and very interesting characters. I volunteered to read an advance copy for an honest review.
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