- 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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- Word Wise: Enabled
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- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #66,727 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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.
Looking forward to the sequel, especially after reading the preview at the end of the book.
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