Here are this week's foreign correspondents:
Kate @ Cross Examining Crime: "The Suva Harbour Mystery (1941) by Frank Arthur"
JJ @ The Invisible Event: "Strangers in Strange Lands: When East Comes West..."
Brad @ Ah Sweet Mystery Blog: "L’EXCROISSANCE: Deuxième Partie"
Moira @ Clothes in Books: "Death in Italy"
Neeru @ A Hot Cup of Pleasure: "1222 by Anne Holt"
I have to say that Van Gulik obviously know his stuff. He produces the China of the period with great detail and flair and I felt as though I were really in a tribunal of the time period. Full marks for historical detail and atmosphere as well as details on Chinese culture. He also is very adept at writing in what purports to be the style of the period (and I can well believe it). However, when I read this I also found that the style of the period was not to my liking. The assumptions of guilt and the phrasing of questions didn't sit will with me. I also wasn't real keen on the whole "beat a confession out of the guilty party" thing. Judge Dee is an interesting character and I did like the way he reasons--and doesn't accept everything at face value, but I don't think this is a series that I could read a whole lot of. [This has proved to be the case...I haven't read another one since 2011.]