Sunday, August 7, 2011

Judge Dee: A Short Case from Han-Yuan

Back to China! I should have covered Dee's one short story from that period, but forgot, so here it is.

"The Murder on the Lotus Pond" is a mixture of two cases, actually. One is the murder of an elderly poet in his pavilion on a lotus pond; the other is of the robbery of a treasury courier. Both cases are solved cleverly by the use of some decoy interviews with beggars, a very nice stratagem.

It's also nice in describing the poet's home, a small country house with a charmingly overgrown garden, and an appealing character in the poet's wife, Agate, a former courtesan with a noble character.

A nice little story, and part of the "Judge Dee at Work" collection.

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