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By Robert van Gulik | Comments: ( 238 ) | Date: ( Dec 11, 2019 )

At a lakeside town near the Imperial capital T ang, China s master detective, Judge Dee finds his astounding powers of deduction put to their greatest challenge yet as he battles murder and high treason against the Imperial throne.


  • Title: The Chinese Lake Murders
  • Author: Robert van Gulik
  • ISBN: 9780958127417
  • Page: 391
  • Format: Paperback

About Author:

Robert van Gulik

Robert Hans van Gulik was a Dutch diplomat best known for his Judge Dee stories His first published book, The Celebrated Cases of Judge Dee, was a translation of an eighteenth century Chinese murder mystery by an unknown author he went on to write new mysteries for Judge Dee, a character based on a historical figure from the seventh century He also wrote academic books, mostly on Chinese history.



Comments The Chinese Lake Murders

  • Henry Avila

    In the small isolated mountain city of Han-yuan, dominated by a large majestic lake and famous for its floating brothels "Flower Boats", Judge Dee is the newly appointed by the exalted Emperor , district magistrate. However he is bored , nothing has happened during his two tiresome months there, just sixty miles north from the grand Chinese Imperial Capital tooThe time A.D. 666 seems destined to remain mundane , the dark mysterious lake's waters holds secrets well though , four unlucky people dr [...]


  • Nikoleta

    Το καλοκαίρι ήρθε με ορμητικό καύσωνα στην Κίνα το 666 μ.Χ. και ενώ προβλέπεται να είναι άκρως βαρετό για τον δικαστή Τι, που βαράει μύγες στην περιφέρεια του, το απόμακρο Χαν- γιουάν, μια περίεργη δολοφονία φέρνει τα πάνω κάτω. Και σαν να μην έφτανε αυτό, στο παιχνίδι μπλέκοντα [...]


  • Ivonne Rovira

    Robert van Gulik was a Dutch diplomat, linguist (he writes English like a native!), and an expert in China, both modern and ancient. Thank God he also decided to become an author!The Chinese Lake Murders unfurls with three cases from when Judge Dee was a new magistrate in Han-yuang in A.D. 666. While being feted on a pleasure boat, Judge Dee discovers the body of a murdered courtesan, Almond Blossom. Just moments earlier, the girl had whispered to Judge Dee that a terrible conspiracy was afoot i [...]


  • Vanessa Wu

    Robert Van Gulik is a fascinating man and this novel reflects many of his interests. It combines scholarly attention to detail with a flair for melodrama and the macabre. He was very knowledgeable about ancient China and took a deep interest in Chinese erotic art. This mystery story draws on ancient Chinese detective stories, of which he had made a special study, and is enlivened with many erotic allusions to tease the reader's imagination. There are also a few action sequences featuring clever [...]


  • Libros Prestados

    Este es un "whodunit" clásico. Tan clásico que nos recuerda a Arthur Conan Doyle y su Sherlock Holmes. Aunque probablemente el juez Di tenga algo menos de carisma. Hay peleas, disfraces y ayudantes de los "bajos fondos", como en las novelas del sabueso de Baker Street. Y hay conspiraciones y organizaciones secretas, como se espera de este tipo de novelas de la vieja escuela. El puzle son en realidad tres casos, siendo el central, y el que une los otros dos, el asesinato de una bailarina en un [...]


  • Fenia Vazaka

    Μου άρεσε πολύ. Η πλοκή εξελίσσεται κρατώντας τον αναγνώστη σε αγωνία, οι ιστορίες δένουν αρμονικά μεταξύ τους, ο συγγραφές δεν αφήνει ανεξήγητα κενά και δημιουργεί όμορφες εικόνες.


  • Maria Altiki

    3,5* Τα βιβλία του Robert Van Gulik αν και δεν μπορείς να τα αξιολογήσεις σαν λογοτεχνικά κομψοτεχνήματα λόγω της απλότητας στην γραφή τους, έχουν μέσα όλη την τέχνη του παραδοσιακού κινέζικου αστυνομικού μυθιστορήματος αλλά και περιγράφουν με μεγάλη ακρίβεια τους κανόνες και τα ή [...]


  • Mieczyslaw Kasprzyk

    When I started this book I thought "What the hell's going on?". The first few paragraphs appear to be about a man who is haunted by some malicious force, perhaps spirit. Then it turned into a quite good detective story and the "haunted" man had disappeared and never made a comeback. how strange?The detective story is quite entertaining with lots of little twists and turns that keep you rolling along. The supporting characters are fun and have their own adventures whilst engaged in the investigat [...]


  • Dfordoom

    Published in 1960, this is another of Robert van Gulik’s detective novels set in Imperial China the 8th century AD, sees Judge Dee investigating three apparently unconnected cases. One involves a beautiful murdered courtesan, one involves the death of a bride of her wedding night, and the third involves the strange financial transactions of an elderly imperial councillor. It soon becomes evident that none of these cases is what it seems, and that the judge has stumbled upon something much larg [...]


  • Mikhail

    As with so many classics, you read this, you have no idea why you read this since it violates every standard of how to write a proper mystery, and yet you can't stop.I will also say that Robert van Gulik was one of those authors who is at *least* as interesting as his characters.


  • Brian R. Mcdonald

    Go references: Little on the game itself, but a diagram of a game position plays a major role in the plot.


  • Momchil Atanasoff

    Fantastic book, i'm yet to find a book of Van Qulik that i don't like


  • nur'ainitri wahyuni

    one word : boring tau apa karena paragrafnya yg ga rapih, kisah berteletele, atau ke-vulgar-an yg terlalu banyak. yg jelas buat saya, buku ini membosankan.


  • Mazeli Dee

    This is when Tao Gan joined the tribunal.


  • Matt

    Probably my favourite of the classic Judge Dee mysteries by RH van Gulik.Part of the appeal is all in the setup. A small sleepy town at the foot of the hills, sixty miles away from Chang'an. Possibly a town with a very dark secret, given the beating and drowning of the dancing-girl and courtesan Xinghua, at an informal party held for Judge Dee by the local town magnates - right after she had hinted to him of an evil conspiracy. The suspects are the very same magnates and tradesmen of the town, w [...]


  • Derek

    The outcome of the story for Dee himself is not glory but a chewing-out by his superiors. The implication is that the ancient Chinese judicial and administrative system actually expects a Sherlock Holmes level of competence from its magistrates, and that Dee should have been on top of events from the very start.I came away from this very pleased. It's interesting to see a mystery framed by an entirely different system of jurisprudence, and van Gulik goes to lengths to justify the story details w [...]


  • Nancy Oakes

    # 4 in the Judge Dee series. Judge Dee travels throughout China to serve as magistrate. In this installment, he is in Han-yuan, where the case he is supposed to investigate involves embezzlement. However, as in all of these books, a number of different mysteries arise: the popular courtesan disappearance of the top courtesan Almond Blossom and the replacement of the body of a dead bride with a man who had most obviously been murdered. Add the White Lotus sect (a notoriously dangerous sect of reb [...]


  • Demetri Lee

    I borrowed this book as a recommendation from a friend when we were speaking about gothic horror/romance. Anyhow, the setting for this book is dark and takes the reader back to Ancient Chinese where the "detective" is Judge Dee (as some of you may know, the judge often plays the role of investigator in Chinese history). I probably consider this to be one of my first adult mysteries, I enjoyed the read. How would I compare this to Sherlock Holmes? Unfortunately I'll let you know when I get around [...]


  • Apryl Anderson

    (17.11.1993), This was a 1950s murder mystery with a very different setting. VanGulik used his experiences in China in an interesting way. Having read old Chinese mystery stories of the previous centuries, he could adapt them for his Western audience. I saw many Confucian influences, as well. This was an action tale for men. I was really disgusted by the (too typical) characterization of women. I don’t remember any women of any substance in this tale. Only dead whores, albeit educated ones. D [...]


  • Joseph

    Culturally, historically delightful and seemingly accurate. Half of Robert Hans van Gulik's energy seems spent upon the romanticized crime case and the detectiving that goes on about it, while the other half is spent in providing historically accurate details about costume, custom, architecture, and life in general to that period in China. Generally, the writing is excellent, though it is not van Gulik's native language. Instead, it has that precision and deliberation that occurs from having lea [...]


  • Matimate

    Being judge Dee means to solve everything and from mere murder of the courtesan the deep and dangerous crimes evaporated like chloroform. It was getting more and more complicated during the book and more characters were introduced before the grand finale, when everything was solvede evil was uncovered and killed off. Simple. It was enjoying to read it.Nice historical detective story from fancy place and time. I think I will try another from this author.


  • Maggie

    In this tale, we find Judge Dee in his younger days as a new magistrate in Han-yuan. Three cases, all intertwined, make up the bulk of this novel. Murder, revenge, love, conspiracies, the hunger for power, courtesans, and bandits all make appearances. Solid writing, but the plot is the sort where you really do need the "And this is how I figured it all out" exposition at the end to really suss it all out. Otherwise, a fine effort and enjoyable read.


  • Kathy Chung

    another gems from the author. This involves national security for Judge Dee in his new district. Judge Dee was against a powerful sect , white lotus. He had no friends whom he can turn to fir help.I like the intense feeling in this story.what I don't like was the first chapter. I can't seems to grasp is it about current event, past or was it just a dream.Another thing I didn't like is that Judge Dee had saved the country and yet higher up didn't was not appreciative enough.


  • Anna

    I loved the idea, but I don’t think Robert Van Gulik’s mysteries are for me. I did enjoy this Judge Dee novel more than The Phantom of the Temple. The plot was more intricate and there was an attempt to present some stronger female characters. Still, Van Gulik seems to delight in including sordid details that add very little to the story as a whole.


  • Lisa Kucharski

    A murder of a courtesan spins into political intrigue. Also in this book Tao Gan, a member Dee's inner circle, is introduced. Interesting ending that gives light to the political atmosphere of the times.


  • Writerlibrarian

    High treason mixed with kidnapping with a dash of conspiracy. Judge Dee has its hands full as soon as he steps into his new assignment. This tale takes the reader to a whole other world and time but human nature doesn't really change. Not really. Another really good mystery.


  • Nancy H

    I like these old mysteries from Robert Van Gulik featuring Judge Dee. This one, as usual, has a complicated plot with several seemingly unrelated murders that really are entangled, with Judge Dee having to figure out several ingenious things that almost kept him from solving them.


  • Anders Ivö

    Gillar Robert van Guliks böcker om domare Dee. Man får en inblick i Kinas tidigare historiska miljö och samhälle. Tycker att han lyckas bra med att återge detta samhälle. Finner hans böcker mycket underhållande.


  • DaViD´82

    Vraždy na čínském jezeře právem patří do zlatého fondu tiovek. Škodí jim snad jen určitá podobnost (až zaměnitelnost) se Záhadou čínského zlata.


  • KathyPetersen

    See The Chinese Gold Murders.


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