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    April 14, 2010


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    That's fascinating. I know that China basically invented the concept of bureaucracy, but I didn't know exactly how things were set up.

    I think it's really wonderful that you cared so much about this book, that you just had to write more about it. I've seen the Dover editions around town before, and now I'll just have to pick one up.

    Les Blatt

    I enjoy reading and rereading ALL of the Judge Dee books. I assure you that Van Gulik provides a great deal more information in the introductions or postscripts to the books than anything I can skim here. I do recommend them without reservation.

    Jen Forbus

    Les this is absolutely fascinating. I have such a high appreciation of authors who can maintain authenticity of the culture and world in which they are writing - even if it's the present. But I'm drawn to historical mysteries, I think because they are such different worlds from my own. I want those worlds to be correctly represented. It's terrific that Van Gulik went to such lengths to try and adequately represent that.

    You've provided such a rich addition to the theme week. Thank you so much for your participation!

    Les Blatt

    Thanks, Jen - and thanks for coming up with the idea for this week's posts. Let me strongly urge my readers - if you haven't done so already, check out the entries at and don't miss the links by all the other excellent bloggers who have been posting about other detectives all week. You may find some to add to your "must read" list.

    Literate Housewife

    I don't want to quite say that Janwillem van de Wetering is obscure, because he may only be for me. Still, I think it's fun that our Detectives Around the World week reads intersect.

    I will have to give these books a try. They truly sounds fascinating and I've got to love a Dutch author. :)

    Thanks so much for stopping by my post for this week. I'll definitely know where to come if I ever want any information on mysteries. I'll also know where to refer other readers.

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