The Chinese Gold Murders: A Judge Dee Detective Story
In this, the second book in Robert van Gulik’s classic mystery series of ancient China, Judge Dee must look into the murder of his predecessor. His job is complicated by the simultaneous disappearance of his chief clerk and the new bride of a wealthy local shipowner. Meanwhile, a tiger is terrorizing the district, the ghost of the murdered magistrate stalks the tribunal, a prostitute has a secret message for Dee, and the body of a murdered monk is discovered to be in the wrong grave. In the end, the judge, with his deft powers of deduction, uncovers the one cause for all of these seemingly unrelated events. —Amazon.com
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Using Gold Murders with high school students
ALL the Judge Dee stories are superb resources for any teacher wanting their students to understand the Tang Dynasty. I found that THE GOLD MURDERS was particularly effective with high school students in a Chinese history class. In addition to the mystery element, there are memorable roughneck characters, aides to Judge Dee, and the main objective is to appreciate how a civil service official functioned in Tang Dynasty China.