Recent Chinese Mysteries
The Feng Shui Detective by Nury Vittachi
The feng shui detective is a Singapore consultant who specializes in crime scenes. Here he goes Down Under, to the Sydney Opera House.
Don't Cry, Tai Lake by Qiu Xiaolong
Inspector Chen investigates the industrial pollution of a once-beautiful lake in China, and the murder of an executive of one of the companies responsible.
The Mao Case: An Inspector Chen Novel by Qiu Xiaolong
Shanghai’s finest Inspector Chen is asked to find out why a young painter is so wealthy, and whether she could be Chairman Mao’s unacknowledged granddaughter.
Red Mandarin Dress by Qiu Xiaolong
Taking a leave from his police job to study literature, Inspector Chen nevertheless gets involved in the case of a serial killer, who dresses his victims in red Mandarin dresses.
Snakehead by Peter May
American pathologist Margaret Campbell and Beijing detective Li Yan collaborate on solving the deaths of a truck full of Chinese immigrants to the US.
The Fourth Sacrifice by Peter May
Campbell and Li, who have at one time been romantically involved, try to find the killer who seems to have carried out a series of ritual sacrifices.
The Firemaker by Peter May
This is the first in the series, where Campbell and Li first meet and find themselves attracted to each other, despite their personal differences and different cultures.
The Chinese Alchemist by Lyn Hamilton
Canadian antiques dealer Lara McClintoch ends up traveling to Beijing on the trail of a silver T’ang dynasty box, which has an alchemical formula for everlasting life engraved in its lid. This is a cozy murder mystery.
The Lord of Death by Eliot Pattison
In this sixth of a series, former Beijing police investigator Shan Tao Yun, who has spent time in a punitive work camp in Tibet, comes across a traffic accident near Mount Everest. He ends up having to find the killer of both the Chinese minister of tourism and an American woman climber, in order to free his son from a “yeti factory.” Lots of Tibetan atmosphere in these critically acclaimed mysteries.
Prayer of the Dragon by Eliot Pattison
In this fifth installment, Shan is living and studying with outlaw Tibetan monks, when he is called to a village where an apparently comatose man is about to be executed for murder. He realizes that the man is actually a Navajo, not a Tibetan, and that gold miners may be about to destroy the Sleeping Dragon Mountain.
Beautiful Ghosts by Eliot Pattison
A year after his release from the work camp, Shan looks into a murder and the theft of sacred Tibetan art, traveling from Tibet to Beijing and on to Seattle, where he collaborates with an FBI agent in battling an American software tycoon. Along the way, he is reunited with his son.
Paper Butterfly: A Mei Wang Mystery by Diane Wei Liang
The author grew up in a Chinese labor camp and fled China after the Tiananmen Square uprising. In this book, private eye Mei Wang searches Beijing for a missing pop singer, while a young man recently released from a labor camp tries to make his way back to the capital. Wang finds herself searching her own soul as she remembers Tiananmen. (Unfortunately, I found the writing wooden and the character development poor.)
Vaughn Harrison works at the Half Moon Bay Library and on the Bookmobile.