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It had spy vs spy elements to it.

However, the first part of the book was a bit tedious I would have given only 3 stars df, but the second part focussing cadageres the crimes and the medical procedures was very entertaining and I finished it in one sitting. It’s all too obvious.

Based on the life of Ci Song, the world’s first forensic scientist, this is a historical mystery set in 13th century China. The story opens with Tsu called Ci Song in the novel as a boy in rural China, hop Here’s a novel featuring the historic genius Tsu Sung, who wrote the first cqdaveres on forensic science in 12th Century China. People died on him, people betrayed him, people stole from him, people wanted to hunt him down, people wanted to execute him etc.

While in the midst of Garrido’s tale, however, you only feel the pull of the story.

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That’s what I wanted to read about! In lecfor it Based on the life of Ci Song, the world’s first forensic scientist, this is a historical mystery set in 13th century China. Cripes, I didn’t sign up for a tragedy! And that’s the triumph of this fiction-from-fact, that who killed le corpses Ci reads becomes much less important than finding out how Ci will discover the truth.


There were a few small anachronisms, mainly in characters’ speech patterns which were sometimes a little too 20th century English colloquial, and I’m still not lecto about the Chinese ants, but nothing jolted me out of the story so I’ll let the age at foot-binding go.

It did not feel like I was reading a book set in the 13th century, immensely readable but not really true to the period of the book. This could have been medieval europe for all the depth of Chinese culture I received.

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It was lovely to learn more about the Chinese society of that time and everything felt very credible. Right off the bat in the opening too.

No trivia or quizzes yet. Plein de suspense et de surprises! Another book I expected to really enjoy, but ended up disliking. One of the most notable thing about this book, is that the translator has done such a marvelous job that the story just flows very naturally.

Sadly our main character fell into the “bland” category, despite all the attempts to make him interesting and special without making him too perfect to relate. Is it sounding familiar yet? Since there are only about 5 paragraphs to be found about the man, Aontonio Garrido had license to make a great story. Above the frost is the doubt. What’s not to like about that? But he remains driven by his passion for truth—especially once the killings threaten to take down the Emperor himself.

In the end, the most interesting character to me was his later mentor aka the only person who seemed to have brains, a heart and some common sense in this story.


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The story opens with Tsu called Ci Song in the novel as a boy in rural China, hoping to one day study with the great judge Feng ce perhaps become a respected civil servant himself. Not wanting to be a spoil alert, Ci winds up in the Emperor’s Court, solving 3 murders inwhich the bodies are headless, and their chests are mutilated.

In style it was reminiscent of the Sister Fidelma books by Peter Tremaynepartly in that writing a historical mystery so far removed from our time and culture leads to a little awkwardness as the author tries to convey all the necessary historical detail as well as move the plot along, but this shouldn’t be taken as a criticism; I like the Tremayne books, and feel they bring ancient Ireland to life as this does to ancient China.

If you are interested in historical csdaveres, Chinese history or the early days of forensic science I would certainly recommend this book to you. As I stated earlier, this story had most of the elements of literature that I like.

The only negative I have with this novel is that at times I felt like I was reading a biography. There were some twists and turns and lectoor honestly interesting characters around. It had real science in the story line, not the usual bad science that is being passed as real science.

A great summer read!