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Death of a Red Heroine
Death of a Red Heroine | Qiu Xiaolong
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Qiu Xiaolong's Anthony Award-winning debut introduces Inspector Chen of the Shanghai Police. A young national model worker, renowned for her adherence to the principles of the Communist Party, turns up dead in a Shanghai canal. As Inspector Chen Cao of the Shanghai Special Cases Bureau struggles to trace the hidden threads of her past, he finds himself challenging the very political forces that have guided his life since birth. Chen must tiptoe around his superiors if he wants to get to the bottom of this crime, and risk his career perhaps even his life to see justice done."
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Christyco125
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Another month down on my #2022readingbracket Death of a Red Heroine was a tough but enjoyable read. I‘m glad I toughed it out.

For the overall 2 month winner, I had to go with The Girls. It was a much quicker and interesting story to me.

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Christyco125
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Okay, this one took some doing but I finished. ☑️ I had some difficulties with how rigid the language was, however, it makes some sense in the context of the story. Then there were sooo many random poems, couplets, and stanzas littered through out. I added my favorite to the image. #Booked2022 Set in China; #poetrymatters

Cinfhen Well done for sticking with a tougher read 🙌🏻and so glad it ultimately paid off ♥️ 10mo
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Christyco125
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Still plugging away at the tagged book. It‘s gotten interesting and the random shout outs Chinese poetry to help the story along keep it from being boring.

I‘m also reading Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter on #audio.

#weekendreading

Andrew65 Hope you have a good weekend of reading. 10mo
Bookworm54 Oh I loved Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter ☺️ 10mo
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Christyco125
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“The body was found at 4:40 P.M., on May 11, 1990, in Baili Canal, an out of the way canal, about twenty miles to the west of Shanghai.”

#FirstLineFridays @ShyBookOwl

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Christyco125
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I‘m struggling a bit with this story. I like procedural mysteries but the political slant and the way people speak is making it difficult.

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rwmg
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Chief Inspector Chen Cao and Detective Yu Guangming are called upon to investigate the murder of a young woman whose naked body was found dumped in a canal.

It took me a while to get used to the style, especially the dialogue, which struck me as overly formal and rather stilted, but maybe that reflects Chinese speech patterns of the time. It was interesting seeing how a fairly run-of-the-mill whodunnit played out against a Chinese background.

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andrew61
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Im slowly reading this series set in communist china in the 90's + in insp cheng the author has created a poetry writing police officer who has to tread a v careful path thru the maze of political sensibilities while investigating crimes that cd rock society + usually has an element involving corrupt politicians. It evokes a sense of place with incredible description of food.Not the best plots but definitely a journey.
#20series20days @Andrew65

Andrew65 Sounds great, will need to keep an eye out for them. 2y
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llwheeler
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I really enjoyed this detective / murder mystery set in 1990s China (mainly Shanghai). Interesting setting and historical details - I know very little of Chinese history - and a good cast of characters. I wasn't really invested in the mystery, just the characters. I'll continue with the series, and I'm also tempted to check out some of the Chinese poetry that Chen is endlessly quoting.*
First book finished during #25infive, letter Q for #litsyatoz

llwheeler * not the book to read if an inspector who digresses frequently into poetry quotations, allusions, and criticism, sounds pretentious / annoying to you instead of bookishly charming. Tbh he can flirt with that line but it's possible I relate a bit too much to someone working a job that has nothing to do with what he studied. Lol 4y
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llwheeler
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My rather small total for #25infive so far... but all on the tagged book, which I am really enjoying! About halfway through and digging the twists on the usual detective story tropes. Particularly the chief inspector whose true passion is poetry and will talk lit crit and quote TS Eliot at the slightest provocation lol.
Hopefully the second half continues strong.

Andrew65 Every little helps, remember enjoying your reading is the most important thing. 👍 4y
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Gezemice
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A fascinating insight into the lives of people in 1990 communist China, party politics, socialist Chinese history, and classic Chinese literature. And yes, there is a murder mystery, too. Perhaps a bit slow as a thriller, but I found the details vivid, educational and thought-provoking. I felt transported. All the exotic food, party cadres, poetry, housing shortage, traffic, philosophy, socialism vs capitalism... a unique blend. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⬇️

Jaimelire Sounds good. 5y
Gezemice @Jaimelire I have thoroughly enjoyed it and also learned a lot. 5y
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Jaimelire Have you read “Wild Swans: Three daughters of China”? Really good. Written by Jung Chang. 5y
Gezemice @Jaimelire No, but you are the second person recommending it to me based on my liking of this book. I definitely need to check it out. Now I find myself wanting to know the history in more detail. 5y
Jaimelire @Gezemice it‘s one of those books you just never forgot. My whole extended family read it and we were all moved by it. And I learned a lot from it. 5y
Gezemice @Jaimelire You got me all very interested! @Riveted_Reader_Melissa also liked it a lot. I have added it to my TBR! 5y
MinDea Great review! 5y
Gezemice @MinDea Thank you! 5y
Riveted_Reader_Melissa @Jaimelire Such a good book, and you‘re right, it sticks with you! 5y
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Blaire
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Finished this #chunky #crimson mystery and was left a bit shaken by the ending. It had more depth than most mysteries and blended life in communist China in the 90s with the homicide case. Party politics play into each aspect of life and the case. A slower read but worthwhile. #litsyatoz #letterX. Only one letter left in this challenge!! U is next. #decdays #seasonsreadings2017

Lcsmcat You can do it! 5y
Ole I‘ve got this and look forward to reading it. Thanks for the review 😊 5y
Cinfhen Woohoo!!! Way to go!!!! 😍 5y
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SilversReviews Nice photo!! 5y
RealLifeReading This was a great read! 5y
Blaire @Lcsmcat @Cinfhen thanks! One of the Updike rabbit books is my last one. Hope to read it this weekend! 😍 5y
Blaire @Ole hope you enjoy it! @RealLifeReading yes...it was a litsy recommendation and I‘m glad I picked it up. 5y
Blaire @SilversReviews thank you! 5y
writerlibrarian This is an awesome series. I have one also for my A to Z challenge that will run over to 2018. I'm not really good at timed challenges too many lovely books to distract me away. ☺️ 5y
Blaire @writerlibrarian I was very happy to have discovered. Will read more of the series. That‘s a good attitude toward the challenges I get really caught up on finishing and end up reading all challenge books in December. 😬 5y
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Blaire
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My day started very peacefully - making good headway on my #litsyatoz #letterX - and then I had to shop and cook for the synagogue Chanukah dinner - 2 grocery stores and 200 latkes later - I am wiped out. I love the holidays but oh so draining.

susanw Mmmm latkes! 5y
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Mindyrecycles
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I enjoyed this first book in the Detective Chen series, set in Shanghai. #death #junebookbugs

minkyb The cover! ‼️❣️ 5y
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EllieDottie
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I recently picked this up at a used bookstore because I saw some great review that said it does a really good job of describing Chinese culture wrapped in a suspenseful murder mystery! #Chinagrove #rockinmay

AlaMich I liked this book more for the setting and the culture; the mystery element was so-so. 6y
Cinfhen is that a thing? History/culture/murder/suspense genre?!? 6y
EllieDottie @AlaMich that good to know so I start reading with the right expectations! 6y
EllieDottie @Cinfhen it should be!! 😁 6y
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andrew61
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#chinagrove #rockinmay
I've read a couple of this series and really enjoyed them. Inspector chen is a police officer in china during the 1990's where the communist party dictate how he should investigate a crime. Really good portrait of life in china including food and living conditions, reminds me to find book no3

Ole Good to know. I have this on my TBR 👍 6y
Cinfhen Cool concept for a series 6y
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RealLifeReading
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#feistyfeb day 25: #internationalcrime
Oops I'm playing catchup today. I guess I was too involved in putting up next month's challenge post yesterday!
I love how more crime/mystery/detective fiction is available fr international writers these days.
From top right: Japan, Japan, Southeast Asia (begins w Malaysia), Singapore, China, Laos (although the writer is British and the main character is the chief coroner)

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DGRachel Ooh, these look good. Thanks for blowing up my TBR!😂 6y
readordierachel I loved Out! So disturbing and good. 6y
kspenmoll More for my TBR... 6y
BookishMe Aunty Lee's Delights is in my list too... I completed Sharmini Flint cos I can't resist series though stories felt flat to me. When you are branching out of SEAsia, look Up Tarquin Hall's Vish Puri series. I was absolutely entertained by books! 6y
magictoyshop @BookishMe YES to Vish Puri! I've read the entire series -- so hilarious & so deserving of more readers 6y
RealLifeReading @DGRachel @kspenmoll you're welcome 😊 6y
RealLifeReading @MaleficentTheBookDragon one thing I really liked about Aubrey Lee's Delights was all the food... 😂 6y
RealLifeReading @ReadOrDieRachel Natsuo Kirino is one of my faves! 6y
RealLifeReading @BookishMe yes I only managed the first 2? 3? of the Flint series. @magictoyshop will definitely have to check that out. Also I've heard of this series set in India. Have you read it? 6y
magictoyshop @RealLifeReading oh hey this is the first I'm hearing of the series--looks pretty promising, according to goodreads reviews. 6y
DGRachel @magictoyshop I second the recommendation of Inspector Chopra. 😁 6y
magictoyshop @DGRachel wahou now I'll *have* to download the mobi 🤓 6y
Abailliekaras Loved the Devotion of Suspect X 6y
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