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City of Ink: A Mystery

Li Du Series, Book 3
De : Elsa Hart
Lu par : David Shih
Série : Li Du, Volume 3
Durée : 12 h et 43 min
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Following the enthralling 18th-century Chinese mysteries Jade Dragon Mountain and White Mirror, comes Elsa Hart's next Li Du adventure in City of Ink. 

Li Du was prepared to travel anywhere in the world except for one place: home. But to unravel the mystery that surrounds his mentor’s execution, that’s exactly where he must go. 

Plunged into the painful memories and teeming streets of Beijing, Li Du obtains a humble clerkship that offers anonymity and access to the records he needs. He is beginning to make progress when his search for answers buried in the past is interrupted by murder in the present. 

The wife of a local factory owner is found dead, along with a man who appears to have been her lover, and the most likely suspect is the husband. But what Li Du’s superiors at the North Borough Office are willing to accept as a crime of passion strikes Li Du as something more calculated. As past and present intertwine, Li Du’s investigations reveal that many of Beijing’s residents - foreign and Chinese, artisan and official, scholar and soldier - have secrets they would kill to protect. 

When the threats begin, Li Du must decide how much he is willing to sacrifice to discover the truth in a city bent on concealing it, a city where the stroke of a brush on paper can alter the past, change the future, prolong a life, or end one.

©2018 Elsa Hart (P)2018 Macmillan Audio

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"As always, Hart excels at making even walk-on characters fully realized and at combining a gripping whodunit plot with a vivid evocation of the period. This entry solidifies her status as a top-notch historical mystery author." (Publishers Weekly)

"Rich in period detail, a sharply rendered exotic setting, and a web of well-crafted plots, Li Du’s third novel will appeal to fans of historical mysteries by Lisa See, Laura Joh Rowland, and Abir Mukherjee." (Booklist)

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  • JLS
  • 16/09/2018

Loved all three books!

Colorful characters, purposeful storytelling and the intrigue of old imperial China. David Shih perfectly portrays the personalities of inteligent, mild-mannered Li Du and the lovable Hamsa, teller of tales. I look forward to many more mysteries by Elsa Hart!

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  • sandra b
  • 26/04/2020

Historical mystery with atmosphere

I love this Li Du series and I'm hoping for a #4. My comments apply to all 3 books. I enjoy the atmosphere and daily activities almost as much as the solving of the mystery. Li Du is a thoughtful, intelligent, quiet sleuth.

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  • value shopper
  • 06/02/2020

mystery meets history

an interesting and well crafted mystery that recreates the atmosphere of 18th century China.




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  • M.
  • 30/10/2019

Call me a fan

Have enjoyed all three of the Li Du Series by Elsa Hart. Her craftsmanship just keeps getting better and better. The books are meant to be savored and enjoyed, she paints such visual pictures with her words. When each is finished I have to wait a couple of days to get it out of my system; her style is so unique. Listening to someone else immediately afterwards just pales in comparison. Looking forward to number four. Her turn of a phrase, her discriptions, her wonderfull use of the English language, the crimes, the obvious knowledge and research. Ah and the narrator - excellent just the correct amount of inflection, thoughtfulness, change of characters, Mr. Shih really makes her words come alive. Thoughtfully done and executed. I really appreciate the work that has gone into each creation.

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  • M. Pierson
  • 23/05/2019

LOVED it!!!!

This is the third story of Li Du and Hansa. I actually liked this story much better than the second story. It was nice that she brought Lady Chen and Li Du's cousin back from the first book.

The story flowed very smoothly, there were lots of interesting tibits of how life in the city went on. And how the government worked, along with all the different agencies. Being someone who is interested in Chinese history, I enjoyed learning more about the exams for entry into the government employ. She brought in how the students prepare themselves, what goes on during the exams, and how people manage to cheat.

The mystery was convoluted enough that you could not easily guess who committed the murders at the beginning of the story and why. She worked in the matter of Li Du's mentor's execution and we learn more about the circumstances surrounding it.

Overall a very enjoyable read. The narrator does a very good job.