Judge Dee

Can Quantity Still Have Quality?

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Someone I hadn’t caught up with for a while said to me, ‘So, you’re still churning out those Bryant & May books are you?’ I pointed out that yes, mystery novels were one type of book I write, although there were many others. He said; ‘Then why do you bother with the crime stuff? They’re […]

Chinese Puzzles

At the start of the 20th century, authors like Sax Rohmer (real name; Arthur Ward) were penning tales of imperial adventurers battling ‘yellow peril’ conspirators, amidst a prevailing fear that the Chinese were inherently criminal by nature. Ward was attacked for his racial stereotyping at the time of publication, and now the novels are dismissed […]