Thursday, July 23, 2009

The return of Charlie Chan

Academy Chicago continues its reprints of Earl Derr Biggers' original Charlie Chan mysteries with the third and fourth entries, Behind That Curtain and The Black Camel:

Charlie Chan finds himself back in San Francisco working with an inspector from Scotland Yard to investigate a series of murders in which each victim is found wearing ominous Chinese slippers.

Charlie Chan is aided by a mysterious fortune teller named Tarneverro the Great to solve the murder of a glamorous Hollywood movie star who has been killed on location in Honolulu.

"It takes a special kind of wit to resurrect Charlie Chan, as Academy Chicago has done…ingenious puzzle mysteries written by Earl Derr Biggers in the 1920s." -- Marilyn Stasio, New York Times Book Review

"Reading these books is a definite pleasure. Author Biggers is a smooth strategist, clever plotter and keen observer, and the novels give the same escapist tingle as the best of Agatha Christie." -- Burl Burlingame, Honolulu Star-Bulletin

"The early Chan novels combine solid entertainment value with a quest ... to portray both Hawaii's culture and Asian Americans' place with in said culture in a positive light." -- Sarah Weinman, Los Angeles Times

"Old-fashioned mystery fun." -- ForeWord Magazine

The House Without a Key
The Chinese Parrot

Charlie Chan Carries On
Keeper of the Keys

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