Chan, the first Chinese detective in literature, was modeled after Chang Apana, a real-life police detective in Honolulu. Each of these books is wonderfully told, and through the later films, radio shows, comics, and television series, Charlie Chan became an enduring popular figure. Consulter l'avis complet. The last, and definitely the best, of the Charlie Chan mysteries. A satisfying mystery with somewhat of a surprise ending.
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Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Other editions. Enlarge cover. Error rating book. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Details if other :. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. A mysterious millionaire with a penchant for strange pets takes a flyer on a string of pearls and finds that death is the broker. Get A Copy. Paperback , pages. More Details Original Title.
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Then with sudden dazzle, light begins to dawn. It will take the Honolulu detective from exciting s San Francisco to the purple desert. As in the first Charlie Chan novel, The House Without a Key, Biggers writes a mystery and romance in which Charlie plays an integral part while not being the main focus.
Beginning with Behind That Curtain, Charlie would be more at the forefront, the author using his romantic style to frame the mystery rather than the other way around. I must confess a special affection for the first two Charlie Chan novels featuring Charlie as the secondary lead.
In The Chinese Parrot, it will be young Bob Eden who works hand-in-hand with our favorite Hawaiian detective from China, finding adventure and romance in one of Charlie's most perplexing cases. San Francisco's Bob Eden is a young man about town until his father brokers Sally Jordan's expensive string of pearls.
He is sent to meet her former houseboy, Charlie Chan, who is bringing them across the ocean on the President Pierce. From the moment he's shadowed at the dock, the young man without a care in the world finds himself in the greatest adventure of his life. He and Charlie will head to the desert to meet the buyer, with Charlie posing as a Chinese cook. They decide to stall rather than part with the pearls, however, after the words of a Chinese parrot indicate something terrible may have happened prior to their arrival.
Harboring suspicions that a man has been murdered in this purple desert, the difficulty for Bob and Charlie rests in discovering who the victim was and who did the deed. Romance is found with Paula, a location scout for the movies. Biggers, who always had a fascination with the movies, works it deftly into this Chan entry when a murder weapon proves to have belonged to legendary silent Western star, William S.
A secretary, a gambling house, a dead man's clothes, and a second murder with a tangible body make up a complex and confusing mystery which has Charlie and Bob Eden stumped, not to mention the reader. Reporter Will Holley becomes an ally but just when they think they know who was killed at the ranch, and why, their theory is turned upside down and there seems to be no course of action but to hand over the pearls. The exciting twist which follows, augmented by the only trick Charlie was ever to learn from the Japanese, makes for a fine and surprising end to all the intrigue and mystery in the desert.
The blend of romance and mystery perfected by Biggers is one no modern mystery writer has ever come close to attaining. The Chinese Parrot is an old-fashioned and delightful mix of fun for mystery fans. View all 5 comments. Well, it's official. After 2 Chan Chan mysteries, I'm hooked. I'm sold. I am really enjoying this writer, this series and this smart, patient, funny and amazing Chinese detective. Why did writer Earl Derr Biggers have to die in with only 6 Chan mystery stories under his belt?
I could kill him for dying much too young! Why couldn't he have taken a page from Agatha Christie's or Georgette Heyer's playbook and been as prolific with his stories as 2 rabbits on a honeymoon? Why, Biggers, why? This i Well, it's official. This is golden age mystery as its most golden. A smart, witty and engrossing murder mystery that takes the reader to the 's California desert and keeps them there interested for pages.
Biggers delivers a little mayhem, a little romance, a little travelog and a whole lot of reading pleasure. His main characters are as charming and old-fashioned as only characters could be in , and yet the stories don't feel dated, but fresh and alive even in If you like mysteries, especially those from this time period, then get off your butt and go read these pronto.
Charlie is too good to go unnoticed any longer. View all 6 comments. Apr 18, Fran Irwin rated it really liked it. Very clever mystery, well written and entertaining Nevertheless, a wonderful read from the past. I highly recommend. View all 7 comments.
Oct 05, Dfordoom rated it really liked it Shelves: crime-mystery. There are compensations however. Charlie Chan himself moves more to centre stage in this second book and becomes a more vivid and more complex character. The structure is interesting. Just a vague sense of things being not quite right, a feeling that slowly grows into a fairly strong conviction that dark deeds really are afoot but still without anything resembling proof.
And even then, even if a crime may have been committed, exactly what was the crime? He finally gets the opportunity, and decides to combine a vacation with a favour for an old friend. Forty years earlier Sally Phillimore had been the most sought-after heiress in Hawaii.
Now she is broke, thanks to reckless investments by her much loved but hopelessly irresponsible son. The only way to retrieve the family fortunes is to sell the fabulous Phillimore pearls. He has a buyer lined up, the wealthy financier P.
All he has to do is to escort the pearls from Honolulu to San Francisco. The handover does not go smoothly however - Bob Eden spots a suspicious looking character who seems to be shadowing him.
This is the first faint sign that perhaps the transaction is not going to be straightforward. To reveal any details at all of the plot from this point on would spoil the fun as Biggers skillfully weaves a series of small incidents into a fiendishly complicated web of intrigue and mystery.
As in the first novel Biggers has fun mocking racial stereotypes, but he does it with such a lightness of touch that you never have the uncomfortable feeling of being preached to. The anti-racist message is subtle but effective. The Wordsworth Charlie Chan Omnibus includes the first three novels involving the redoubtable Chinese detective from Honolulu based on a famous real-life model and I recommend it very highly.
Feb 25, Jayaprakash Satyamurthy rated it liked it Shelves: mystery. Charlie Chan continues to be an engaging character and a sharp sleuth in this, the second novel in the series, even though he's transplanted from his home turf to the Californian desert.
If anything, watching him improvise in a situation where he has no jurisdiction and must work incognito allows for an even more impressive performance. I figured out the mystery once it became apparent what the actual mystery was going to be about - it takes a while for the central puzzle to emerge - but even so Charlie Chan continues to be an engaging character and a sharp sleuth in this, the second novel in the series, even though he's transplanted from his home turf to the Californian desert.
I figured out the mystery once it became apparent what the actual mystery was going to be about - it takes a while for the central puzzle to emerge - but even so there were enough red herrings and complications that eventual resolution held its share of revelations for me. The romance angle - involving Chan's Hastings of the moment, the young son of a diamond merchant and a girl who scouts locations for film companies - is handled with a light witty touch and helps the plot zip along rather than acting as an annoying distraction, although the focus is always on the deviously ingenious puzzle Chan has to unravel.
I bought this a few years ago because it had a great painted cover, and promptly forgot about it until I was looking for something to read about a month ago. I'd never read a Charlie Chan novel before, and in reading it I've learned a lot of weird but obvious things about Charlie Chan novels.
You're going to read a Charlie Chan novel in and realize that it's horribly, horribly racist, but also that is has no idea it's racist and in fact is trying to be progressive. Charlie has this ridiculou I bought this a few years ago because it had a great painted cover, and promptly forgot about it until I was looking for something to read about a month ago. Charlie has this ridiculous speech pattern that's trying to emulate what it's like for a Chinese person to speak English as a second language which, as soon as you read it, you realize a is how Chinese characters spoke in literally every movie until at least the 90s, and 2 is nothing like how an actual Chinese person learning English actually speaks.
The Chinese Parrot
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