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MIDNIGHT IN PEKING: How the Murder of a Young Englishwoman Haunted the Last Days of Old China

Editorial Review - Kirkus - Jane Doe

A suspenseful murder mystery set on the eve of the Japanese invasion of old Peking in 1937.In this deft reconstruction of events from newspaper and police reports, diaries and archives, Shanghai-based historian French (Through the Looking Glass: China's Foreign Journalists from Opium Wars to Mao, 2009, etc.) masterly portrays the graft-ridden milieu of pre-World War II China, where the arrogance ... Read full review

Review: Midnight in Peking: How the Murder of a Young Englishwoman Haunted the Last Days of Old China

Editorial Review - Bookreporter.com - Joe Hartlaub

It is surprising, even amazing, that the historical true crime book MIDNIGHT IN PEKING works as well as it does. Its dark subject matter (the brutal murder of a teenage English schoolgirl); an unfamiliar setting (Peking in the late 1930s) as Japanese soldiers have all but invaded China; and unusual authorship (Paul French is a financial writer and analyst, as opposed to a mystery writer) would ... Read full review

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Review: Midnight in Peking: How the Murder of a Young Englishwoman Haunted the Last Days of Old China

User Review  - Ethan Cramer-Flood - Goodreads

By complete coincidence I read Midnight in Peking -- a true-crime/mystery retelling set primarily in 1937 Beijing -- immediately after reading News From Tartary, which also chronicles 1930s China. The ... Read full review

Review: Midnight in Peking: How the Murder of a Young Englishwoman Haunted the Last Days of Old China

User Review  - Mary Warnement - Goodreads

At the end of his solution to a 1937 murder, Paul French acknowledges Frances Wood, probably curator at the British Library, who wrote another book about Peking that I enjoyed, Hand-Grenade Practice ... Read full review

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