This author participates in the Readers' Favorite Book Review Exchange Program, which is open to all authors and is completely free. Simply put, you agree to provide an honest review an author's book in exchange for the author doing the same for you. What sites your reviews are posted on (B&N, Amazon, etc.) and whether you send digital (eBook, PDF, Word, etc.) or hard copies of your books to each other for review is up to you. To begin, click the purple email icon to send this author a private email, and be sure to describe your book or include a link to your Readers' Favorite review page or Amazon page.
This author participates in the Readers' Favorite Book Donation Program, which was created to help nonprofit and charitable organizations (schools, libraries, convalescent homes, soldier donation programs, etc.) by providing them with free books and to help authors garner more exposure for their work. This author is willing to donate free copies of their book in exchange for reviews (if circumstances allow) and the knowledge that their book is being read and enjoyed. To begin, click the purple email icon to send this author a private email. Be sure to tell the author who you are, what organization you are with, how many books you need, how they will be used, and the number of reviews, if any, you would be able to provide.
Reviewed by Michael Gardner for Readers' Favorite
Judge Lu’s Case Files by P.A. De Voe presents us with the Chinese detective genre in a series of related short stories about Lu, a new magistrate presiding over a province in Imperial China. Judge Lu is an interesting character, charged with being the detective investigating each case, the jury, and most importantly, the judge. On top of solving crimes, Lu also has to contend with local politics, bribery, corruption and his not always so helpful younger brother who acts as his assistant. Any potential failure on Lu’s part as a magistrate also comes with the threat of bringing dishonor to his family. However, Lu is a ‘by the book’ sleuth, who isn’t prepared to let anything get in the way of justice.
Judge Lu’s Case Files: Stories of Crime & Mystery in Imperial China is solidly written. Personally, I would have liked more descriptive writing, particularly as these stories are set in an exotic time period and location. However, I understand the need to keep the pace up as these stories are principally driven by dialogue. Each episode is certainly very entertaining, especially with the additional complications Lu has with saving face as well as solving crimes. What adds further interest to each case is the means to which he goes about getting justice, sometimes by deduction, more often by outwitting his opponents with guile and cunning. I think these stories will be very appealing for fans of crime and detective fiction, offering a different spin on the crime genre in easy to read installments.