The Black Camel has ratings and 39 reviews. Amber M. said: This was not my kind of book, at all. It was probably not terrible, and perhaps even well. A mysterious millionaire with a penchant for strange pets takes a flyer on a string of pearls and finds that death is the broker. “Charlie Chan embarks on an. Charlie Chan has 62 ratings and 8 reviews. Bobby said: I have always maintained that Earl Derr Biggers’ blend of romanticism and mystery is second to non.

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Indeed, by placing Chan undercover as a Chinese menial, Biggs is able to force the issue of the Chinese stereotypes and allow Chan to make the case for the dignity and respect for dere Chinese people living in America. In this novel and bivgers least one other, he seems to have deer particular dislike for the Japanese.

The red hearings are presented before the reader and the plot twists are kept just inside of credulity. At times I wondered if these novels were written with the hopes that they would become movies as they later did since there was biggerd too much dialogue.

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. The mystery is really quite creative. Other critics, such as Yen Le Espiritu and Huang Guiyou, argue that Chan, while portrayed positively in some ways, is not on a par with white characters, but a “benevolent Other” [51] who is “one-dimensional.

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It almost seems like an early Charlie Chan movie one of the better ones with stereotyped characters in eral unusual location. Sadly, there are only 6 specific Chan mysteries written by Earl Derr Biggers and several wannabe-Chan-mysteries writt Recently, I watched a few old Charlie Chan movies from the mid-’40s, starring Sidney Toler who took up the reins after Warner Oland retired.


Sherlock Holmes, Hercule Poirot, hell man, even Columbo — the tradition of having a guarded detective character is not new to Charlie Chan. When a second murder occurs the case takes on great urgency.

As Charlie assists Sheriff Holt in his investigation, it is not lost on Charlie that the young man has a blind spot where the lovely Leslie Beaton is concerned. Fane is discovered stabbed; her pretty orchard corsage tramped and still keeping the secret that has her hesitating to marry her rich and handsome suitor.

So, I didn’t expect much from the deer. Madden, Charlie and Bob Eden son of the jeweler who is sending the pearls decide to delay the delivery of the pearls so they can investigate what seem like suspicious circumstances.

Interesting characters with a lot of bantering back and forth. Dedr That Curtain offers one of the most charming endings of any entry in the Charlie Chan canon. Mar 07, Steve Cline rated it liked it. That was the germination of an idea that began his developing Charlie Chan.

Charlie Chan in the Secret Service. Charlie Chan in Panama.

Charlie Chan: Five Complete Novels

I had to stop half way through because it wasn’t moving fast enough for me, but once I went back to it I just loved it. But when Charie look into his eyes I discover that a gulf like the heaving Pacific lies between us. The mystery is clever and great fun, and like all of the Charlie Chan books, Throw away everything you ever thought you knew about Charlie Chan from the Charlie Chan movies of the s and 40s.

They take place before forensics and so the clues must be interpreted by the mind of Biggerz Chan.


Charlie Chan

At least none of these five novels includes Charlie’s son, which is one of the things that the movies have. That detective, of course, is Charlie Chan. Charlie Chan ventures out of Hawaii. As a mystery, this was a slow moving one. This was more methodical, well thought out with lots of dead ends. When Shelah is murdered, Charlie Chan is called in to solve the case.

And what does it have to do with the unsolved murder of Denny Mayo in Hollywood three years ago?? This is golden age mystery as its most golden. Although Charlie and Eden’s suspicious were arroused before their getting down to the desert, once there carlie strange things happen.

Charlie Chan: Five Complete Novels by Earl Derr Biggers

Toler appeared in many more films. He and Charlie will head to the desert to meet the buyer, with Charlie posing as a Chinese cook. Most of our mysteries today involve lots of blood, guns, chasing and all around fast action. Yet here I am, and with me Charlie Chan. During his career, the property went from the more lavish 20th-Century Fox studios to the lower-budget Monogram studios.

From fharlie beachcomber to a Hollywood director to a psychic, all were linked with the murder and the alibis came and went quickly.

The possibility that there is a eearl outside of Boston and Beacon Hill, has begun to take shape in Quincy’s soul. Also notable is the mobility of the camera early in the film and, later, the downright Expressionistic scenes of horror mystery with Tarneverro’s crystal ball and as Chan begins to uncover the murder. Lists with This Book. George was the announcer.