Thursday, May 17, 2012
review link: Midnight in Peking: How the Murder of a Young Englishwoman Haunted the Last Days of Old China, by Paul French
(first published by Penguin Australia, 2011)
If you've seen or heard about this book recently, and you're wondering if it's readworthy, the answer is definitely yes. I read this over the course of the last three weeks while on vacation and had trouble putting it down. Although the book revolves around an old, unknown and unsolved murder, it's not your average true-crime sort of thing --the book is intelligently written and takes place in Peking (modern Beijing) as the Japanese army is arriving at the city gates. If you're at all interested, I've posted my review about it in the "real stuff" (nonfiction) section of this online reading journal.