If you’d like to spend this weekend reading a whodunit set in 7th century China, try “The Chinese Maze Murders” by Robert van Gulik, this month’s free ebook from the University of Chicago Press. It was first published in the 1950s and is the first in a series of novels featuring Judge Dee, who must both solve the crimes and sentence the guilty. It sells for about $10 elsewhere.

From the description: “Poisoned plums, a cryptic scroll picture, passionate love letters, and a hidden murderer with a penchant for torturing and killing women lead Judge Dee to the heart of the Governor’s garden maze and the answers to three interwoven mysteries.”

You’ll have to use Adobe Digital Editions to unlock UCP’s free ebooks.


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