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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Feb 11, Sallie rated it really liked it Shelves: ByBiggers was hired at the Boston Traveler to write a daily humor column. The tycoon wants the pearls delivered to his office in New York. The passage that describes the trip into this place, in fact, is told in hard-boiled prose, while Charlie seems tougher and the locales resembles something from a film noir movie. So, with that, Sergeant Charlie Chan had arrived; a character that was very unique to American mystery readers in the mids.

For mystery lovers, Charlie Chan is a chharlie on any bookshelf. They didn’t even look for blood. cgan

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And Charlie himself a stronger character, although h Quite a clever book, this second in the series of Charlie Chan mysteries. While the rather short run of this stage version of Viggers book may have been a reason that Fox did not buy the rights, Biggers did see the studio make Charlie Chan’s Chancewhich was loosely based on Behind That Curtain. Biggers again delivers an intriguing whodunnit with enough ambigious suspects and clues to make Charlie work extra hard to bring it to a successful conclusion.

I think, perhaps, Charlie is taxed with a greater share of the dialog this time around, and that writing all that tortured syntax just got too tough for Biggers. Bill Rankin is the reporter bringing the visiting sleuth from Honolulu, together with Scotland Yard’s, Sir Frederic Bruce, to write a feature based on their exploits.


A society lady who has fallen on hard times read: And I will move along to the third one in the series. A mysterious millionaire with a penchant for strange pets takes a flyer on a string of pearls and finds that death is the broker.

Everywhere Charlie turns points toward China, which will lead our favorite Hawaiian biggegs to do the unthinkable.

As my Chinese friend would say: Books by Earl Derr Biggers. Chan’s character has also come under fire for “nuggets of fortune cookie Confucius” [64] and the “counterfeit proverbs” which became so widespread in popular culture. An entertaining and interesting murder mystery puzzle to solve in a well-described tropical setting, with subtle hints about the prejudice Chinese faced in historical USA.

The writing style is of another era, of course, but all the lovelier for it. This is a superior piece of detective fiction.

This particular edition Bantam, has a couple of mysteries of it’s own. Not until a white actor was cast in the title role in did a Chan film meet with success. He and Charlie will head to the desert to meet the buyer, with Charlie posing as a Chinese cook.

Oct 17, Richard Schwindt rated it it was amazing. Chan laid a deferential hand on his chief’s arm. A murder in the past may or may not bitgers something to do with it. After the publication of this book inBiggers returned to Honolulu, staying at the newly opened Royal Hawaiian Hotel where he met Chang Apana, 4 presenting him with an autographed copy.

The Biggers novels did not introduce the “Confucius say” proverbs, which were added in the films, but one novel features Chan remarking: Charlie Chan 6 books.

There is no body anywhere. He’s done a good job of portraying an intelligent, resourceful, and pleasant character in a story that keeps the reader guessing. Charlle Charlie senses something wrong with the ranch set-up, and prevails on Bob to keep the millionaire waiting.


I picked this up not knowing it was a Charlie Chan mystery.

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The first book brings us Chan as a background character, but he quickly develops to a prominent role. Lists with This Book. Apr 18, Fran Irwin rated it really liked it. Charlie Chan at Monte Carlo.

Shelah Fane, an actress known and loved charlid the world, comes to Honolulu from Tahiti to finish shooting scenes for her latest movie. The same goes for the setting.

This story is back in Hawaii and gives an interesting picture of Hawaii in the twenties when it was still pretty isolated from the mainland. The more I read Biggers’ Charlie Chan mysteries I’m on my 4th as I type thisI find that his writing style is much the same in wit and atmosphere as are Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes adventures, despite the difference in locales.

It was at this time that he met Elanor Ladd, who eagl later become his wife and who would have a marked influence in his writing. The mystery is a strong one, reminding readers of the famous William Desmond Taylor murder case in February charile that was never solved. If Americans were such xenophobes, how could a Chinese derf be so popular in the US? He rose laboriously as they entered. Current day authors often can’t capture what it was really like, only what the research tells them.

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