Mailbox Monday, April 9, 2012

In April Mailbox Monday is being hosted by my friend Cindy at Cindy's Love of Books.

I've already started reading the book I received last week. Written by Paul French, it's called Midnight in Peking. The description of this book (from Mr. French's website) reads:

January, 1937: Peking is a heady mix of privilege and scandal, lavish cocktail bars and opium dens, warlords and corruption, rumours and superstition – and the clock is ticking down on all of it.

In the exclusive Legation Quarter, the foreign residents wait nervously for the axe to fall. Japanese troops have already occupied Manchuria and are poised to advance south. Word has it that Chiang Kai-shek and his shaky government, long since fled to Nanking, are ready to cut a deal with Tokyo and leave Peking to its fate.

Each day brings a racheting up of tension for Chinese and foreigners alike inside the ancient city walls. On one of those walls, not far from the nefarious Badlands, is a massive watchtower – haunted, so the locals believe, by fox spirits that prey upon innocent mortals.

Then one bitterly cold night, the body of an innocent mortal is dumped there. It belongs to Pamela Werner, the daughter of a former British consul to China, and when the details of her death become known, people find it hard to credit that any human could treat another in such a fashion. Even as the Japanese noose on the city tightens, the killing of Pamela transfixes Peking.

Seventy-five years after these events, Paul French finally gives the case the resolution it was denied at the time. Midnight in Peking is the unputdownable true story of a murder that will make you hold your loved ones close, and also a sweepingly evocative account of the end of an era.


bermudaonion on April 9, 2012 at 11:50 AM said...

That sounds fascinating!

Mrs Q Book Addict on April 9, 2012 at 12:08 PM said...

This one is new to me but it sounds great! Happy reading!

avisannschild on April 9, 2012 at 2:08 PM said...

This sounds super interesting!

Cindy on April 9, 2012 at 2:33 PM said...

Sounds interesting. I hope you enjoy it.

Mary (Bookfan) on April 9, 2012 at 9:45 PM said...

It sounds really good so I hope you love it!

Mystica on April 9, 2012 at 10:13 PM said...

A new one for me which sounds intriguing.


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