30 Day Book Challenge: Day 5

Day #5: A Nonfiction Book That You Actually Enjoyed

First, I have to say that I adore reading nonfiction. Question number 5 is put in such a way that makes that seem almost impossible. That isn’t the case for this nerdy girl. 

I recently finished the following book and enjoyed it immensely.

Publisher: Penguin Books
Publication Date: April 2012
Source: Library
Recommended By: Kim @ Sophisticated Dorkiness (Thanks Kim!)

In the last days of old Peking, where anything goes, can a murderer escape justice?

Peking in 1937 is a heady mix of privilege and scandal, opulence and opium dens, rumors and superstition. The Japanese are encircling the city, and the discovery of Pamela Werner’s body sends a shiver through already nervous Peking. Is it the work of a madman? One of the ruthless Japanese soldiers now surrounding the city? Or perhaps the dreaded fox spirits? With the suspect list growing and clues sparse, two detectives—one British and one Chinese—race against the clock to solve the crime before the Japanese invade and Peking as they know it is gone forever. Can they find the killer in time, before the Japanese invade?

Historian and China expert Paul French at last uncovers the truth behind this notorious murder, and offers a rare glimpse of the last days of colonial Peking.

10 thoughts on “30 Day Book Challenge: Day 5

  1. This really looks good. It seems to cover an \”small\” incident that happened in a very momentous time. I think that one can learn a lot from such books. I too wonder at the premise of the question as I love non – fiction. I know folks who read nothing else.


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