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The Spring and Autumn Murders
Written by Laura SeeberGenre: Historical Mystery
Laura Seeber, being a lover of mysteries and history, sets her novel during the end of the Spring and Autumn Period of Chinese history (480 B.C.). It is a time of uneasy peace and opportunistic alliances. Three friends and soldiers, Hai, Lei and Zian, find themselves caught in the middle of a murder investigation shortly after arriving in the northern area of Jin, where they are meant to patrol the border against barbarians.
After a dinner at the local magistrate's house, they have barely time to set up camp, that Sargeant Kai and his men arrive and attempt to arrest Zian for the murder of the local magistrate's son and his fiancée. But, the fiancée, Hua, is still alive and on the run from the murderer.
This is a tale of strong friendships and openmindedness. It is written from several points of view. At times we see the story unfolds through Kai's eyes, other times Zian's and Lord Nianzu's (the local magistrate), and also Hai's when the soldier decides to investigate and prove his friend's innocence. It is interesting and intriguing to follow their diverse trains of thoughts from one event to the next.
While I quite enjoyed Laura Seeber's novel, I found the plot well developed and well paced, I decided to give it only three stars because too many typos jumped at me while I was reading.
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