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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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 Esrl adventures, despite the difference in locales. This book kept my interest from start to finish.

Archived from the original on 8 July He is remembered primarily for his novels, especially those featuring the fictional Chinese American detective Charlie Chanfrom which popular films were made in the United States and China. May 07, Robert Hepple rated it really liked it. A mysterious millionaire with a penchant for strange pets takes a flyer on a string of pearls and finds that death is chsrlie broker.

Thinking in terms of plot construction and characters, and not in terms of cultural reality, he reasoned, “Sinister and wicked Chinese are old stuff Put down that gun! Lists with This Book. This time, he must investigate the murder of a hugely famous Hollywood actress. But the big clues are saved until the last chapter, so you were guessing the whole book about who murdered the movie star and why. Anyway, I can’t stop thinking about all that stuff, but it’s also really obvious — the ways this book is really obviously racist.

Chan is a detective for the Honolulu policethough many stories feature Chan traveling the world as he investigates mysteries and solves crimes.

Earl Derr Biggers

Biggers’s representation of Asians may not be perfect, but it is certainly far more positive than most of the Western literature of the early 20th century. This Day in Ohio History. Being a celebrity has taken its toll, though, and it is wearing down Charlie Chan. Unless otherwise noted, information is taken from Cham P. She had been filming in Tahiti, or some such place, and was going to finish up the final scenes in Hawaii. Lau Ho say it is sold to Japanese.


The mystery is clever and great fun, and like all of the Charlie Chan books, it has a great sense of place: There’s a lovely young woman in the area who spends her time hunting up filming locations for the movie studios. Bitgers incognito, Chan travels to the ranch and works there undercover 2 in the Honolulu police detective Charlie Chan mystery series. I plan to read the first book to see if I like it any better with Chan pl Just an ok read.

As the title indicates, it is a parrot that is key to the mystery. The characters are much more dde, Charlie’s witticisms are more on the sarcastic side, and some plot points are conveniently glossed over until they are needed to bring the story to a conclusion. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Earl Derr Biggers moves from the lush tropical islands of Hawaii, surrounded by their sea of clear waters, in the first novel, to the deserts of Southern California, surrounded by their sea of sand and arid air.

Biggers second Chan novel finds the detective in San Francisco rather than Hawaii.

Charlie Chan’s Greatest Case. But I am not a fan of those and, indeed, did not particularly enjoy this – so am declining to rate it.

Open Preview See a Problem? It was at this time that he met Eleanor Ladd, who would later become his wife and der would have a marked influence in his writing. He has a buyer lined up, the wealthy financier P. He biggeds done apologizing to haole white men who cannot see past his race. He sees this as a chance for evening the score. The romance angle – involving Chan’s Hastings of the moment, the young son of a diamond merchant and a girl who scouts locations for film companies – is handled with a light witty touch and helps the plot zip along rather than acting as an annoying distraction, although the focus is always on the deviously ingenious puzzle Chan has to unravel.


The first two stories had been made into silent movies, and inFox Film Corporation paid the writer a handsome sum for the rights to the third Chan novel which would be a “talkie” with Charlie Chan paying only a minor role as had been the case in previous adaptations of Biggers’ stories.

Also, Chan speaks in a lot of faux-koans and goofy nature metaphors, and I can’t decide how I feel about this. The tycoon wants the pearls delivered to his office in New York.

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Aug 08, Sg. Oct 08, Bobby Underwood rated it it was amazing. The rich guy is suddenly withdrawing huge sums of money from the local banks. So, the intrigue for readers of the peri This one comes the closest to mimicking the early Charlie Chan films, although it naturally appeared before them. Fox reversed its decision two months later, and on 13 Septemberthe first film in the biggdrs was aired on Fox.

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Even knowing the end from the beginning, the story was exciting. There are some racial reactions that may bother readers, yet they are not as overt as are found in many mysteries of this time. Soon, however, he became that paper’s drama critic. The same goes for the setting. The Chinese Parrot is the second Charlie Chan adventure, and was first published in This is a superior piece of detective fiction. As in the first Charlie Chan novel, The House Without a Key, Biggers writes a mystery and romance in which Charlie plays an integral part while not being the main focus.

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