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Book Title: The Chinese Alchemist|
Date of issue: April 3rd 2007
ISBN 13: 9780425213957
The author of the book: Lyn Hamilton
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 376 KB
Edition: Berkley Hardcover
Read full description of the books The Chinese Alchemist:I had a lot of fun reading THE CHINESE ALCHEMIST as I have with most of the other books in the series. In this one, Lara travels to China to try to get hold of a mysterious silver box (1 in a set of 3) to return to the Chinese government for her deceased friend Dorothy who fled with her mother at the time the communists took over China in the 1940's. Dorothy, however, had many secrets and a hidden agenda and poor Lara almost dies because of it. As dead bodies turn up and Lara desperately seeks the truth, we learn a lot about the history of the country, its culture, and its art. One of my favorite parts of the book is the way the chapters begin with the bittersweet story of the original owner of the silver boxes, a concubine from the T'ang Dynasty named Lingfei who was sold by her father as a concubine written by her younger brother who was also sold to the emperor as a eunuch (ouch!) . They were reunited in the palace though they never acknowledged openly their relationship and in the end, it was he who honored her with a tomb after she was murdered and missed her to his dying day. This was so heartbreaking to me. I recommend this series.
Read information about the authorLyn Elizabeth Hamilton was a Canadian author of archaeological mystery novels.
She worked in communications in the public service and private companies before publishing her first novel at the age of 50. She had been director of Cultural Programs Branch for the province of Ontario and director of public affairs for the Canadian Opera Company. Later, Hamilton taught mystery writing for the School for Continuing Studies of the University of Toronto and served as writer-in-residence for libraries in North York and Kitchener.
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