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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Charlie Chan: Five Complete Novels by Earl Derr Biggers

Charlie Chan 6 books. There are even a few asides at the expense of the Japanese – as viewed by the Chinese.

I had to stop half way through because it wasn’t moving fast enough for me, but once I went back to it I just loved it. Sally Jordan must sell the legendary Phillimore pearls to raise money for her son. I picked this up not knowing it was a Charlie Chan mystery. I enjoyed this mystery. An unsigned will points to one person, blackmail to another, and a seemingly “essential” clue only serves to muddy the waters further. But Charlie senses something wrong with the ranch set-up, and prevails on Bob to keep ccharlie millionaire waiting.

Biggers truly makes both his characters and the islands of Hawaii come alive in the first novel in which Charlie Chan appeared. Views Read Edit View history. Refresh and bigers again. Biggers’s sympathetic treatment of the Chinese reflected and contributed to the greater acceptance of Chinese-Americans in the first third of [the twentieth] century.


Charlie Chan, biggera a houseboy in the lady’s home and now a detective with the Honolulu police, is asked to transport the pearls to San Francisco where he will join the jewler’s son, Bob, for the journey to New York to deliver the pearls. Years later, while attending Harvard University, Biggers showed little passion for the classics, preferring instead writers such as Rudyard Kipling and Richard Harding Davis.

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An honest who-done it, with more than enough clues for you to beat the detective to the solution. An older, out-of-print book, this is worth tracking down and owning. In short, Chan charloe his creator are accused of all sorts of racial underlingship. Throw away everything you ever thought you knew about Charlie Chan from the Charlie Chan movies of the ee and 40s. And that is true on a number of levels.

Earl Derr Biggers

Trivia About The Chinese Parro Feb 13, Jim Dooley rated it really liked it. 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.

Also notable is the mobility of the camera early in the film and, later, the bitgers Expressionistic scenes of horror mystery with Tarneverro’s crystal ball and as Chan begins to uncover the murder.


Yet somehow the discussions all circle back to the death of a handsome actor in Hollywood several years before.

The Chinese Parrot (Charlie Chan, #2) by Earl Derr Biggers

Behind That Curtain offers one of the most charming endings of any entry in the Charlie Chan canon. Film stars, the director, and the rest of a film crew arrive in Hawaii for a lay-over after shooting a new film in Tahiti. View all 6 comments. In this book, detective Charlie Chan of the Honolulu Police Department works to solve a murder committed at a beach house in Honolulu. Bigger’s Chan is smart and low-key. Cohan starred in the film versionone of seven film versions of the play, and a revival.

Earl Derr Biggers uses descriptive language to build suspense and to create a believable storyline. I enjoyed the mystery and the wisdom of Chan. Pray excuse this reference to history”.

Charlie Chan: Five Complete Novels

Chan bowed with a great show of politeness. Charlie is too good to go unnoticed any longer. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. The primary characters are filled out nicely, most of the dialogue sounds natural but obviously?