Elsa Hart’s ‘Jade Dragon Mountain’ is set in China in 1708. A mystery to solve when they didn’t have DNA or forensic science. The main character, Li Du, is a former librarian.
Well, that sounds different and I thought why not? I have one simple question…WHERE is the book editor? Did they go on vacation? Did they even read this book? Do book editors still exist? This could have been a good book. The start of a trilogy that you can’t put down? Like ‘the girl with the dragon tattoo’ series, but really ‘Jade Dragon Mountain’ fails to leave an impression on me at all. In fact, the main character just doesn’t seem to pop.
The book suffers from too many explanations of how things work in China. I usually don’t mind but these are too detailed and go on for one to two pages. I don’t need all these facts. Its a work of fiction, not a historical novel.The storyteller, Hamza, is funny at times but including his LONG stories that’s he’s telling the audience are not needed and don’t really add to the plot. All it adds is more pages for me to read.
The prediction of a solar eclipse. What could go wrong?
But the biggest issue is the ending where too much is thrown at you at once and you don’t care of the outcome.
Where instead of just finding out who killed the person (yeah I guessed why they did it ages ago) but you also learn that the dead person was so and so’s father (huh?). And you discover who is leaving graffiti up over town (I didn’t care I must admit). AND (yes there’s another and) there’s an assassination attempt on the emperor via phosphorus (don’t ask).
And that’s just in the last few pages. It leaves you not really sure what to make of this book. Are these characters I wanted to keep track of or and go on another adventure with? No, not really but it is a trilogy (of course it is).
Someone should have called Jessica Fletcher instead. She could have cut this book in half.