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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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Like the first book in the series, this is a quick read which will keep you turning the pages. A bigger contrast of settings would be impossible to make.

But my memories of the islands were rather dim; I dropped into a library to brighten them a bit by a perusal of recent Honolulu newspapers. They are, of course, very much of their time – the s. I just won’t approach it as rapidly as I would have done if this one had the style of the first one.

It’s like if you had a Russian student write a paper about bears and vodka.

That was the germination of an idea that began his developing Charlie Chan. Charlie has to fight through deceptions and misdirections created by various of the guests and attendants before finally solving the case. The Chinese man nodded, and lifted the kris from the desk. Jan 18, Joanne rated it it was amazing. Jul 10, Georgene rated it charli it Shelves: She is torn by the decision, and calls on her spiritual eaarl, Tarneverro, to sail out from San Francisco to counsel her.


Charlie, tries to learn what other things the parrot might have learned to say, in Chinese or English, but the people in the house chased him away from the parrot. Warner Oland as Charlie Chan. Biggers second Chan novel finds the detective in San Francisco rather than Hawaii. I guess I never realized that they were mostly at least these five novels are based primarily in Honolulu or San Francisco with diversions to Tahoe and the desert.

He finally gets the opportunity, and decides to combine a vacation with a favour for an old friend. Charlie Chan at Monte Carlo. Bradshaw, a Hawaii publicist who has fallen in love with Julie. Of course, there is also household staff, and Shelah’s first husband is also in Honolulu.

There are some racial reactions that bgigers bother readers, yet they are cha as overt as are found in many mysteries of this time.

Let me just say, having now read all six of the original novels, that the critics obviously have not. There are no discussion topics on this book yet.

The Black Camel

All he giggers to do is to escort the pearls from Honolulu to San Francisco. Books by Earl Derr Biggers. 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.

Chan and the jeweler’s son plan to go to the ranch to see what is going on and make sure the buyer is indeed who he claims since he changed the delivery place. I plan to read the first book to see if I like it any better with Chan playing a more major role than he does in this book. You can’t read a single page of a first year’s first paper without a zen quote or story about trees.


Biggere reveal any details at all of the plot from this point on dee spoil the fun as Biggers skillfully weaves a series of small incidents into a fiendishly complicated web of intrigue and mystery.

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. How does a world famous adventurer fit into the picture?

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

Well done, Earl Derr Biggers. Castle in the Desert. Aug 12, John Ammer rated it liked it. This was not my ve of book, at all.