Read City of Ink by Elsa Hart Online

City of Ink

Following the enthralling 18th century Chinese mysteries Jade Dragon Mountain and White Mirror, comes the next Li Du adventure in City of Ink.Li Du was prepared to travel anywhere in the world except for one place: home. But to unravel the mystery that surrounds his mentors execution, thats exactly where he must go.Plunged into the painful memories and teeming streets of Beijing, Li Du obtains a humble clerkship that offers anonymity and access to the records he needs. He is beginning to make progress when his search for answers buried in the past is interrupted by murder in the present.The wife of a local factory owner is found dead, along with a man who appears to have been her lover, and the most likely suspect is the husband. But what Li Dus superiors at the North Borough Office are willing to accept as a crime of passion strikes Li Du as something more calculated. As past and present intertwine, Li Dus investigations reveal that many of Beijings residents foreign and Chinese, art...

Title : City of Ink
Author :
Rating :
ISBN : 9781250142795
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 352 pages
Status : Available For Download
Last checked : 21 Minutes ago!

City of Ink Reviews

  • Susan Johnson

    4.5 stars

    This is the third book in the Li Du, Imperial Chinese Librarian, series and the best by far. This is a complex mystery with interesting characters and full of historical information about the 18th century Beijing. It is a satisfying read on many levels.

    Li Du has returned from his exile and is working as a low level clerk in the North Borough Office which gives him access to records he needs to clear the name of his mentor, Shu. Shu had been executed for a plot against the Emperor that
    ...more

  • J. Else

    China, 1711. Li Du returned to his home of Beijing three years ago and is still trying to unlock a mystery from his past. Working as a clerk in the North Borough Office, his personal investigation is interrupted when he is called to assist the chief inspector at the scene of a crime. At a tile factory, two bodies have been found, the factory owner’s wife and a man appearing to be her lover—both murdered. A discarded love note left at the scene makes the husband their prime suspect. But during in ...more

  • Olivia Farr

    "City of Ink" was a fantastic third book in the Li Du series. Li Du is no longer in exile, and has traveled to Beijing where he works as a secretary for his former brother-in-law (his wife had divorced him when he was exiled). He is using the low profile to investigate the death of his former mentor and friend, Shu. Shu was convicted of treason (as part of a group conspiring to kill the emperor) and executed, and due to his relationship with Shu, Li Du was exiled. Li Du has maintained his mentor ...more

  • Elizabeth

    My favorite one so far. The descriptions of Beijing are so vivid. (Though all of her writing is wonderfully descriptive.) Plus we're getting to know more about Li Du. And Hamza wasn't annoying this time.

  • Monica

    Li Du has returned to Beijing from his travels in Tibet. He has not returned to his previous position as librarian, but to a less significant job as secretary to a minor magistrate. He is hoping to use his free time and access to official documents to find out the truth about the death of Shu, his friend and mentor who was executed for involvement in the plot that led to Li Du’s exile in the first book in the series.

    The city is in an uproar. Six thousand candidates are present to take the three
    ...more

  • Linda

    Truth can never be told in the darkest of ink on a hollow page.

    City of Ink is set in the winding streets of 18th Century Beijing with secrets set, one upon another, like the kilned tiles on ancient roof tops. Patterns seem to be set rigidly with the honorable encased amid the dishonorable. Lives can be shattered with a mere glance in the wrong direction. Li Du knows this only too well.

    With scandal and isolation in his backdrop, Li Du enters into the anonymity of an ancient city teeming with indi
    ...more

  • Linda

    The prologue to Elsa Hart's third installment of her fine Li Du series begins enigmatically. An unnamed man is the recipient of a mysterious letter written in Chinese. As he sits inside a spacious tent and reads the missive he begins to smile and then plot his journey to the capital city in order to carry out the request in the letter.

    Chapter one shifts the scene to 1700s Beijing which is filled with hopeful scholars preparing for the government examinations which will either result in an illus
    ...more

  • Fran

    Li Du, imperial librarian, has returned to Beijing having been pardoned from exile by the Emperor. His exile was a result of his friendship with mentor, Shu. Shu had been implicated in a plot to overthrow the Emperor in 18th Century China. Li Du, instead of seeking a lofty position upon his return, accepted employment as a clerk, assistant to Chief Inspector Sun. His duties included composing letters, reports and speeches required by the North Borough office located in Beijing's Outer City. A hu ...more