Midnight in Peking : How the Murder of a Young Englishwoman Haunted the Last Days of Old China

From  Eileen Effrat
Author:  Paul French
Midnight in Peking : How the Murder of a Young Englishwoman Haunted the Last Days of Old China 
This is historical non-fiction at its very best. I couldn’t put this book down. It is 1937 and Peking is in turmoil as the Japanese army surrounds the city. The body of a 19 year old   Englishwoman is found bludgeoned and repeatedly stabbed, her heart and other organs removed. The suspect list is long and the clues very sparse. Two detectives, one Chinese and one British, unsuccessfully attempt to uncover the killer. Obstructed by   powerful British authorities, the crime remained unsolved. The father, Edward Werner, persisted in the investigation hiring private investigators. He uncovered substantial evidence that could have brought justice, but the World War II intervened. French‘s research is extensive and his style of writing very compelling.  If you enjoyed Devil in the White City,  Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, or Death in the City of Light,  this book  is for you.

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