Li Du

3 books in series
4 out of 5 stars 249 ratings

Jade Dragon Mountain Publisher's Summary

On the mountainous border of China and Tibet in 1708, a detective must learn what a killer already knows: that empires rise and fall on the strength of the stories they tell.

Li Du was an imperial librarian. Now he is an exile. Arriving in Dayan, the last Chinese town before the Tibetan border, he is surprised to find it teeming with travelers, soldiers, and merchants. All have come for a spectacle unprecedented in this remote province: an eclipse of the sun commanded by the emperor himself.

When a Jesuit astronomer is found murdered in the home of the local magistrate, blame is hastily placed on Tibetan bandits. But Li Du suspects this was no random killing. Everyone has secrets: the ambitious magistrate, the powerful consort, the bitter servant, the irreproachable secretary, the East India Company merchant, the nervous missionary, and the traveling storyteller who can't keep his own story straight.

Beyond the sloping roofs and festival banners, Li Du can see the mountain pass that will take him out of China forever. He must choose whether to leave and embrace his exile or to stay and investigate a murder that the town of Dayan seems all too willing to forget.

©2015 Elsa Hart (P)2015 Macmillan Audio
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  • Book 1

    • Jade Dragon Mountain

    • A Novel
    • By: Elsa Hart
    • Narrated by: David Shih
    • Length: 11 hrs and 55 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 200
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 189
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 194

    Li Du was an imperial librarian. Now he is an exile. Arriving in Dayan, the last Chinese town before the Tibetan border, he is surprised to find it teeming with travelers, soldiers, and merchants. All have come for a spectacle unprecedented in this remote province: an eclipse of the sun commanded by the emperor himself. When a Jesuit astronomer is found murdered in the home of the local magistrate, blame is hastily placed on Tibetan bandits. But Li Du suspects this was no random killing.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Interesting story

    • By Margo on 11-01-17

    Regular price: $27.99

  • Book 2

    • The White Mirror

    • A Mystery
    • By: Elsa Hart
    • Narrated by: David Shih
    • Length: 11 hrs and 42 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 31
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 29
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 29

    In The White Mirror, Li Du, an imperial librarian and former exile in 18th-century China, is now an independent traveler. He is journeying with a trade caravan bound for Lhasa when a detour brings them to a valley hidden between mountain passes. On the icy planks of a wooden bridge, a monk sits in contemplation. Closer inspection reveals that the monk is dead, apparently of a self-inflicted wound. His robes are rent, revealing a strange symbol painted on his chest.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • another enjoyable murder mystery from Elsa Hart

    • By PeterK on 10-05-17

    Regular price: $25.51

  • Book 3

    • City of Ink: A Mystery

    • Li Du Series, Book 3
    • By: Elsa Hart
    • Narrated by: David Shih
    • Length: 12 hrs and 43 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 18
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 18
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 18

    Li Du was prepared to travel anywhere except for one place: home. But to solve the mystery that surrounds his mentor’s execution, that’s where he must go. He is beginning to make progress with his task when his search for answers buried in the past is interrupted by murder in the present....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Loved all three books!

    • By JLS on 09-16-18

    Regular price: $35.69