You can read the Judge Dee Novels by Robert van Gulik in the chronological order of the stories. A chronology is provided in the book "Judge Dee at Work",. Yet, two books are missing. This chronology, set up by Klaus-Peter Kossakowski, will possibly help to close this leak.
The short stories from the book "Judge Dee at Work" are marked with one asteric, the two stories marked with two asterics have been published together in the book "The Monkey and the Tiger"
|No.||Novel or Story Title||Year||Place||Chronological Remarks|
|1||The Chinese Gold Murders||663||Peng-lai||The first novel|
|2||Five Auspicious Clouds*||663||Peng-lai||One week after 1|
|3||The Red Tape Murder*||663||Peng-lai||One month after 1|
|4||He Came With the Rain*||663||Peng-lai||Six month after 1|
|5||The Lacquer Screen||664||Peng-lai||One year after 1|
|6||The Chinese Lake Murders||666||Han-yuan||Judge Dee six month there|
|7||The Morning of the Monkey**||666||Han-yuan||Ten month after 6|
|8||The Haunted Monastery||667||Han-yuan||Judge Dee one year at Han-Yuan|
|9||The Murder on the Lotus Pond*||667||Han-yuan|
|10||The Chinese Bell Murders||668||Poo-yang|
|11||Necklace and Calabash||668||Poo-yang||*1|
|12||The Two Beggars*||669||Poo-yang||15th day of 1st month|
|13||The Wrong Sword*||669||Poo-yang|
|14||The Red Pavilion||669||Poo-yang||During the|
|15||The Emperors' Pearl||669||Poo-yang||5th day of 5th month|
|16||Poets and Murder||669||Poo-yang||Mid-harvest festival *2|
|17||The Chinese Maze Murders||670||Lan-fang||Beginning of the year|
|18||The Phantom of the Temple||670||Lan-fang||Middle of the year|
|19||The Coffins of the Emperor*||672||Lan-fang|
|20||Murder on New Year's Eve*||674||Lan-fang||New year's evening|
|21||The Chinese Nail Murders||676||Pei-chow||Judge Dee four weeks there|
|22||The Night of the Tiger**||676||Pei-chow|
|23||The Willow Pattern||676||Capital|
|24||Murder in Canton||680||Canton|
1.) In "Necklace and Calabash" the Third Princess already knows about the secret of the Buddhist temple from the "Bell Murders". Moreover, the "Lake Murders" are said to have been happend two years before.
2.) In this story, Judge Dee refers to things which happend in the novel "The Red Pavilion". As Mid-Harvest Festival is the 15th day of the 8th month, it has to happen after the "The Emperor's Pearl" (5th day of 5th month).
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