Judge Dee and the Three Deaths of Count Werdenfels: A Tor.com Original by Lavie Tidhar
My rating: 4/5 cats
‘Look,’ Jonathan said. He pointed to dark stains on the floor. ‘Blood.’
‘Perhaps he was a messy eater,’ the judge said, giving Jonathan a pointed look.
i am so thrilled to see a new judge dee story (the vampire judge dee, not that olde timey one), that i don’t even care that i liked this one slightly less than the first (Judge Dee and the Limits of the Law ). to be clear, i liked everything about this story except for jonathan—he’s comic relief that i don’t find funny, and he’s more boorish and broad here than in the first, where he was the same appetite-on-legs type of guy, but without all this new backsass. i love judge dee, i love the investigative portion of the piece, i love the need for judge dee in this world. i just don’t love jonathan in this one.
still, i hope there are more more more of these adventures to come because VAMPIRE JUSTICE is apparently a thing i dig.
read it for yourself here: