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LI YAN AND MARGARET CAMPBELL RETURN IN A NEW SHORT STORY, YEARS AFTER THE DRAMATIC CONCLUSION OF CHINESE WHISPERS. 'I saw your missing girl at a ghost wedding last week. She was the bride.'It has been a whirlwind few years for Li Yan and Margaret Campbell. Nowadays, both are busy juggling their huge professional workloads - Li as the newly promoted chief of Beijing's serio LI YAN AND MARGARET CAMPBELL RETURN IN A NEW SHORT STORY, YEARS AFTER THE DRAMATIC CONCLUSION OF CHINESE WHISPERS. 'I saw your missing girl at a ghost wedding last week. She was the bride.'It has been a whirlwind few years for Li Yan and Margaret Campbell. Nowadays, both are busy juggling their huge professional workloads - Li as the newly promoted chief of Beijing's serious crime squad, and Campbell as lecturer at the University of Public Security - with the day-to-day raising of their young son, Li Jon.When a desperate mother appeals to Campbell's own maternal instincts, Li agrees to look into the disappearance of a 17-year-old Beijing girl, Jiang Meilin.Yet Li's investigation soon turns from a favour into a full-scale murder enquiry. And when he receives an anonymous note he learns Jiang Meilin's death is tied to a dangerous underground trade, and a dark marital rite from China's past.


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LI YAN AND MARGARET CAMPBELL RETURN IN A NEW SHORT STORY, YEARS AFTER THE DRAMATIC CONCLUSION OF CHINESE WHISPERS. 'I saw your missing girl at a ghost wedding last week. She was the bride.'It has been a whirlwind few years for Li Yan and Margaret Campbell. Nowadays, both are busy juggling their huge professional workloads - Li as the newly promoted chief of Beijing's serio LI YAN AND MARGARET CAMPBELL RETURN IN A NEW SHORT STORY, YEARS AFTER THE DRAMATIC CONCLUSION OF CHINESE WHISPERS. 'I saw your missing girl at a ghost wedding last week. She was the bride.'It has been a whirlwind few years for Li Yan and Margaret Campbell. Nowadays, both are busy juggling their huge professional workloads - Li as the newly promoted chief of Beijing's serious crime squad, and Campbell as lecturer at the University of Public Security - with the day-to-day raising of their young son, Li Jon.When a desperate mother appeals to Campbell's own maternal instincts, Li agrees to look into the disappearance of a 17-year-old Beijing girl, Jiang Meilin.Yet Li's investigation soon turns from a favour into a full-scale murder enquiry. And when he receives an anonymous note he learns Jiang Meilin's death is tied to a dangerous underground trade, and a dark marital rite from China's past.

30 review for The Ghost Marriage

  1. 5 out of 5

    Gary

    This short novel is the 7th book in the China Thrillers series which I had previously read and enjoyed. I have previously stated that I am not a big fan of short stories but due to the fact I had read the previous books in the series felt duty bound to read it. I found this series in general very good and like the way it educates the reader as well telling good thriller stories. In this short story Chief inspector Li Yan and American pathologist Margaret Campbell unravel the mystery of a young gir This short novel is the 7th book in the China Thrillers series which I had previously read and enjoyed. I have previously stated that I am not a big fan of short stories but due to the fact I had read the previous books in the series felt duty bound to read it. I found this series in general very good and like the way it educates the reader as well telling good thriller stories. In this short story Chief inspector Li Yan and American pathologist Margaret Campbell unravel the mystery of a young girls disappearance in Peking. The mystery is connected to a strange marital rite from China's past, the Minghun, or Ghost Marriage.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Patricia

    A short story with Li Yan and Margaret Campbell from The China Thrillers as they investigate the disappearance of a teenage girl in Beijing.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Leah

    Take this woman... This short novella is a new follow-up to Peter May's China Thrillers. This was the series that originally turned me into a May fan, long before the Lewis Trilogy made him a major star in the firmament of crime fiction. So it was a pleasure to revisit Margaret, the American forensic pathologist, and her Chinese partner, Li Yan of the Beijing police. Margaret and Li Yan are still living together, now with the addition of their young son, when Margaret is approached by an elderly Take this woman... This short novella is a new follow-up to Peter May's China Thrillers. This was the series that originally turned me into a May fan, long before the Lewis Trilogy made him a major star in the firmament of crime fiction. So it was a pleasure to revisit Margaret, the American forensic pathologist, and her Chinese partner, Li Yan of the Beijing police. Margaret and Li Yan are still living together, now with the addition of their young son, when Margaret is approached by an elderly woman who tells her that her granddaughter has gone missing, and begs Margaret to use her influence with Li Yan to get him to investigate. As Li Yan gradually finds out what happened to the girl, the story takes us into a mysterious and macabre aspect of Chinese tradition, and into the secrets and lies that can exist in families. Because the story is so short, I won't say any more about the plot for fear of spoiling it. What has always attracted me most to May's writing is that he chooses interesting settings for his crimes and his impeccable research allows him to create a great sense of place. This was always particularly true of the China Thrillers, especially since he began the series way back when the idea of visiting China still seemed like an exotic dream for most of us. The length of this one doesn't allow for much description of Beijing itself, but the plot gives an insight into some of the strange superstitions and rituals that still exist in the country, while also touching on some of the issues thrown up by China's long-standing but now abandoned one-child policy. With Margaret being a pathologist, the China Thrillers also contained some rather gruesome autopsy scenes, and that tradition continues in this one. There isn't room for a huge amount of detection – really we just see the story unfold along with Li Yan as he gradually uncovers the truth. I enjoyed it as a way to catch up with two characters who feel like old friends, but I think it would work equally well as a brief introduction to the style of the series for people who haven't tried it yet. There was never much doubt that Margaret and Li Yan would stay together as a couple so although this takes place after the other books, it's otherwise spoiler free. I listened to the Audible audiobook version, narrated by Peter Forbes who, I believe, has been the narrator for May's books for a long time now. I thought his narration was very good – I have no way of knowing whether his pronunciations of Chinese words and names is accurate, but I certainly found them convincing. The decision to give the Chinese characters Chinese accents didn't really work for me, I admit – I feel that if characters are supposed to be speaking their own language, then they shouldn't be made to sound 'foreign'. I listened to a Maigret novel immediately following this, where the narrator gave all the French characters English accents appropriate to their class and position in society, and I must say that felt much more natural and authentic. However, it's a debatable point, and some people may prefer the 'foreign'-sounding accents. Overall, a short but enjoyable return to the world of Beijing. I'm now wondering whether this is a kind of coda to the series, or whether it's to whet our appetites for a future new novel? I hope it's the latter... NB This audiobook was provided for review by Audible UK via MidasPR. www.fictionfanblog.wordpress.com

  4. 5 out of 5

    Sarah

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. A really short story, too short but it was nice to know that Li & Margaret were still together in China. It's a shame that we didn't find out how that came about after the last book which finished far too abruptly. I'll miss these two, its a real shame there's no more in the series as I would like to know where they end up. I guess it's best for a series to leave you wanting more. A really short story, too short but it was nice to know that Li & Margaret were still together in China. It's a shame that we didn't find out how that came about after the last book which finished far too abruptly. I'll miss these two, its a real shame there's no more in the series as I would like to know where they end up. I guess it's best for a series to leave you wanting more.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Flapidouille

    After the six (almost-)masterpieces constituting this series, this book was a frustratingly short read; no space for anything elaborate. And if this very short story was only a way for the author to finish off the whole set, it is nonetheless disappointing: you only know what happens to two characters. So many more people one got to know and like throughout the series... I must say you get to learn amazing facts about Chinese customs, I'll say no more ! These 50 or so pages were a surprise, an add After the six (almost-)masterpieces constituting this series, this book was a frustratingly short read; no space for anything elaborate. And if this very short story was only a way for the author to finish off the whole set, it is nonetheless disappointing: you only know what happens to two characters. So many more people one got to know and like throughout the series... I must say you get to learn amazing facts about Chinese customs, I'll say no more ! These 50 or so pages were a surprise, an addition in my edition of "Chinese whispers"; I am not sure it is fair it should be published - and sold - separately, which is the case...

  6. 4 out of 5

    Patricie Ulvrová

    Pěkné pokračování “Čínských thrillerů”. Ač je to tedy opravdu krátká povídka, v první řadě jde především o kriminální vyšetřování. Kdyby takto psal autor jen zcela na bázi krimi, nebyly by jeho předešlé knížky tak rozsáhlé a nečetly by se tak dobře. V předešlých knihách autor sází na svůj skvělý popis prostředí, ve kterém se dějová linka odehrává; k tomu jsou více v popředí vztahy mezi hlavními postavami. Oproti ostatním předešlým titulům, zde v knize Svatba duchů, se zdá být děj osekaný a jedná Pěkné pokračování “Čínských thrillerů”. Ač je to tedy opravdu krátká povídka, v první řadě jde především o kriminální vyšetřování. Kdyby takto psal autor jen zcela na bázi krimi, nebyly by jeho předešlé knížky tak rozsáhlé a nečetly by se tak dobře. V předešlých knihách autor sází na svůj skvělý popis prostředí, ve kterém se dějová linka odehrává; k tomu jsou více v popředí vztahy mezi hlavními postavami. Oproti ostatním předešlým titulům, zde v knize Svatba duchů, se zdá být děj osekaný a jedná se opravdu o vyšetřování vraždy, bez dalších zvratů. Hlavní postavy se bohužel nikam dál nehnou, a tak není možné z knihy vydedukovat, zda by bylo další pokračování. 9/10

  7. 5 out of 5

    Temple Dog

    Peter May’s the Ghost Marriage is the seventh book in the China Thrillers series. Heads up, this is categized as a novella and is such a quick read, you’ll have finished before you know that you’ve started. It’s Margaret and Li Yan in Beijing and this time they are both embroiled in a case regarding the disappearance of a young girl that leads them to the Chinese practice of Ghost Marriages. Because the story is so short, I won’t provide any other details otherwise there will be nothing for you t Peter May’s the Ghost Marriage is the seventh book in the China Thrillers series. Heads up, this is categized as a novella and is such a quick read, you’ll have finished before you know that you’ve started. It’s Margaret and Li Yan in Beijing and this time they are both embroiled in a case regarding the disappearance of a young girl that leads them to the Chinese practice of Ghost Marriages. Because the story is so short, I won’t provide any other details otherwise there will be nothing for you to read. One note, if you have the collection version of the books, The Ghost Marriage appears at the end of Chinese Whispers. TD is neutral.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Rhodri Jones

    The China Thrillers by Peter May have hell me spellbound for the last few weeks. Margaret, an American crime pathologist, and Li Yan, the Chinese Section Chief of the Beijing Serious Crime Squad. All of the novels are compulsive, frustrating (you find yourself shouting at officials and the powers that be), and satisfying. The Ghost Marriage is, in fairness, advertised as a novella. Perhaps I expected more. There was a distinct lack of plot, a lack of character development and, no sooner than you' The China Thrillers by Peter May have hell me spellbound for the last few weeks. Margaret, an American crime pathologist, and Li Yan, the Chinese Section Chief of the Beijing Serious Crime Squad. All of the novels are compulsive, frustrating (you find yourself shouting at officials and the powers that be), and satisfying. The Ghost Marriage is, in fairness, advertised as a novella. Perhaps I expected more. There was a distinct lack of plot, a lack of character development and, no sooner than you've begun, Li Yang states "I know who did it". And that's it. No clues, no good old-fashioned whodunnit, and a huge feeling of disappointment. Why on earth did Peter May write this?

  9. 4 out of 5

    Jitka

    Taková jednohubka k odpolednímu kafe. Bylo skvělé se znovu vrátit do Pekingu a setkat se se známými postavami Margaret a Lim a dalšími. I když tato krátká povídka nema takovou tu hloubku předchozích dílů, i tak se autorovi opět podařilo navodit tu starou známou atmosféru Číny, kombinace moderního života a tradic je fascinující. A i v tak krátké povídce samozřejmě nechyběla pitva, jako vždycky u Maye podrobně popsána. Jen na palčinky jian bing tentokrát nedošlo.

  10. 4 out of 5

    margaret chalmers

    Spooky enthralling. A story set in modern China showing how the ancient customs of the past are still practised. Chinese detective Li and his American wife track a lost girl and find tragedy. The combination of modern and ancient is fascinating. The dialogue is crisp, the plotting intelligent, the win d ow into another d society intriguing. This short story taster makes me want to read more in this series. Highly recommended.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Michael Craig

    This was the first short story that I have read by Peter May. It was a follow on to Chinese Whispers and used the same characters from this series. The shortened story was well written and held my attention throughout. He again gave me a feel for the culture and social background to life in modern China . A good short read.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Kevin McMahon

    A nice little story that I had only learned about fairly recently. So it was good to get hold of a copy and read this in an hour. I just wish the author would come along with a new novel in the series

  13. 5 out of 5

    Terez Císařová

    Taková fajn detektivní jednohubka. Sotva se nadechnete, už to skončí. Námět je podle mě zajímavý, určitě to šlo rozepsat jako plnohodnotný román, takhle to na mě působilo trochu odfláknutě. Ale celkově se mi to líbilo.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Jill

    Having read this authors China Thrillers some years ago, I thought I would finish the series by reading this, which I only just found. A very short story and I was surprised that this Ghost Marriage ritual did actually exist, and does happen.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Ewan

    A bit short, but gives a wee sense of closure to the end of the series.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Maureen Mathews

    Damn! This was just a short story. It was nice to farewell the crew in Beijing though.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Catka

    What was the actual point of this?

  18. 5 out of 5

    Horace Derwent

    冥婚

  19. 5 out of 5

    Leanne Baker

    Very very short with no depth or subtlety. Quick catch up on the Li and Margaret. Not a patch on the previous 6, but nice to sum up their life.

  20. 5 out of 5

    M Carns

    Short and sweet Well crafted and kept your attention. More a short story than a novella. Like Peter May's work; always worth reading. Short and sweet Well crafted and kept your attention. More a short story than a novella. Like Peter May's work; always worth reading.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Michelle

    ⭐️⭐️⭐️ (audiobook)

  22. 4 out of 5

    Bethan Thomas

    Far too brief Not enough of a story to get into the usual style but lacking the depth of a full novel. With little of the usual background detail

  23. 5 out of 5

    Diana Febry

    This short novella finalises the China Thriller series that I thoroughly enjoyed. OK as a short story but obviously doesn't have the depth of the full novels. This short novella finalises the China Thriller series that I thoroughly enjoyed. OK as a short story but obviously doesn't have the depth of the full novels.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Maggie

    Excellent Thoroughly enjoyed the book . I enjoyed your Chinese novels very much. I hope there are more to follow. Maggie

  25. 5 out of 5

    Les Wilson

    A good and interesting novella.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Liz

    Short and sweet Loved this short novel. Maybe a little too short for some, but great to catch up with Margaret and Li

  27. 4 out of 5

    Zuzana

    Taking advantage of popular series so obviously and effortlessly. 10% of content, 50% of price. Quick novel with no conflict.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Bette Dick

    Way to short / best Peter May series in my opinion. Loved them all!!!

  29. 5 out of 5

    Margaret

    The China Thrillers. Book 7. This short novella is a follow-up to the China series with Li Yan and Margaret Campbell investigating the disappearance of a teenage girl in Beijing.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Maggie Donaldson

    A bit slight and obvious......I haven't read any of May's books before and this probably wasn't the best to start with. I shall try again with the Lewis Trilogy and see if that is any better A bit slight and obvious......I haven't read any of May's books before and this probably wasn't the best to start with. I shall try again with the Lewis Trilogy and see if that is any better

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