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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (145 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Diane Wei Liang Narrator: Emily Woo Zeller Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Mei Wang Mysteries Release Date:
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In Beijing, Mei Wang is a unique entity—the first successful female private detective. An outsider in her culture, she is independent and solitary. Now she faces her toughest challenge yet. When beloved Chinese popstar Kaili disappears, Wang must unravel a mystery filled with family secrets and the shadowy truth behind China’s labor camps. Following her trail of clues, Wang takes readers on a spectacular and sensual tour of China’s magnificent capital city. Download and start listening now!


Quotes & Awards

  • “A deftly crafted journey into the heart of modern-day China…[A] highly accomplished novel.”

    Guardian (London)

  • “Brims with fascinating details about the fizz of daily life in modern Beijing.”

    The Seattle Times

  • “Fueled by innumerable tidbits about Chinese culture and daily life, the story is refreshingly low on Western-centric references.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Zeller’s smooth Mandarin Chinese pronunciation and depiction of characters—who include a disillusioned student revolutionary, a high-rolling entertainment mogul, a lovesick assistant, and a host of elderly country and city dwellers—add to the textured sense of place. Both story and narrator draw the listener straight into the contradictions of old and new China.”


  • “The author, who spent her childhood in a labor camp and escaped China in 1989 after taking part in the student uprising, uses recent Chinese history as a catalyst for a haunting mystery.”

    Library Journal

  • “A solid and compelling mystery and a fully realized protagonist…A tense and compelling private-eye mystery.”


Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Sandra | 2/5/2014

    " A sad little love story that takes place in China, nine years after the student protests in Tianamnen Square. This is billed as a mystery, and it is indeed, but it is more about how a moment in time changed forever the lives of two people who loved each other. It's the sort of book that lingers with you. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Caitlin | 2/2/2014

    " Much stronger mystery, but I felt Lin's story was more interesting than Mei's. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Ellen | 1/18/2014

    " Excellent description of labor camps and Tienanmen Square incident "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Krzysztof | 1/17/2014

    " It wasn't just another simple detective story. The biggest asset of this book is great description of China, Beijing - with its mixture of modern influences and tradition, Chinese history and unique culture. That's why "Paper Butterly" is worth reading. And after all, to realise how complicated is life in China for the generation involved in Tiananmen Square protests - the history that is still alive. "

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