What are the best Mystery books from Asian authors?

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    #1Dragon Bones (The Red Princess)

    Dragon Bones (The Red Princess)
    Dragon Bones is a mystery historical cultural Chinese fiction written by Lisa See as the third book in The Red Princess series. With over 300 pages, this book is published in 2004 in Random House Trade Paperbacks.
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    Steven Gibson
    Written on April 30, 2018
    "seems very interesting to me, i would like to read it but not sure if it is the best"
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    #2Out: A Novel

    Out: A Novel

    Out: A Novel is a Mystery, Thriller, Horror, Asian Literature, Fiction novel written by Natsuo Kirino and translated by Stephen Snyder. It was published January 4, 2005 by Vintage.

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    Adrián Vega
    Written on May 3, 2018
    "This is a great recommendation. It is clearly what I am looking for and it tells me all I need to know for the topic from the description."
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    #3The Coroner's Lunch (Dr. Siri Paiboun)

    The Coroner's Lunch (Dr. Siri Paiboun)
    The Coroner's Lunch is the first book in the crime mystery series Dr. Siri Paiboun written by Colin Cotterill which centers on Dr. Siri Paiboun who believes the wife of a prominent politician who has been murdered. 
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    Eric Jordan
    Written on April 28, 2018
    "This book is an entertaining and amusing mystery novel that's a real page-turner. The plot itself is very intriguing, and the book is written in a sophisticated manner that neither insults its readers intelligence, nor makes the content too lofty to grasp."
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    #4The Firemaker (Murder in China)

    The Firemaker (Murder in China)
    The Firemaker (Murder in China) is a Mystery, Thriller, Cultural, Fiction novel written by Peter May. It was published August 11, 2005 by Minotaur Books. It is the first book in the China Murder series.
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    Anthony Montgomery
    Written on April 30, 2018
    "This was not bad, but not really what I was expecting either. Peter May is a Scottish author writing a book about China (which he clearly researched well), but it just didn't do a whole lot for me."
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    #5The Mao Case: An Inspector Chen Novel (Inspector Chen Cao)

    The Mao Case: An Inspector Chen Novel (Inspector Chen Cao)
    The Mao Case: An Inspector Chen Novel (Inspector Chen Cao) is a Mystery, Cultural, Fiction novel written by Qiu Xialong. It was published March 3, 2009 by Minotaur Books. It is the sixth installment in the Inspector Chen Cao series.
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    Rishika Gavde
    Written on May 5, 2018
    "This is a very interesting and engaging book. It's a mystery that keeps you guessing until the end."
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    #6Anarchy and Old Dogs (Soho Crime)

    Anarchy and Old Dogs (Soho Crime)

    Anarchy and Old Dogs (Soho Crime) is a Mystery, Crime, Cultural, Fiction novel written by Colin Cotterill. It was published August 1, 2007 by Soho Crime. It is fourth installment of Dr. Siri Paiboun series.

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    Willie Jacobs
    Written on May 1, 2018
    "This may be one of the most interesting in the Dr Siri series thus far. There's less of the spiritual mysticism that dogged him in the first 3 books, and instead, there's more self-reflection by both Dr Siri and his best friend, Civilai and reminisces of the old days when they were idealistic youths.The history and the reflection of one's actions by a couple of the characters made this a stand out book.It is one of the best book to read."
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    #7Black Arrow

    Black Arrow

    Black Arrow is a Mystery, Historical, Japanese Mystery, Crime Fiction written by I. J. Parker. It was published November 28, 2006 by Penguin Books. It is the third installment in the Akitada Mysteries Series.

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    Nicolás Carrasco
    Written on May 2, 2018
    "Stories set in Japan are always interesting. This story is set in 11th century Japan, so includes interesting elements from the culture of that time, but could stand alone as a great mystery novel without those elements as well. If you enjoy mystery stories and Japanese culture, you must read this book!"
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    #8The Killing Room

    The Killing Room
    The Killing Room is a Mystery, Cultural, Thriller, Fiction novel written by Peter May. It was published February 1, 2006 by Bella Books. It is also the third installment in The China Thrillers series. It will be released in September 8, 2018.
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    Brandon Meyer
    Written on May 7, 2018
    "I remember the first time that I read books from Peter May; Lewis Trilogy and China Thrillers and I loved them. The killing room is not quite popular like the other books but it is decent enough. But Peter May is Scottish, he is not an Asian author."
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    #9Eating Smoke

    Eating Smoke
    Eating Smoke: One Man's Descent Into Crystal Meth Psychosis in Hong Kong's Triad Heartland is a nonfiction book written by Chris Thrall and published by Blacksmith Books on September 16, 2011. It follows the story of Thrall in Hong Kong.


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    Vibhore Jhadav
    Written on May 13, 2018
    "Thrall writes very vividly about his time in Hong Kong when he was addicted to methamphetamine and working for a crime group. He also has to deal with psychosis in this gripping book. In addition to the drama, Thrall adds in some comic lines that add flavor to the book. "
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    #10Ragtime in Simla

    Ragtime in Simla

    Ragtime in Simla is a Mystery, Historical, Cultural, Fiction novel written by Barbara Cleverly. It was published September 4, 2003 by Robinson Publishing. It follows the story of World War I hero Joe Sandilands.

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    Navya Malik
    Written on April 28, 2018
    "I love to read mystery books from Asian authors. I found Ragtime in Simla. It's a mystery, historical, cultural and fiction novel by Barbara Cleverly. It's all about the tale of WWI hero Joe Sandilands. I love this book. It's intriguing and has amazing characters. I love how involving and immersive it is. Check it out!"
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    #11The Red Princess Mysteries

    The Red Princess Mysteries
    The Red Princess Mysteries is a mystery thriller cultural fiction written by Lisa See containing the three stories in the series: Flower Net, The Interior, and Dragon Bones. Published in 2013 by Random House.
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    Aaron Berry
    Written on May 5, 2018
    "It is always nice to read a book that is set in another country. A country with different culture and customs. In this case the country is Modern China. When you read the book you will have a whole new image of China."

Summary

Best What are the best Mystery books from Asian authors
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1Dragon Bones (The Red Princess)Books 45 Paid
2Out: A NovelBooks 40 Paid
3The Coroner's Lunch (Dr. Siri Paiboun)Books 36 Paid
4The Firemaker (Murder in China)Books 34 Paid
5The Mao Case: An Inspector Chen Novel (Inspector Chen Cao)Books 31 Paid
6Anarchy and Old Dogs (Soho Crime)Books 30 Paid
7Black ArrowBooks 25 Paid
8The Killing RoomBooks 23 Paid
9Eating SmokeBooks 22 Paid
10Ragtime in SimlaBooks 20 Paid
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