Here is the last installment! Sorry for taking so long to finish this story but I am probably suffering from brain damage when I thought that I can recap this within 8 posts. Still, subsequent visitors to Cloud Manor will have the luxury of reading this recap in 1 sitting so at least someone will still benefit.
I am pleasantly surprised each time I receive feedback from new readers on Gentlemen Free-Floating Cloud, Rice Pot, and Just a Straight Road and I am humbled that that there are readers who manage to find and read these stories long after I have posted them. Looking at my dismal speed in finishing my last 2 projects, I will definitely think twice before picking up any more project, not to mention that I have not come across any stories in the last 6 months that really pulls to me
Until then, keep safe and have a Happy Prosperous 2017!
Greetings after such a long break and apologies for falling off the virtual cliff. I has been working on this post for more than a week and because it is so long, it has taken me quite a while to summarize and edit the passage.
Lou Chen is not an easy heroine to be in love with. Not only is she incredibly independent and self-sufficient, she has a slew of protective bodyguards, brother, father, uncle and aunts plus an elite background, which makes it truly difficult to imagine a man worthy enough for her, or brave enough to chase after her. Jian Yan Heng may not be her social equal but he is smart, adorable, supremely self-confidant and thus perfect for her. The chapter I choose today illustrates just how compatible they are and shows Jian Yan Heng at his best – and most thick-skin. Enjoy.
Although they live in the same house, Jian Yan Heng and Aunt Ru has never dine with ex-Prime Minister Bo besides their first meal with him when they first arrived. For the eve of Chinese New Year, they received an invite to join the ex-Prime Minister for dinner.
Another body appears and the plot thickens with more and more powerful players entering the chest set. Lou Chen gets the feeling that she is the real target behind the recent murders and feels bad that Jian Yan Heng is being implicated by her. She is not wrong but love-sick puppy is only more than happy to stay by her side and barks at unfriendly strangers who dare try to pick on her.
For those who are keen to read the book via Goggle translate, I just found this ebook that allows the copy and paste function. What’s more, Books #4 to #6 of the Mistaken Marriage series – including Yan Ning’s story which follows “Pursuit of a Murderer” – is there too! I can’t wait until I have some free time to read the last book. But until then, here is the latest drop on the Murderer in Liao Yue.
A very good day to you. Apologies for taking so long to post and I sincerely hope that everyone is having a better time than me. While searching on where I left off for this story, I came across these 2 chapters, which goes along the lines of “Bun” and “Noodles”, which happened shortly before the Imperial banquet. Although I am not moving the story forward based on plot today, I think that you will enjoy reading these 2 light-hearted chapters which really showcase why Jian Yan Heng is the one to get the girl and not say, Yu Xuan, Xing Mu (Young Master of Sword Manor), or other persona non grata.
Have fun, stay chill, and I hope to “surface” again in 2 weeks to tell you about Jiang Jiu epilogue.
If there is a title for today’s post, it will be “Hong Men Yan” (literally translate to Banquet at Big Gate) a famous banquet in ancient China where The West Conqueror invited Liu Bang to dinner. Liu Bang is the less-powerful of the 2 during that time and The West Conqueror wants to assess and murder him on the spot – if the meeting can prove that the latter is a threat.
In Liao Yue’s capital, Lou Chen and Jian Yan Heng may have the silent backing of the ex-Prime Minister and a stoic general to ward off assassins from the pugilist world and lesser evil. But in face of the biggest chess piece on the board – the Emperor – they provide little protection.
Those who read Mistaken Marriages 1: Record of Washed Grievance may remember Bai Yi, a sneaky Liao Yue prince who was thwarted by Lou Xi Yan. Well, Bai Yi has been promoted to Emperor now and he has never forgotten the insult in his youth (he is so petty!!), so he has arranged a nice Hong Men Yan for Lou Chen today. Let’s see how she fares…
Lou Chen is an incredibly talented woman. She is classy, highly-skilled in wushu, medicine and dissecting bodies. She would probably put off most men but Jian Yan Heng is not one of them. He is impressed by her capablities but he has never felt intimated in her presence, which says a lot about his own self-confidence. He believes that there is no point in being envious at other people as there are always someone smarter out there, and based on that attitude alone, he would make a wonderful husband to Lou Chen. Of course, it matters that his hide is as thick as a rhino, and slowly, he is making inroads with Lou Chen.
Another body appears today and let’s go see Lou Chen and Jian Yan Heng in action!
Hello readers! Hope you have been keeping well. It has been a longer-than-intended break from “Pursuit of a Murderer” and I must say I miss the light-hearted banter of Jian Yan Heng and the wits of Lou Chen. Especially when you compare the people of Liao Yue with Xi Xuan, the people in this book is literally bright sunshine compared to the light from a LED light which have been left on for 2,000 hours and about to die any second. I did not manage to cover much ground of Book 2 today, but Jian Yan Heng made one of his most moving speeches. To me, a man who is clear of who he is and who dares commit so much to the woman he likes is definitely a man worth keeping. See if you agree.
It took 1 book – 1 entire book before getting round to the “murder” in the book title. While I have grumbled about the long journey it took for me to see the body – and it is an old body to boot – after browsing through the skimpy online version and coming up with a even skimpier English recap myself, I can only say that I’m glad to have laboured 2 weekends on the printed book, because the details truly help to appreciate all the characters better.
But one thing I love about the book, is the subtle links with the other stories in the series, some of which are mention today. Can’t wait to read the next book when it is printed. Happy Friday and weekend!
Hello readers! This exerpt follows immediately after Yu Xuan’s walkabout with Lou Chen and shows the reader that Jian Yan Heng is making progress with Miss Lou although he does not know it yet.
Jian Yan Heng is a smart man but I like to think that his filial ways is also one of his more admirable traits. Surely, a man who knows the meaning of ‘gratitude’ must have a good core. From an early age, Yan Heng has realized that his aunt becomes uneasy whenever he tops the class or does something praise-worthy so for her sake, he has played the male equivalent of dumb-blond for years while he keeps his personal development under wraps. The danger that surrounds him and Lou Chen builds with the reveal of his past and the appearance of the assassins mastermind who seems way too interested in Lou Chen for my liking. Yikes, let’s hope that these 2 have more ammunition up their sleeves!