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No vampire is ever innocent… The wandering Judge Dee serves as judge, jury, and executioner for any vampire who breaks the laws designed to safeguard their kind’s survival. This new case in particular puts his mandate to the test. At the Publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied. No vampire is ever innocent… The wandering Judge Dee serves as judge, jury, and executioner for any vampire who breaks the laws designed to safeguard their kind’s survival. This new case in particular puts his mandate to the test. At the Publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied.


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No vampire is ever innocent… The wandering Judge Dee serves as judge, jury, and executioner for any vampire who breaks the laws designed to safeguard their kind’s survival. This new case in particular puts his mandate to the test. At the Publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied. No vampire is ever innocent… The wandering Judge Dee serves as judge, jury, and executioner for any vampire who breaks the laws designed to safeguard their kind’s survival. This new case in particular puts his mandate to the test. At the Publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied.

30 review for Judge Dee and the Limits of the Law

  1. 4 out of 5

    karen

    The judge, as always, had carried out his task. He passed judgement. And, having concluded his task, he went on his way. what a fun story! a light but clever vampire mystery that caught me off-guard in the most delightful way. i'm not sure if this has any connection to Robert van Gulik's judge dee mysteries, because i haven't read them, so any references would have been lost on me, but it's got definite sherlock vibes—if sherlock were a vampire and watson his hongry hongry human sidekick. apparen The judge, as always, had carried out his task. He passed judgement. And, having concluded his task, he went on his way. what a fun story! a light but clever vampire mystery that caught me off-guard in the most delightful way. i'm not sure if this has any connection to Robert van Gulik's judge dee mysteries, because i haven't read them, so any references would have been lost on me, but it's got definite sherlock vibes—if sherlock were a vampire and watson his hongry hongry human sidekick. apparently there are more tales about this pair to come, and i hope those will also appear on the tor site, otherwise i'm likely to miss them. but maybe a kindly samaritan will point me towards them if they don't. MY kindly samaritan deed for the day is suggesting you read this charming tale, featuring ANOTHER excellent red nose studio "cover." read it for yourself here: https://www.tor.com/2020/11/11/judge-... come to my blog!!

  2. 4 out of 5

    Katy

    Well thanks to my friend Karen, I stumbled onto this read. Normally, I would not read vampire stories, but I loved Karen’s review, loved the cover picture, and loved the premise of the story. (I’d lead you to her review but I don’t know how to do that🤪) Although a short read, it was very engaging, very descriptive and really very fun! I don’t know much about vampires but did learn a few things about rules, laws and traditions in the vampire world. ... so step out of your comfort zone, or jump into Well thanks to my friend Karen, I stumbled onto this read. Normally, I would not read vampire stories, but I loved Karen’s review, loved the cover picture, and loved the premise of the story. (I’d lead you to her review but I don’t know how to do that🤪) Although a short read, it was very engaging, very descriptive and really very fun! I don’t know much about vampires but did learn a few things about rules, laws and traditions in the vampire world. ... so step out of your comfort zone, or jump into it and read this one!

  3. 5 out of 5

    Jamie

    Good stuff! Apparently there are more of these droll, all vampire mystery stories coming down the pipe. Vampire Judge Dee is sure to get into some strange situations while enforcing the vampire code, and his relationship with his reluctant human "familiar" Jonathan is ripe for some amusing developments. Good stuff! Apparently there are more of these droll, all vampire mystery stories coming down the pipe. Vampire Judge Dee is sure to get into some strange situations while enforcing the vampire code, and his relationship with his reluctant human "familiar" Jonathan is ripe for some amusing developments.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Maria

    4.3/5 "There are no innocent vampires" A human assistant and a vampire Judge travel to the Castle of Gold to determine if a crime has been committed. A delightful fantasy tale with a wonderful twist. I really want to see more of the vampire Judge Dee. 4.3/5 "There are no innocent vampires" A human assistant and a vampire Judge travel to the Castle of Gold to determine if a crime has been committed. A delightful fantasy tale with a wonderful twist. I really want to see more of the vampire Judge Dee.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Daniel

    3.5? A little light, and not quite what I was expecting but enjoyable enough. The Judge Dee aspect is barely more than a name though.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Jason

    A really good story, would like to see more of Judge Dee

  7. 5 out of 5

    Jeff

    This was a FUN light read. I really hope that the author writes more of these fascinating characters. A Sherlockian Vampire investigating wrongdoing and his Watson, a human boy.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Elena Linville

    What a delightful little short story about a vampire judge and his human companion. And I quite appreciated the little twist at the end.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Claire Smith

    I came here for the vampire judge, stayed for the almost Sherlock Holmes-esque mystery.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Kam Yung Soh

    An interesting story about a Vampire Judge who upholds the laws that apply to vampires (human laws don't apply, as vampires don't see themselves as human [humans are considered 'cattle' as far as vampires are concerned]) who, along with his human companion and observer, goes to resolve a dispute between two vampire families about a vampire killing. The climax would see more vampire blood spilled and a judgement by Judge Dee who recognizes that what has transpired may lie outside the law as he see An interesting story about a Vampire Judge who upholds the laws that apply to vampires (human laws don't apply, as vampires don't see themselves as human [humans are considered 'cattle' as far as vampires are concerned]) who, along with his human companion and observer, goes to resolve a dispute between two vampire families about a vampire killing. The climax would see more vampire blood spilled and a judgement by Judge Dee who recognizes that what has transpired may lie outside the law as he sees it.

  11. 4 out of 5

    stormhawk

    Very Strange Little Book A friend had recommended that I read this author. He's offered me a number of solid suggestions, so I went looking. This little book (short story length, really) came up on a search. I bought it based solely on the title.I really like the Chinese Judge Dee stories by Robert van Gulick, and hoped this was another take on the same character. That it wasn't became quickly obvious. What it is, though, is a quirky little story. Nothing is quite what you expect. Dark nights, gr Very Strange Little Book A friend had recommended that I read this author. He's offered me a number of solid suggestions, so I went looking. This little book (short story length, really) came up on a search. I bought it based solely on the title.I really like the Chinese Judge Dee stories by Robert van Gulick, and hoped this was another take on the same character. That it wasn't became quickly obvious. What it is, though, is a quirky little story. Nothing is quite what you expect. Dark nights, grim European setting, suspicious villagers, dramatic uses of black fabrics, all enhance the building atmosphere of dread. I would definitely read more about Judge Dee and his sidekick, Jonathan, given a chance.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Meredith Katz

    A delightful little short story that's equal parts Dracula and Sherlock Holmes (specifically, "A Scandal in Bohemia"). This stars a powerful old vampire who is essentially a circuit judge for vampires (to make sure they don't endanger themselves by revealing themselves to the world) and his companion, a human boy who seems to be brought along... well, for a touch of humanity. It's a bit of a murder mystery with a very delightful twist. Well done. A delightful little short story that's equal parts Dracula and Sherlock Holmes (specifically, "A Scandal in Bohemia"). This stars a powerful old vampire who is essentially a circuit judge for vampires (to make sure they don't endanger themselves by revealing themselves to the world) and his companion, a human boy who seems to be brought along... well, for a touch of humanity. It's a bit of a murder mystery with a very delightful twist. Well done.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Ayesha

    really well written! perfect little sherlock-esque adventure to allow me to procrastinate on writing my grant hahah

  14. 5 out of 5

    Alex Sarll

    The vampire Judge Dee and his underling Jonathan (who, despite that name and what Dee stands for, have origins suggesting the obvious inference isn't true, or at least not directly so) wander the land, solving vampire crime. Not things like murdering humans, obviously vampires don't consider that a crime - but actions which might alert humans to the existence of vampires, that would definitely qualify (and yes, of course I mentally filed that as breaching the Masquerade, though for legal or othe The vampire Judge Dee and his underling Jonathan (who, despite that name and what Dee stands for, have origins suggesting the obvious inference isn't true, or at least not directly so) wander the land, solving vampire crime. Not things like murdering humans, obviously vampires don't consider that a crime - but actions which might alert humans to the existence of vampires, that would definitely qualify (and yes, of course I mentally filed that as breaching the Masquerade, though for legal or other reasons, the story never uses the term). In between writing about Jews up, down and across the timelines, this is far from the first time Lavie Tidhar has had a go at tweaking an archetype, whether that be angels, the monsters of history, or the Brexit Arthuriana of his most recent novel. For me this wasn't one of the more successful examples, but I think that may be down to the title; despite never having seen an episode of Judge John Deed, I just kept picturing Martin Shaw trying to smoulder in a wig while also wearing fake fangs.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Tim Martin

    Fantastic short story, really very enjoyable. I haven’t read a vampire story in quite a while, nothing against them mind you, but it hasn’t been an interest of mine the last few years. This was quite good. Though looking at the page it looks sparsely written, it has some surprisingly rich world building for a short story, just enough revealed to make everything understandable, the idea that vampire society has not only laws but judges, though these are not laws humans would have or need. I don’t Fantastic short story, really very enjoyable. I haven’t read a vampire story in quite a while, nothing against them mind you, but it hasn’t been an interest of mine the last few years. This was quite good. Though looking at the page it looks sparsely written, it has some surprisingly rich world building for a short story, just enough revealed to make everything understandable, the idea that vampire society has not only laws but judges, though these are not laws humans would have or need. I don’t want to reveal too much about it, but I instantly loved the premise, plot, and characters and would gladly read more. The story is a bit on the light side in tone without being in any way campy or slapstick, it has a great twist, and one of the central characters, the titular Judge Dee, is also something of a detective which I really loved. His human companion Jonathan wasn’t a “but why?” character surrogate for the reader but was also interesting in his own right. It was a nicely wrapped up tale that while definitely complete, left me wanting more from the two characters.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Mark Redman

    Judge Dee and the Limits of the Law, is a new short story by Lavie Tidhar. Judge Dee is a wandering jury and executioner for any vampire who breaks the laws designed to safeguard their kind’s survival. This new case in particular puts his mandate to the test. When he's pitted against the vampire Lady Isabella of the Shroud. However, not all is as it seems as Lady Isabella not only has a secret but as very devious mind. This a nice little gem of a short story, Dee’s sidekick is called Jonathan, p Judge Dee and the Limits of the Law, is a new short story by Lavie Tidhar. Judge Dee is a wandering jury and executioner for any vampire who breaks the laws designed to safeguard their kind’s survival. This new case in particular puts his mandate to the test. When he's pitted against the vampire Lady Isabella of the Shroud. However, not all is as it seems as Lady Isabella not only has a secret but as very devious mind. This a nice little gem of a short story, Dee’s sidekick is called Jonathan, presumably Jonathan Harker, although it's never explicitly stated. However, we get the dichotomy between Vampire Dee and the human Harker, which plays out very nicely. There are also some nods towards Vampire laws etc. It is all very funny and amusing, I can only hope that this isn't the last we will see of Judge Dee and Jonathan.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Dana

    Available on Tor.com as an original short story. https://www.tor.com/2020/11/11/judge-dee-and-the-limits-of-the-law-lavie-tidhar Not your typical vampire story, but dark and atmospheric all the same. Judge Dee and his human companion Jonathan travel to the Valle di San Filippo to investigate the murder of a couple of vampires. It was very well-written and I did not expect the ending at all. Perhaps I should have. I'll have to see if rereading it would make it more obvious. The author's website ind Available on Tor.com as an original short story. https://www.tor.com/2020/11/11/judge-dee-and-the-limits-of-the-law-lavie-tidhar Not your typical vampire story, but dark and atmospheric all the same. Judge Dee and his human companion Jonathan travel to the Valle di San Filippo to investigate the murder of a couple of vampires. It was very well-written and I did not expect the ending at all. Perhaps I should have. I'll have to see if rereading it would make it more obvious. The author's website indicates this is the first story of the series. This was a good introduction, and I look forward to more stories with Judge Dee and Jonathan.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Linda

    Vampire Judge Dee solves another case! This was a fun story that pits Judge Dee against a pair of European vampires. His assistant Jonathan made a very good Watson to Judge Dee's Holmes. Jonathan inserts just the right amount of humor into the story without taking away from the horror. Vampire Judge Dee solves another case! This was a fun story that pits Judge Dee against a pair of European vampires. His assistant Jonathan made a very good Watson to Judge Dee's Holmes. Jonathan inserts just the right amount of humor into the story without taking away from the horror.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Joy

    Ending was predictable. Kinda like The Story of Kao Yu, a short story featuring the cases of a judge. Ending was predictable. Kinda like The Story of Kao Yu, a short story featuring the cases of a judge.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Michael

    A vampire story told in a sort of Sherlock Holmes way. I understand it is the first in a series of such stories. Enjoyable, even though vampire stories and not usually my thing, and I will certainly read more.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Jane Schwarz

    A quick and entertaining read with a vampire judge that metes out justice to others of his kind. His young helper is a human boy that he had rescued and had no where else to go. Read this on the Tor website. Thank you.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Michelle Terry

    This was a great little vampire story. Short story, available for free on Tor.com: https://www.tor.com/2020/11/11/judge-... This was a great little vampire story. Short story, available for free on Tor.com: https://www.tor.com/2020/11/11/judge-...

  23. 4 out of 5

    Sue

    A great short story. Read it here for free. https://www.tor.com/2020/11/11/judge-... A great short story. Read it here for free. https://www.tor.com/2020/11/11/judge-...

  24. 5 out of 5

    Sherry

    https://www.tor.com/2020/11/11/judge-... Available for free on Tor. Wonderful very short story. https://www.tor.com/2020/11/11/judge-... Available for free on Tor. Wonderful very short story.

  25. 4 out of 5

    MH

    A decent enough medieval vampire story

  26. 4 out of 5

    Ann Dewar

    Great recommendation from Karen - a well-written vampire vignette with great characters, artfully drawn.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Mountainroot

    It was nice! Free on Tor.com

  28. 5 out of 5

    Darcy Roar

    A lightning fast vampire procedural drama, snappy engaging, & clever. Does extremely well on the length to enjoyment ratio!

  29. 4 out of 5

    Nathan

    This was a fun story. I enjoyed the relationship between Judge Dee and Johnathan.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Stephen

    Short, but enjoyable. A nice atmospheric story.

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