The White Mirror

The White Mirror

In The White Mirror, the follow-up to Elsa Hart?s critically acclaimed debut, Jade Dragon Mountain, Li Du, an imperial librarian and former exile in 18th century China, is now an independent traveler. He is journeying with a trade caravan bound for Lhasa when a detour brings them to a valley hidden between mountain passes. On the icy planks of a wooden bridge, a monk sits In The White Mirror, the follow-up to Elsa Hart?s critically acclaimed debut, Jade Dragon Mountain, Li Du, an imperial...

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Title:The White Mirror
Author:Elsa Hart
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Genres:Mystery
ISBN:1250074967
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:310 pages pages

The White Mirror Reviews

  • Nori
    Sep 22, 2016
    Just as thoroughly enjoyable as Hart's first Li Du book, but this time in the Tibetan borderlands. More, please, Elsa! ...
  • Peter
    Sep 27, 2017
    I made the mistake of reading this before the first in series. I recommend reading them in order ...
  • Beverly
    Nov 23, 2017
    thoughts coming shortly ...
  • Skip
    Jun 30, 2018
    Former royal librarian Li Du has joined a trading caravan on the roads between China and Tibet. Waiting for a snowstorm to pass, they come across a bridge with a monk (Dharmo), who appears to be praying; instead, he is dead holding a knife in his abdomen, with a white circle painted on...
  • Antonia
    Oct 27, 2016
    The White Mirror (Elsa Hart's second Li Du mystery) is not exactly a thriller or page-turner ? or at least, I find myself wanting to read it slowly ? but rather a more subtle and sophisticated mystery than the typical. Subtle in the way that ?clues? are revealed and in the subp...
  • Shomeret
    Jun 08, 2018
    The copy I read came from the F2F mystery group that I attend. The facilitator of that group receives many more review copies from publishers than she has the time to review. So members get the opportunity to claim review copies for themselves. Before starting this book, I knew rela...
  • Laura
    Jun 28, 2018
    I re-read "Jade Dragon Mountain" and then read this in preparation for the third book (City of Ink) in the Li Du mystery series. Jade Dragon Mountain was fabulous -- a combination of a murder mystery set in 18th century China, with lots of details and character development that made...
  • Amelia
    Jun 19, 2017
    Li Du's travels take him far up into the borderlands between Tibet and China where a remote mountain valley is caught in the cross-hairs of a murderer. I enjoyed this at least as much as the first Li Du novel. I don't read a lot of mysteries but part of the appeal of this series, for m...
  • Joe
    Apr 03, 2019
    Elsa Hart borrows a classic mystery plot in The White Mirror: a group of travelers discover a dead body and then are stranded by a storm in a remote location, with the killer presumably among them. What makes the Li Du novels stand out is the setting of China in the 1700s. Political in...
  • Milena Benini
    Jan 01, 2017
    I really love this series so far. The plot is intelligent, the characters interesting, the history well researched, and the whole strikes just the right balance for a perfect read. ...
  • Sandra
    Apr 30, 2019
    Have finished and now ready to pick up #3, "City of Ink." The writing is exquisite, Li Du is a wonderful character, and the mystery unfolds nicely. Highly recommend! ...
  • Ram Kaushik
    Apr 04, 2019
    Very enjoyable historical mystery, focused on 17th century China and Tibet. Li Du is a likeable sleuth, although the tendency of all the other characters to immediately answer all his nosy questions jars a bit. Background is set with some care, so the atmosphere of time and place takes...
  • Ingrid
    Jul 02, 2018
    Again a great story about the librarian in exile Li Du who has to solve a few murders. I just love the atmosphere. Very close to five stars. ...
  • Elisabeth
    Nov 22, 2018
    A classic locked-room mystery featuring ancient Tibet. Trapped by an early snowfall in a remote Himalayan valley, an assortment of spies, monks, homemakers, lost heirs, storytellers, and an exiled librarian battle inherent mistrust and layers of lies to uncover a murderer in their m...
  • Debbie
    Jan 16, 2017
    I love the main character but I found this journey a bit slow. It did pick up closer to the end and I'm excited about Li Du will journey in the next novel. ...
  • Jeanette
    May 11, 2016
    Elsa Hart, I am a fan. This second novel of the series of Li Du was scrumptious. Exceptional in its placements within the mountains of Lhasa, its characters, its juxtaposition of different authorities, it lyrical and yet logical language. This is a who-dun-it that comes fully fra...
  • Pat
    Sep 13, 2016
    The White Mirror is Book #2 in the Li Du series. Li Du was a librarian in the Emperor's court but was exiled due to rumors of his betrayal against the emperor. That mystery has never been solved but Li Du performed a valuable service to the Emperor when his life was threatened (Book #1...
  • Fran
    Aug 10, 2016
    Eighteenth Century Asia was wrought with political intrigue. In "The White Mirror", sequel to "Jade Mountain Dragon", imperial librarian Li Du travels with six muleteers and a trading caravan on the roads between China and Tibet. Inclement weather abounds and mountain passes will ...
  • Becky B
    May 27, 2017
    Former imperial librarian Li Du and the mysterious storyteller Hamza are journeying towards Lhasa with a caravan in the Himalayan foothills that are often disputed by imperial China, Lhasa, and the Mongols. They venture off on a lesser traveled route for reasons the caravan leader won'...
  • ☕Laura
    Aug 28, 2017
    Loving this series and hoping there are more to come! Ratings (1 to 5) Writing: 4 Plot: 4 Characters: 4 Emotional impact: 4 Overall rating: 4 ...
  • Mark
    Jan 18, 2017
    Second book I read by this author and I was really impressed. Set in 18th century Tibet with the main protagonist a scholarly exiled librarian from the Forbidden City, Hart's books are my ideal mixture of a layered plot that is not just puzzle-box clever but has some cultural and polit...
  • Shannon Upton
    Oct 17, 2016
    Li Du is my favorite new detective. Picture Hercule Poirot or Miss Marple stumbling across murders in eighteenth-century China, and you'll understand the basic concept of "The White Mirror." In her second novel, Elsa Hart again writes an enjoyable mystery while unobtrusively creatin...
  • Kelsey
    Nov 16, 2016
    An excellent sequel to the Jade Dragon, Li Du once again confirms his Hercules Poirot like prowress. Hamza is a charming foil to the serious and thoughtful Li Du, full of fairy tales and magic (and as a character seems quite magical). I hope he shows up in the next book as well. Elsa H...
  • Robbie
    Nov 18, 2016
    This was even better than the first. I hope there will be many more books in this fascinating series. Ms Hart gives us a glowingly detailed glimpse of life and people in this far-past time that lets us be with them in her created world, hearing what they hear, seeing what they see. Thi...
  • Elizabeth
    Jan 31, 2017
    This was such an excellent mystery from Hart and I can't wait for her next book! ...
  • Steve N
    Oct 24, 2018
    Li Du and his pal Hamza are basically the ancient Chinese version of Sherlock and Holmes, although Hamza is by far the better character. The White Mirror is laced with politics, spies, murder, humor and darkness, all while developing a good cast of memorable characters. The White Mi...
  • Toni
    Oct 09, 2017
    Given that I wasn't very impressed by the first book in this series, Jade Dragon Mountain, I have to say I didn't plan on continuing the series. However, the synopsis for The White Mirror interested me enough to buy a copy, and I'm so glad I did! This was such an intriguing story; comp...
  • Brian V
    Jul 07, 2018
    Very similar to first book is basic plotting. Vivid view of China in the 18th century and the historical and cultural factors at work. Interesting characters, a bit strained in plot. History make this worthwhile. In The White Mirror, the follow-up to Elsa Hart?s critically acc...
  • Katie
    May 16, 2017
    After having read the author's first book Jade Dragon Mountain, I was delighted to receive an Advanced Reading Copy of this book from NetGalley. In fact, I could hardly wait to start reading it. This book is a fascinating look at 18th century China, its culture, religion, and the peopl...
  • Shayla McBride
    Aug 24, 2017
    Hart is a marvelous writer with a lyrical turn of phrase and an eye for the odd, telling detail. The exiled librarian Li Du is a restrained character but is surrounded by a host of well-drawn secondary characters such as his story-telling friend Hamza and the mysterious but attractive ...