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Earl Derr Biggers: Criticism and Reviews

The Charlie Chan Family Home has critical comments on the Charlie Chan character, books and films.

Additional criticism and review of Earl Derr Biggers's works can be found at your local public library.

The following reviews can be accessed online only by an individual who has a current library card through this address.

Fifty Candles.
Review by Michael Rogers.
Library Journal, September 1, 2001, v126 i14 p241.

"Though partially set in Hawaii, this 1921 novel predates Biggers's popular Charlie Chan mystery series. Here attorney Mark Drew travels from Hawaii to the underbelly of fog-shrouded San Francisco to solve a murder. Along with the puzzle, there is a little dash of romance to keep the plot moving."

Benet's Reader's Encyclopedia of American Literature, Edition 1, 1991 v1 p95.

"Biggers was a Boston journalist, born in Ohio and educated at Harvard. His successful mystery novel, Seven Keys to Baldpate (1913), was made into a play and was also filmed. He wrote other novels, but is chiefly known for his series about the Chinese detective Charlie Chan. These include The House Without a Key (1925), The Chinese Parrot (1926), Behind That Curtain (1928), The Black Camel (1929), Charlie Chan Carries On (1930), and Keeper of the Keys (1932)."

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