Joseon Detective Series

Dark crime fiction mysteries in old Korea

A dark, chilling crime series set in old Korea in the late 1500s. Each book follows damo Dan Ji, a police bureau servant, as she investigates a new murder mystery.

Each novel can be read as a stand-alone, or as a connected series.

Book One

A missing woman. A frozen body.
A mystery unfolds.

Joseon Korea, winter, 1590.
At the foot of a jagged mountain range, an isolated village lies in muddy snow. From her bed, a young noblewoman vanishes in the dead of night and rumours of a fearsome ghost with no face echo in her wake.

Hard-working and dogged Dan Ji, arrives in the long winding valley with her own ghosts. As a damo, a tea servant of the police force, she is overlooked and undervalued. Yet this case has gripped her heart, and she craves to prove her worth beyond simply cooking and cleaning for her superiors – she is determined to solve the mystery.

With only the officer in charge on her side – a hard young man with a bloody past and secrets of his own – Dan Ji must convince the local Magistrate and his provincial policemen to trust her judgement. Yet with mistrust brewing, the investigation slowly grinds to a halt. Until a frozen body is unearthed from the deep snows of the mountain range.

It is not within Dan Ji’s nature to leave a mystery unsolved, yet soon she discovers the fine threads of this investigation run much deeper than anyone has anticipated.

A dark historical mystery set in old Korea.

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Damo Dan Ji

Jo Man Seok

Book Two – An Ode to Hungry Ghosts

Cover coming soon!

A murder. A war.
A city on the verge of collapse.

Joseon Korea, summer, 1592.
The walled fortress city of Pyongyang teeters on the edge of collapse. The streets teem with refugees, the slums overflowing and the summer heat unbearable. And in the distance, a foreign army slowly advances, leaving a trail of destruction and death in its wake.

Disillusioned following her last harrowing case, police servant Dan Ji is attempting to survive in unprecedented times. Newly arrived to a city on fire with panic and fear – and with her ex superior officer Man Seok either lost or dead in the savage war to the south – the last thing Dan Ji wants is more responsibility. Yet when the mutilated body of a young woman is discovered beneath Taedongmun Gate, Dan Ji is assigned to investigate the case.

Except who cares about the death of one young girl during times of war? With officers abandoning their posts and fleeing to the mountains, and Dan Ji’s superiors more interested in closing the case than actually solving it, Dan Ji must decide how far she is willing to go to unravel this mystery.

A dark historical mystery set in old Korea.

COMING SOON IN JULY 2021!

Damo Dan Ji

Jo Man Seok

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‘A beautifully evocative story and engaging mystery that draws you in from the first page to the last.’
– Elizabeth, Goodreads review on A Song for Lonely Wolves
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PRAISE for
A Song for Lonely Wolves

This book is a little gem. Entertaining, a page-turner, a good character development of the main character, Damo Dan Ji. She evolves and is portrayed as a strong woman in times where being strong was not tremendously encouraged.

C.F, Amazon

Rating: 5 out of 5.
PRAISE for
A Song for Lonely Wolves

A Song for Lonely Wolves is a beautifully intricate story of Dan Ji, a tea servant for the police force who longs to prove herself as an investigator. This is such a great premise for a book and a series!

Katie, Goodreads

Rating: 5 out of 5.
PRAISE for
A Song for Lonely Wolves

Loved it. You get a Korean history lesson wrapped in a kidnapping and murder … Great read, if you like history, mystery, and strong smart female characters get this book today!

NM, Amazon

Rating: 5 out of 5.

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‘Loved it. The writing seemed a paradox, in a way. Simple, stark, and cold, like the story’s setting, but full of emotion and meaning between the lines. It was beautifully descriptive. I couldn’t put it down.’
– L Veverka, Goodreads review on A Song for Lonely Wolves
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