Joseon Detective Series

Dark crime fiction in old Korea

Joseon Korea, winter, 1590

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

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 and chilling murder investigation of old Korea.


PAPERBACKS are available via Amazon, ordered through your local bookstore, or requested from your local library.


‘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

‘Loved it. You get a Korean history lesson wrapped in a kidnapping and murder. To make the plot even more interesting, the main character is a female servant girl. Great read, if you like history, mystery, and strong smart female characters get this book today!’
NM, Amazon

‘I really enjoyed reading this. I am looking forward to the next one.’
Lisa, Instagram

‘A beautifully evocative story and engaging mystery that draws you in from the first page to the last. I was thoroughly fascinated with the world of Damos, female servants of the police in the Joseon era who acted as detectives in a time when the role of women was secondary to men. The heroine in plucky and determined, fighting to achieve justice and overcome powerlessness. The snowy and eerie beauty of the landscape creates an ominous backdrop and Lee Evie manages to paint a picture with her words that puts you right there. I loved every moment of this book and can not wait to read the next instalment! Highly recommended!’
Elizabeth, Goodreads

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