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  • Series: Dharma Detective: Tenzing Norbu Mystery
  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Hay House Visions (January 1, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1401941028
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401941024
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.3 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (185 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #421,954 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Gay Hendricks is a best-selling author with more than 30 books to his credit. The Tenzing Norbu Mystery series, which began with The First Rule of Ten, is Hendricks’s first foray into fiction.

 

Tinker Lindsay is an accomplished screenwriter and author who has written and produced a wide variety of books and films.


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The story is good, the Ten character is great and deep and very well developed.
Jon
I'm going to backtrack and read the first book in the series, and look foward to keeping up with the next.
Jill Florio
I started with The First Rule of Ten and now I'm reading this second book in the series.
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29 of 33 people found the following review helpful By John A. Lefcourte VINE VOICE on January 9, 2013
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The story must make sense.

I've been reading Mysteries on and off for 60 years. Poe, Doyle, Van Dyne, Christie, Stout, Gardner, etc. To add some variety authors change locations: Ancient China, Ancient Rome, Nazi Germany, etc. and change the occupations and backgrounds of the protagonists. The hook here is that the protagonist is a L.A. P.I., half Tibetan who spent his formative years growing up in a Tibetan Buddhist Temple as an apprentice Monk. However, given his background he isn't very enlightened and doesn't act very smart. Nevertheless the book is fairly well written and engaging but once finished the reader realizes the plot really didn't make any sense (which isn't to say that things couldn't have happened that way but that it is very unlikely that they would have). The authors should know that the word rifle is not a synonym for shotgun but don't. That's a little off putting for a detective story.

I gave up reading mystery novels awhile back as they felt like empty calories but I'd heard and read the buzz on this series and wanted to give it a try. It's as good as most popular contemporary detective characters but not any better.

If you are an avid reader of mysteries you will enjoy it. If you are a picky reader I doubt that you'd read another in the series.
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22 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Biblioholic Beth VINE VOICE on December 29, 2012
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We all have struggles that try to define us, and some of us have more than others. The inward thoughts that tell us we aren't worthy enough, the memories of the past that try to limit us...those are just a couple of examples. Ten, for all his Buddhist training, has more than his fair share of those struggles - and in The Second Rule of Ten, he begins to realize that maybe *he* has been using those struggles to limit *himself*. Of course, being Ten, he begins his journey to understanding while investigating a murder, looking for the sister of a rich Jewish philanthropist, and falling for the newest coroner.

As in the first book, the writing is outstanding. The pace flows incredibly well, and all the pieces fit together like an incredibly detailed puzzle. Not too many pieces, where things start to go off the rail, but enough that things stay interesting. Add into this the elements of Buddhism, based on Ten's upbringing in a monastery, and it makes for one heck of an intriguing book.

I was a bit concerned after I read the first one that there would be a sophomore slump - primarily due to the elements of Buddhism woven into the story. How to make it feel fresh and new, AND not pushy, was something I wondered about. I am so excited and relieved to see that my concerns were totally unfounded. You could easily read this book on its own without missing anything, but I think you will find that starting with the first will draw you in even more, as many of the characters are the same.

To be completely honest, I do not usually read police procedurals - just not generally my thing. What captivates me with these books are the characters. They are human in every aspect, and they draw you in and make you care about them.
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Angie Boyter VINE VOICE on December 28, 2012
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Dharma Detective Tenzing "Ten" Norbu has left the life of a Buddhist monk to become a PI in Los Angeles, but he hasn't left behind his Buddhist philosophy. The resulting synthesis is one of the most charming and unusual mystery series I have read in a very long time. As this second book in the series opens, Ten says "I am making a new rule for myself....I'm going to be on the lookout for unconscious beliefs, the kind I hold so closely, I mistake them for reality....As safe as they make me feel, ...they prevent me from understanding what is actually happening." He has good reason to remember this rule in the course of this book. Movie mogul Marv Rudolph, who had recently hired Ten to find his runaway teen-aged daughter, dies in unusual circumstances, and Ten finds himself drawn into the case. Los Angeles philanthropist Julius Rosen hires Ten to find his sister, who was lost during the holocaust in World War II. At the same time, some serious challenges arise in Ten's personal life. His interest in the Rudolph case creates a painful conflict between himself and his best friend and former partner Detective Bill Bohannon, who is heading the official investigation and is clearly very ambivalent about Ten's involvement. A new romance causes his insecurities about women to resurface and makes him question why he cannot seem to find a lasting love. In all of these situations he must ask himself how closely what he believes accords with reality.
This is most definitely a character-driven series. The first-person narrative is the perfect vehicle for getting to know the engaging Ten.
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If you've not yet met the delightfully different detective Tenzig Norbu, there's no better time to make his acquaintance than now. Ten's a 30ish former Tibetan monk who came to America, became a detective for the LAPD, then left to start his own private eye practice which, as we begin book two in the series, is still limping along with the help of Ten's immensely likable regular co-stars: Mike, his on-call computer whiz; Bill, his former police partner; Tank, the cat who loves tuna water but won't eat tuna fish and Shelby, our hero's beloved bright yellow '65 Mustang. This second in the series introduces two new continuing characters: Clancy, the paparazzo, and Heather, the coroner's new resident assistant, who's about to become Ten's "first flirtation initiated over an opened cadaver."

"Second Rule" opens with Hollywood producer Marv Rudolph hiring Ten to find his 16-year-old wayward daughter. No sooner is his daughter found than word comes that Marv has been found dead, but the autopsy shows no cause, which is odd. Odder still is a now missing piece of inner arm skin that had had a tattoo on it and a knife lying next to the body that shows no indication of having been used. As the search for what or who killed Marv and why gets underway, lots and lots of bad guys enter the picture. Then, in the midst of all this turmoil, Ten's intuition tells him that something's terribly wrong back home at the monastery in Dharamshala, India which leads to a brief but interesting break in the action for a quick 7,000 mile plane trip to meet Ten's father, the abbot, and his two longtime pen pals, Lama Yeshe and Lama Lobsang.

Book two closes with a bang-up sneak preview of "The Third Rule of Ten."
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