A Song for Lonely Wolves by Lee Evie (review + giveaway link)

A Song for Lonely Wolves
by Lee Evie

Publication Date: February 26, 2020

Interstice Press

Series: Joseon Detective, Book One

Genre: Historical Fiction


A missing woman. A frozen body.
A bonded servant girl, determined to solve a mystery.

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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About the Author

Lee Evie is a historical fiction author. She writes with a focus on Korean history and loves dark adventures with a heavy dose of danger, mystery and romance. When she’s not writing, Lee Evie can be found watching drama, which she will do for hours on end. She believes drama watching is the ultimate joy of life. Even when they make her cry. An avid photography and travel lover, Lee Evie thinks stories are the most precious gift to the universe.

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~My Thoughts~

From the action packed peril of the opening scene, Lee Evie’s A Song for Lonely Wolves pulls the reader into Dan Ji’s life as a tea servant then sweeps them along into a new mystery as she travels to a village and into the surrounding hills in what begins as a search for a missing well-born girl. Along with another Damo and the reserved police Lieutenant Jo Man Seok, Dan Ji’s efforts are hampered by the systems of society and power in Joseon era Korea.  

Just as Dan Ji pulls the various threads that come together to solve a mystery, the layers of this story come together to form a riveting and compelling whole. Among the most intriguing of those layers is that of a young woman of no prospects or social standing who dared to make more of herself, gaining the respect of the other damo who call her “the battle axe,” being faced with an unexpected choice of who she wants to become.

With a strong narrative voice and a well-paced plot that varies in tempo, this first in series book strikes a balance between first person introspection and action, impulse and reason, crisp writing and rich storytelling weaving together the layers and themes of a self-contained story while leaving room for the reader to anticipate continuing on to the next book in the Joseon Detective trilogy. There is much to enjoy in this mystery set in 16th Century Korea that managed to surprise me through turns and seeming roadblocks, and even my own emotional response. I’m looking forward to more of this trilogy and more of Damo Dan Ji.

Blog Tour Schedule

Monday, July 6
Review at Passages to the Past

Tuesday, July 7
Review at Bookworlder

Wednesday, July 8
Review at YA, It’s Lit

Thursday, July 9
Review at Historical Fiction with Spirit

Friday, July 10
Feature at Donna’s Book Blog

Saturday, July 11
Review at Book Bustle
Feature at Let Them Read Books

Sunday, July 12
Review at Reading is My Remedy

Wednesday, July 15
Review at Impressions In Ink


During the Blog Tour, we are giving away a paperback copy of A Song for Lonely Wolves by Lee Evie! To enter, please use the Gleam form below.

Giveaway Rules

  • Giveaway ends at 11:59 pm EST on July 15th. You must be 18 or older to enter.
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A Song for Lonely Wolves

The review above refers to a digital copy I voluntarily received through #HFVBTBlogTours. A positive review was not required and all opinions expressed are my own.

4 thoughts on “A Song for Lonely Wolves by Lee Evie (review + giveaway link)

    1. Thank you for having me on the tour! It was definitely a great read. I actually had to put it down at one point because of the tension when Dan Ji was making a fateful decision. 🙂


  1. Gosh, what a truly lovely review, thank you so much for reading my story, Yvette, and for being part of the tour 🙂


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