The First Rule of Ten: A Tenzing Norbu Mystery

Tenzing Norbu Ten for short ex monk and soon to be ex cop is a protagonist unique to our times In The First Rule of Ten, the first installment in a three book detective series, readers meet this spiritual warrior who is singularly equipped, if not occasionally ill equipped, as he takes on his first case as a private investigator in Los Angeles.
The First Rule of Ten A Tenzing Norbu Mystery Tenzing Norbu Ten for short ex monk and soon to be ex cop is a protagonist unique to our times In The First Rule of Ten the first installment in a three book detective series readers meet this spiri

  • Title: The First Rule of Ten: A Tenzing Norbu Mystery
  • Author: Gay Hendricks Tinker Lindsay
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 151
  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • 1 thought on “The First Rule of Ten: A Tenzing Norbu Mystery”

    1. Enjoyable and A Fun Read!The synopsis of this book immediately caught my eye. Ten, short for Tenzing, is a Tibetan monk who after years of chanting longed for a different way of life. As the Buddha says, change is inevitable and that was something Ten desperately wanted; he wanted to be a detective. Ten finally leaves the monastery, travels to Los Angeles, joins the LAPD and eventually becomes a private detective. This novel was a fun, enjoyable, easy read, with many thought-provoking life lesso [...]

    2. I'm often skeptical when I try a new mystery; I tend to expect some kind of formula writing, or a re-hash of stuff I've read before. So it takes an intriguing premise or character for me to give them a try. Ten Norbu, the protagonist of this novel, is a former Tibetan monk, turned LA cop, and now will attempt to make a go of it as a private detective. OK, that's certainly intriguing enough to get me to give it a whirl. But how would it measure up to my expectations?Folks, I can honestly say, thi [...]

    3. Excellent!The first rule of Ije is to read as many great murder mysteries as possible. The second rule of Ije is that the mystery must keep me guessing, no easy solutions please. And this book delivered and I am thrilled to have another mystery series to work through. (Yay)But who is Ten? Tenzing Norbu was brought up by his alcoholic mother in Paris and Buddhist monk father in Tibet. As a child when his mother died he moved from France to Tibet to become a monk at the same monastery that his fat [...]

    4. 4.5 out of 5 stars. This is my new favorite series in the mystery genre. I love the character Tenzing Norbu. The writing is smart and fun, and the mystery doesn't involve overly gruesome murders and doesn't need to. Ten, a former Buddhist monk, teaches as well as learns as he begins his life as a private investigator, and some lessons are harder than others.I initially wondered if I had missed a first book in the series because there were references to his life as an LAPD officer in the days bef [...]

    5. Tenzin Norbu is truly a one-off: an ex-Buddhist monk and ex-homicide detective who applies the principles of Mindfulness to the job of solving of murder mysteries. What sets this character apart from any other contenders in the detective fiction market is his adherence to the Buddhist practice of 'checking in' with his visceral and emotional states in each situation that requires a considered response from him. With a taste for good wine, an occasional cold beer, and an eclectic approach to food [...]

    6. I’m surprised that this book has so many four and five star ratings. I’d give it two and a half. It’s readable and interesting enough to get you to the end but it certainly doesn’t belong in the first rank of crime fiction. Several Goodreaders suggest that it doesn’t follow a formula. But it has all the formulaic elements of detective fiction: an interesting, but flawed detective, good atmospherics, a dead body to start the action, then the pealing of the onion of information that lead [...]

    7. "The First Rule of Ten" is a fascinating mystery featuring an ex-Buddhist monk who became a police officer and has now quit to become a private investigator. As you might expect, the books has a definite zen-like quality to it. :) Tenzing Norbu, nicknamed Ten, is an interesting character, but I felt a little lukewarm about him. I liked him and his interaction with John D, an old farmer with cancer, but Ten came off as a bit of a jerk at times, particularly where women were concerned, hence my ov [...]

    8. Tenzing “Ten” Norbu is a Buddhist and newly appointed private investigator. This first client is a woman named Barbara Maxey. She asks ten to give her ex, Zimmy Backus a warning. That he might be in trouble. Ten does not really take Barbara too seriously. That is until she turns up in the morgue dead as a doornail. I liked the idea of the character Ten. I like that he was a Buddhist private investigator. I have not come across a character like this before. So my interest was piqued. Unfortun [...]

    9. Tenzing Norbu is a complicated man. The product of a flighty, self-absorbed mother and a Tibetan father, he was raised in a monastery in Tibet, eventually moving to the West, leaving monastic life behind, and becoming a police officer. After a near-miss during a call, he decides to leave the force and become a private investigator. His first case isn't so much acquired as it is dropped on his head, in the person of an escapee from a religious cult, trying to warn Ten's landlord of a shadowy thre [...]

    10. The concept -- a Tibetan Buddhist ex-cop striking out as a private eye in Los Angeles -- is interesting, if rife with potential for cultural appropriation. The plot is fine, mixing a mobbed-up hog farm with an odd cult and insurance fraud and murder; and there's the obligatory romantic interest. But somehow, this just didn't work for me. I think the authors perceive human nature on a different set of wavelengths than I do, and throughout the book, I felt like I was trying to absorb the story thr [...]

    11. 3.5 Hard to come up with a unique concept for a private detective but these authors have managed to do just that. Ten has been raised in a monastery and was a Buddhist monk, which gives this mystery a different spin. Meditation, an organic diet, in touch view of nature and quite a bit of humor is interspersed with the solving of the mystery. Loved reading his philosophies and his supporting characters are enjoyable as is the storyline. A new character to savor and enjoy. ARC by NetGalley.

    12. This book seems to have been written for me! A great mystery, set in Southern California, and the detective is in touch with intuition, meditation, visualization, and good food! (And he has a cat!) the discussions of karma and compassion added depth to the story.

    13. i think this is my first grown up detective book since i read Encyclopedia Brown in the second grade! I really enjoyed this book. I liked the juxtaposition of Tibetan monk and private detective in the main character. Just the right amount of humor toohope there are more books to come!

    14. I loved it. The character of Ten appealed to me. There were certain technicalities that didnt add up for me but I loved the lightheatedness of the story I will definitely read more of the series.

    15. This is an interesting detective novel, with a different sort of leading man. Ten has a deeply spiritual side which helps him focus and figure out connections. There were really good plot twists plus a romance that didn't work out. I was fascinated by Ten's Shelby and gun infatuation. I want to read more in this series!

    16. Good read!An interesting blend of Buddhism and crime fiction! I truly enjoyed the main character, Tenzing Norbu, and his use of Buddhist practices to aid in solving crime. It was a very thought provoking read.

    17. I'm not really a 'mystery" person -- but I really enjoyed this book. Our book group read it together, and we really enjoyed the writing style, the humor, the tension and the spirituality that sprinkles the pages.Looking forward to the next book!

    18. I liked it, because he's more or less in the same genre as my book (out soon). Knowing Tibetan practices, I wasn't entirely happy with how they were presented, but most people wouldn't find that distracting.

    19. Fun read. Not great literature, but fun. Former Tibetan Buddhist monk turned detective with a huge Persian cat named Tank.

    20. I really liked it. I know it isn't a masterpiece, but it was fully engaging and made me want to pick up my Kindle to read. I plan to read all of this author.

    21. The First Rule of Ten by Gay Hendricks and Tinker Lindsay is a surprise. It is surprisingly good. There are a lot of things about this mystery that are unconventional, including the detective it introduces, but I was hooked from the first page.Tenzing Norbu ("Ten" for short) grew up wanting to become a modern-day Sherlock Holmes. The ambition would not have been that far out of the ordinary, if it weren't for the location where Ten did that growing up. Ten spent his formative years in a Buddhist [...]

    22. I love the mystery genre - it seems to allow so much creativity in identifying the protagonist and the various characters in the story being told. This is the first time I've encountered a Tibetan Buddhist detective. And while the author can't get into any depth, the specifics of Ten's practices, and his acceptance of people as they are, do ring true. The author spends way too much time summarizing Ten's various vegetarian meals. Not interesting. Would be OK to introduce with some teasing / argu [...]

    23. Fun and interesting protagonist and some Buddhist philosophy thrown in for good measure. I liked it!

    24. The hero in this book, whose nickname is Ten, is my type of character, an ex-cop who also happens to have been raised in a Buddhist monastery. He's cool in a Zen kind of way and the authors still manage to work his beliefs into the story line so we can watch a man evolving in his spiritual life while doing his job as a detective for hire as the chaotic world spins around him. Each book examines a spiritual concept. This first in the series, which is the only one I've read thus far, considers thi [...]

    25. A friend and I read this together and this is our review.Tenzing “Ten” Norbu doesn’t really belong in any one world. As a young child he spent part of his time living with an American mother in Paris and the other half of the time living with his Tibetan father in a Tibetan monastery. He was sent to Los Angeles as a teenager to teach meditation and perhaps as well to soothe his rebelliousness. Instead he became a homicide detective for the LAPD who then decides to quit the force and become [...]

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