The Tang Dynasty’s Female Forensic Doctor


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The chief female forensic investigator, Ran Yan was secretly killed by her assistant. Unexpectedly, she was reborn in the years of the Tang dynasty. After experiencing a narrow escape, she fled from Jiangnan to Chang’an. Although, Chang’an was at the beginning of its flourishing period under the Li family’s Tang dynasty, various princes were vying for the throne by using all kinds of strategies. This was the dark days of the imperial court, where one needed to walk on a tightrope as one’s life was as powerless as an ant. The Xiao family controlled a large amount of wealth so inevitably they also became involved in the conflicts.

After arriving in Chang’an, she discovered many suspicious incidents: the original owner had unexplainable amnesia but his family was indifferent. She once again saw the orchid shaped clay inkstone, a valuable object that her mother has given her in modern times. Hence, could it be that she can time travel back? In order to survive in the Tang dynasty, she displayed her strong spirit and willpower by learning medicine from a doctor, pretended that she benefited from being sick on how to cure diseases, suffered hardship in earning money, manufactured penicillin, cured syphilis, and used her autopsy skill and experience to solve each and every murder mysteries.

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April 22, 2017
Status: c136

There's so much knowledge and emotion in these chapters, it's not something written just to add more chapters, it's a real masterpiece of the genre. If you like reincarnation novels, a knowledgeable and capable female lead, romance, psychology, and ancient china, you will love it.

It's different from the other novels related to "doctors" since she is a forensic doctor, as the title say. There is the presence of corpse and sometimes the descriptions are quite powerful, there are also lots of murder cases etc, kind like detective conan. During the... more>> reading you will feel lots of emotions, also because we deal with psychological themes with the killers.

The main female character is really good, strong, beautiful and capable, she is easily attracted to really handsome male character with a good bone/muscular structure for... research purposes I would say.
There is a beautiful mix of funny moments and serious ones, the male characters are pretty good too.

For what I gather now, there are in particular 3 male characters that will divide the attention of the public, and I have to say, it's so easy to ship for the "wrong" one! I mean, it's not really wrong, but the female character herself will say at some point a phrase that made me understand I was cheering for the wrong couple.


" At the end the one that will accompany you until you hair becomes white is not necessary the one you love, but the one that is most suited for you " My heart broke at this point (T-T).


This novel is written so beautifully that I understood that previously I was giving 5 star for free, like the quality is incomparable. Well, anyway, what matters is the emotion, but I have to say that it's difficult to forget such a novel after reading it, the emotions it transmits... sigh

Anyway, I repeat: Beautiful, Stunning, Absolutely worthy! (unfortunately there are only these few chapters, otherwise... who would not know about this novel?) <<less
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Moonson rated it
December 17, 2016
Status: c11
Its reaaally good one. I read a lot of time lapsing novel, but the MC on this story is really logical in taking things up. Its your usual sickly MC that went well after soul swapping, but it has beautiful setting, poetic, the author beautifully mixed the MC modern way of thinking while keeping things in the era. Read till ch.11 and couldnt help but craving for more and more. Sadly, the translation went hiatus. Its really promising story. I hope somebody pick it up again soon :"
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KKristen rated it
June 27, 2018
Status: c51
So far, this is probably the most realistic transmigrated/reincarnated doctor I've read.


  • Female forensic expert and workaholic Ran Yan is murdered by her assistant. When she awakes, she finds that she has been reborn in the Tang Dynasty -- as an unfavored, first legitimate daughter, thought to be terminally ill and sent to the poor countryside. Ran Yan decides to use her skills to live well in her new life.
Main story genres:

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  • Crime & murder mystery.
  • Maybe some romance will be coming later, but nothing so far.

I really like this story, not necessarily because of its plot, but because of the realism.

First off, the main character, Ran Yan, is very believable. This is a woman who, after experiencing the loss of a friend, became a workaholic and leading expert in the field of forensics.

  • She is level-headed, not very expressive, and intelligent. To others, she seems cold -- but she is NOT heartless, invulnerable, emotionless, or "black-bellied" like other female transmigrators. I like that she's just a typical introverted "thinker" personality (a person who makes decisions based on logic rather than emotion, and isn't that great at social engagement).
  • Ran Yan has a very practical "survival mindset." She's not out for revenge, even though her new stepmother and stepsister tried to harm her original host. She doesn't fight or create unnecessary enemies. She's not against being polite to petty girls, and she doesn't mind being married as long as it's to a decent man. Since she transmigrated to a real point in history, she understands her position and rights during this time period.
  • Which brings me to the next best part -- her medical/forensic skills. Ran Yan is NOT a genius doctor, nor does she possess any supernatural skills or godly talent. She has some knowledge of modern medicine due to her studies (but not enough to become a full-fledged doctor), so she chooses to focus on women's health. She loves forensics and analyzing corpses, but she knows that it's socially unacceptable for a young lady in that time period. Unlike other female doctor MCs, she doesn't flaunt her skills, and instead finds ways to work under the radar.
  • The only unbelievable thing about her is that her host body is extremely beautiful -- but what can you do, it's a CN... *shrug*
So far, I give this novel 5 stars.

As of Ch.50, the first plot arc is still developing and no primary male leads have been identified, so I will update this review later as the plot progresses. <<less
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Fantasy-Magician rated it
June 22, 2017
Status: c27
As we all know transmigration story grows like cancer, but since it grows to be a genre instead of overused plot... we can't say it's lack of originality. If anything, diving to this genre test an author's skill. The author is undoubtedly put a lot of effort on character and plot.
First of all, while I haven't checked the history background of this story judging from how much material laid out about culture says a lot about meticulousness in world building. There's not much artistic liberty since this is a... more>> real historical setting, which is rare for transmigration story.

The main character is a forensic doctor as the title says, Yan Ran. What's so admirable about this character is her strong resolve to survive. She transmigrated to the past with only her knowledge and skill to support her. She might be the legal daughter of the family, but she has nonexistent power and her father seems to view her as political marriage tool so far. Even though she is a modern woman with modern mindset of a career coroner, she looks at her present world logically and decided her previous career choice would give her trouble. So she opted to be a doctor and try to make a living once again.

She is also not eager to pay back family members who wronged her, as she logically concluded even if she has solid case against her step-mother it's not worth making a real enemy in Yan family. Which I find a fresh take on transmigrated character, whose vessel more often than not suffer injustice. Yan Ran is more concerned in making livelihood and taking care of her two loyal servants.

Side characters more often than not are weak points in Chinese web novel, more often than not there's not much background and characterization in them. This story is a slow going so there shouldn't be much but some of the character like young teacher Sang Chen has well-thought character. He is not exactly the best one but he is unique and betray the first impression spectacularly.

Yan Ran's servants are also described well in their character. The young servant is cute, loyal but impulsive Wan Lu. Steadier, wise, loyal but bitter Min Xiang mama.

As for the plot... there's no significant progress in romance as we don't even know if we have seen the male lead yet. Possibly there's one appearance but that's it, so when reading this novel don't expect romance as much as drama of Yan Ran exploring life in Ancient Tang Dynasty. This is a slow burn story with good length in each chapter, the drama and Yan Ran's wit is enough to keep reader hooked regardless.
Be warned of graphic description of forensic record, the author definitely did her homework in this. Some delicate issue like prostitution and STD are mentioned so perhaps there's a need for R-15 rating at least.

All in all, this is a rare well written transmigration-timetravel story so I highly recommend it! <<less
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MissQ rated it
June 5, 2017
Status: c41
I'm glad someone picked up this novel. This is a very interesting novel and has it's own originality. Although the MC is a doctor that has transmigrated, she does not have a system or guardian to rely on.
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moco_moco rated it
February 16, 2019
Status: --
The story itself is good, kudos for the translator to pick up this novel but the translation too slow. Just wonder with this pace of translation, how many years it will take to finish to read this novel.

Hopefully there will be another translator to work with the current translator to update the chapters more quickly as this novel is adapted to drama that will be aired next year!

This novel is worth reading not like others usual transmigrator or reincarnation novels.
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BeccaHC rated it
October 21, 2019
Status: c74
I really like this novel but I admit that it is not for everyone. The pace is slow, yes, but I like the details the author brings to us - medical knowledge, knowledge about other characters, about MC's past, about objects, etc. I feel that, as I read from chapter 1 to chapter 74 without having to wait for the releases, it is easier for me to remember the relationship between the characters, so I can clearly see why our MC does what she does, why she is involved in... more>> the investigation, and who each person really is - for example, there will be characters that will appear in one chapter and will only reappear 10-15 chapters later. I like the MC's personality, she is 'cold', but you can see different sides of her when she is interacting with different characters,

especially when she is with Ran Yunsheng or one of the candidates for ML - Sang Chen and Xiao Song *-*


And for those that want to know about the romance (Idk much myself, only this little bit, super spoiler ahead)

I know that there isn't much romance until she gets married to the ML, he is



Xiao Song. XD iirc someone said that the wedding is around chapter 200, so we still have 130 chapters until there

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wonyoung rated it
May 18, 2019
Status: c61
Really good! I'm glad I found it, it's already one of my favorite novels!! The author is truly great, lot of research was done for the historical and medicinal elements, I love it. I'm really grateful towards the new translator, too bad they're busy and the translations aren't as often as I'd want, but it's understandable. As a college student I even find it hard to make time to read sometimes, translation is even harder, yet the translator makes such quality translations, adds a lot of informative footnotes and nice... more>> notes. It's great, I hope it doesn't disappoint me in the future! <<less
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seawaterwitch rated it
January 11, 2018
Status: c38
I love how the female character is strong. So far, I was on chapter 50. Things get more interesting now. I love it.

Thank you for the translator hardwork. God Bless You. Hugs.
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rdawv rated it
March 22, 2016
Status: --
Impressions as of Ch.11.

A slow burn of a story, set in the days of the Tang Dynasty of China. The MC was a female forensics investigator who was killed, and awoken to find herself in the body of a bed-ridden lady; sent far away due to the schemes of her step-mother who wanted legitimacy to take over the household affairs.

The story has the hallmarks of the usual family drama setting, sharing similarities with Mei Gongqing; including the relatively close time period and similar conservative concerns about ladylike behavior and reputation.... more>> We get to read about the doubts of the MC as she treads cautiously in her new world, afraid of revealing too much of her modern knowledge and sensibilities.

The translated chapters are sufficient as a teaser and I hope we get to read how she would later be confident enough to apply her skills in the historical world.

I hope the translator is able to upload more chapters regularly, as the story has 400+ chapters. <<less
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Reader883 rated it
May 1, 2020
Status: c82
This is a very good book much different from the drama. I like the book better. I also really like the medical detail. I bet this makes the book harder to translate.

Keep up the great work on the translation!
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April 19, 2020
Status: c120
When I was reading this, I don't really understand a lot of the medical jargon, and I feel like many readers are the same way. This novel is slow-paced because the author puts a lot of details on the mystery aspects and murder cases. Some people may be irked by this, but I think that, rather than a fast paced novel more focused on romance and repetitive family drama, this is more beautifully written exactly because the plot isn't rushed and the readers witness the characters grow.

At first, the MC... more>> may be cold and indifferent, which is a temperament and attitude she gained from her profession as a forensic doctor. But later on, we see how she started caring for the people around her and learns to smile more and appreciate others.

The romance in the story... well, it's still in the somewhat "getting to know each other" phase. The MC doesn't have any ambiguous relationship with the three potential male leads. At most, they can be considered acquaintances at this point in time. Also, I appreciate the drastic differences between the male lead characters and their interaction with the MC. Unless you've read the spoilers, it's really hard to guess who the MC would actually end up with.

I really like how the author described the male leads in this analogy:

"Among the three men, Sang Chen is white, and he is bright and pure, beautiful is longing for; Su Fu is black, hidden in darkness, doing the darkest deeds, never seeing the sun; and Xiao Song is gray, he stood in an upright position, but he had to do some dark things, hypocrisy and cunning." (Sorry for the grammatical errors, this line was directly MTl-ed)

I'll postpone my ratings until I get a bit farther in the story. <<less
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nopeitynopenope rated it
January 16, 2020
Status: c61
This is a good, slower paced story. I think the author has done a good job with researching historical and modern forensics and it shows in the novel. The translators have done a great job and provided lots of interesting footnotes.
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dona rated it
October 17, 2019
Status: c73
This novel shares a lot of similarities with other historical c-novels. It´s not bad but sometimes I do skip some lines.

If I had to point the cons:

1. The author made the MC too perfect. So perfect she has no personality of her own. Basically a robot in a female body. Now this might sound like an exaggeration but after 73 chapters I still don´t know anything about MC. Nothing at all. She remains neutral in all situations.

2. Far too specific with the medical stuff. Seriously how many paragraphs do we... more>> need describing the human body?

3. There is a lot of mystery-solving in this novel, and it could´ve been interesting and thrilling but sadly none of the characters involved have any background to them so as a reader it´s hard to feel attached to any. And none of them have a relation with MC so you lose interest quickly. Who cares why and how this person or that person died? They are completely irrelevant to MC!! <<less
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June 28, 2019
Status: c61
This novel is fine if you have time to kill since the pacing is very slow. There are a lot of deaths going on and it is also possible that some are connected to her. I don't know who the male lead is. There are a lot of males being described as devastatingly beautiful, perhaps this is a reverse harem? Jk
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amilah123 rated it
May 15, 2019
Status: c3
I love medical novels and usually chinese transmigration have to easy to follow/reading flow. But for some reason this novel doesn't do me like the others I've read so far, so I couldn't get hooked, I wanted to drop it on the first chapter because the writting was not my style. Like who ask for it to be specfic, specfic (medical terms). And I haven't fallen in love with the MC. I dont even see her personality yet but even if it shows up in l8r chapters I womt read... more>> it for now.

So series dropped. <<less
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Anonymousse rated it
October 8, 2017
Status: c35
a good novel where the MC is a coroner with a corpses fetish. She LOVE all that linked with corpses.

Although all supporting characters around MC are either dumb, naive, low IQ, or undependable (sang chen, wan lu, young master qin, MC father, etc) that most of the time only inviting unnecessary troubles for MC. The story pretty much goes smoothly well without any future hightech or op skill..
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flufflylilsheep rated it
July 23, 2016
Status: c11
Love it so far. The translated chapters is only the beginning of the story and haven't develop yet. That's why I can't give a thorough review. Hence, I'm awaiting for future update.
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