The Second Rule of Ten: book review

The Second Rule of Ten:

A Tenzing Norbu Mystery

(Dharma Detective)



352 pages

Published by Hay House Visions on January 1, 2013

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MY THOUGHTS ABOUT The Second Rule of Ten

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I read the first book of this series 2 years ago: these are mysteries with a former Buddhist monk detective. Though not top literature, it was enjoyable and well done enough to give me the desire to read the 2nd volume: The Second Rule of Ten – of course there’s a play on word right here, it could be 2/10 but remember that the main hero’s name is Ten, short for Tenzing.

I liked the plots and dialogues, and how Buddhist wisdom is included in the daily life of our young detective. In this 2nd volume though, there was a lot more about his inner struggles, especially with his dad and his former friends monks – living in the monastery where the abbot is precisely his own father. Not sure I really found that necessary, maybe it even distracted me a bit too much from the main plots. It sounded a bit too much like some elements in the only Maisie Dobbs I read.

However, I will try the 3rd rule when it comes out.


” I climbed into the Mustang, inhaling its musky scent of worn leather and time. Before I placed the key in the ignition, I allowed myself a few moments to simply sit and absorb the change. I had a ridiculously well-paying jog with a man I admired. When solutions like this arrive, seemingly out of the blue, but more often than not after I’ve at least made space for their possibility, they carry with them buoyancy, a lightness of heart. Such moments affirm that hope is not a dead end, and joy is often just a small perceptual shift from despair.” beginning of Chapter 11


“Beware your old, limited models of thinking: no matter how safe they make you feel, eventually you will become their prisoner.” That’s the second rule of Ten. 

Tenzing “Ten” Norbu—ex-monk and ex-cop—is back! In The Second Rule of Ten, the next book in the Dharma Detective series, our daring detective faces a dead Hollywood producer, an ailing philanthropist’s missing sister, and a way-too-sexy pathologist, who are all wreaking havoc with his serenity—and that’s before the arrival of cartel king and arch-nemesis Chaco Morales. As Ten moves deeper into the case, things get personal when his two best friends in Dharamshala go missing, and his former LAPD partner, Bill, turns oddly distant. Ten’s journey for the truth propels him from gang-ridden, dangerous Boyle Heights in east LA to Lhasa, Tibet, and back again. He must wrestle with more than one limiting thought and inner enemy if he is to identify, much less overcome, his rapidly multiplying outer ones. The clues to solving this complex cluster of mysterious events are sprinkled all over the City of Angels, but the ultimate answers, as always for Ten, lie inside. [Goodreads]


Dr. Gay Hendricks has served for more than 30 years as one of the major contributors to the fields of relationship transformation and body-mind therapies. Along with his wife, Dr. Kathlyn Hendricks, Gay is the author of many bestsellers, including Conscious Loving, At the Speed of Life, and Five Wishes.
Gay received his PhD in counseling psychology from Stanford University in 1974. After a 21-year career as a professor at the University of Colorado, he founded The Hendricks Institute, which offers seminars in North America, Asia, and Europe. He is also the founder of a new virtual learning center for transformation, Gaia Illumination University.
Throughout his career, Gay has done executive coaching with more than 800 executives, including the top management at such firms as Dell Computer, Hewlett Packard, Motorola, and KLM. His book, The Corporate Mystic, is used widely to train management in combining business skills and personal development tools.
In recent years he has also been active in creating new forms of conscious entertainment. In 2003, along with movie producer Stephen Simon, Gay founded the Spiritual Cinema Circle, which distributes inspirational movies to subscribers in more than 70 countries around the world. He was the executive producer of the feature film Conversations with God, and he has appeared on more than 500 radio and television shows, including Oprah, CNN, CNBC, 48 Hours, and others. [Goodreads]

Tinker Lindsay is an accomplished screenwriter, author, script consultant, and conceptual editor. A member of the Writer’s Guild of America, Independent Writers of Southern California, and Women in Film, she has worked in the Hollywood entertainment industry writing and developing feature films for over three decades. Her books include The Last Great Place and My Hollywood Ending. She graduated magna cum laude from Harvard University in English and American Language and Literature and completed a post-graduate course at Radcliffe College in Publishing Procedures. A practitioner and teacher of meditation, she can usually be found writing in her home office situated directly under the Hollywood sign. [amazon]



8 thoughts on “The Second Rule of Ten: book review

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  3. I have never heard of these books. Thank you for introducing them to me. I love light detective books that are somehow a little different. I think an ex-Buddhist monk fits the bill!!


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