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Summary

Inspector Singh is in a bad mood. He's been sent from his home in Singapore to Kuala Lumpur to solve a murder that has him stumped. Chelsea Liew - the famous Singaporean model - is on death row for the murder of her ex-husband. She swears she didn't do it, he thinks she didn't do it, but no matter how hard he tries to get to the bottom of things, he still arrives back at the same place - that Chelsea's husband was shot at point blank range, and that Chelsea had the best motivation to pull the trigger: he was taking her kids away from her. Now Inspector Singh must pull out all the stops to crack a crime that could potentially free a beautiful and innocent woman and reunite a mother with her children.

There's just one problem - the Malaysian police refuse to play ball….

©2008 Shamini Flint (P)2011 Hachette Digital

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Good concept...

and could be a very good TV series. But, not really sure of the novel somehow. I really liked the lead character 'Inspector Singh' but not really sure of the strength of the supporting cast.
Worth a listen as Jonathan Keeble is an AWESOME narrator. His narration of The Woodcutter.... superb.

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Excellent

A good mystery told well. I would recommend this book to friends and family. I will read others by this author

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Quality plot

The cover and title make this book look like a cozy murder mystery, but the plot is more sophisticated and compelling, dealing with environmental destruction and the cultural difficulties in Malaysia. Looking forward to more.

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Wonderful

This is my first Inspector Singh book, but certainly not my last.
Jonathon Keeble awesome as ever.

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An enjoyable listen.

A whodunit with an entertaining collection of twists and turns. Well read and evenly paced. I look forward to reading/listening to more of Inspector Singh.

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Excellent

Really pleased I found this. Great characters and a good plot. Will read the next in the series.

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Impressive Murder Mystery!

Step aside, Hercule Poirot! Make way for Inspector Singh -an overweight curry loving maverick who pursues his murder suspects like a bloodhound using his knowledge of human nature to find the culprit. I enjoyed the candour that the author showed describing the lifestyles of the ultra-wealthy. Behind closed doors, one realises that everyone experiences their share of joy as well as desperation and we all crave for a little love and sincerity.
I found the dichotomy between the postcolonial Malaysian legal system and Sharia Law followed by the large Muslim population particularly fascinating and practical. This is directly at odds with the version peddled by fundamentalists in the West. It was also interesting to see that people are aware of the dire consequences of mistreating the environment in humanity's endless pursuit of greed.

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  • Chantal Noordeloos
  • 24-04-21

Interesting story, wooden writing

A good novel draws you in and makes you forget that you’re reading. This novel didn’t succeed at that for me. The writing was very passive and it was difficult getting close to the characters. It felt as if I were reading a bad book report for a good book. The story was good. Not quite a detective story, because the detective felt a bit unnecessary, but it had a great setting. But that’s where the positive ended. There was very little ‘show’ and way too much ‘tell’. The author has a lovely vocabulary but a lousy writing style.

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  • george
  • 24-03-13

First in a set of Short Entertaining Crime Stories

Shamini Flint is definitely worth the read.

We get a loveable but regularly grumpy "cop" along with easily disliked killers from an author that leaves suspects, all over the place.

Quirky and quick its certainly not maudlin at all for a murder mystery.

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  • Shirley
  • 26-12-11

enjoyable

enjoyable story, reasonable plot, good narration,easy to listen to,would recommend and buy another book by this author and or narrator