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The Betel Nut Tree Mystery

By: Ovidia Yu
Narrated by: Crystal Yu
Series: Crown Colony, Book 2
Length: 9 hrs and 18 mins
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Summary

The second novel in Ovidia Yu's delightfully charming crime series set in 1930s Singapore, featuring amateur sleuth Su Lin.

What we came to think of as the betel nut affair began in the middle of a tropical thunderstorm in December 1937....

Singapore is agog with the news of King Edward VIII's abdication to marry American heiress Wallis Simpson. Chen Su Lin, now Chief Inspector Le Froy's secretarial assistant in Singapore's newly formed detective unit, still dreams of becoming a journalist and hopes to cover the story when the Hon Victor Glossop announces he is marrying an American widow of his own, Mrs Nicole Covington, in the colony. But things go horribly wrong when Victor Glossop is found dead, his body covered in bizarre symbols and soaked in betel nut juice.

The beautiful, highly strung Nicole claims it's her fault he's dead...just like the others. And when investigations into her past reveal a dead lover as well as a husband, the case against her appears to be stacking up. Begrudgingly on Le Froy's part, Su Lin agrees to chaperone Nicole at the Farquhar Hotel, intending to get the truth out of her somehow. But as she uncovers secrets and further deaths occur, Su Lin realises she may not be able to save Nicole's life - or even her own.

©2019 Ovidia Yu (P)2019 Hachette Audio Uk

Critic reviews

"Great protagonist, great setting - this is a delightful book." (Morning Star)

"Charming and fascinating with great authentic feel. This book is exactly why I love historical novels." (Rhys Bowen)

"I really enjoyed this wonderful gem of a book. The diversity and rich history portrayed in the book are what make The Frangipani Tree Mystery a brilliant read. The fact that it's a fusion of crime and historical fiction adds brownie points to the package!" (Bookloves Reviews

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  • 26-09-19

Great Atmospheric Story & Improved Narration

Once again a good story, atmospheric historical setting, and engaging primary characters. Like the first in the series, however, I found the narration not quite up to par as it comes across more as reading in one continuous tone with little change in inflection or voice meaning that it is sometimes difficult to follow who is speaking when dialogue is read. This attempt, number 2 in the series, is much better than than that of number 1, however, so I’m confident that the direction and performance will continue to improve. I look forward to book 3 in the series, but hope that Ovidia Yu will also return to writing the Aunty Lee series.