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Inspector Singh Investigates: A Most Peculiar Malaysian Murder: Number 1 in series [Paperback]

Shamini Flint
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Book Description

23 April 2009 Inspector Singh Investigates (Book 1)

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...

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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Piatkus; Paperback Edition, First Printing edition (23 April 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0749929758
  • ISBN-13: 978-0749929756
  • Product Dimensions: 12.6 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 107,607 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Shamini Flint is a Cambridge graduate and was a lawyer with the UK firm Linklaters for ten years, travelling extensively in Asia during that period, before giving up her practice to concentrate on writing. She is the author of several children's books. Visit her at

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'It's impossible not to warm to the portly, sweating, dishevelled, wheezing Inspector Singh from the start of this delightful novel' -- Guardian

'An unconventional new crime hero who has the potential to be as compelling (and successful) as McCall Smith's Precious Ramotswe' -- Daily Record

'Flint has a clear authorial voice and stands out from the crowd in the originality of this novel.' -- Luke Croll, Reviewing the Evidence

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The first instalment in Inspector Singh's celebrated new series, where he travels throughout Asia busting crimes!

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Decent Debut of a Sikh Sleuth 9 Aug 2011
I've always been a sucker for crime novels set in distant lands featuring atypical protagonists, so this debut by a Singaporean author featuring a Sikh police detective seemed right up my alley. With his rumpled dress, porcine appetites (and corresponding belly), and disdain for the scientific method, Inspector Singh is an affront to his superiors. As a result, they have a tendency to throw him on difficult cases that take him far away from them. In this first in a series, he's sent to Kuala Lumpur to ensure that a Singaporean citizen accused of murdering her very wealthy Malaysian Chinese husband, gets fairly retreated by the Malaysian justice system.

Upon his arrival in Kuala Lumpur, Singh is assigned an local police assistant/minder, and sets about trying to make sense of what the local cops think is an open and shut case of an abused woman snapping and killing her husband. Singh's method is to get to know the life of the victim intimately, and from this basis, form a list of suspects. In this case, it quickly becomes apparent that the murdered timber tycoon had any number of potential enemies from both his personal and professional life. Once Singh has his cast of suspects, he then tries to push their buttons, keep them off-balance, and generally provoke them into giving themselves away.

It's an engaging enough debut, with some local color but not nearly enough for my taste. The exception is a very interesting subplot involving the wife possibly losing custody of her children due to the dead husband's alleged confession to Islam. The interplay between civil and sharia law in Malaysia is drawn out nicely though this issue. There's also a decent expose of the seamy side of the timber industry and environmental degradation in the developing world.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars An OK start to a new series 23 April 2011
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This is the first Inspector Singh book and by the looks of it the first on many with an endless list of exotic settings in store. Bali, Cambodia and Singapore have followed in close succession after this trip around KL. We get to know the overweight Inspector as he pads around Kuala Lumpur more fond of excercising his brain cells and his digestive system that his feet. Murder most foul of a rich and powerful Chinese Malay keeps him occupied as the trail twists and turns eventually to a neat conclusion. You don't learn a great deal about the Malay/Chinese tension and relationship in Malaysia but then this is meant to be an entertainment not a political treatise and it does entertain. I have my trip to Bali sitting on the shelf just waiting for the right mood for another trip with Inspector Singh.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Fun but Superficial 29 July 2009
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I found the book to be fun quick read. The mystery is fairly straightforward and there's nothing new with the plot, you have a family feud, police turf wars, eco activists, the battered wife and the other woman. The only thing that sets it apart is the fact that the detective's a Singaporean Sikh investigating a crime committed in Malaysia. And even in that respect, the picture drawn of modern Kuala Lumpur is incomplete. Ms Flint drops hints of her feelings towards many Malaysian proclivities but certainly doesn't explore them enough. Nor does she delve much into the straight jacketed lifestyle of Singapore or the issues faced by Sikh's in either country. She doesn't even delve into the lives of the Malay Chinese, specially the super rich ones and the attitudes of the native Malay's towards them.

In sum, a fun but utterly superficial shot at the exotic locale mystery genre.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great read! 19 Aug 2013
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A well-written funny novel with good character development and interesting plot. The novel is fun and tells you a lot about Malaysia and clashes in cultures.
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Inscrutable Oriental 31 July 2009
Introducing Inspector Singh, a grossly overweight Singapore detective who goes his own way much to the chagrin of his superiors. But his results are far too impressive to allow them to get rid of him. So, in this debut novel, they send him to Kuala Lumpur to monitor a murder investigation involving a former Singapore model, married to a prominent businessman and accused of his murder, to make sure she at least gets a fair hearing.

Convinced she is innocent, Singh undertakes to conduct his own investigation to prove her innocence and find the real murderer. His problem, of course, is that he is unofficially there and the Malaysian police are determined not to help, happy with a "solved" crime. But that doesn't stop him as he plods on.

This novel is the first installment in a projected series: Singh will be sent to Bali in a September UK release and finally work at home in Singapore in a book to be released next February. Singh is an interesting character, a veteran detective who follows his instincts to solve the crime at hand. For a neophyte crime novelist, the author (who has written children's books) has written a very readable, enjoyable work. Recommended.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting detective novel without violence. 17 May 2014
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It is an interesting detective novel without the violence found in so much literature nowadays. A welcome change. I liked the KL descriptions although it is very many years since visiting there, so I can't tell how authentic they are. A good read.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The first of the series 2 Mar 2014
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I was quite surprised how slowly it started however after the first quarter, roughly, it speeded up no end and became a "good read"..
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3.0 out of 5 stars The plot was a little thin and seemed to resolve ...
The plot was a little thin and seemed to resolve itself without the Inspector actually doing much. A pleasant lightweight read.
Published 14 hours ago by MR B
4.0 out of 5 stars Inspector Singh. Malaysian Murder
Part way through this book and I still have no idea 'whodunnit'! Just when you have decided who DIDN'T, all sorts of other possibilities are thrown into the equation!! Read more
Published 5 months ago by grumpyoldlady
3.0 out of 5 stars An intriguing debut
It took me a while to be convinced by this novel, but it won me over in the end. I had picked it up in a speculative mood at my local branch of Waterstone's where it was being... Read more
Published 6 months ago by James Brydon
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspector Singh.
I love this series of books. Not quite as good as No1 Ladies Detective but one I would definitely recommend.
Published 6 months ago by sue
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspector Singh is a Hit with Me !!
A very easy read. Enjoyable I like Inspector Singh, his sense of humour etc. I look forward to reading more of this series. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Loraine Ogilvie
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Read
An easy book to get into and found myself really liking Inspector Singh from the word go and can imagine him lumbering through the streets of Kuala Lumpur in the high humidity and... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Amanda Macaulay
4.0 out of 5 stars An engaging introduction
I had not heard about Shamini Flint or her sleuth, Inspector Singh of the Singapore Police Force, until I saw this book which was published in 2009. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Dr R
4.0 out of 5 stars Inspector Singh
An enjoyable story. Inspector Singh is a refreshing change from the angst ridden detectives we have become used to lately.
Published 14 months ago by RS
5.0 out of 5 stars Good fun written by a funny lady.
I first heard of Shamini Flint when she was interviewed for Radio National's Books and Arts show. She was in Australia for Perth and /or Adelaide Writers Festival. What a find! Read more
Published 15 months ago by Lorraine Amos
4.0 out of 5 stars A good read
A good old fashioned detective story and detailed background geographical, customs and people descriptions . Read more
Published 16 months ago by Mrs. V. Stanley
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