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Inspector Zhang Gets His Wish (a free short story) [Kindle Edition]

Stephen Leather
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (185 customer reviews)

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Product Description

Inspector Zhang loves mysteries, but as a Detective Inspector with the Singapore Police Force he knows that mysteries are few and far between. There are relatively few crimes in the city state and those that are committed are usually solved quickly. But that all changes when Inspector Zhang is called to a top Singapore hotel where a guest has been found murdered in a locked room. The guest made a phone call to room service shortly before he was killed - but CCTV footage shows that nobody entered or left the room. So finally Inspector Zhang has his wish - a mystery to solve. But will it be too much for him?

This is a short story, just under 9000 words, equivalent to about 30 pages. A perfect read if you have an hour to kill.

It has received a four star review from Amazon Top 500 Reviewer Shaun Horrigan. He wrote - "Impeccably dressed and well spoken, Inspector Zhang is a Detective Inspector in the Singapore Police. He loves reading, especially traditional detective fiction, even going as far as teaching himself Japanese in order to read a series of books that were never published in English.

"For his entire career he has longed for a murder mystery to test his deductive powers, but murders hardly ever happen in Singapore. Summoned late one night to a five star hotel, it seems he has finally got his wish when the body of a wealthy American businessman is discovered in what seems to be a 'locked room mystery'.

"I certainly haven't read all of Stephen Leather's works, but I have read a few, and those that I have read have a few things in common. They are all extremely well written in a very contemporary style and they have all been hard hitting and rather graphic. This little story is also well written, but it is the total opposite in terms of style. This story reads very much like an Agatha Christie "whodunnit". It is very gentle in style, has no gore, is not in any way graphic in nature, and has no strong language at all. All in all it is a very easy going read. Personally I found this a refreshing change.

"Stephen Leather has very much taken the Kindle to heart and as I would expect the Kindle presentation is first class. I only picked up one minor typo in the entire story. This little story took me just over half an hour to read and is 465 locations on the Kindle/roughly 30 pages, about the perfect length for something to read between novels.

I have also included the first few chapters of another detective story set in Asia - Bangkok Bob and The Missing Mormon.


Stephen Leather is one of the UK's most successful thriller writers. He was a journalist for more than ten years on newspapers such as The Times, the Daily Mail and the South China Morning Post in Hong Kong. Before that, he was employed as a biochemist for ICI, shovelled limestone in a quarry, worked as a baker, a petrol pump attendant, a barman, and worked for the Inland Revenue. He began writing full time in 1992, he has sold more than three million copies and his books are published in more than ten languages.



Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 147 KB
  • Print Length: 39 pages
  • Publisher: Three Elephants (16 Jun 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0056HQSW6
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (185 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,136 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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Stephen Leather is one of the UK's most successful thriller writers, an eBook and Sunday Times bestseller and author of the critically acclaimed Dan "Spider' Shepherd series and the Jack Nightingale supernatural detective novels.

Before becoming a novelist he was a journalist for more than ten years on newspapers such as The Times, the Daily Mirror, the Glasgow Herald, the Daily Mail and the South China Morning Post in Hong Kong. He is one of the country's most successful eBook authors and his eBooks have topped the Amazon Kindle charts in the UK and the US. In 2011 alone he sold more than 500,000 eBooks and was voted by The Bookseller magazine as one of the 100 most influential people in the UK publishing world.

Born in Manchester, he began writing full time in 1992. His bestsellers have been translated into fifteen languages. He has also written for television shows such as London's Burning, The Knock and the BBC's Murder in Mind series and two of his books, The Stretch and The Bombmaker, were filmed for TV. You can find out more from his website www.stephenleather.com and you can follow him on Twitter at twitter.com/stephenleather

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A nice short mystery 8 Nov 2011
By Clive
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Leather's Singaporean Detective Zhang investigates another closed room mystery as a hotel guest is found dead where CCTV shows that no one has entered his room since said guest called room service and also telephoned his wife. This series of very short stories is modelled on Agatha Christie's Poirot where Zhang similarly uses his 'little grey cells' to solve a seemingly impossible mystery. Very simple, very clever, and very readable.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars inspector zhang 13 Jan 2013
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stephen leather is one of the best authors around, I have read most of his books and would recommend them to all
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Locked doors murder at it's best 5 Aug 2013
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If you like the old fashioned Agatha Christie and Arthur Conan Doyle style of deductive reasoning then you'll enjoy this. It's a quick read and well worth while.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars rework of an old story 20 Mar 2014
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A possible series in the making for Mr.Leather enjoyable little rework of a classic detective conundrum. well written as always.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Would recommend 13 Mar 2014
By Jamie
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Book was really good , would recommend this book to anybody. My mom enjoyed reading this book and she couldn't put the book down
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4.0 out of 5 stars Not a bad story 13 Feb 2014
By Kath
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Not a bad story but I felt something lacking but as a starter into Inspector Zhang stories it was okay
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An enjoyable snippet short story mystery 25 Jan 2014
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Though this mystery is only a short story it was still an enjoyable light read and recommended if you need a quick reading fix whilst resting between your busy schedule.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars good buy 11 Jan 2014
By Steve B
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This was bought as a gift so I am unable to pass judgement directly but there have been adverse comments.
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