- Paperback: 272 pages
- Publisher: Monsoon Books Pte. Ltd. (7 Nov. 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9814625000
- ISBN-13: 978-9814625005
- Product Dimensions: 13 x 2 x 20.2 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 499,512 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Eight Curious Cases of Inspector Zhang Paperback – 7 Nov 2014
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About the Author
Stephen Leather (Bangkok, Thailand) is one of the UK's most successful thriller writers with numerous bestsellers in print and ebook form, and translated into more than ten languages. Before becoming a fulltime author, Leather was a journalist on newspapers such as The Times and the Daily Mail in the UK and the South China Morning Post in Hong Kong.
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Top Customer Reviews
This is a collection of 8 short stories as the inspector tries to solve some of the more unusual crimes. It's very laid back, but jolly good fun.
These are fun stories, variations of locked door mysteries that are easy and entertaining to read but also get you thinking a little. Have to say I only guessed the mystery/solution in one of the eight so a lot of thought has gone into these to make them clever and challenging.
Having a main character that comes from a different culture takes you out of your comfort zone in your expectations of how you expect a detective to behave, Zhang is quiet and dignified but a very believable individual.
The Zhang books are the author having fun and inviting you to share in that fun and, to be honest, it's hard not to.
This is gentler fare, taken more slowly as Inspector Zhang uses the methods of the great classical fictional detectives to solve crimes in his native Singapore (apart from the Inspector's one visit to Harrogate, which brings him into contact with some very strange characters). They are usually variants of the "locked-room" mystery genre, and are short enough to read in about 30 minutes each.
The Inspector and his trusty female Sergeant are endearing characters, and the Singapore background is nicely sketched. The puzzles vary in their complexity and the plausibility of the solutions, but that's all part of the fun, as is the occasional lesson for readers who are less familiar with some of the best writers in the genre.
I bought and read all of these when they came out individually, but this collection is a great (and inexpensive) way of getting them all together. I hope there'll be more of Inspector Zhang to come...maybe even a novel?
Zhang's hero is Poirot and Zhang himself is like an exaggerated version of Poirot and Zhang even gets to solve a mystery in Harrogate which was closely associated with Agatha Christie for a time.
Light hearted but well worth the read and anyway it is good to have a bit of frivolity in your life..
Zhang, to me, is a Singaporean Hercule Poirot.
I can only recommend that people buy this book whether they like the authors previous books or they are reading his work for the first time.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This Chinese detective in modern Singapore is a treat to rival the best of Sherlock Holmes. I enjoyed every one of the eight whodunits and Zhang’s flair for solving locked-room... Read morePublished 19 months ago by Cathy
"Our endeavour is to be the cutting edge in crime fighting. We will be an exemplary investigation agency which is tenacious in its search for the truth to uphold justice. Read morePublished on 7 Oct. 2014 by Mr. Joe
Read these as singles when they came out on the Kindle. Great short stories that have the pace and tension of a full novel, yet do not take themselves self seriously. Read morePublished on 11 Sept. 2014 by Robert Waterman