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Inspector Singh Investigates: A Calamitous Chinese Killing: Number 6 in series Paperback – 5 Sep 2013

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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Piatkus (5 Sept. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0749957794
  • ISBN-13: 978-0749957797
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 1.9 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 89,576 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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It is impossible not to warm to Inspector Singh. We should cherish him (Daily Mail)

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The sixth book in the Inspector Singh series, where he travels throughout Asia busting crimes!

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I love the Inspector Singh series and this book is one of many I have thoroughly enjoyed. The storylines are easy to follow. These books are all who-dunnits but are written in an easy and often comedic style set in the Far East/South East Asia. I would recommend this book, especially for those who enjoy a light detective story or who have travelled to the East.
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I have enjoyed all this author' other books but I have to confess to struggling a bit with this one. Maybe because I was reading it over Xmas....somehow it lacked the charm of her others and I felt that she was getting bored with her hero. If you have read her others I would still give it a read but, if you are new to her, do read her earlier books first, which are far more interesting. I didn't care who killed whom in this one!
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Great fun. Inspector Singh is an unlikely hero but you soon warm to his sense of humour and quest for justice. The setting is China and having visited this country, it brought back a realistic sense of the place and people. The characters are well rounded and believable, though I would have preferred less of the politics and more of an every day mystery.
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First sentence: Justin Tan stood at the main junction of the old hutong, a neighborhood of old courtyards dating from Imperial times, and stared down narrow alleyways that disappeared quickly into Darkness.

Justin Chan the 23-year old son of the first secretary at the Singapore Embassy in China has been murdered. Chinese security believes it was a robbery gone wrong. The young man’s mother isn’t satisfied. Inspector Singh has been sent to solve the crime hopefully without causing an international incident.

We open with fear, danger, and many questions. The contrast from that, to meeting inspector Singh and his wife is very well executed. Still another shift leaves one impressed by how effectively Flint changes both the scene and the tone of the story.

Finch has such a captivating voice one finds oneself wanting to read and share passages with someone else - "A murder investigation was not laser-like in its intensity, following a certain path to the truth. It was a bright white beam that lit up hidden corners and dark where the family skeletons where hidden." She also adds just the right touch of the metaphysical--"She flinched at his words and the hairs on Singh’s neck stood up along the base of his turban. Suddenly, it was as if was a presence in the room, erase come to demand did the policeman from Singapore do his duty and not be so keen to accept the official version of the events."

Injections of subtle humor, often as part of Singh's narrative, are a delightful offset to the story—“Singh's stomach growled its concurrence before he had a chance to speak... He decided that, remarkably, he was prepared to eat more Chinese food. What was happening to him? Next, have to call himself a food tourist and write a travel book.
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The sixth Inspector Singh book is set in China, following earlier investigations in Malaysia, Bali, Singapore [his home country], Cambodia and India. A series that can be read as gently entertaining mystery novels also provides detailed character analysis as well as describing differences in the social attitudes and peoples of a variety of Asian countries.

At the centre is the corpulent Inspector with his enjoyment of drinking, eating and smoking, his turban and pristine tennis shoes, and his sharp mind and great determination. Singh is not on good terms with his long-suffering boss Superintendent Chen who is only too keen to dispatch him to foreign countries where he works unofficially with local members of the police force.

He has been asked to investigate the violent death of Justin Tan by his mother, who is First Secretary at the Singapore Embassy. Singh is assisted by Li Jun, a former policeman who retired after falling foul of party members; his background allows comparisons between China under Mao and ‘Modernism’ to be drawn. Part of the pleasure of the duo is their quoting aphorisms to sum up the situations in which they find themselves.

Justin was part of an investigation into corrupt land development schemes being led by Professor Luo Gan who is also an adherent of the outlawed falun gong. Soon the author presents us with evidence of dodgy deals and sexual shenanigans involving the highest families, all of whom are protected by the police and their shadowy special forces equivalents.

Singh’s challenge is to find out what really happened to Justin and to other characters who are killed during the story without his deportation or Li’s being taken away for ‘re-education through labour’ and likely death.
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As with all Shamini Flints books that are set in the Far East ,Inspector Singh in China isn't afraid of political topics and a big dose of reality.

I enjoyed to usual twists but found some of the content haunting ,not to be forgotten.

Am looking forward to future books.

Great for anyone who has travelled to the countries she stes her stories in!
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