Inspector Singh Investigates: A Most Peculiar Malaysian Murder: Number 1 in series Paperback – 23 Apr 2009
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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
The first instalment in Inspector Singh's celebrated new series, where he travels throughout Asia busting crimes!See all Product Description
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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.Read more ›
In sum, a fun but utterly superficial shot at the exotic locale mystery genre.
He smokes incessantly, which for Sikhs is a abomination!! It is inconceivable that a turbaned Sikh would wander around in public lighting cigarettes.
The author is over reliant on tired literary devices to try and create moods, the over bearing heat etc etc. The flow of the text stops and starts.
all around pretty poor
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A good and complicated mystery. However at some points I felt that the characters were not totally realistic. I dare say as the author gets into his stride things will improve. Read morePublished 4 months ago by trufflehunter
If you are not from or well travelled in Asia, the initial attraction of this series will be the modern, exotic locales. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Clare O'Beara
Really good story and well written. I will definitely read the whole series,Published 8 months ago by Pippa D
Really good story line. Inspector Singh is not the usual policeman and an interesting personality in his own right. Good holiday read.Published 9 months ago by Jean Arrowsmith
A lovely read - my mum enjoyed the story and has been to Singapore so could identify some of the places mentioned. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Rosemary Martin
Really enjoyed this book - brings back many memories of living in Malaysia!
Inspector Singh is s likeable enough character and after a while I was hooked! Read more
What I bought as "A Most Peculiar Malaysian Mystery" was actually "The Singapore School of Villainy" under the wrong cover. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Compulsive Reader