A Most Peculiar Malaysian Murder (Inspector Singh Series #1)

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Meet Inspector Singh: a fat, slightly bumbling, but truly lovable detective sure to charm readers of The No.1 Ladies Detective Agency

 

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 ...

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Overview

Meet Inspector Singh: a fat, slightly bumbling, but truly lovable detective sure to charm readers of The No.1 Ladies Detective Agency

 

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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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Flint's promising first in a new series introduces portly Inspector Singh of the Singapore police. Singh's bosses send him to Kuala Lumpur to see that former model Chelsea Liew, a Singaporean accused of murdering her abusive Malaysian husband, timber tycoon Alan Lee, gets justice rather than summary execution. Singh has few leads, and an annoyingly fit, young, and handsome Sergeant Shukor of the Malaysian police hounds his steps, ostensibly to help--but really to spy on him. It is, on the face of it, an open and shut case. Chelsea had been suing for divorce and the custody of her children when Alan's lawyer announced that his client had converted to Islam and had declared his minor sons Muslim as well so that only the religious courts had jurisdiction over the custody hearing. At this point Chelsea threatened to kill Alan, who was found fatally shot soon after. Flint (Three Stars and other children's books) keeps the reader hooked right up to the unexpected resolution. (July)
Kirkus Reviews
A retro sleuth attempts to save a femme fatale from being framed. As former supermodel Chelsea Liew is being denied bail in a Kuala Lumpur courtroom, plus-sized Inspector Singh, having drawn the Singapore police department's short straw, rushes by plane and train to interrupt the trial. Singapore and Malaysia, both on the Malay peninsula, are rival nations with continually contentious relations. The Malaysian tabloids have virtually convicted Singapore-born Chelsea of the murder of wealthy ex-husband Alan Lee and provoked Singh's 11th-hour mission of justice on behalf of Chelsea's homeland. Malaysian police pronounce themselves "more than happy" to cooperate. Their passive aggression is trumped by Singh's abrasive single-mindedness. More distractions to be brushed away are Chelsea's incompetent Indian attorney and her own flair for the histrionic. Though Chelsea has some public sympathy, she also had a compelling motive: Alan, who had numerous affairs during their long marriage, was planning to seize custody of the couple's three children. At first, it looks as if the victim's brothers, elegant, hardworking Jasper and chronically overlooked half-caste Kian Min, will be obstacles in Singh's path. Then Jasper surprises everyone by confessing to the crime. This development should free Chelsea, so why does she declare him a liar? As the shrewd Singh continues to probe, all he finds are more plausible suspects. The series kickoff (and adult-fiction debut) from prolific children's author Flint effectively captures the color and vigor but also the cliches of vintage whodunits.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781934609897
  • Publisher: Felony & Mayhem, LLC
  • Publication date: 10/16/2011
  • Series: Inspector Singh Investigates Series, #1
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 582,060
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

SHAMINI FLINT is a Cambridge graduate and former lawyer. In addition to the Inspector Singh series, she is the author of several highly regarded children’s books.

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  • Posted August 22, 2010

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    Entertaining!

    Read this on a whim, and it was a real pleasure! I enjoy mysteries, but don't read them all that often, so am judging this from the overall story standpoint rather than solely on mystery criteria. This falls into my light reading/pageturner category, yet it was reasonably well-written. Really enjoyed "meeting" Inspector Singh in this first book, and am looking forward to reading the next books in this mystery series! Will be recommending to my friends and family (spouse will be reading it next!).

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