The Feng Shui Detective (Feng Shui Detective Series)

The Feng Shui Detective (Feng Shui Detective Series)

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by Nury Vittachi
     
 

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Feng Shui master C.F. Wong is no fan of the 21st century. It is far too rushed and noisy, a terrible environment for the kind of peaceful contemplation that his work requires. His clients seem to view him as some sort of general problem-solver, as able to find a missing child as he is to correct the pernicious influences that are bringing bad luck to a business.

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Feng Shui master C.F. Wong is no fan of the 21st century. It is far too rushed and noisy, a terrible environment for the kind of peaceful contemplation that his work requires. His clients seem to view him as some sort of general problem-solver, as able to find a missing child as he is to correct the pernicious influences that are bringing bad luck to a business. But there is worse. One of Mr. Wong's clients, a client who cannot be offended, has given Mr. Wong a gift. It comes complete with a never-silent cell-phone, an unfortunate wardrobe, and a grating Australian accent. Mr. Wong has an intern.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
“ Vittachi’s unique worldview infuses his writing with vitality and gives his characters a charming believability…[it’s a] virtual vacation” — Publishers Weekly

“His ear for dialogue is almost perfect” — South China Morning Post

“Packed full of delightful quirks, the novel zips along at a fun, fast and furious pace” — HK Magazine (Hong Kong)

“A wacky and hilarious whodunit” — Asian Review of Books

Publishers Weekly
A bestselling English-language author based in Hong Kong, Vittachi stands to become a lot better known in the U.S. with this soft-boiled mystery peopled by quirky, engaging characters, the first in a new crime series. Set in Singapore and featuring C.F. Wong, a "geomancer" or feng shui master, this lighthearted novel blends, blurs and contrasts the three main ethnic groups of the Asian city-state-Chinese, Malays and Indians. Along with his cohorts, Madame Xu and Dilip Kenneth Sinha (both psychics), the gifted, if often reluctant, detective gets drawn into a plot to save a young girl who has an extraordinarily bleak future, psychically speaking. Wong is dragged to Australia to solve the case by his intern, Joyce McQuinnie, a British-Australian teenager forced on him by a valued client. McQuinnie makes a great foil for his crankiness and obsession with order. The author, unfortunately, sometimes vies for the big laugh with groan-worthy broad humor, usually revolving around someone's accent or lack of understanding of English. Overall, however, his love for Singapore and its distinctive internationalism shines through. Vittachi's unique worldview infuses his writing with vitality and gives his characters a charming believability. American readers should enjoy the virtual vacation this book provides. (Jan. 21) FYI: Vittachi is also the author of Riding the Millennium Storm: Marc Faber's Path to Profit in the Financial Markets (1998). Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Library Journal
This new series centers on C.F. Wong, a feng shui expert who works out of a cramped Hong Kong office staffed by an idle-fingered receptionist and a "hip"-mouthed American intern. The juxtaposition of cultures-especially language-offers frequent light humor, as do Wong's old-fashioned habits. His opening case concerns arson at a client's house-a fire that he uses feng shui to extinguish-but who was the real target? A subsequent job, that of a missing, possibly kidnapped teenager, goes to the intern, but the ultimate case involves an apparently doomed young woman, a trip to Sydney, and bad feng shui. For larger collections. Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
A Singapore feng shui master is well along in his magnum opus, Some Gleanings of Oriental Wisdom, when he realizes he may have to glean some Occidental wisdom from his unasked-for teenaged intern. While C.F. Wong is in the middle of a consultation for the Tsai-Leibler family, someone sets fire to their flat. Even though Mr. Wong puts out the fire, his client points out that almost dying is very bad feng shui. Worse, the problem is apparently there to stay: Just ask the vocal ghost of a tormented patient that haunts Dr. Leibler's new dental office. When a Malaysian witch doctor hires two of Mr. Wong's friends, Dilip Kenneth Sinha and Madame Xu Chong Li, to help a client-doomed according to Indian and Chinese astrology, palmistry, and every other occult science known to the Singapore Union of Industrial Mystics-they enlist Mr. Wong's help. But first he must find still another client's kidnapped daughter, assisted by Joyce McQuinnie, the intern who escorts him through Dan T.'s Inferno. Meanwhile, Dr. Leibler's hygienist dies suddenly, leaving Police Superintendent Gilbert Tan in need of Mr. Wong's advice. It all ends when Wong and Joyce travel to Australia's Sydney Opera House, a building with catastrophically bad feng shui, to sort out vengeful gangsters, life insurance policies, and psychic doom in a dramatic conclusion. An entertaining debut, with a zany but affectionate multicultural mix.
Sydney Morning Herald
"Clever and comic."
Weekend Australian
"Mr. Wong prowls around like an Asian Sherlock Holmes."
Newcastle Herald
"I hope Vittachi has more of this delightful pair of detectives in the pipeline."
Japan Times
"Intelligent and funny."
HK Magazine
"Vittachi's characters are packed full of delightful quirks, and the novel zips along at a fun, fast and furious pace."
The Hong Kong Correspondent
"Move over, Sherlock."
South China Morning Post
"His ear for dialogue is almost perfect ... I really enjoyed this book."

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781934609538
Publisher:
Felony & Mayhem, LLC
Publication date:
06/16/2010
Series:
Feng Shui Detective Series, #1
Pages:
320
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 7.50(h) x 0.60(d)

Meet the Author

Nury Vittachi is one of the bestselling English-language authors in Asia. Born in Ceylon (now Sri Lanka), he lives in Hong Kong, where he is a popular newspaper columnist. He is the author of more than a dozen books, including four in the “Feng Shui Detective” series.

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The Feng Shui Detective (Feng Shui Detective Series) 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Singapore feng shui guru Mr. C.F. Wong receives negative vibes besides that emitted by his teenage intern Joyce McQuinnie as he inspects the apartment of the Tsai-Leibler family. A fire breaks out that Wong puts out, but the damage to the already badly aligned flat is outright devastating. Adding to the mess as his assistant calls it is a ghost who haunts Dr. Leibler's dental office though feng shui in a house of pain is difficult to accomplish. A Malaysian witch doctor hires two of Wong's friends to help a doomed client. They in turn obtain Wong¿s aid as the customer seems fated to tragedy based on every known (and a few unknown) pseudo and occult consultation science employed by the Singapore Union of Industrial Mystics. Wong agrees to assist, but also seeks a kidnapped girl and tries to solve the murder of Dr. Leibler's hygienist with his only guide being that occidental teen who he still is not sure how he became her mentor. Everything seems to come together at the feng shui catastrophic edifice known as the Sydney Opera House, but though they are close to resolutions, the dynamic duo might not survive what they learn.

This feng shui amateur sleuth tale has a madcap story line that entertains readers with an east meets west blending of cultures inside several mysteries. The key to the tale is the relationship between Wong and McQuinnie that is father to daughter, teacher to student, and friend to friend. Though the cases are fun to follow, they act more like support to the lead duet who feng shui their way throughout the delightful plot.

Harriet Klausner