Inspector Singh Investigates

Inspector Singh Investigates

A Most Peculiar Malaysian Murder

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Baker & Taylor
Dispatched to Kuala Lumpur to solve a perplexing case involving a famous model on death row who swears she is innocent, bumbling Inspector Singh confronts challenging obstacles including formidable circumstantial evidence and police resistance.

McMillan Palgrave
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.

& Taylor

Dispatched to Kuala Lumpur to solve a perplexing case involving a famous model on death row who swears she is innocent, bumbling Inspector Singh confronts formidable circumstantial evidence and police resistance.

Publisher: New York : Minotaur Books, 2010
Edition: 1st U.S. ed
ISBN: 9780312596972
Branch Call Number: F
Characteristics: 295 p. ; 22 cm


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CRRL_MegRaymond Feb 12, 2018

Inspector Singh has had to leave his home in Singapore for Kuala Lumpur to solve a vexing murder.

hgeng63 May 08, 2014

Disappointing. Like a rude, crude Charles Finch.

Sep 04, 2012

I enjoy mysteries set in SE Asia such as Colin Cotterill's Dr. Siri's series set in Laos and Tarquin Hall's Vish Purim Mysteries so I had hoped that this book would be similar, but it was not. It dealt with rather disgusting (rich but unethical in business) characters and an almost buffoon-like inspector. The characters were poorly developed and the editing was sloppy. I skimmed the second half of the book in order to finish it. It had potential but it did not meet it.

Apr 24, 2012

I liked this book more than I expected; the storyline is suitably complex and overall thankfully the book contains about the right amount of local Malaysian atmosphere, even for a reader who’s been there, though at the beginning she’s a bit heavy handed on the atmospherics; like when she pedantically explains that an automated airport shuttle train doesn’t have a driver; I kept waiting for her to mention the super-tall Petronas Towers in her Kuala Lumpur descriptions (they don’t make their first appearance until page 56 but then they do appear several times after that); but, all in all, the book’s a rather good start for a series and I will look forward to reading the next ones, of which three additional books have been published by the end of 2011, each one set in a different SE Asian country.

Jan 10, 2012

Another intriguing mystery from Shamini Flint. I do want to read them all now.

bookfanatic1979 Dec 06, 2011

A surprisingly excellent read. Those who like less violence with their mysteries will enjoy this series. Inspector Singh’s common-sense, calm demeanor put me in mind of Agatha Christie’s Hercule Poirot and Alexander McCall-Smith’s Precious Ramotswe on more than one occasion.


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