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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….

©2008 Shamini Flint (P)2011 Hachette Digital

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Great Story - Poor Voice Characterization

I’m enjoying Shamini Flint’s first story in the Inspector Singh Investigates series; it’s good and engaging, with the eponymous central protagonist a classic gumshoe reminiscent of Peter Corris’s Cliff Hardy, Alexander McCall Smith’s Precious Ramotswe, and Vaseem Khan’s Inspector Chopra: a genre character in a genre that I love. What a shame that such an engaging story has been murdered—somewhat ironically— by Keeble’s narration. I really do not like to be discouraging but Jonathan should have left his attempts at accents well alone. If I were Flint, I’d be horrified at the bloodied and mangled mess the narrator left behind. The casting of Keeble was a mistake and shows in this time of the burgeoning popularity of audiobooks what an exacting task this is. The search was not as careful as it might have been; you can’t tell me that there would be no local Malaysian or Singaporean voice talent that could have been found and who would have paid the panoply of voices in this engaging tale due consideration and respect. That having been said, I want to hear the denouement of this whodunnit and will proceed, undaunted to listen.

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easy to enjoy

got it just to learn a little more about Malaysia and did like the main character

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  • george
  • 24-03-2013

First in a set of Short Entertaining Crime Stories

Shamini Flint is definitely worth the read.

We get a loveable but regularly grumpy "cop" along with easily disliked killers from an author that leaves suspects, all over the place.

Quirky and quick its certainly not maudlin at all for a murder mystery.

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  • Shirley
  • 26-12-2011

enjoyable

enjoyable story, reasonable plot, good narration,easy to listen to,would recommend and buy another book by this author and or narrator

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  • Archway Kid
  • 10-07-2012

Good concept...

and could be a very good TV series. But, not really sure of the novel somehow. I really liked the lead character 'Inspector Singh' but not really sure of the strength of the supporting cast.
Worth a listen as Jonathan Keeble is an AWESOME narrator. His narration of The Woodcutter.... superb.

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  • Polly Pon
  • 20-02-2015

Excellent

A good mystery told well. I would recommend this book to friends and family. I will read others by this author

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  • Christine
  • 03-06-2020

Quality plot

The cover and title make this book look like a cozy murder mystery, but the plot is more sophisticated and compelling, dealing with environmental destruction and the cultural difficulties in Malaysia. Looking forward to more.

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  • Mrs. Penelope Gordon
  • 19-01-2021

Wonderful

This is my first Inspector Singh book, but certainly not my last. Jonathon Keeble awesome as ever.

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  • James Brown
  • 05-01-2021

An enjoyable listen.

A whodunit with an entertaining collection of twists and turns. Well read and evenly paced. I look forward to reading/listening to more of Inspector Singh.

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  • Nicola
  • 15-11-2020

Excellent

Really pleased I found this. Great characters and a good plot. Will read the next in the series.

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  • NJD
  • 01-11-2020

Impressive Murder Mystery!

Step aside, Hercule Poirot! Make way for Inspector Singh -an overweight curry loving maverick who pursues his murder suspects like a bloodhound using his knowledge of human nature to find the culprit. I enjoyed the candour that the author showed describing the lifestyles of the ultra-wealthy. Behind closed doors, one realises that everyone experiences their share of joy as well as desperation and we all crave for a little love and sincerity. I found the dichotomy between the postcolonial Malaysian legal system and Sharia Law followed by the large Muslim population particularly fascinating and practical. This is directly at odds with the version peddled by fundamentalists in the West. It was also interesting to see that people are aware of the dire consequences of mistreating the environment in humanity's endless pursuit of greed.

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