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Modern Sikh Detective's Malaysian Case Perfect For The Beach


1947-2014 (Archived)
Jun 17, 2004
Singapore's Inspector Singh may work in exotic locales, but this Asian Poirot solves his cases using old-fashioned detective work and clean white shoes.

Former model Chelsea Liew has been involved in a bitter custody battle with her ex-husband, timber company president Alan Lee, captivating the country's media while fueling speculation on motives, assets and blame.

In spite of the difficult public attention, Chelsea believes that she has almost won her case according to Malaysian law, at least until Alan announces that he claims special rights as a recent Muslim convert, subverting her claim in secular court and sending the case to a Muslim council.

Suddenly, the legitimacy of the conversion becomes even more relevant as Chelsea’s ex-husband is found murdered just outside of their home and the embattled mother now must fight for her release from jail.

Through Singh’s detective work, questions about Alan Lee’s philandering proclivities crash into his company’s allege illegal logging practices to form a long line of suspects who wanted the self-centered playboy to disappear.

Overweight, painfully honest and sympathetic to the striking yet demure Chelsea, Singh embarks on a much more involved journey than he ever expected, accompanied by his admiring junior handler and his relentless need to solve the puzzle.

Flint comfortably handles the unique aspects of the cultures and religions while also ensuring that Singh never devolves into caricature. She deftly explains the relevant legal situations according to Malaysian law while adroitly balancing the familial rivalry between Malaysia and Singapore.

Singh periodically reflects on Singapore's notorious cleanliness in comparison to Malaysia's comparatively seedier areas but also considers its rigid rules on individual behavior, including the most famous example of outlawed chewing gum while many Malaysians seem pleased with their easy-going lifestyles.

Singh also indulges in local cuisine, steadfastly avoiding westernized food while giving Flint the opportunity to describe the flavors and seafood which do so much to satisfy Inspector Singh.

Adding to the series’ charm, the attractively designed cover art for each book offers a shadow of the portly Inspector Singh, conveying both a sense of his wisdom and his position as an outsider in police department politics, no matter to what country his cases may take him.

Flint’s traditional detective entrenched in Asian culture and cuisine results in a refreshing, enjoyable investigative mystery that makes for light, but also enlightening, reading.

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