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

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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 t ...more
Paperback, 295 pages
Published 2009 by Piatkus
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Tea Jovanović
Mar 20, 2013 Tea Jovanović rated it it was amazing
pravo je vreme da upoznate inspektora Singa i pratite ga u njegovim avanturama po egzoticnim zemljama... krimici koji nas upoznaju s dalekim svetovima i kulturama... prva dva naslova objavljena su na srpskom...
Dec 02, 2015 i. rated it liked it
The story takes place in Kuala Lumpur, one of my favourite cities in the world, mainly because it is a modern melting pot of several cultures and traditions. The novel depicts this mixture of races and ways of living perfectly.

Inspector Singh , the policeman from Singapore in charge of investigating the murder, is a very likeable and peculiar character that will appeal to fans of detective stories.

The book is an easy read to enjoy before, during or after visiting beautiful Malaysia.

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First Sentence: The accused, Chelsea Liew, was in court.

Inspector Singh has been sent from Singapore to Kuala Lumpur to investigate the case of a former model, Chelsea Liew, accused of murdering her ex-husband. Involved in a bitter dispute over the custody of their children, Chelsea, in court, threatened to kill her ex, and was the obvious suspect after his being shot. In spite of the evidence, Singh is less certain of her guilt and, working with Inspector Mohammad, dedicates himself to finding
Oct 06, 2014 Bill rated it really liked it
I love crime fiction set in exotic locales (at least they are exotic locales to me). This excellent book is the first in a series featuring Inspector Singh, a policeman from Singapore, who in this book, is trying to solve a murder in Malaysia.

This book has everything a good crime novel should have; excellent writing, a host of interesting characters (including many suspects with a good motive), and wonderful descriptions of the above-mentioned exotic locale. And on top of that, I didn't figure o
Feb 24, 2013 Remi rated it it was amazing
"Inspector Singh Investigates" is a series of murder-mystery novels by Shamini Flint which, I have to say, have kept my interest several books on. I picked up this first book in the series (each book places the lead character in a different country--so far all in Asia) without much hope for even finishing it. But I did. And then bought the 2nd and 3rd novels in the series. So far there are 5 and I will definitely be picking up the rest at some point.

Inspector Singh is a detective in Singapore's
Clare O'Beara
Aug 12, 2016 Clare O'Beara rated it really liked it
Shelves: nature, asia-crime
If you are not from or well travelled in Asia, the initial attraction of this series will be the modern, exotic locales. I previously read the tale set in Beijing and have another book on the shelf. As far as I can judge, the author provides a good picture of the places we visit, with their appeal to tourists and friendly rivalries of neighbouring countries added. Inspector Singh is a Sikh but not, we gather, a wholly devout one, who is quietly married, clean-living but too fond of his food. He ...more
Barbara Mitchell
Cathy of the Kittling:Books blog has been writing about Inspector Singh books for a while now and her reviews were so funny I just had to try one. I borrowed this one from the library. It turns out Cathy is right; I'm going to look for the rest of the series now.

Inspector Singh is a police detective in Singapore. For this case he has been sent to Kuala Lumpur to investigate the case of a former model from Singapore who has been accused of killing her ex-husband. Since Singh is obese and unused t
Apr 10, 2013 Cleffairy rated it really liked it
First of all, I have to say that I find it difficult to start this book, because the first chapter was very descriptive, horrifying and not to mention absolutely morbid. I could barely stop myself from retching when I read the first chapter of Inspector Singh Investigates: A Deadly Cambodian Crime Spree. Ms. Flint did a very good job with the opening salvo.

The opening salvo was too good, in fact that it almost scares me from reading further. But as I flip the pages, I found that it’s not all mor
Martha Bullen
Apr 15, 2013 Martha Bullen rated it it was ok
I wanted to enjoy this book. I picked it up because the back cover copy said it will appeal to fans of two of my favorite mystery series, The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency and Colin Cotterill's Dr. Siri books set in Laos.

Sadly, I found this novel derivative and disappointing. The premise is that a "portly detective" from Singapore is sent to Malaysia to look into a high-profile murder involving a Singapore citizen. A former beauty queen was accused of killing her wealthy and abusive husband.

I fo
Feb 10, 2014 Rachel rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction, mystery-etc, 2014
This is a nice little comfort read, good for picking up at random times when you want to be entertained but can't invest a lot of time and concentration. The protagonist is very likeable--there's something fun about the Dysfunctional Male Detective just being a little quirky, overweight, and unable to follow rules, as opposed to having A Dark Side (not that I have anything against detectives with a dark side). Also, it's fun to read a book set in a country you're completely unfamiliar with. Not ...more
Jan 03, 2015 Enzo rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, crime
Goodreads another example were a 3.5 Star is really what it should be. This book is Shamini Flint's introduction to Inspector Singh the titular character and one that I expect to read more in the future. Inspector Singh will need to live up to classics like Hercule Poirot, who despite appearances seemed to be able to solve the unsolvable mystery. Crime-Mystery are always fascinating because they are made to engage you and keep you guessing with ever more clues. Its Velma vs You, care to wager? T ...more
Oct 21, 2013 Shirin rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Travellers, people who wants a quick read
I got this book at Changi Airport after reading the review in the Malaysian newspaper a couple of months back. I thought it would be an easy read and contemplating picking up all of the books in the series, BUT, i had already in my arms a bunch of books. I push back greed and put the others back and paid for this one.

I enjoyed reading this book, it is easy to read and needs not much engagement with the grey matter. I must admit, I was feeling rather defensive, being a Malaysian myself, when she
Anna Tan
Mar 23, 2015 Anna Tan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: malaysiana
I picked up A Most Peculiar Malaysian Murder because it was RM8 for a hardback. I'd been wanting to read it for a while, but paying Rm30+ for an author I'd never read before... and have hardly heard off was always a little too off-putting, especially when there were always cheaper books around by more well-known authors. But anyway, so it was cheap so I took the chance. *shrug*.

Chelsea Liew, a Singaporean, has been accused of killing her rich Malaysian husband. In a bid to appear as a caring gov
Ann Giammona
Jul 31, 2014 Ann Giammona rated it really liked it
An entirely satisfying murder mystery. This well plotted police procedural had me revising my theory of whodunit multiple times, but its biggest attraction is the window it provides on a society and culture I may never get to see first hand.

The book introduces Inspector Singh of the Singapore Police Force on assignment in Kuala Lumpur, Malayasia to ensure that Chelsea Liew, a Singaporean citizen who has been arrested for the murder of her wealthy Malaysian husband, is treated fairly by the Mala
Aug 20, 2012 Vilia rated it it was amazing
Review from Backchatting Books

"A Most Peculiar Malaysian Murder" features an unlikely hero, Inspector Singh. He has been seconded from Singapore to Malaysia to help solve the murder of Alan Lee, the ex-husband of famous Singaporean model, Chelsea Liew. Alan was shot at point blank range and Chelsea has the best motive as he was trying to take her children away from her. Although Singh thinks she is innocent, he blocked by the Malaysian police who are equally convinced of her guilt.

The book rest
Gita Madhu
Apr 09, 2013 Gita Madhu rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Indians, Malaysians, Singaporeans, Asians, anyone who loves crime fiction
Shelves: crime
Inspector Singh's visit to Malaysia took me on a nostalgia trip. Although a sentence from the book has been credited with being possibly the worst sentence ever, the author has the talent to bring to life the characters and the settings.
I, for one, am delighted, as a non-European brought up exclusively with English as "mother tongue, to find a more culturally appropriate alternative to my favourite genre (Crime Fiction).
For years I've had to satisfy my cravings for this genre with European autho
Aug 29, 2015 Garren rated it it was ok
While I appreciated learning a bit about a contemporary setting that I knew nothing about, the writing itself was a bit of a torment. I was reminded of the 80s style disaster book where point of view cycles constantly through about five characters in a way that happens to give the audience a too-neatly-timed presentation of the overall happening. Each point of view segment tended to start by reviewing the "stinger" from the end of the last related segment. In the middle, there would be a bunch o ...more
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Ein spannender, gut gestrickter Krimi. Inspektor Singh (eigenwillig, dick, ist Raucher und ausstaffiert mit Bart und Turban) arbeitet als Polizist in Singapur, ermittelt in diesem Fall aber in Malaysien. Insgesamt eine empfehlenswerte Lektüre für Liebhaber regionaler Krimis!
Sabrina Manneh-velazquez
Aug 18, 2016 Sabrina Manneh-velazquez rated it really liked it
This series shows a lot of promise. It's a bit rough around the edges but I'm looking forward to the next instalments.
Ooh the only thing I love more than a murder mystery with a likeable detective is a whole series of books starring said likeable detective!
Cynthia Pratt
Feb 29, 2016 Cynthia Pratt rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Liked the character development and insight into Malay and Hindi cultures. crime solving was interesting and I did not figure out who did it before the big reveal. Will look for another in the series.
May 14, 2015 Roberta rated it did not like it
Couldn't finish this. The story was so derivative and others have done it much better. This was just tedious.
May 09, 2016 Ishaan rated it liked it
I enjoyed this book. Shamini Flint masterfully keeps the readers engaged with the addition of newer suspects, each one revealing some secret about Alan Lee. However, the story does seem a little bit dragged out. I feel that the book should have ended long ago. Since the book was dragged out so much, I am sorry to say that I was very happy when I reached the end of the book. Despite this, I would recommend this book to anyone who is a fan of murder mysteries (I am not one), as careful readers can ...more
Jun 26, 2011 Susan rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery, fiction
This was just a nice little escape of a mystery. Nothing wonderful, nothing terrible. The protagonist, Inspector Singh, from Singapore but on assignment in Malaysia, seems to have the capability of being more interesting if we get to know him better in future books. And I didn't figure everything out until the very end, which is always good.

I didn't like how quickly the author jumped back and forth among scenes, making it a bit hard to keep track of what was going on with all the characters, but
Aug 14, 2016 Carol rated it really liked it
Inspector Singh Investigates: A Most Peculiar Malaysian Murder by Shamini Flint

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The portly, methodical Inspector Singh is a thorn in the side of his bosses on the Singapore police department, so they send him off to Malaysia to monitor the trial of Chelsea Liew, a Singaporean beauty queen accused of killing her abusive millionaire ex-husband. The plot, revolving around the difference between secular and Islamic custody laws, is unexpectedly intricate and surprising. But the kee
Inspector Singh of the Singapore police is close to retirement age but having done something to annoy his superiors he 19s the officer chosen to go to Malaysia to look after the interests of a Singaporean citizen in trouble. Former model Chelsea Liew has been arrested for the murder of her Malaysian ex-husband Alan Lee and Singh is meant to observe Malaysian police and ensure that she receives a fair deal. The problem for Singh is that everyone believes her guilty and if she is convicted she wil ...more
Adelaine Pek
Dec 29, 2015 Adelaine Pek rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was looking high and low for a book that is centered around Kuala Lumpur or KL as it is more fondly known, to complete this reading challenge. I know there are a lot of books out there featuring this famous city of Malaysia but I was nitpicking them; I did not want to go for biographies nor do I want to read horror stories (somehow Malaysian authors have a thing for publishing horror stories --- cannot blame them when this country has strong superstitious roots). Imagine my joy when I stumbled ...more
Nov 25, 2015 Bettina rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime
Inspector Flint verlässt Singapur in beruflicher Mission: Die Singapurianerin Chelsea Liew ist in Malaysia des Mordes an ihrem Ehemann angeklagt und Singh soll nun sicherstellen, dass Liew einen fairen Prozess im Nachbaarstaat bekommt. Ein Einsatz, der eigentlich ein Witz ist, weil Singh außerhalb seines Einflussbereichs tätig sein wird und in Wirklichkeit wohl nicht viel ausrichten könnte. Aber den Vorgesetzten ist alles Recht, was Singh zu einer frühzeitigen Pensionierung veranlassen könnte. D ...more
Dueep Jyot
Oct 31, 2015 Dueep Jyot rated it did not like it
Sorry, Mrs. Flint,because your creation could have reached immortal status, because you know your East well. But you did one solecism, right at the very beginning, with inspector Singh dreaming of a cigarette.
After that you said that he was a SIKH. A turbaned Sikh.
Do you really know what you are writing about?
This is about as big a religious boo-boo as saying Mister so-and-so, the Jewish priest called for a ham sandwich, or Mister Ali went into the church for Confession. Religious knifes out at

Popsugar 2015 Reading Challenge.

A book that takes place in your hometown.

Its to be expected, the author takes a dig at the "usual suspect" i.e. proton cars, twin towers, corruption, bad traffic, dirty side walk and etc.

Excerpt below summarizes it all neatly.

“And yet, the inspector thought, Kuala Lumpur had a certain something. It was difficult to put his finger on what it was exactly. There was a sense of freedom perhaps, of anarchy even, that Singapore so sorely lacked. Perhaps it was the lac
Aug 22, 2016 Joan rated it liked it
Although I found Inspector Singh quite a bit harder to warm up to than Tarquin Hall's Vish Puri, he is unpretentious and has a big heart. In this first story, he works alongside (if alongside is the word) two Malaysian police officers. Despite their differences, these three make a good team, which has me wondering if this team will ever work together again, since Inspector Singh is from Singapore and is about to head home at the end of the story. Don't tell me the answer! I want to find out for ...more
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Shamini Flint lives in Singapore with her husband and two children. She began her career in law in Malaysia and also worked at an international law firm in Singapore. She travelled extensively around Asia for her work, before resigning to be a stay-at-home mum, writer, part-time lecturer and environmental activist, all in an effort to make up for her 'evil' past as a corporate lawyer!

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“Kuala Lumpur had a certain something… There was a sense of freedom perhaps, of anarchy even, that Singapore so sorely lacked. Perhaps it was the lack of deference to authority, the physical space, the ability to take a step back and enjoy a moment of quite that lent Kuala Lumpur its atmosphere. Singaporeans were always adding to the list of reasons each one kept to hand, in case they met a Malaysian, of why it was so much better on the island than the peninsula. They ranged from law and order to cleanliness, from clean government to good schools, and always ended on the strength of the Singaporean economy. But in the end, the Malaysian would nod as if to agree to the points made – and then shrug to indicate that they probably wouldn’t trade passports, not really. And if pressed for a reason they would fall back on that old chestnut which somehow seemed to capture everything that was wrong about Singapore – but your government bans chewing gum. The nanny state and the police state all rolled into one.” 9 likes
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