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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
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Published 2009 by Piatkus
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Tea Jovanović
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...
Bill
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
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LJ
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
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Cleffairy
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
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Remi
"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
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Martha Bullen
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
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Enzo
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
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
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Ann Giammona
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
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Gita
Apr 09, 2013 Gita rated it 4 of 5 stars
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
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Rachel
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
Susan
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
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Nancy
A good page turner with interesting characters and an introduction to Malaysia and Singapore. Ms. Flint educates about illegal logging in indigenous areas, sharia law, local foods and customs, all while delivering a good yarn. I will have to check out more of the Inspector Singh series.
Julie
Fun. Well written. There is nothing extraordinary here, except for the refreshing idea of having a detective novel written exceptionally well -- a term of reference for some might be: visualize the young P.D. James in her first detective novel, set in the East.
The Crime Scene Scene
A Most Peculiar Malaysian Murder is the first novel in the Inspector Singh series by author Shamini Flint. Singapore detective Inspector Singh is sent to Malaysia to assist when a Singapore national is arrested for the murder of her husband following a bitter divorce. He believes her to be innocent so takes holiday time to when she hires him to find out who killed her husband.

Malaysia is a modern bustling country that still feels torn between its new modern demands and its old ways and tradition
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Shani
The first book in the Inspector Singh series adds an intriguing surprise to the world of literary detectives. The portly detective who loves his food is a messy eater although his white sneakers are always spotless. His turban typifies him as a member of the Sikh culture but he is not a follower of that religion. He has the ability to annoy and irritate all around him, from his superiors in Singapore and colleagues in Malaysia to the potential suspects of the crime he is trying to solve, yet und ...more
Norma Huss
Inspector Singh is from Singapore, but he's been sent to Malaysia to protect the interest of a woman from Singapore who is on trial for killing her estranged Malaysian husband. (Plus, not incidentally, getting him out of the Singapore authorities' hair.) He's chubby, turbaned, and much too particular. There are a lot of business people, enemies, relatives, and by-standers involved. One never knows for sure who dun-it, or if the innocent will be freed (until the end, of course). Not quite like th ...more
☺Trish
An interesting murder mystery set in Malaysia featuring Inspector Singh of the Singapore Police. Inspector Singh has been sent to Kuala Lumpur to assist in the investigation of a seemingly open-and-shut murder case. The incarcerated murder suspect is a beautiful former model and Singapore citizen, Chelsea Liew, accused of shooting her physically abusive, adulterous, and lousy example of a father, ex-husband, Alan Lee, with whom she was locked in a bitter custody battle over their three sons.
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Tyson Adams
I really do enjoy a good mystery novel. They can make do without the sex and violence of normal crime or thriller stories and yet still keep you intrigued. Shamini did have a good reason for eschewing sex and violence, her mother edits it all out. Fortunately she left the humour and intrigue in.

This is my first Shamini Flint novel, and features the fat Indian Inspector for Singapore, Inspector Singh. Singh is the atypical hero, someone you would prefer not to know. Yet you find yourself wanting
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Emily
Inspector Singh is not having a good day. A police officer in Singapore, he's been sent to supervise a murder investigation in Malaysia, and is only there because the accused is a Singaporean citizen. He understands going into things that he's going to be extremely unwelcome and expects to kind of get stonewalled; he doesn't expect things to turn out the way that the do.

Part of the problem is the nature of the case at hand. The accused is former supermodel Chelsea Liew, who's accused of shooting
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Alexa
I wanted this series to be the male Number One Ladies' Detective Agency, but other than both protagonists being of "traditional build", and both mysteries taking place in unusual- to-many -Western readers--locales (Botswana, Malaysia), the two mysteries bear few similarities. I was drawn to this book originally as a major Precious Ramotswe fan, but found nothing particularly charming or endearing about the sweaty, uninspired Detective Singh. The only things which held my interest were the settin ...more
Elizabeth
Singapore is not Kuala Lampur Inspector Singh keeps reminding himself as he travels around this very busy city which is the federal capitol and the most populous city in Malaysia. He has been sent here from the beautiful, well regulated Singapore where he has been getting on the nerves of some of his superiors, to help with the case of Chelsea Liew, a former model who has been accused of murdering her abusive, philandering, quite wealthy husband. She was from Singapore originally.

At this point i
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Shirin
Oct 21, 2013 Shirin rated it 3 of 5 stars
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
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Michelle
This is the first book I've read about Inspector Singh, and I enjoyed it enough to read more. Strangely enough for a book titled "Inspector Singh investigates..." It wasn't really about him that much.

inspector Singh appears to be a maverick police officer in Singapore. Overweight, a smoker, and with many years of experience to flesh out his intuition. A lot of this was told rather than shown, which was a weakness I the book. The plot revolves around the murder of a wealthy and influential Malays
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Biogeek
The first in the Inspector Singh series of investigations across South East Asia, this one did not grab me as quickly as the others. While the case, beautiful Chelsea Liew is accused of murdering her amoral, philandering, abusive and faith-swapping husband, has all the ingredients of a good murder mystery, Flint spends far too much time on what seems to be a pet obsession; how Singaporeans differ from all their neighbors, in this case Malaysians. The early pages that should have been page-turner ...more
Karen
Think Hercule Poirot in a Sikh turban and the tropical heat of Kuala Lumpur, but add a hefty dose of rumpled Columbo and I think that's the best description of Inspector Singh of the Singapore police that I can come up with. A MOST PECULIAR MALAYSIAN MURDER is the first in this series from Singapore based author Shamini Flint.

This book is definitely on the lighter side of crime fiction, I'll have to read the next couple that I have here to be able to say if that's an ongoing characteristic, but
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Jane Debano
Shamani Flint is a Cambridge Law grad who wrote her first novel about a Sikh police inspector named Singh. He’s fat, sweaty and unpopular with his superiors in Singapore. He is sent to Kuala Lumpur to investigate the murder charges against a popular model from Singapore accused of killing her Chinese husband. The wife, Chelsea Liew, was a teenage crush of the Inspector’s. The husband, Alan Lee, was a very wealthy timber baron and a wife beater, who womanized while his youngest brother ran the Co ...more
Lizzie Hayes
‘Inspector Singh Investigates: A Most Peculiar Malaysian Murder’ by Shamini Flint
Published by Piatkus, January 2009. ISBN: 978-0-7499-2975-6

This is the first book in a new series featuring an Inspector in the Singapore police force. Inspector Singh is a first glance not a prepossessing character – he is of large girth, I think the description is ‘fleshy’. A heavy smoker - his breathing always sounds strained, and we gather he is not a particularly snappy dresser. We meet Inspector Singh wedged i
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Anna Tan
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
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Jules Jones
A maverick senior police officer follows his instincts to solve a crime, in spite of interference from above. It's a stock pattern in the mystery genre, but this has one or two interesting twists. For this inspector is a Sikh in the Singapore police force, and the politics he has to negotiate include the somewhat strained relationship between Singapore and Malaysia. [return][return]A famed Singapore model has been arrested for the murder of her Malaysian logging industry tycoon husband. The coup ...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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Other Books in the Series

Inspector Singh Investigates (6 books)
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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.” 8 likes
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