Singapore 1910--Desperate for a fresh start and to distance herself from her tragic past, Harriet Gordon finds herself in Singapore at the height of colonial rule. Hopin ...more
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Some readers might object to the very nature of the book, depicting English people during the height of the imperial period (on the verge of its fall); I thought Stuart did a superb job of walking that k ...more
In the mood for a multiple murder/gem smuggling mystery with a bit of romance and family drama and a fair amount of diverse culture? Then this is your book.
Harriet, newly arrived in Singapore in 1910, is the richly nuanced main character. Most characters are well developed, although a couple surprises near the end seem a bit “out of the blue.” The culture of colonial Singapore is clearly drawn. The main characters are mainly upper class British, with the requisite ...more
However, even in the Far East, where nothing is quite what it seems and everyone has secrets, Hannah's suffragette past threatens to cast a blight on her future and that of her bachelor headmaster ...more
I have rated the book 4 stars and would recommend to any who enjoys a period tale.
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Harriet Gordon, widow, stenographer and suffragette, and the dedicated Inspector Curran, the not-quite gentleman detective, are two of my new favourite characters, brought together in colonial 1910 Singapore by a murder that spreads tentacles far and wide.
As the title indicates, precious gems are involved, although Harriet herself is the real 'gem', a woman of education, principles, and, for the times, a very pract ...more
What I thought was going to be a historical romance I soon found was truly a t ...more
Harriet Gordon, a former suffragette and recently widowed, left London to live in India for ten years, and ...more
Harriet is doing unpaid work at the school where her brother is headmaster. So she goes looking for clerical work to give her some wages. Her first client is Sir Oswald Newbold who is writing his memoirs. He was an explorer who opened Burmese ruby mines to British buy ...more
This was a fun and interesting book to read. The atmosphere of colonial Singapore is brought to life as you work through the mystery of who the murderer is and why they did it. ...more
I received a complimentary copy of this book from First to Read. Opinions expressed in this re ...more
The setting Singapore in 1910. It begins with the question of who killed Sir Oswald Norwood. Harriet happens upon his body thus is drawn into the case with Inspector Curran. There is another death complicating the investigation.
I'll let you read this book before I accidentally spill to many details. I usually enjoy this Chandra and I wasn't disappointed this time ...more
Born in Kenya, her family came to Australia when she was ten years old. She has also lived in Singapore.
In her life outside writing, she enjoyed a varied career as a l ...more