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The Singapore School of Villainy (Inspector Singh Investigates #3)

3.77  ·  Rating details ·  767 Ratings  ·  102 Reviews
Inspector Singh is home - and how he wishes he wasn't. His wife nags him at breakfast and his superiors are whiling away their time by giving him his usual 'you're a disgrace to the force' lecture. Fortunately for Singh, there is no rest for the wicked when he is called out to the murder of a senior partner at an international law firm, clubbed to death at his desk. Unfort ...more
Paperback, 306 pages
Published March 1st 2010 by Piatkus Books
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Dec 02, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery, multi-culti
The head of a prestigious law firm is discovered by his partners when they arrive for a mysterious, late-night meeting. The building is locked with key-card entry, so it seems likely that the killer is one of the people called to the meeting. But perhaps it could have been his new wife, a former maid in need of money? So begins The Singapore School of Villainy, with a classic murder scenario with a limited pool of suspects. Instead of the nebulous trouble in Bali in the former novel, this allows ...more
Aug 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is an international mystery with a likable detective set in a crossroads of cultures, Singapore. Ms. Flint is often funny and her characters pulse with life as an intriguing, gritty plot unfolds.
K Yuan
Jun 10, 2012 rated it did not like it
I picked this book up thinking, "Hey, it's a murder mystery in SINGAPORE!" (and you really don't get that 'round here), and I have absolutely no idea why i continued reading it.

Shamini Flint writes with this consistent and excruciating habit of explaining things that has a. already been mentioned, and she 'wants you to recall it again' (when they are facts that one *clearly* has the brain capacity to withhold) and b. not as much bearing on plot or character or anything that's properly relevant.
Feb 02, 2013 rated it liked it
In some detective novels the location is as important as the plot, and you gain insights into the local traditions and politics. The Ladies No 1 Detective Agency, The Feng Shui Detective and the Dr Siri novels feature crimes that aren't too gruesome or graphic, and have quirky characters in unusual settings (Botswana, Singapore and Laos, respectively). The Reebus novels, set in Edinburgh, are more serious, but very character driven. The Inspector Singh novels sit somewhere in between.

In this one
Nov 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I think this is the best one yet. The previous two mysteries were solid, but this one is just spot-on.
Moushine Zahr
Sep 09, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the first novel I've read from author Shamini Flint and first novel in which the story is set in Singapour, which I've been to a decade ago. This novel is well written, the story is well told and the characters are well developed. I liked several things about this novel:

- the fact that this crime novel involves the study of human relationships instead of following scientific evidences til catching the criminal. It is a change from the crime TV series.
- the leading character, inspector Si
Lizzie Hayes
Aug 31, 2012 rated it it was amazing
‘Inspector Singh Investigates: The Singapore School of Villainy’ by Shamini Flint
Published by Piatkus. ISBN: 978-0-7499-2977-0

Mark Thompson, senior partner in Hutchinson and Rice is found dead at his desk one evening, after he had called all the partners together for an emergency meeting. To obtain entry to the offices a key card is necessary which puts all the partners firmly in the square, and squashes the partners’ view that someone off the street must have gained entry and done the deed!

Jun 12, 2015 rated it it was ok
Been collecting the books in this series because crime fiction! In Asia! Written by a woman! But this particular installment is a disappointment. The narration is repetitive & long-winding, w/ the characters' words & actions being regularly explained or psychoanalyzed, for one. The representation of women is so clichéd: among the women characters, there's the lawyer who sleeps her way to the top; the Inspector's overbearing, clannish, close-minded housewife; the victim's scorned, Botoxed ...more
Mar 10, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
This is the third Inspector Singh investigation, and second that I have read. The senior partner of an International law firm has been murdered – battered to death at his desk on the upper floor of an office block that is only accessible by someone with a swipe card. Inspector Singh has been put on to the high profile case and there are no shortages of suspects – all of the murder victim's fellow partners along with his ex-wife and new trophy wife all have a reason to kill him. There are more li ...more
Jan 09, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller, mystery, crime
Inspector Singh is embroiled in a much tougher case. This one starts with a murder and so many possible murderers. But as Singh moves the investigation he keeps discovering more and more possible culprits. Can he solve it?
Mark Thompson a senior partner at a Singapore law firm is found dead. Singapore a haven to Expats and business runs to its top murder Inspector, Singh. He gets more then he bargained for. A large group of assistants but an even bigger group of suspects. It seems everyone at the
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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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