Wednesday, April 20, 2011

A novel approach

A fat Sikh inspector is on the prowl in Cambodia, sweating profusely and seeking out evil and solving crimes. That's the basis of a new book that goes under the title of Inspector Singh Investigates: A Deadly Cambodian Crime Spree. It's the fourth in a series of crime novels by Singapore-based author Shamini Flint, who turned to writing after a career in law and seems to have found a rich vein with her unconventional hero, Inspector Singh, and a series that has so far been on tour to Malaysia, Bali and Singapore. She also dabbles successfully in children's books and will be bringing herself to a book launch at Monument Books on Friday 6 May at 6pm. I've managed to get hold of a copy of the book and have begun reading it tonight. You can find out more about the author here.
A new book that has already ruffled a few feathers is Joel Brinkley's Cambodia's Curse: A Modern History of a Troubled Land as it details what's happening on the ground in the country today, warts and all, with a few curveballs thrown in for good measure, according to the reviews I've read so far. Brinkley is a former New York Times Pulitzer-winning writer who doesn't hold back when discussing the country's ills. I'm not convinced that he'll be appearing at Monument Books anytime soon.

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Blogger Mary Carver-Stiehler(Writing as Mary Moriarty) said...

Hey Andy, let me know how you like. i love mysteries and this would be lovely to curl up with! Which one is her first/

April 21, 2011 at 2:54 AM  
Blogger Andy Brouwer said...

Hi Mary, the first book was Malaysia and came out in 2009. The 2nd was Bali and the third was Singapore. Cambodia is her 4th one.

April 21, 2011 at 8:52 AM  
OpenID takeoman said...

Hi Andy, I've just read a review of the Brinkley book by Elizabeth Becker. She's not impressed,especially as it contains schoolboy howlers like placing the Chinese invasion of Vietnam in 1989 as opposed to the correct date of 1979. She also points out that he only appears to recognise two types of Cambodian, the very rich and the very poor and spends an innordinate ammount of time on American ambassadors past and present.

April 21, 2011 at 3:47 PM  

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