Meet Inspector Singh
Once I started, I found it hard to put down. Which in my reckoning, means it was a darn good novel. Shamini Flint's whodunnit - Inspector Singh Investigates: A Deadly Cambodian Crime Spree - featuring a sweating, fat Sikh detective who gets caught up in shenanigans at the Khmer Rouge Tribunal in modern-day Cambodia was an entertaining read throughout. Set in the present day and taking you from Tuol Sleng to the FCC and back to Choeung Ek, with Angkor Wat thrown in for good measure, Flint does a good job in keeping you guessing with a variety of twists and turns and comes up with an unexpected surprise ending, just when you thought the bad guys had been put to bed. The humour between the main character, Inspector Singh, airlifted in from Singapore and feeling like a fish out of water, and his adopted Khmer sidekick Chhean had me chuckling on a few occasions, and his penchant for chicken curry meant we shared common ground. Even an unlikely hero like Singh will get my backing if he is on a non-stop hunt for chicken curry. Published by Piatkus, the author will be at Monument Books in Phnom Penh on Friday 6 May for the launch of her brand new novel. I recommend you get hold of a copy smartish and enjoy it as much as I did.