Monday, October 19, 2009

Inspector Singh in Cambodia ... and then India!

Congrats once again to the highly prolific Shamini Flint who now has a further two book deal with Little Brown, bringing the number of Asian adventures featuring Inspector Singh to five!
Singh has already annoyed the other policemen in Malaysia , Bali and Singapore . Now our favourite inspector will be flying off to the killing fields of Cambodia ...
reads the publicity info I received today :
Inspector Singh is in Cambodia – wishing he wasn't. He's been sent as an observer to the international war crimes tribunal in Phnom Penh, the latest effort by his superiors to ensure that he is anywhere except in Singapore. But for the first time the fat Sikh inspector is on the verge of losing his appetite when a key member of the tribunal is murdered in cold blood. The authorities are determined to write off the incident as a random act of violence, but Singh thinks otherwise. It isn't long before he finds himself caught up in one of the most terrible murder investigations he’s witnessed – the roots of which lie in the Cambodian killing fields… And in Book 5 he’ll be whizzing off to India ...

The Guardian says about this series that ‘It’s impossible to not warm to the sweating, dishevelled, wheezing Inspector Singh’ and the Daily Record that Singh is ‘An unconventional new crime hero who has the potential to be as compelling (and successful) as McCall Smith’s Precious Ramotswe.‘

Meanwhile the second volume of the series, A Bali Conspiracy So Foul, is hitting the stores here. It was launched at the Ubud writers' and Readers Festival, and will have another launch at the Singapore Writers Festival.

Volume 3, Inspector Singh Investigates: A Singapore School of Villainy, is due out next February.

Worth reading - Adrian Turpin in The Financial Times considers Shamini's first novel alongside other writing he feels are in the mould of Alexander McCall Smiths novels featuring Precious Rabotswe.

2 comments:

BorneoExpatWriter said...

I'm really happy for her. How many of us has had a great idea but didn't follow through with it. Shamini did in a huge way! Again she proves you can create and follow your dreams from Malaysia/Signapore. \

I use her as a good example, well if she can do it then so can I...We all should feel this way. That's a very good thing. Have your ideas, your plans to be a writer, and then follow through. If you don't beleive in your own dreams, why should anyone else! Then it's a matter of getting better at your craft and persevering -- learn from Shamini.

Shamini is a shining example from Singapore who can light the way for the rest of us, too, but for only those who dare to follow.

Greenbottle said...

i hope one day inspector singh will solve the altantuya case...and the missing SD man who said DS Najib also like to do it er... the wrong way....