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The Paper Bark Tree Mystery (Crown Colony) (udgave 2019)

af Ovidia Yu (Forfatter)

Serier: Crown Colony (3)

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"Su Lin is doing her dream job: assistant at Singapore's brand new detective agency. Until Bald Bernie decides a 'local girl' can't be trusted with private investigations, and replaces her with a new secretary - pretty, privileged, and white. So Su Lin's not the only person finding it hard to mourn Bernie after he's found dead in the filing room. And when her best friend's dad is accused, she gets up to some sleuthing work of her own in a bid to clear his name. Su Lin finds out that Bernie may have been working undercover, trading stolen diamonds for explosives from enemy troops. Was he really the upright English citizen he claimed to be? Meanwhile, a famous assassin commits his worst crime yet, and disappears into thin air. Rumours spread that he may be dangerously close to home. Beneath the stifling, cloudless Singaporean summer, earthquakes of chaos and political unrest are breaking out. When a tragic loss shakes Su Lin's personal world to its core, she becomes determined to find the truth. But in dark, hate-filled times, truth has a price - and Su Lin must decide how much she's willing to pay for it."--Publisher description.… (mere)
Medlem:Twisk
Titel:The Paper Bark Tree Mystery (Crown Colony)
Forfattere:Ovidia Yu (Forfatter)
Info:Constable (2019), 336 pages
Samlinger:Dit bibliotek
Vurdering:****
Nøgleord:Ingen

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This is the third novel in Ovidia Yu's mystery series set in Singapore just before the outbreak of WW II. The wonderful character Su Lin gets involved in a new mystery that puts her in contact with Indian nationalists and Japanese spies as well as exposing her to the despicable racism of some of Singapore's British. The mystery itself is interesting but the books are best in their depiction of Singapore culture. ( )
  M_Clark | Feb 18, 2023 |
I enjoy this series for the setting, the time, the history and the characters, but The Paper Bark Tree Mystery was a poor entry structure wise. The plot was good, but marred by the fragmented delivery; characters would transition from point A to point S without the reader knowing anything about B-R, making for a disjointed and often confusing read. Ultimately, this is the fault of whomever edited it, but it's a shame because the story and the series has so much going for it and a lot of potential ahead. I'll read the next one if there is a next one, but I hope for a much smoother narrative. ( )
  murderbydeath | Jan 26, 2022 |
Thanks to author Ovidia Yu for a copy of this book. My thoughts and opinions are my own.

This is the third book in the series. I have read the first two and they are all charming. Delightfully narrated by Chen Su Lin, a young amateur detective who works in the office of a local police department in 1930s Singapore. Although an administrative assistant, she finds herself helping the police to solve murders although her goal is to become a journalist.

This entertaining novel contains a variety of suspects, murders, red herrings and clues, and concludes with a tense scene between Su Lin and the villains.

The story includes perhaps a little too much history of Singapore and its relationship as well as politics with Britain, Japan, India, and China. The author notes in a Q&A at the conclusion of the book that her next book will describe what happens to Su Lin during the war years. Looking forward to book #4! ( )
  PhyllisReads | Oct 1, 2019 |
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"Su Lin is doing her dream job: assistant at Singapore's brand new detective agency. Until Bald Bernie decides a 'local girl' can't be trusted with private investigations, and replaces her with a new secretary - pretty, privileged, and white. So Su Lin's not the only person finding it hard to mourn Bernie after he's found dead in the filing room. And when her best friend's dad is accused, she gets up to some sleuthing work of her own in a bid to clear his name. Su Lin finds out that Bernie may have been working undercover, trading stolen diamonds for explosives from enemy troops. Was he really the upright English citizen he claimed to be? Meanwhile, a famous assassin commits his worst crime yet, and disappears into thin air. Rumours spread that he may be dangerously close to home. Beneath the stifling, cloudless Singaporean summer, earthquakes of chaos and political unrest are breaking out. When a tragic loss shakes Su Lin's personal world to its core, she becomes determined to find the truth. But in dark, hate-filled times, truth has a price - and Su Lin must decide how much she's willing to pay for it."--Publisher description.

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