THE UMBRELLA MAN by JAKE NEEDHAM

Having developed a bit of an infatuation with Inspector Samuel Tay, right from the moment I encountered him in “The Ambassador’s Wife”, I am happy to announce that he is still every bit my hero/anti-hero in the second of what one hopes will be an endless series of crime whodunnits. Just like the first …

The Ambassador’s Wife by Jake Needham

I might just have a bit of a crush on Inspector Samuel Tay, of the Singapore CID. Not because he’s tall, dark and handsome, or any of that clichéd nonsense. On the contrary, Inspector Tay is a slightly overweight, late-middle-aged smoker, and – if the truth be known – probably Singapore’s …

VILLANELLE : HOLLOWPOINT by LUKE JENNINGS

Mr. Jennings and his clever writing and gripping story lines is my new brilliant new discovery this week, and as I finish the 3rd novel of his in a row, I can’t wait for the next one. “Villanelle : Hollowpoint” is a Kindle single, and having also just discovered this e-novella …

Codename Villanelle by Luke Jennings

Having just this week discovered the wonderful writer Luke Jennings, I have also discovered something called a Kindle single. Mr. Jennings has published 2 Kindle Singles, and I read “Codename Villanelle” in one Sunday afternoon sitting, and am now hooked, on both the format, and what I hope is going …

BANGKOK EIGHT by JOHN BURDETT

There is such a delight in discovering (admittedly well after everyone else) a fabulous new detective hero, and after reading “Bangkok Eight” I am a fan, a firm, verging-on-embarrassingly-enthusiastic fan of Sonchai Jitpleecheep. Sonchai Jitpleecheep is an unusual Bangkok cop. For one thing he is only half Thai. For another …

The Case of the Love Commandos by Tarquin Hall

The latest in the Vish Puri detective series, “The Case of the Love Commandos,” tackles head on issues which have been very much in the news here in India – namely inter-caste marriages and the lengths to which outraged parents will go to prevent such relationships, and impose their will …