The Queen of Crime Fiction , Malaysian-born , Singapore-based author Shamini Flint launching her second “Inspector Singh Investigates” book.
I took my radio programme Talking Books out on the road on the 26th of October. It’s great to meet the authors in their “natural settings” doing what they do best, talking about themselves and their books.
So we broadcast the day’s edition of Talking Books live from the Arts House where author Shamini Flint’s launched the second in her “Inspector Singh Investigates” series of crime novels.
I enjoyed meeting and chatting with Shamini who is riot. She writes children’s books and her crime fiction series has been so successful, she’s sealed another deal with publishing behemoth Little Brown for a two-book deal ( this on top of her current five-figure three-book deal!) But I think she is so naturally funny, she could write in her own voice about life as she sees it and it would make a great comic read. How about something along the lines of Neil Humphrie’s works Shamini?
In fact I think it is Shamini’s trademark witty take on life, that makes her writing so enjoyable.
But back to the launch, which was lively and lovely, in the cosy setting of Earshot cafe prettily decked out in a Balinese theme with candles, frangipanni’s from the author’s garden strewn on tables and broad smiles from supportive friends and family.
Listening to Shamini describe how she derives so much of her content from her family was hilarious.
The advice of her husband “Write what you know”, seems to have worked well for the former laywer-turned- stay-and- home-mum- and- author.
The impossibly youthful 40-year-old cleverly tied her birthday party with the launch which made for a very festive and intimate setting.
If you are looking for engrossing crime fiction that is beautifully descriptive, and realistically set in “exotic” Bali, pick up Inspector Singh Investigates, A Bali Conspiracy Most Foul.