Category: Taping a Radio Programme

I’m taking the programme on the road again to meet up with prolific author Shamini Flint, who is launching the third installment of her witty mystery series starring the lovable but oh-so-flawed Inspector Singh. ( It is a private launch at the Singapore Cricket Club, but tune in at 6.40 pm on the 13 May in Talking Books on 938LIVE, and you will have a front-row seat).

This time, the good inspector is working on his home turf; crimebusting right here in oh-so-proper Singapore. The book promises that Singh will “rip apart the fabric of Singapore society and expose the rotten core beneath”.  So it makes perfect sense that the action is centred around  a law firm!

Far from being a 2-dimensional caricature, three books on, and the lovable, always-sweaty, always-hungry character of Inspector Singh comes even more alive in this installment. Which is great since the entire series depends largely on the popularity of its star character.

I think Shamini is among the most relevant authors of fiction that Singapore can lay claim to in recent history ( she is Malaysian born but is a Singapore PR). It is a constant marvel how she manages to breathe life to the rarely talked about in Singapore; showing up  the subtle almost unconsious racism that drifts casually into conversation, the precarious social footing of maids in Singapore (and the sometimes devastating results of that postition), she even  even tackles the links of corruption stretching off the island. All themes that are neatly packaged in a fictional murder mystery, that seethes with a withering wit and is served with a warm sense of humour.

It’s always enjoyable to recognise a familiar world in a work of fiction. Don’t miss Inspector Singh Investigates: The Singapore School of Villany. It is great fun.

Read about Shamini here


I’m very excited about interviewing Andrea Levy in-store at Kinokuniya at Ngee Ann City.

Her book the Long Song explores slavery through the eyes of  young slave growing up on sugar plantation in Jamaica. I love her writing style.

We will be taping the radio interview at 3.30 pm on Sat 27th March. Come on by!

Author Shamini Flint

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.