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 http://www.shaminiflint.com/