At Piatkus, Emma Dunford has bought the first three books in a new crime series by Shamini Flint from Singapore house Sunbear Publishing. DI Singh is “the Asian Morse”.The first in the series, Partners in Crime is already available in the UK - it was published in 2005 by Heliconia Press (an imprint of Sunbear). From their website:
Our imprint, Heliconia Press, publishes the Asian Crime Fiction Series. The series is a unique attempt to explore contemporary Asian society using the crime fiction genre. The books are part travel writing, part crime fiction and totally enjoyable!
The first book, set in Singapore, is called Partners in Crime as has been described as ‘a new murder mystery franchise’ (Expat Magazine).
The second book, Criminal Minds, set in Malaysia, has been described by the Straits Times in Singapore as a ‘page turner… which is also thought provoking’.
The latest title, Paradise Lost, which is set in Bali, will be released in 2008!
According to High Browse Online, Partners in Crime is "a murder mystery featuring the anarchic Inspector Singh and his sidekick, Corporal Fong. The pair are called in to investigate the brutal murder of the senior partner at an international law firm. Expat lawyers, local policemen and foreign workers are thrown together in a murder investigation that probes beneath the fabric of Singapore society."
Amazon.co.uk also sells Criminal Minds.