A Bali Conspiracy Most Foul

A Bali Conspiracy Most Foul

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Welcome to Bali, where violence, intrigue, and infidelity are all part of a day's work for Inspector Singh.

Inspector Singh, everyone's favorite portly and wheezing homicide detective, is still recovering from his last case when terrorists set off a bomb on the neighboring island of Bali. With Singapore's anti-terrorist team busy defending the home front, Inspector Singh's bosses ship him to Bali to assist with the investigation. Unfortunately, Inspector Singh has as much experience with terrorism as he does with proper diet and exercise - none.

When the police find a skull fragment of a man who was killed before the bomb went off, Inspector Singh is assigned to the case. With Bronwyn Taylor, a peppy and eternally optimistic Australian cop, at his side, Singh's investigation leads him to the wife of the murdered man, and her group of entitled, expatriate friends. The murder seems like an open-and-shut case - that is, until Bronwyn and Singh realize that this crowd is riddled with enough cheating and discontent to fill out a soap opera.

This simple murder is quickly becoming more complicated than Singh could have imagined. And how does it all tie into the act of terrorism that brought him to Bali in the first place? Set in an exotic locale and starring an unforgettable cast of characters, this second mystery featuring the utterly lovable Inspector Singh is exciting, funny, and suspenseful, with an ending that even the most seasoned detective couldn't predict.

Publisher: New York : Minotaur Books, 2011.
Edition: First U.S. edition.
ISBN: 9780312596989
Characteristics: 292 pages ; 22 cm.


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May 13, 2012

This is number two in the series and isn't as good as the first book in the series, though it’s not bad. It has good atmospherics that are pleasingly recognizable to anyone who’s been to Bali (though all my own visits were to the less-touristy Bali of 25 or 30 years ago. The main problem I had with the story is that big parts of its denouement are all too apparent long in advance. And the author does not make it clear until about page 85 that Bali is Hindu and not Muslim like the rest of Indonesia, and I would think that not knowing that fact would make it harder for readers not familiar with Bali to make sense of what is happening. And it would also have been helpful to somehow explain along the way about the India-style caste system in Bali, to help such readers to understand why various Balinese characters in the story behave as they do.

bookfanatic1979 Apr 13, 2012

This is such a different flavor of mystery than my usual fare. Perhaps that’s why I enjoy it so much. The very foreignness of some of the words and concepts add a whole new level to the story.

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