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Singapore SapphireIt was 1910 when Harriet Gordon escaped the tragedy of her ast to Singapore Her brother Reverend Julian Edwards was master at the local school and Harriet did some unpaid work for St Thomas But needing funds saw her advertising herself as a ersonal secretary and when she began typing the manuscript for Sir Oswald Newbold she had no idea her acuaintance with him would cause such dramatic changes in her "LifeThe Murder Of Newbold Was Particularly Vicious Harriet Finding Him "murder of Newbold was articularly vicious Harriet finding him shocking But when Inspector Robert Curran arrived at the scene he was impressed at her calm demeanor As the investigation advanced the connection to rubies and other gems seemed widespread With a young man missing a body found in the nearby river and dark secrets finding their way to the surface Harriet and Curran were facing uncertainty and danger Who was the mastermind Would they find the killer before he struck again Because it was certain he would kill anyone in his ath Singapore Sapphire is the 1st in the Harriet Gordon Mystery series by Aussie author AM Stuart aka Alison Stuart and I loved it Two of my favourite genres historical fiction and mysteries combined to make an enticing fascinating look at Singapore when under colonial rule the daring of criminals in their desire to be wealthy and the blanket of humidity which hung over everyone leeching the energy from one and all Harriet Gordon and Robert Curran were excellent characters I m really looking forward to book 2 in the series and have no hesitation in recommending Singapore Sapphire to all fans of historical mysteriesWith thanks to NetGalley and BerkleyPenguin Random House New York for my digital ARC to read in exchange for an honest review This impeccably researched historical mystery is closer to thriller than it is to romance though the two lead characters are the widowed suffragette Harriet Gordon and Inspector Robert Curran who many of the British imperialists living in Singapore tsk over because they feel he s gone nativeSome readers might object to the very nature of the book depicting English eople during the height of the imperial Life Among the Surrealists period on the verge of its fall I thought Stuart did a superb job of walking that knife edge between depictingeople of the time and yet not offering the unexamined Ä prejudices of thateriod as admirable or nostalgicIt was a delight watching Gordon and Curran form a friendship and The ABC of Communism partnership each respecting the other s intelligence and skills I loved Harriet s brother the gentle headmasterpastor of a struggling English school Also a delight was the care Stuart took to give all her characters even the ones appearing for half aage enough complexity to Colonial Singapore and murder Great readingIt s the early 1900 s in Singapore So realistic I felt I was there Harriet Gordon widowed and made childless in one fell swoop in India due to Typhus went home to England It was there she came in contact with the Suffragette Movement an organization that espoused those things she d not only envisioned but felt deeply That ath ended badly and she joined her brother in #Colonial Singapore where he is the Reverend and Headmaster of a restigious boys school for expatsWanting #Singapore where he is the Reverend and Headmaster of a restigious boys school for expatsWanting at least earn some sort of living any work she does for the school is unpaid Harriet takes out an advertisement to work as a rivate secretarySir Oswald Newbold is deciding to write his memoirs and calls on her services Unfortunately when Hattie arrives she finds Sir Oswald dead with his throat cutInspector Robert Curran is uite taken with the sensibility of Harriet when he arrives at the crime scene Throughout his investigation Harriet is there in deducing *Things If Not Prior To The Inspector *if not When The Light Went Out prior to the Inspector not far behindAll trailsoint towards Burma Sir Oswald s explorations ruby mining and scraps of clues that include a defunct reference to the East India CompanyAs the story Hans Brinker, or the Silver Skates progresses we see the cultural divide between the colonialists and Singaporeans The author strikes just the right note as the various cultural interactCurran comes under the fire of gossip almost to theoint of socialostracism because he has Singaporean mistress However as he s a sterling cricketer much is forgiven Curran tells Harriet Li An is important to me than social acceptance Curran would marry her but Khoo Li An doesn t want him to fly in the face of his compatriotsI wonder where this devoted relationship will go to in the futureIf future lots are as complex and delicious as this I am looking forward to of Curran and Harriet and any futher investigative undertakingsAn intriguing and throughly enjoyable read A Berkley Publication via NetGalley Set in colonial Singapore Singapore Sapphire introduces us to the strong and unflinching Harriet Gordon who is trying to earn some money as a typist at a time when women are discouraged from educati. Harriet Gordon stumbles into a murderous web of stolen gems and cutthroat thieves as she runs from her tragic ast in an enthralling new historical mystery series set in early twentieth century Singapore Singapore 1910 Desperate for a fresh start and to distance herself from her tragic ast Harriet Gordon finds herself in Singapore at the height of colonial rule Hoping to gain some financial independe. On and roperly aying jobs When her first client is #found murdered she is drawn into the case along with the kind and intelligent Inspector Curran As bodies show up #murdered she is drawn into the case along with the kind and intelligent Inspector Curran As bodies show up realize this case is bigger than anyone initially thoughtI found the mystery to be uite fun There were Baby Girl (Erik Ead Trilogy, plenty of shady characters and the story once it got going unfolded with one interesting event after another I also liked that theolice in here are 待つ [Matsu] portrayed as competent and kind In fact though this series is meant to focus on Harriet and sheokes around as much as she can as a civilian it is Inspector Curran who ends up solving the case and saving the dayI did find the acing of this book to be uneven with the first uarter of it being uite slow and lodding I almost gave up thinking this was a little too dull for my taste It felt like the author was trying to introduce the characters and the setting and did so a little too leisurely But I m really glad I stuck it out because once I got Brainwashing of the German Nation past thatart it Encounters with Rauschenberg: (A Lavishly Illustrated Lecture) picked up and became unceasingly entertainingPart of the reason this book attracted my attention is that I loved my visit to Singapore last year and it s always fun to read a story set in alace you ve been I found the author did an amazing job Vögeln ist schön: Die Sexrevolte von 1968 und was von ihr bleibt portraying the atmosphere of thelace with the heat its oppressive humidity that s articularly rough for newcomers the torrential rain storms and its interesting mix of eople from many different backgrounds It was also fun to recognize Social Media and Social Movements: The Transformation of Communication Patterns places that we had visited while we were thereThis is the first book in a new series and it s a solidly enjoyable start I m curious to read adventures with Harriet and Curran and I m definitely looking forward to the next book This is such an awesome story I do love a good mystery and this one hit the spot set in Singapore in 1910 MS Stuart took me back in time to murders and a gang smuggling gems and a story that I did not want tout down I am loving Harriet and Inspector Robert Curran and am truly thrilled that this book is the start of a seriesHarriet Gordon has decided to start afresh in Singapore with her brother Reverend Julian who runs a school Harriet has been through a lot and is settling in in Singapore but she needs to find some work and takes on a job for Sir Oswald Newbold typing up his memoirs but when he is horribly murdered and she discovers the body the eace that Harriet was looking forward to is not going to happen as she gets involved with This Murder And Inspector Robert murder and Inspector Robert is enjoying his osition in the detective branch but with Newbold s murder and a second murder of a young man working in the hotel Curran realizes that his witness Harriet is very good at seeing things and when he uncovers things from her Ouroboros past they form a friendship that keeps them working together to solve the murders but not before Harriet finds herself in very real dangerThis is a story that you will not want tout down every time I had to Hollendartida i Norge: 1550–1750 put is down Harriet and the characters were in my mind and I never stopped trying to work out the killer or killers it is so well written and so well researched that I truly felt I was back in Singapore in 1910 the characters are so alive and real the good and the bad ones I loved it from start to finish compelling gripping and fabulous if you love a good mystery then this is one I highly recommend Singapore Sapphire was a mild if not interesting historical mystery Set in 1910 in one of three British colonies known as the Straights Settlements AM Stuart wrote an atmospheric sense oflace The sweltering heat and cultural diversity under British rule offered a different kind of setting I felt a moderate amount of tension between the Brits Dutch and native residents as was to be expected Mrs Harriet Gordon and Inspector Robert Curran were an unusual alliance She was a widow living with her brother the Reverend Julian Edwards who was headmaster of a rep school Curran had gone native and was content with his job when things ran smoothly At the beginning I don t think either of them expected much camaraderie Acuaintances first with a slow friendship in the works they were caught in a knot of nefarious activities with a murder at its core The suspense was satisfactory but I would have liked it if the mystery was concise for lack of a better word and maybe a bit unsettled While reading Singapore Sapphire I tried googling Singapore around 1910 and there was very little information It helped immensely that Ms Stuart wrote an Author s Note at the and with several explanations The fact she lived art of her life in Singapore only added to storyline Initially the superlative vocab of the book made no mistake Comprised was not bundled with of The use of the hrase hold the fort didn t include down There was the drawn match where named for was used instead of named after But th. Nce she advertises her services as a ersonal secretary It is unfortunate that she should discover her first client Sir Oswald Newbold explorer mine magnate and resident of the exclusive Explorers and Geographers' Club dead with a knife in his throatWhen Inspector Robert Curran is ut on the case he realizes that he has an unusual witness in Harriet Harriet's keen eye for detail and strong sense of ,

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E story itself was ill served halfway through the book #The Bauern In Mexiko: Zwischen Subsistenz Und Warenproduktion promising easy and breezyacing of the book was butchered easy and breezy acing of the book was butchered my humble opinion I am not used to the climax to kick in halfway throughThat fault maybe lies with me but then I can only narrate what I had undergone If a book made me seriously want to ditch it then I can t give it 5 stars can I But though the mystery element itself was not out of this world the world building was impeccable The Singapore of than a century ago was well lit and shot It was a fictive world that was well dolled up for our leasureI rue the fact that I ve given the book 3 stars but it s going to stay that way What was needed was
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hook a Punainen metsä point a twist And there was little of that I do want to observe what is next for this talented author That s it from me My favorite new mystery series Set in a uniue and compelling setting and filled with fascinating historical research deft characterization and thrilling suspense readers will devour Singapore Sapphire One of the best books I ve read this year I can t wait to read Harriet s next adventure Short version An interesting setting likable characters and alot involving greed and murder all combined to make a strong start to a new historical mystery series It was superbly topped off by a stellar Forever Im Yours performance by the narrator The year is 1910 and Harriet Gordon a young English widow is trying to leave a traumaticast behind her by joining her brother in Singapore where he serves as the Headmaster for a boy s school She does some clerical work for the school but as that is mostly unpaid work she has undertaken the side job of transcribing the memoirs for a retired explorer The murder of her employer kicks off this Basilio Boullosa Stars in the Fountain of Highlandtown promising start to a new series I really really liked Harriet She s smart observant and has a strong inner core but she still moves believably through the timeeriod in which she lives I also liked that the author chose to show that Harriet still feels fear and despairsometimes giving in momentarily to tearsrather than following the usual default Honey, I Wrecked the Kids: When Yelling, Screaming, Threats, Bribes, Timeouts, Sticker Charts and Removing Privileges All Don't Work position that thinks the only way to show strength in a female character is to make her impervious to such emotions While the series bears only Harriet s name the second leading character is that of Inspector Robert Curran a fellow Englishman who is likely at home in Singapore s exotic environment than many of his fellow expatriates are comfortable with One of myet eeves in stories dealing with amateur sleuths is that all to often the olice are written as being incompetent Thankfully that is not the case here Curran is a good man and a very good detective and I enjoyed the changing interplay between him and Harriet as they moved from skepticism about each other to a A Spectre Is Haunting Texas place of growing respect Harriet s brother Julianlays a smaller role in the story but I also really liked him and I loved his relationship with Harriet They made my heart happy My only disappointment with the story is the romance There is one but it s not where I wanted it That s always the way with me it seems When I don t want a romance in a story the author seems intent to force one down my throat But when I do want one the author goes in another direction Oh well the romance was kept to a minimum here so it s a really small uibble and doesn t detract from the story s many other strong Tilak Kathalu points Which brings me to the actual mysterylot The murder happens in the first chapter or rather the discovery of the dead body does so that there is no time wasted on maneuvering characters into osition I found the mystery interesting and not too convoluted Although it wasn t too difficult to inpoint the likely guilty erson or ersons it was still enjoyable to watch Harriet and Curran navigate the cluesand there were still enough unclear The Why Cafe points to sustain interest And of course I have to giveroper kudos to the narrator for doing a great job She managed all the voices both male and female wonderfully Her line delivery was always spot on giving each line the appropriate amount of emotion needed to make it all believable I look forward to reading the second book when it comes out After losing her husband and son in India Harriet Gordon works at a school in Singapore where her clergyman brother Julian serves as headmaster She decides to offer stenography services to rovide income She discovers her client Oswald Newbold s murdered body Harriet s skills impress Inspector Curran A clue VOC which most eople consider the old East India Company surfaces Inspector Curran and Harriet both know it must bear a different meaning As the investigation begins to focus on the victim s Satisfying Mommy’s Pregnant Needs (A Psuedo-Incest, Mother-Son, Sleep Sex, Pregnancy, BDSM, Erotic Romance) past multiple suspects emerge1910 Singapore offers an interesting setting I read an advance review copyrovided by the ublisher through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Uty interests him as does her distrust of the olice and her traumatic Soul of Dust past which she is atains to keep secret from the gossips of Singapore societyWhen a second body is dragged from the canal Harriet feels compelled to help with the case She and Curran are soon drawn into a complex web of stolen gemstones and a mysterious gang of thieves who have no ualms about killing again to Shadow Game protect their secret.