I picked this book up off of the Libby App, an ebook loan service run through the library. I started it about 12 pm that afternoon and I finished it at 1:30 am that night. I could not put this book down.
Ms. Stuart writes a well told, emersive story set in the 1910s of Singapore. It is one part travel log, one part historical, and two parts mystery. It is a wonderful first book with a heroine that isn’t the norm. The best part of this story is the characters, well rounded people with flaws, quirks, and personality. Her descriptions of Singapore make you feel as if you are really there. The oppressive humidity, the bugs, the smells of a city, are used to create a living backdrop for the story to play out.
It is a murder mystery but it so much more than that. It is a look at people and the lengths they will go to for love, greed, and everything else that motivates mankind.
What are you reading? Drop me a comment. I am trying to expand my reading horizons. Cheers, james