Today I feel like talking about this mystery book I read last month that’s the start of a new series.
…Close enough to a thriller, hush you judgy one in the back, yes you.
Anyway, here we go!
Harriet Gordon stumbles into a murderous web of stolen gems and cutthroat thieves as she runs from her tragic past 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 past, Harriet Gordon finds herself in Singapore at the height of colonial rule. Hoping to gain some financial independence, she advertises her services as a personal secretary. It is unfortunate that she should discover her first client, Sir Oswald Newbold–explorer, mine magnate and president of the exclusive Explorers and Geographers’ Club–dead with a knife in his throat.
When Inspector Robert Curran is put on the case, he realizes that he has an unusual witness in Harriet. Harriet’s keen eye for detail and strong sense of duty interests him, as does her distrust of the police and her traumatic past, which she is at pains to keep secret from the gossips of Singapore society.
When 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 qualms about killing again to protect their secrets.
|I loved the ‘vibe’ to this book especially the historical setting that Stuart used, it really felt as if you were in Singapore in 1910. There were some issues for me as far as the fact that I would have loved to get to know Harriet more, and I didn’t quite like the interactions between her and Curran when they seemed to go beyond a certain level of their acquaintance. I think it made me a tad uncomfortable considering Curran’s situation. I did love the sibling relationship between Harriet and Julian and would love to know more about both of them.
Though this is set in Singapore the main characters are part of the Anglo community residing there at the time, and the other colonials and some natives they interact with. Singapore was a melting pot long before the US and I liked that this did make sure to hint at that.
I also enjoyed Will Lawson and his part in the book, I think he was perhaps my favorite character over all, and Harriet and Maddocks after him.
The mystery part of it all was my favorite and I thought Stuart did a great job with it and so much so that I certainly look forward to reading the next on.
Thank you to Penguin Random House and NetGalley for a copy of this in exchange for my honest review. **I received this book for free from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for my honest opinion @PRHGlobal **
I’m not just here to bring you another review though, that doesn’t seem fair, so let’s talk about your favorite mystery/thriller series, have you read this one? And are you looking forward to any new series coming up?
And gear up, because I have some great thrillers to share with you all in a few weeks, it’s a series that I completely adore now and just think it’s brilliant.
Aside from reading Thrillers and Mysteries I’m also addicted to watching them, currently, I’m watching the last season of Jonathan Creek, I enjoyed the movie but didn’t realize there were more episodes so like, it’s an early Christmas for me lol.
Also tomorrow I’ll be reviewing this political thriller:
And in September I’ll be reading this thriller, a neighbor willing to bargain with the Devil to get some peace and quiet [We’ve all been there, amiright?]