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2019 bk 269 Wow Ovidia Yu continues to knock my socks off with a well constructed mystery detailing what life was like in Singapore as a Royal Crown Colony In this, the 3rd book of the series, Su Lin, has lost her job with LeFoy as a result of the prejudices of his new boss She is now working as an independent contractor for a new secretarial business in town In addition, she is working for the Japanese vice counsel teaching his wife English There is concern among the British about the 2019 bk 269 Wow Ovidia Yu continues to knock my socks off with a well constructed mystery detailing what life was like in Singapore as a Royal Crown Colony In this, the 3rd book of the series, Su Lin, has lost her job with LeFoy as a result of the prejudices of his new boss She is now working as an independent contractor for a new secretarial business in town In addition, she is working for the Japanese vice counsel teaching his wife English There is concern among the British about the rise in Indian India nationalism, stolen diamonds, and a little concern about the Japanese Su Lin is trapped in the middle when her replacement at the police station needs her help in learning the filing system The two women agree to meet early one morning and upon going into the filing room find the dead body of the man who fired Su Lin She is cleared of the murder but hangs on to the fringes as her world seemingly goes mad her best friend s father is arrested, one of her police office chums is killed, the Vice Consul s wife seems to be recruiting her as a spy for the Japanese, and something is not right with the women running the Secretarial business What is a woman to do find the murderer of course Excellent read I m looking forward tostories of Su Lin Seeof my book reviews on my blog, Literary FlitsThe Paper Bark Tree Mystery is the third of Ovidia Yu s Crown Colony crime detection series set in the then British colony of Singapore during the period between the two world wars I, of course, hadn t previously read the first two books and as a result I think I missed out on character development that had gone before That said, I really liked Su Lin and appreciated the way in which readers see 1930s Singapore through her eyes A polio sur Seeof my book reviews on my blog, Literary FlitsThe Paper Bark Tree Mystery is the third of Ovidia Yu s Crown Colony crime detection series set in the then British colony of Singapore during the period between the two world wars I, of course, hadn t previously read the first two books and as a result I think I missed out on character development that had gone before That said, I really liked Su Lin and appreciated the way in which readers see 1930s Singapore through her eyes A polio survivor, she does struggle to walk or stand for longer periods of time and this disability means her talents are often overlooked by those around her Su Lin is also overlooked by members of the colonial administration because of her native Singapore nationality Yu explores Singapore s racial divides, making interesting points through Su Lin s observations The island seems to be a melting pot of peoples from all across Asia, with the white Brits presuming to stand above everybody else.The criminal mystery at the heart of this story unravels in quite a convoluted way with lots of potential suspects Unfortunately it didn t always keep my attention which was a shame as this novel, in theory at least, should have strongly appealed to me It s nicely detailed historical fiction which allowed me to learn about the time and place in which it is set Occasional mentions of the potential for an imminent Second World War add a tense layer of foreboding especially as my recent reading of How We Disappeared by Jing Jing Lee meant I was all too painfully aware of what will soon happen Perhaps I should give the first Crown Colony book a try and work my way back to this one in order to fully appreciate it The central narrative does satisfactorily stand alone, but I think I would benefit from a deeper understanding of the characters surrounding Su Lin, and I would happily readof Ovidia Yu s writing so this would be a good excuse I know next to nothing about the history of Singapore, having visited it only fleetingly for one week years ago This book has made me very interested in the foundations of it all This is a third book in the series and although I think I would have been at an advantage if I had knowledge of the previous two, I was amply supplied with all the previous situations I now live in Hong Kong and am studying Cantonese or trying to, at this stage it is only the spoken part , and seeing a familiar word I know next to nothing about the history of Singapore, having visited it only fleetingly for one week years ago This book has made me very interested in the foundations of it all This is a third book in the series and although I think I would have been at an advantage if I had knowledge of the previous two, I was amply supplied with all the previous situations I now live in Hong Kong and am studying Cantonese or trying to, at this stage it is only the spoken part , and seeing a familiar word here and there as well as the heavy Indian quotient in the book felt rewarding I think this will evoke similar responses even if people have a passing curiosity about the Asian regions during the war times This story is based in India s Pre Independence era There is a lot of influence that the actions of the people fighting for freedom in India seem to have on this island nation.Su Lin our leading lady is a highly connected woman but tries to maintain a low profile while actively engaging her intelligence At the start of this tale, she has been replaced at her own job but is back on location to help She is an efficient cog in the detective machine investigating the sudden death of one of their own officials One thing leads to another and a few dead bodies, a lot of theories and fear of Indians starts up in the local British higher ups It is a very immersive experience and considering that this is the history of the author s own country, there is bound to be a lot of facts accurately represented I liked itfor the socio political commentary than the mystery which was not bad either It was tied up in the above mentioned commentary as well I highly recommend this to all those people who like their mysteries historical fiction to hold a lot of information about little known times and places P.S The Paperbark tree mentioned in the title is in abundance around the city where I live and I have a strange fondness for them, now having read however indirectly about all their plus points, I feelin awe of them even if I saw them as mere spectators in this tale.I received this as an ARC thanks to NetGalley and the publishers but the review is completely based on my reading experience A really interesting take on the classic crime story Period drama at its best in the written form.This book had me gripped from the start with its believable characters and its wonderful tense setting.I will definitely seek outby this author. ( READ DOWNLOAD ) ♄ The Paper Bark Tree Mystery ☪ SuLin is doing her dream job assistant at Singapore s brand new detective agency Until Bald Bernie decides a local girl can t be trusted with private investigations, and replaces her with a new secretary pretty, privileged, and white So SuLin s not the only person finding it hard to mourn Bernie after he s found dead in the filing room And when her best friend s dad is accused, she gets up to some sleuthing work of her own in a bid to clear his nameSuLin finds out that Bernie may have been working undercover, trading stolen diamonds for explosives from enemy troops Was he really the upright English citizen he claimed to be Meanwhile, a famous assassin commits his worst crime yet, and disappears into thin air Rumours spread that he may be dangerously close to homeBeneath the stifling, cloudless Singaporean summer, earthquakes of chaos and political unrest are breaking out When a tragic loss shakes SuLin s personal world to its core, she becomes determined to find the truth But in dark, hate filled times, truth has a price and SuLin must decide how much she s willing to pay for it Filled withtwists and turns than a carnival ride, this third book in the Su Lin and Inspector LeFroy mysteries is a page turner that takes the reader on a journey that leaves one breathless Singapore in the 1930s was a seething cauldron of intrigue with spies at every turn and a British colonial rule that was barely hanging on to its authority Su Lin has been replaced by a pretty but somewhat dim English rose and is feeling both let down by LeFroy and set apart from her friends in the De Filled withtwists and turns than a carnival ride, this third book in the Su Lin and Inspector LeFroy mysteries is a page turner that takes the reader on a journey that leaves one breathless Singapore in the 1930s was a seething cauldron of intrigue with spies at every turn and a British colonial rule that was barely hanging on to its authority Su Lin has been replaced by a pretty but somewhat dim English rose and is feeling both let down by LeFroy and set apart from her friends in the Detectives Shack Torn between her friendships she tries to protect everyone while keeping herself out of jail and keeping her fingers on the pulse of her community and the police A great read from beginning to end It s the first book I read in this series and it was amazing.It was liked travelling in space and time to a past Singapore, learning about a piece of the city story and the way of living.The book is entertaining and engrossing I liked the characters, the well researched setting and the plot.It was a good mystery and it kept me guessing till the end.I look forward to reading other books in this series.Highly recommended Many thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for this ARC, all opinions are mi It s the first book I read in this series and it was amazing.It was liked travelling in space and time to a past Singapore, learning about a piece of the city story and the way of living.The book is entertaining and engrossing I liked the characters, the well researched setting and the plot.It was a good mystery and it kept me guessing till the end.I look forward to reading other books in this series.Highly recommended Many thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for this ARC, all opinions are mine Su Lin has been forced out of the Detective Shack by a British administrator who didn t feel a local woman was capable of the job Instead she was replaced by Dolly, a vapid, but lovely newcomer to Singapore who was completely incapable of the job When Dolly asks Su Lin for help with the filing system, the two of them discover the dead body of Bald Bernie, the British administrator who fired Su Lin After losing her job Su Lin no longer feels comfortable talking to LeFoy and some of his behavio Su Lin has been forced out of the Detective Shack by a British administrator who didn t feel a local woman was capable of the job Instead she was replaced by Dolly, a vapid, but lovely newcomer to Singapore who was completely incapable of the job When Dolly asks Su Lin for help with the filing system, the two of them discover the dead body of Bald Bernie, the British administrator who fired Su Lin After losing her job Su Lin no longer feels comfortable talking to LeFoy and some of his behaviors lead her to believe she can no longer trust him As a result she tries to undertake an investigation on her own, but her youth and inexperience can occasionally place her and others in danger This book transports the reader to Singapore in 1938 Yu writes this historical setting with such beauty and respect for the place and people The racism is so suffocating and infuriating, but such an important part of understanding what was happening in Singapore and India during this era A couple of characters feel like cookie cutter evil villains, but even then Yu tries to provide a background that gives insight into the behaviors.It can be easy to get frustrated with Su Lin so I try to keep in mind that though she may be educated and her family may run a criminal syndicate, she is still very young and her education was by missionary ladies She is still so naive in so many ways Given her age and lack of worldly understanding, she is incredibly brave and always will eventually manage to put the pieces together Not having read the first two Crown Colony mysteries, I had a harder time diving into this That and the smallness and lightness of the font, which made it hard for me to read continuously But once I did, it was a page turner It s the period between the two world wars, Singapore is still a British colony while India is fighting to shake off colonial rule The Japanese nationalists are trying to expand their reach throughout Asia, attempting to barter with the Indian Nationalist movement Again Not having read the first two Crown Colony mysteries, I had a harder time diving into this That and the smallness and lightness of the font, which made it hard for me to read continuously But once I did, it was a page turner It s the period between the two world wars, Singapore is still a British colony while India is fighting to shake off colonial rule The Japanese nationalists are trying to expand their reach throughout Asia, attempting to barter with the Indian Nationalist movement Against this backdrop is Su Lin, a young woman whose dream is to be an investigative reporter and whose job at the Detective Unit has recently been given to a white woman And then her ex boss, who replaced her, turns up dead There seems to be an interesting family history that isn t explored in this novel Su Lin s parents died when she was a baby She grew up with her grandmother, who controls a black market, but Su Lin has been self banished from her grandmother s home so that her orphan status doesn t jeopardize her aunt s pregnancy She occasionally references her grandmother s black market empire I would have liked to readabout that how does a widow control aspects of the black market in 1930s Singapore, a time when girls were expected to marry and be subservient to their men folk After being somewhat annoyed by the second book, I was in two minds about whether to read this In the first third, I found the constant rhetorical questions Su Lin asks of herself rather grating this is no different from the situation in the first two books, but it gotannoying here You can see why Sherlock Holmes needed his Watson, in order to not have to be constantly asking himself questions to alert the reader to possible clues, suspects, and reasoning However, Su Lin is rather iso After being somewhat annoyed by the second book, I was in two minds about whether to read this In the first third, I found the constant rhetorical questions Su Lin asks of herself rather grating this is no different from the situation in the first two books, but it gotannoying here You can see why Sherlock Holmes needed his Watson, in order to not have to be constantly asking himself questions to alert the reader to possible clues, suspects, and reasoning However, Su Lin is rather isolated in her detecting, all theso because she is no longer employed by the Detective Branch because a colonial administrator objects to a local having access to secret files.As a result, I got a bit bogged down in the first third and missed some of the complications, however as the book continued I finally gotinto it I didn t guess who the culprit s was were until approximately the 80% mark I still think the plot wascomplicated than complex, but I m glad I finished it.Last comment not sure what to think of the jibe at the colonial administrator s demand for crispy beef rendang On the one hand, I was like, ha spotted the link to the recent brouhaha on some cookery show on the other hand it was a bit too clever and threw me out of the story