“Miss Moorthy Investigates” by Ovidia Yu – A Book Review

Ovidia Yu is a great writer and a humourous one at that too. I picked up Miss Moorthy Investigates recently and only read Ovidia Yu’s work for the first time. This murder mystery fictional story was published in 2012 and is a tidy 200-page novel that kept me guessing who the murderer was.

The story was set in Singapore in the 1970s and the author’s descriptions of that era brought back fond memories of the years when I was still a teenager. It was a period when The Specialist Shopping Centre and The Gluttons Corner were still around. Songs like Leaving on a Jet Plane and Rocky Mountain High by John Denver were popular hits then.

The author moved quickly through the story without compromising any detail leading to reader’s understanding of the circumstances and the psyches of potential crime suspects. The whole story tied up nicely and it was with pleasure to read till the end.

Despite the gruesome murders, Ovidia Yu is good with her sense of humour and there were plenty to keep you laughing and smiling throughout.

This is a recommended read and one would not regret reading a Singapore-style murder crime story.

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