The Angsana Tree Mystery

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Author: Ovidia Yu

Category: Fiction & related items

Book Format: Paperback / softback

Publisher: Constable

ISBN: 9781408717004

RRP: $24.99


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‘One of Singapore’s finest living authors’ South China Morning Post

‘Simply glorious. Every nook and cranny of 1930s Singapore is brought richly to life’ CATRIONA MCPHERSON

‘Charming’ RHYS BOWEN

‘One of the most likeable heroines in modern literature’ SCOTSMAN


The next book in the Mystery Tree series, exploring Singapore after the Japanese retreat and in the aftermath of WWII.

Singapore 1949

When all the angsana trees on the island bloom at the same time it’s a glorious fragrant display that lasts only one day… and the next morning Su Lin comes across an old friend laughing hysterically while holding her dead lover on the thick carpet of yellow flowers by the quarry pool that was their childhood haunt. She instantly realises her friend could not be the killer as she could not have sliced so cleanly through the man’s throat with no weapon in sight.

As she tries to help her friend, Su Lin has to figure out where her own loyalties lie. Angsana blossoms aren’t the only things disappearing overnight in post-war Singapore as the newly returned British-increasingly on edge because of anti-colonial uprisings in nearby Indonesia-rush to change laws and revoke permits and positions.

But more pressingly, Su Lin has to prove her friend’s innocence and stop a calculating killer from murdering again…


Praise for Ovidia Yu:

‘Chen Su Lin is a true gem. Her slyly witty voice and her admirable, sometimes heartbreaking, practicality make her the most beguiling narrator heroine I’ve met in a long while’ Catriona McPherson

‘Charming and fascinating with great authentic feel. Ovidia Yu’s teenage Chinese sleuth gives us an insight into a very different culture and time. This book is exactly why I love historical novelsRhys Bowen

‘A wonderful detective novel . . . a book that introduces one of the most likeable heroines in modern literature and should be on everyone’s Must Read list’ Scotsman

‘Unassuming, brilliantly observant’ SCMP

‘Ovidia Yu’s writing helped me peel back the layers to understand Singapore. The story and Chen Su Lin’s initiative and tenacity, set against a backdrop of wartime Singapore, intrigued both the historian and the mystery lover in me’ Kara Owens CMG CVO, British High Commissioner to Singapore

Ovidia Yu is one of Singapore’s best-known and most acclaimed writers. She has had over thirty plays produced and is the author of a number of comic mysteries published in Singapore, India, Japan and America.

She received a Fulbright to the University of Iowa’s International Writers Program and has been a writing fellow at the National University of Singapore and was awarded the S.E.A. Write Award for Singapore.

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