Book Review for SINGAPORE SAPPHIRE by A.M. Stuart
SINGAPORE SAPPHIRE by A.M. Stuart
A Harriet Gordon Mystery, Book 1
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My Highly Caffeinated Thought: A smart, well crafted, and amazingly absorbing mystery surrounding theft, murder, and the lies told to cover it all up.
SINGAPORE SAPPHIRE is a delightfully compelling piece of historical fiction with just the right amount of culture, complex characters, and intrigue. Stuart enchanted me with the surroundings of Singapore in the 1900s but pulled me into the story with a complex web of deceit centering around multiple murders.
Here is the thing. I love a well written historical novel surrounding a mystery. If you can give me the essence of a place and time as well as characters I can invest in, I will be all in. This book is just that. From the beginning to the end, I was wholly engrossed in the tale that unfolded before me. From Harriet to Inspector Curran to the little boy thrown into the mess because of his father’s bad decisions, I needed to know what would happen at the end.
It doesn’t go without saying that the prose and elegance within the writing made the story even better. The way Stuart was able to convey Singapore during this time made me feel like I was there. She developed her characters so that the reader could start to learn who they are, but left just enough for them to grow as the series goes on.
This book is an excellent find for me. I love getting to start it all with book one and have the promise of more to come. I cannot wait to see what Harriet gets herself wrapped up in next!
Reviewer Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
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.
About the Author: Born in Africa, author A. M. Stuart has traveled extensively and has lived in Kenya, Singapore and Australia. She is the author of the Guardians of the Crown historical romance series, published by Harlequin Australia, and her books have been nominated for multiple international awards.
Series: A Harriet Gordon Mystery (Book 1)
Paperback: 384 pages
Publisher: Berkley (August 6, 2019)
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