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Penguin: Adult Hardcover & Trade Paperback Summer 2019

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Singapore Sapphire
By (author): A. M. Stuart
9781984802644 Paperback, Trade English General Trade FICTION / Mystery & Detective / Historical Aug 06, 2019
$22.00 CAD
Active 5.46 x 8.26 x 0.91 in 384 pages Berkley
Early twentieth-century Singapore is a place where a person can disappear, and Harriet Gordon hopes to make a new life for herself there, leaving her tragic memories behind her—but murder gets in the way.

Singapore, 1910—Desperate for a fresh start, Harriet Gordon finds herself living with her brother, a reverend and headmaster of a school for boys, 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 another body is dragged from the canal, Harriet feels compelled to help with the case. She and Curran are soon drawn into a murderous web of treachery and deceit and find themselves face-to-face with a ruthless cabal that has no qualms about killing again to protect its secrets.

Story Locale: Singapore

FRESH LUSH SETTING PERFECT FOR MYSTERY FANS: Early-twentieth-century setting in Singapore will appeal to readers of Anna Lee Huber and Deanna Raybourn. Fans of historical mysteries will flock to this smart, evocative new series

STRONG FEMALE LEAD: The charming, authentic voice is exactly what readers are looking for

AWARD WINNING AUTHOR: Nominated for several international awards and won the 2008 Epic Award for Best Historical Romance

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.

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Praise for Singapore Sapphire:

“Filled with all the hot, decadent splendor and sultry danger of Colonial-era Singapore. Rich, atmospheric, and fascinating!”—USA Today bestselling author C.S. Harris

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