29 Jun '17, 10am

Crime in the City: Singapore, World Capital of the Cozy Mystery

Lastly let’s give a mention to Hwee Hwee Tan . In many ways Tan is emblematic of the globalized Singaporean of the 21st century—born in the city, educated in England and America, she became a celebrated short story writer in her early twenties. But Tan is also perhaps the embodiment of the truism that you can take the writer out of Singapore, but you can’t take Singapore out of the writer. Tan’s Foreign Bodies (2000) was written when she was in her mid-twenties. It’s been described as a Singaporean Gen-X novel and it does encompass so much of life in the city at the turn of the last century—Mei, a twenty-something lawyer finds out her English boyfriend is in trouble with a syndicate illegally betting on the English Premier (soccer) League. Mei is forced to take on Singapore’s protectionist and at times draconian legal system to prove his innocence. It’s a legal thriller, b...

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