The Feng Shui Detective
By Nury Vittachi
(Minotaur Books, Hardcover, 9780312320591, 288pp.)
Publication Date: January 2004
Other Editions of This Title: Paperback
Categories: Mystery & Detective - General
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Mr. Wong is a feng shui consultant, but his cases tend to involve a lot more than just interior decoration. You see, Wong specializes in a certain type of problem premises: crime scenes. He and his brash teenage Aussie-American ex-pat intern (think an Asian Sherlock Holmes paired up with Kelly Osbourne) travel around Singapore solving crimes while trying to decipher each other's language and behavior. His latest case involves a mysterious young woman who, according to a psychic reading, is doomed to die. Wong's desperate efforts to save her eventually lead him and his sidekick to Sydney where the story climaxes at the Opera House, a building known for its appalling feng shui. A delightful combination of crafty plotting, quirky humor, and Asian philosophy, the Feng Shui Detective is an investigator like no other!
Hailed by the CNN as "the best reporter of the offbeat" and by the BBC as "Hong Kong's funniest commentator", Nury Vittachi is one of Hong Kong's bestselling English language authors.
Vittachi is well known for not pulling his punches - he wrote the famous daily "Lai See" gossip column in the South China Morning Post until 1997 when Hong Kong was handed over to Chinese sovereignty and his column was deemed too dangerous to publish. He is the author of over a dozen fiction and non-fiction books and currently writes the popular "Travellers' Tales" page for the Far Eastern Economic Review.
International Praise for The Feng Shui Detective:
"Clever and comic." - Sydney Morning Herald
"Mr. Wong prowls around like an Asian Sherlock Holmes." - Weekend Australian
"I hope Vittachi has more of this delightful pair of detectives in the pipeline." - Newcastle Herald
"Intelligent and funny." - Japan Times
"Vittachi's characters are packed full of delightful quirks, and the novel zips along at a fun, fast and furious pace." - HK Magazine
"Move over, Sherlock." - The Hong Kong Correspondent
"A whacky and hilarious whodunit - you just have to dig in and hold on for the wild ride... Beyond characters and the zany plotting, one of the pleasures of this novel is Vittachi's use of language." - The Asian Review of Books
"His ear for dialogue is almost perfect ... I really enjoyed this book." - South China Morning Post