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The Betel Nut Tree Mystery

(2018)
(The second book in the Crown Colony series)
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'Great protagonist, great setting - this is a delightful book' Morning Star

The second novel in Ovidia Yu's delightfully charming crime series set in 1930s Singapore, featuring amateur sleuth Su Lin.

What we came to think of as the betel nut affair began in the middle of a tropical thunderstorm in December 1937 . . .

Singapore is agog with the news of King Edward VIII's abdication to marry American heiress Wallis Simpson. Chen Su Lin, now Chief Inspector Le Froy's secretarial assistant in Singapore's newly formed detective unit, still dreams of becoming a journalist and hopes to cover the story when the Hon Victor Glossop announces he is marrying an American widow of his own, Mrs Nicole Covington, in the Colony. But things go horribly wrong when Victor Glossop is found dead, his body covered in bizarre symbols and soaked in betel nut juice.

The beautiful, highly-strung Nicole claims it's her fault he's dead . . . just like the others. And when investigations into her past reveal a dead lover, as well as a husband, the case against her appears to be stacking up. Begrudgingly on Le Froy's part, Su Lin agrees to chaperon Nicole at the Farquhar Hotel, intending to get the truth out of her somehow. But as she uncovers secrets and further deaths occur, Su Lin realises she may not be able to save Nicole's life - or even her own.

'Charming and fascinating with great authentic feel. This book is exactly why I love historical novels'Rhys Bowen

'I really enjoyed this wonderful gem of a book. The diversity and rich history portrayed in the book are what make The Frangipani Tree Mystery a brilliant read. The fact that it's a fusion of crime and historical fiction adds brownie points to the package!'Bookloves Reviews

Genre: Historical Mystery

Praise for this book

"Charming and fascinating with great authentic feel. This book is exactly why I love historical novels." - Rhys Bowen

"Every nook and cranny of 1930s Singapore is brought richly to life, without ever getting in the way of a classic puzzle plot. And Chen Su Lin is the most beguiling narrator heroine I've met in a long while." - Catriona McPherson

"Su-Lin is the captivating, knowledgeable heroine of Ovidia Yu's stunning novel, which breathes fresh life into the forgotten world of British Colonial Singapore." - Sujata Massey


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Paperback Editions

June 2018 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Betel Nut Tree Mystery (Crown Colony)
Author(s): Ovidia Yu
ISBN: 1-4721-2522-3 / 978-1-4721-2522-4 (UK edition)
Publisher: Constable
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   Amazon AU   


Audio Editions

September 2019 : UK Audio CD

Title: The Betel Nut Tree Mystery
Author(s): Ovidia Yu
ISBN: 1-4450-8257-8 / 978-1-4450-8257-8 (UK edition)
Publisher: ISIS Audio Books
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September 2019 : UK Audio CD
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Title: The Betel Nut Tree Mystery
Author(s): Ovidia Yu
ISBN: 1-4450-8258-6 / 978-1-4450-8258-5 (UK edition)
Publisher: ISIS Audio Books
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June 2019 : USA Audio edition
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Title: The Betel Nut Tree Mystery
Author(s): Ovidia Yu
Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
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June 2019 : Australia Audio edition
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Title: The Betel Nut Tree Mystery
Author(s): Ovidia Yu
Publisher: Hachette Audio UK
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June 2019 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: The Betel Nut Tree Mystery
Author(s): Ovidia Yu
Publisher: Hachette Audio UK
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June 2019 : UK Audio edition
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Title: The Betel Nut Tree Mystery
Author(s): Ovidia Yu
Publisher: Hachette Audio UK
Availability: Amazon UK   


Kindle Editions

June 2018 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: The Betel Nut Tree Mystery
Author(s): Ovidia Yu
Publisher: Constable
Availability: Amazon   Amazon CA   


June 2018 : Australia, UK Kindle edition
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Title: The Betel Nut Tree Mystery (Crown Colony)
Author(s): Ovidia Yu
Publisher: Constable
Availability: Amazon UK   Amazon AU