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The Cannonball Tree Mystery

(2021)
(The fifth book in the Crown Colony series)
A novel by

 
 
'Simply glorious. Every nook and cranny of 1930s Singapore is brought richly to life' CATRIONA MCPHERSON

'Charming' RHYS BOWEN

'One of the most likeable heroines in modern literature' SCOTSMAN

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The overpoweringly fragrant flowers, snakelike vines and deadly fruit of the Cannonball Tree are enough to keep most people away, even without the reputation of the Serpent Shrine that stands beneath it. But when a piece of expensive photographic equipment is found nearby, on closer inspection Su Lin discovers the body of Mimi, the relation who has been trying to blackmail her.

Su Lin is not the only one to realise how much easier this death-and that of the next victim found-make things for her in the new normal of life in Syonan (Japanese Occupied Singapore). But is someone really killing people on her account? Ima Fujiwara, daughter of the island's leader Col Fujiwara, suggests Su Lin's visit to the shrine summoned a Yokai demon who is now killing on her behalf.

As Su Lin contends with the fear and rancour of those around her, the resentment of former friends and a whistling demon, can she hope not only to survive but untangle the cannonball tree's secrets to prevent further deaths... and possibly turn the tide of the war?
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Praise for Ovidia Yu:

'One of Singapore's finest living authors'South China Morning Post

'Chen Su Lin is a true gem. Her slyly witty voice and her admirable, sometimes heartbreaking, practicality make her the most beguiling narrator heroine I've met in a long while' Catriona McPherson

'Charming and fascinating with great authentic feel. Ovidia Yu's teenage Chinese sleuth gives us an insight into a very different culture and time. This book is exactly why I love historical novels' Rhys Bowen

'A wonderful detective novel . . . a book that introduces one of the most likeable heroines in modern literature and should be on everyone's Must Read list' Scotsman

'Unassuming, brilliantly observant' SCMP

Genre: Historical Mystery

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Paperback Editions

June 2021 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Cannonball Tree Mystery
Author(s): Ovidia Yu
ISBN: 1-4721-3203-3 / 978-1-4721-3203-1 (UK edition)
Publisher: Constable
Availability: Amazon UK   


Kindle Editions

June 2021 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: The Cannonball Tree Mystery
Author(s): Ovidia Yu
Publisher: Constable
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June 2021 : Australia, UK Kindle edition
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Title: The Cannonball Tree Mystery
Author(s): Ovidia Yu
Publisher: Constable
Availability: Amazon UK   Amazon AU