Out today from Ovidia, who has twice been shortlisted for the CWA historical dagger for this series set in Singapore during WWII, comes the latest captivating mystery featuring teenage sleuth Su Lin. When a young aide is found murdered beneath the termite mushroom tree in Hideki Tagawa’s garden, rumours begin to fly. I was hooked, and couldn’t wait to follow along with Su Lin to find out who the true killer could be..
by Ovidia Yu
‘One of Singapore’s finest living authors’ South China Morning Post
‘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
The Allies have defeated Germany in Europe, but Japan refuses to surrender the East.
In Singapore, amid rumours the Japanese occupiers are preparing to wipe out the population of the island rather than surrender, a young aide is found murdered beneath the termite mushroom tree in Hideki Tagawa’s garden and his plans for a massive poison gas bomb are missing. To prevent any more destruction it falls to Su Lin to track down the real killer with the help of Hideki Tagawa’s old nemesis, the charismatic shinto priest Yoshio Yoshimo.
Praise for The Mushroom Tree Mystery
‘Beautifully written. . . effortless storytelling and sensitive character development make this a must-read novel for 2022’ The Courier
Praise for Ovidia Yu:
‘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
‘Ovidia Yu’s writing helped me peel back the layers to understand Singapore. The story and Chen Su Lin’s initiative and tenacity, set against a backdrop of wartime Singapore, intrigued both the historian and the mystery lover in me’ Kara Owens CMG CVO, British High Commissioner to Singapore