Today, I’m reviewing ‘The Ambassador’s Wife (Inspector Samuel Tay #1)’ by Jake Needham
Blurb (from Goodreads):
The first body is in Singapore, on a bed in an empty suite in the Marriott Hotel. The second in Bangkok, in a seedy apartment close to the American embassy.
Both women. Both Americans. Both beaten viciously and shot in the head. Both stripped naked and lewdly displayed.
The FBI says it’s terrorism, but the whispers on the street tell a different story. A serial killer may be stalking American women all across Asia.
Inspector Samuel Tay of Singapore CID is something of a reluctant policeman. He’s a little overweight, a little lonely, a little cranky, and he smokes way too much. Thinking back, he can’t even remember why he became a police detective in the first place. He talks about quitting all the time, but he hasn’t. Because the thing is, he’s very, very good at what he does.
When bodies of American women start turning up, Singapore CID calls in Inspector Tay. It’s a high profile case, and he’s the best they have.
Then why is it, Tay soon begins to wonder, that nobody seems to want him to find the women’s killer? Not the FBI, not the American ambassador, not even his bosses at CID.
When international politics takes over a murder case, the truth is the next victim.
Did I like it?
Absolutely. Main character is very likeable. As mentioned in the blurb a ‘reluctant policeman’. But he likes what he’s doing. Get’s nauseous when confronted with dead bodies. Because he’s seen enough of them in his career. As a middle aged single he admits to himself that he got no idea of women.
The ‘necessary’ violence isn’t too descriptive. You get the info you need and that’s it. Something I really like.
Another Asian country (two in fact), which adds a lot to the flavour. I’d say a close to perfect start for a series. I’m a fan.
What I didn’t like
There is a repetition that‘s a bit annoying. He could loose 5,10, 15 pounds. Once, twice ok. But it’s been used a bit too often. It’s not like his constant struggle with cigarettes which ads flavour to the person. And what I didn’t like the most. It took me much too long to discover Samuel Tay.
Would I recommend it?
By all means. If you like crime, a bit police procedure. Not really a thriller, not really a cosy mystery. Give it a go it’s worth every minute you spend with it. 17 (at least) out of 20 points.