Singapore Fire by Murray Bailey – Book Review

Singapore Fire by Murray Bailey – Book Review

Singapore Fire by Murray Bailey

Singapore Fire
An Ash Carter mystery-thriller Book Six

Author – Murray Bailey
Publisher – Heritage Books
Pages – 370
Released – 3rd January 2021
ISBN-13 – 978-0995510845
Format – ebook, paperback
Rating – 4.5 Stars Stars
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She wants to escape
He wants to save her
But nothing is what it seems.

Singapore 1954 and once again, private investigator, Ash Carter is caught between the government and the criminal gangs. It’s time for Carter to choose. Escape now or stand and fight?

Review by Clive

Murray Bailey has published several novels including six in the Ash Carter series of which Singapore Fire is billed as the final book. It appears I’ve joined the party late as I have not read any of the previous five but that did not diminish my enjoyment or understanding in any way.

From the outset I was drawn into the setting of Singapore in 1954 which was barely nine years after the end of the Japanese occupation during World War 2. The island was at that time a British Crown Colony working towards self-governance which came later that decade. As with most major ports the island population is a steamy ethnic mixture including Malays, Chinese, Indians, British and people from other parts of Indo-China.

Bailey writes mainly in the first person from Carter’s perspective which gives us a wonderfully atmospheric feel for the area. Other chapters following his girlfriend, Su Ling, are written in the third person. During the course of the tale Bailey takes us to most parts of the island and the nearby districts of Malaya just across the causeway; from the smartest of hotels to the poorest slums. As a private detective and a former Captain in the British Army, the character of Carter is ideally suited to be our guide.

Alongside the main theme of getting Su Ling to safety, Carter works on various seemingly unconnected cases which highlight different aspects of life in the area. As the story develops the action builds in a thrilling bust, followed by a number of fascinating twists as the full story is revealed.

Singapore Fire is a thoroughly entertaining read that will keep you hooked. I have awarded a nearly perfect 4.5 stars.

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Author Info

Murray Bailey Singapore Fire

Murray Bailey was always interested in writing and, at an early age, had articles published in newspapers, including the Times. Despite studying Physics and Mathematics and pursuing a very different career, he also edited a magazine for a year as well as a batch of technical books.

After 10 years of scribbling, in 2016 his first published novel was I Dare You. He went on to demonstrate his passion for ancient Egypt and puzzles in his novel Map of the Dead. However the Singapore series featuring the ex-military policeman Ash Carter was a labour of love and based on his first unpublished story that eventually became Singapore 52.

Born in Greater Manchester, England, he gradually moved south to reach the beautiful Dorset coast where he lives with his wife and family. Having young children and an all-consuming passion such as writing doesn’t leave much free time, but when he does take a break, he enjoys running, cycling, kayaking and building sandcastles with his children.

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10 Responses

  1. DJ Sakata says:

    This is new to me and sounds divine.

  2. Tasha says:

    This sounds so good! Excellent review.

  3. Nadene says:

    Thanks for sharing . I could see myself enjoying this one.

  4. What an excellent review. Not a time period I often read about.

  5. Robin Loves Reading says:

    Excellent review. I love informative books.

  6. I’m so happy you like the sound of it. X

  7. It really is good. Thank you.

  8. Glad you like the sound of it. You are very welcome.

  9. Thank you. A new historical period for you!

  10. Thank you. We love them too.