In our latest edition of Select Editions, volume 309 (yes that many—we have after all been condensing best-selling novels since 1954!), at the end of each story, we asked readers to email us if they wished and give us their reaction.
We’re delighted that Edward Ingham of Victoria has become the first reader in our impromptu reviewing ‘team’ to send us his opinion. His first choice was the lead title in the volume, which contained Inspector Singh Investigates: A Most Peculiar Murder by Shamini Flint; An Irish Country Courtship by Patrick Taylor; No Going Back by Lyndon Stacey; and The Peach Keeper by Sarah Addison Allen.
We reproduce Edward’s complete message here, because it contains so much that we value: a knowledge of Select Editions novels, an interesting response to the author’s voice, fondness for fine plotting and convincing characters, frankness—and a bonus factor, constructive criticism!
You asked for a critique of the first story in the latest Select Editions.
I thought that "A Most Peculiar Malaysian Murder" was better than Shamini's last story you published.
The plot was most tortuous, and the characters well produced. A good read! Sometimes fun!
One criticism, your readers missed the missing "k" for the word "know" in line six, page 14. That is very unusual from Reader's Digest!
Yours sincerely, Edward Ingham
We’d love to hear from more readers via email@example.com
To read an extract from A Most Peculiar Malaysian Murder, click here.