The Diamond Queen of Singapore
In the latest thrilling novel in the Ava Lee series, Ava investigates a Ponzi scheme that takes her from Amsterdam to Antwerp and then Singapore, where she must confront one of the country’s most powerful families.After the father of Ava’s best friend, Mimi, loses his family’s savings in a Ponzi scheme, Mimi turns to her old friend for help. Ava launches an investigation that sends her from Amsterdam to Antwerp and then to Singapore.As she tracks the money, Ava is reminded of an old case she worked with Uncle years before that took her to Singapore for the first time. In her mind, the two cases begin to merge, and as they do, Uncle becomes visible to Ava, counselling her and urging her to make use of her new triad connections. Ava is reluctant to do so, but Uncle is persistent, and soon Ava finds herself in conflict with one of the most influential family dynasties in Singapore and eventually back in Toronto, where she confronts a new face of power and corruption.

The Diamond Queen of Singapore Details

TitleThe Diamond Queen of Singapore
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseJul 7th, 2020
PublisherSpiderline
ISBN-139781487002060
Rating
GenreFiction, Cultural, Canada, Thriller, Mystery

The Diamond Queen of Singapore Review

  • ☘Misericordia☘ ~ The Serendipity Aegis ~ ⚡ϟ⚡ϟ⚡⛈ ✺❂❤❣
    January 1, 1970
    Ava Lee and her unique collection style welcome back :) Hear, hear!
  • Trish
    January 1, 1970
    The e-edition of Hamilton’s latest in the Ava Lee series is out and you will want to take this trip with Ava as she hits several continents: Amsterdam and Antwerp in Europe, Singapore and mainland China in Asia, and back to Toronto in North America. Ava’s collecting debts but for a friend, as she had in her early career. It brings back memories. This time it is not debts Ava is following but cold, hard investment theft wrapped up in a not-so-generous evangelical megachurch on the outskirts of To The e-edition of Hamilton’s latest in the Ava Lee series is out and you will want to take this trip with Ava as she hits several continents: Amsterdam and Antwerp in Europe, Singapore and mainland China in Asia, and back to Toronto in North America. Ava’s collecting debts but for a friend, as she had in her early career. It brings back memories. This time it is not debts Ava is following but cold, hard investment theft wrapped up in a not-so-generous evangelical megachurch on the outskirts of Toronto. Hamilton creates the cruelest, most unambiguously unforgivable villains to walk the earth, and places them in a world we recognize. From there, the scandal just gets bigger…Has anyone read the 14th-century Chinese novel called, variously, The Water Margin, Outlaws of the Marsh, and All Men Are Brothers? It is a rip-roaring 4-volume Song Dynasty yarn, a masterpiece of storytelling, packed with colorful characters whose names tell it all: Little Whirlwind, Blue-Faced Beast, Impatient Vanguard, etc. The epic story tells of 108 bandits who live by the margin of Liang Shan Marsh and pursue justice by unconventional means. Hamilton’s story this time has elements of this ancient tale. He named his thieving church leaders Cunningham, Rogers, and Randy. Ava’s triad connection in Chengdu, Han, is blustery and loud, his crass manner and crude-but-effective methods modeled on characters in the ancient tale. Han uses his fists when words are not enough. He carries a large weapon to focus the attention of his opponents on their limited options. I adored this tale for these elements, and for outlining and pointing to the real and acutely painful problem that Ava uncovers in the course of her investigations, something that has been plaguing the West, particularly the United States and Canada, for some years now. The problem has its source in China and concerned North Americans have wondered how on earth this is happening without and/or despite Chinese government oversight. The answer to that question echoes what we hear when contemplating the indescribably painful political atmosphere in the United States: it is completely within the realm of the country’s leadership to stop the trouble. For some reason beyond our understanding, the leadership prefers chaos. God help us all.Another fantastic addition to Hamilton’s box of jewels. P.S. If you are going to pick up Outlaws of the Marsh, please choose Sidney Shapiro’s translation, the language of which made me fall in deeply love with Chinese culture, habits and humor. Shapiro’s word choices make the ancient book immediately relevant, laugh-out-loud funny, and the long read tireless.
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  • Alan Teder
    January 1, 1970
    Ava Lee Collects Again!Review of the House of Anansi Spiderline ebook edition (May 2020) rush released in advance of the expected paperback edition (August 2020)I tried to space this out but just could not stop reading. Not only does Ian Hamilton return his forensic accountant Ava Lee to her collection days, but he brings her back to Toronto (my town, yeah!) for the dramatic beginning and ending of this new investigation thriller. I read The Diamond Queen of Singapore in its eBook edition which Ava Lee Collects Again!Review of the House of Anansi Spiderline ebook edition (May 2020) rush released in advance of the expected paperback edition (August 2020)I tried to space this out but just could not stop reading. Not only does Ian Hamilton return his forensic accountant Ava Lee to her collection days, but he brings her back to Toronto (my town, yeah!) for the dramatic beginning and ending of this new investigation thriller. I read The Diamond Queen of Singapore in its eBook edition which was rush released in May 2020 when publication of the print edition was bumped from July to August 2020 due to the pandemic. I do not enjoy eBooks generally as I dislike reading onscreen at length, but with an Ava Lee book, resistance is futile.The book manages to touch all the bases of Ava Lee's past with even Uncle making appearances in her dreams to give advice. Her Bak mai martial arts skills are brought back into play several times. The collection effort is personal as it is her childhood friend Mimi's family who have been swindled. Ava's international connections, including her Triad allies, are brought into play, with one very fearsome addition to the ranks. Ava's lover Fai is mostly away as she begins working on a last minute new role with plans for a significant revitalization of director/writer Lau Lau's career in a Tiananmen Square related film yet to come (sure to be a central theme in a future book). All this, and the villains are a Toronto/Aurora based group of bible-thumping scam artists peddling #FentanylChina products on top of their other sins. It is all cat-nip to an Ava fan.Trivia and LinkYou can read author Ian Hamilton's article One for the Books: Publishing in a Pandemic at the Literary Review of Canada June 2020 online edition here.
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  • Ruth
    January 1, 1970
    Ava Lee kicks ass again in a brief return to her forensic accountant days.
  • Muhammad Gibran
    January 1, 1970
    3/5 stars. by no means I don't like it. it just the ending seems not very satisfying like any other ava lee title.
  • Jason
    January 1, 1970
    Best one of the last few! Thanks, Ian. :)
  • Tim Wong
    January 1, 1970
    One of the best of the series and builds on everything in the series.
  • Brian Williams
    January 1, 1970
    This is an excellent Ava Lee suspense thriller and a book that a reader can easily want to read in one sitting until the end is reached. It's a swiftly paced story about Ava's hunt for and recovery of money stolen from the parents of her best friend Mimi. That was something that she did with her former (now deceased partner) Uncle for many years up to when Uncle died. It was their "debt recovery" business, which she closed to become a business entrepreneur. Mimi's situation brings her back to he This is an excellent Ava Lee suspense thriller and a book that a reader can easily want to read in one sitting until the end is reached. It's a swiftly paced story about Ava's hunt for and recovery of money stolen from the parents of her best friend Mimi. That was something that she did with her former (now deceased partner) Uncle for many years up to when Uncle died. It was their "debt recovery" business, which she closed to become a business entrepreneur. Mimi's situation brings her back to her former business. The story starts in Toronto and moves on to Singapore and China before returning to Toronto. It goes over the top at times, for example when Ava receives visits from Uncle dispensing advice to her. On the other hand, the last several chapters could serve as a masterclass in negotiation. It's an entertaining and diverting read. Recommended.
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  • Charlie
    January 1, 1970
    Ava Lee is back to chasing a debt, but this time it's personal -- her friend Mimi's family needs her old skills. As usual, Ava is adding to her frequent flier miles, and dealing with scary people. I enjoyed this book, but found the Uncle dream sequences just a bit much. As a plot device to tell her what to do, it's kind of lame. I'd far rather have her consciously work out why she does what she does, rather have Uncle appear to her in a dream. Plus I miss the newer characters of the more recent Ava Lee is back to chasing a debt, but this time it's personal -- her friend Mimi's family needs her old skills. As usual, Ava is adding to her frequent flier miles, and dealing with scary people. I enjoyed this book, but found the Uncle dream sequences just a bit much. As a plot device to tell her what to do, it's kind of lame. I'd far rather have her consciously work out why she does what she does, rather have Uncle appear to her in a dream. Plus I miss the newer characters of the more recent books: Xu, May Ling Wong, Amanda, and Pang Fai. All of whom are at least referenced in this book, but really don't appear or play an active role. Overall? 4 stars when most of this series have been 5 stars.
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  • Hopsnbarley
    January 1, 1970
    This one gets back to the goodness of some of the earlier Ava Lee books. We didn't have to hear as much repetitive detail about what Ava ate or wore...a bit is okay but too much focus wasn't interesting. I like Ava dealing with a debt issue again. The ending was a bit anti-climactic but the build up and overall story was enjoyable to follow.
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  • William Beauvais
    January 1, 1970
    this seemed even smoother than all the other items in this series. i read it in a day it seemed and the outcome was very satisfying.
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