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Triple Nine Sleuths Dangerous Limelight - Book Review

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by Mellie M (subscribe)
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Published March 22nd 2013
Read a thin book for a thin plot?
Triple Nine Sleuths - Book Cover
Triple Nine Sleuths - Book Cover

A terrible stench brought Cordelia aka Corey, her brother Colton and best friend Stacy to a dead body in a neighbour's flat. Smelling foul play, these teenagers play detective and before long a pattern emerges - with Corey possibly being the next murder victim.

This is the first of nine books by Singaporean writer Maranna Chen.

For a book targeted at upper primary and lower secondary school students, I had found Maranna's writing to be extremely descriptive. The details that she went into for each character was extremely structured.

"Corey!" Stacy Rodgriguez, a tanned Eurasian girl with long wavy hair, wearing a white and blue school uniform, called out to her friend. She waved frantically from the school gate to Corey, a short, mousy-looking Chinese girl with thick black-rimmed goggle-like glasses and braces."

The plot was indeed unfortunate and thin like the book. A series of deaths linked by the name Cordelia? In all honesty, the book has to toe a difficult line between mystery fiction writing and the harsh reality of the life of a Singaporean student. The switching between these fields is cognitively challenging.

The relationship between the siblings and friends of opposite gender for that age group appears to be never better - this book is most definitely a fictional work. It belongs to another universe.

And there was a lost-but-found again dog subplot in the story. It was probably written in to bump up the likeability factor or the number of pages for this thinly-guised story.

Kudos to Epigram Books for their brave foray with Maranna.
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Dear Melissa,

This is Maranna. You sent me a message on Facebook on 3rd March asking if you could cover my launch of Triple Nine Sleuths. I am very sorry that I did not give you a reply.
by maran (score: 0|4) 2957 days ago
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