In the fourth installment of the award-winning Kain Songket Mysteries detective series set in east coast Malaysia, amateur sleuth Aunty Maryam investigates the death of a winning contestant at a kite flying contest. With little experience, the winner is found to have beaten some of Kelantan’s best competitors, but no one knows why he suddenly took up the sport. Aunty Maryam’s investigation leads her into a labrynth of unexpected relationships in a seemingly peaceful village.
Moon Kite is the fourth in Barbara Ismail’s series of Kain Songket Mysteries based in Kelantan. The first book in the series, Shadow Play, won Best Debut Novel at the 2012 SBPA Book Awards in Singapore and was shortlisted for the Popular–The Star Readers’ Choice Awards 2013 in Malaysia; the second book in the series, Princess Play, was shortlisted for the Popular–The Star Readers’ Choice Awards 2014 in Malaysia.
About the author
Barbara Ismail spent several years in Kelantan in the 1970s and ’80s, living in Kampong Dusun and Pengkalan Cepa, studying Wayang Siam and the Kelantanese dialect. She holds a PhD in Anthropology from Yale University, and is originally from Brooklyn, New York. For more information about the author and her books, visit www.barbaraismail.com.