In Volume 2 of the Kain Songket Mysteries series set in Kelantan, Malaysia, Maryam once again finds crime close to home: someone is killing the women of Kota Bharu’s Central Market. Police Chief Osman has made little progress understanding Kelantanese, and seems at a loss where to begin his investigation. Although Maryam is loathe to examine any further crime, when she discovers one of the victims herself she must act. Murder is compounded by spirit possession: a Main Puteri ceremony is performed to find the killer and heal a quiet village that has been plunged into chaos.
Princess Play was shortlisted for the Popular–The Star Readers’ Choice Awards 2014 in Malaysia. 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.
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.