Makcik Maryam and Rubiah once again investigate murder in a small Kelantan town. Someone has been killed at a top-spinning contest, hit by a gasing, a heavy metal spinning top, that had no business flying as it did according to all laws of physics. Malaysia’s most famous female amateur sleuths suspect not only foul play, but black magic, and are determined to rid Kelantan of the source of evil. Join them in their fifth adventure assisting the Kota Bharu Police Department, or vice versa, in Spinning Top, the latest in the award-winning Kain Songket Mystery Series.
Spinning Top is the fifth 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.