When a dikir barat singer is invited to perform at a circumcision ceremony in a remote coastal village in Kelantan, Malaysia, things take an unexpected turn in the normally quiet fish market. Mak Cik Maryam is called to investigate a baffling double murder, and the motives must be untangled and the guilty identified. Maryam‘s own life is in grave danger when she and Mak Cik Rubiah delve deeper into this world of secrets. Join Mak Cik Maryam in her sixth adventure assisting the Kota Bharu Police Department, or vice versa, in Western Chant, the latest in the award-winning Kain Songket Mysteries series.
Western Chant is the sixth 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.