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Posted @withregram • @thommywaite Episode 96 – Rainy Day Ramen and the Cosmic Pachinko w/ Gordon Vanstone (Interview)
THOMMY WAITE'S SQUARE RECORD

@rainydayramen_cosmicpachinko is a whimsical yet enthralling novel about an outsider expat in Japan. The story is a balance of irreverent wanderings around an alien landscape and existential introspection.

@gordonvanstone is a Canadian writer who is based in Singapore. Rainy Day Ramen and the Cosmic Pachinko is his first book.

This one was lit, fam. Me and Gordo got liquored up and yarned about what took him to Japan for 8 years, expat camaraderie and competition, Japan's polite xenophobia, the similarities between our novels, how traveling changed his perspective on Canada, and his literary influences.

To watch or listen to this episode, search for ‘Thommy Waite’s Square Record’ on YouTube/your podcast app, or click the link in the @thommywaite bio.

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Posted @withregram • @nurilbasri I'm delighted to share that Not a Virgin was included as a key reading on the Postcolonial Studies module for postgraduate students at SOAS University of London. Big thanks to Dr Ben Murtagh.

I'm also here to announce that the sequel is done and has found a publisher in its home country. I wish it to see the light soon and has the chance to be translated again.
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“In 1826, an English merchant, Alexander Hare, brought a group of people from Malaysia and Indonesia as well as South Africa and New Guinea to an island atoll northwest of mainland Australia in the Indian Ocean,” reports The Conversation (2017). “Hare took them to the Cocos (Keeling) Islands as slaves. The Cocos Malays developed a unique culture and Malay dialect. They adopted 19th-century Scottish dancing and music. Still living on their island home, the Cocos Malays are now Australian citizens.”

The eccentric Mr Hare – as he was known to Sophia, the first wife of Singapore founder Thomas Stamford Raffles – and his Asian harem are brought vividly to life in “The Man Who Collected Women” by Nigel Barley, a work of historical fiction set in Southeast Asia.

Available from leading bookstores worldwide, including in Malaysia and Singapore.

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Alexander Hare was a trader and slave-owner in the East and a friend of Thomas Stamford Raffles, Lieutenant Governor of Java and the founder of Singapore, but Hare’s chief claim to fame is as the creator of an Asian harem, including in his collection women from Java, Bali, Sumatra, Sulawesi, Borneo, the Malay Peninsula, China, India and Africa. Hare’s love of women and his assembling of a harem, initially in Borneo and then on an uninhabited atoll that would become the Cocos-Keeling Islands, made him an object of guilty male fantasies and of strident female resentments, the epitome of masculine, colonial exploitation.

‘Writing today about such a historical figure as Alexander Hare can be a fraught undertaking. Nigel Barley [anthropologist, former curator of The British Museum and author of 15 books] is clearly aware of this, and diffuses much of the potential tension with a certain satirical playfulness. Alexander Hare is eventually undone by the agency of Anna and Maria, recent South African additions to his harem … The Man Who Collected Women is a clever and highly entertaining novel ... which handles a problematic real-life historical figure deftly.’ Tim Hannigan, Asian Review of Books

Photo credit: ‘Balinese Woman, 1920’ Leiden University Digital Collection

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Posted @withregram • @biblio_mom ❓Do you have a favourite historical fiction book? recommend it to me!
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The Man Who Collected Women by Nigel Barley

💭 I took almost a month to finish this book. As a woman myself, its just so hard to read about women, whose treated as sex slaves.

💭 The main character, Alexendar Hare is an english merchant who brought slaves that are mostly women from Melaya, Java, Sulawesi, Bali, Borneo, China, India and Africa to an inhabited island called Cocos Keeling Island situated within Australian external territory to become the first settlers and at the same time, to full filled his sexual fantasy after he was forced by the British Authority to leave Borneo.

💭The most depressing thing about Hare is the fact that he is a historical figure who I think, doesn't deserve to be remembered by anyone at all. But histories are histories. Good or bad, they are history. And I'm glad that this book is only historical fiction. I would've be mad if all these are 100% true 😡

💭 After the girls are given their freedom, most of them are clueless of what to do next or where to go. It pains me because it remindes me of a memoir I read a few years ago about this girl who had been kidnapped, sexually, emotionally, mentally and physically abused that when founded by the police, the things that she felt is pity and yearning for the perpetrator.

💭 Overall, I think this book is meant to be read with an open mind. If you have many things on your plate at the moment, wait until it all cleared up.

❤️ Thank you @monsoonbooks for sending me this book!

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Posted @withregram • @whatdibsread <<Review>>

Personal rating: 4/5🌟

Julian Lockhardt is a manager for Samarang Hotel- the most prestigious hotel in Vientiane, Laos. Julian goes through the same thing every day at Samarang Hotel, doing his work while grunting of course. Deep down I feel like Julian is not willing to do the job even though he is the general manager at the hotel.

I like the brief history of the Samarang Hotel. It was built in 1926 by Dutch fellows right across the road from a four-hundred-year-old Buddhist stupa. But then it was burned down in 1950, abandoned during the renovation in 1975 and reopened again in 1989, and became the most prestigious place in Vientiane. But then, along with the recent arrival of his guest, Nancy Bacon, a Russian guest is found dead which makes Julian’s life more miserable because the foreign diplomatic and intelligent community takes sudden interest regarding the case.

Drinking does not make the problem go away, you know? That’s what I said when Julian is put on an extended leave of absence because of the problem he’s making while getting drunk and high. Samarang Hotel is a quick read for me. A book about a miserable guy trying to discover and finding the meaning of his life. I like how this book makes me google every place the author has mentioned in this book. So many interesting and beautiful places I’ve discovered like Pho Daeng village and the foothills of Phou Nang Fa. Visualization makes it more interesting to read!

I was looking for a more diverse read and gladly stumbled upon this one. This book feels more traditional because of the place setting. John Webb did a great job blending the reality of death, a religious place like Buddhist monastery, the importance of symbolism and the power of myth. I hope this book do not end sooner, I like to read more about Julian’s life after the sudden loss. I’ve mixed feelings while reading this book.

Thank you @monsoonbooks for providing me with this ARC. The publication date for this book is today! Can click the link on my bio if you would like to purchase this book.  

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Do you love location-based historical fiction? Then we have an exciting announcement: due for Christmas 2021 release is the first volume in the Penang Chronicles by KL-based historian and classicist Rose Gan.

* Before Raffles, before Rajah Brooke, there was Francis Light, the 18th-century trailblazer in the Malay Archipelago.
* Tells the backstory of the British settlement of Penang.
* Features a cast of real historical figures from the 18th-century courts of Siam and Kedah and from the East India Company, including Sultan Muhammed Jiwa, King Tak Sin, Raja Lumu, Warren Hastings and Martinha Rozells, a young Eurasian woman of noble birth.
* 3 volumes of epic history and family saga.

Watch this space ...

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Murder in Kelantan. When a dikir barat (western chant) 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. Makcik Maryam is called to investigate a baffling murder, and the motives must be untangled and the guilty identified. Maryam‘s own life Is in grave danger when she and Makcik Rubiah delve deeper into this world of secrets. Join Maryam and Rubiah in their sixth adventure assisting the Kota Bharu Police Department, or vice versa, in Western Chant, the latest in the award-winning Kain Songket Mysteries series. Coming soon to bookstores in Malaysia and the rest of the world.
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Not a Virgin by Nuril Basri — reviewed by @thefussyreader Posted @withregram

This is such a fun book to read. Its been ages since i read a book that can make me chuckle many times throughout the book. Although originally the reason i picked this book mainly due to the title ‘Not a virgin’ 👀 and the synopsis mentioned ‘Pesantren’ which is Islamic boarding school in Indonesia as i am hoping the book is going to explore the elements of religion, spirituality, teenagers and their curiosity on sexuality and ultimately finding themselves. I am glad that my hunch is right because that is exactly the author’s intention. The book started with Ricky Satria or Ricky’s account on his life. The feeling of being unwanted and perceived as a burden by his parents did push him to stay at the Pesantren although originally it was not his idea to stay there. He then met Yusuf and befriended him along the way as they were sharing the same room in the boarding school. At that time, Ricky already in a ‘relationship / companionship’ with Paris or Farisyi because Ricky was desperate for money and Paris was willing to pay for it. Coincidentally, Both Yusuf and Ricky met Oskar due to brawl accident only to find out that Oskar is a Paris’s step brother. The genuine bond was formed among 4 of them afterwards. (Cont. review in comment)
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My Rating : 5/5

Available from leading bookstores in Malaysia, Indonesia, Singapore and UK.
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Posted @withregram • @anareads717 📚📚📚REVIEW📚📚📚

The sequel to Shadow Play. The second book of Kain Songket Mysteries.

Like before, with the help of Makcik Maryam and her cousin, Makcik Rubiah, Chief of Police, Osman, was investigating the murder of Jamillah.
She was found dead, the morning after the ceremony of Princess Play or known as main puteri in Kelantan. The family members claimed that she was fine before she went to bed the night before, so her death was quite a puzzle.

In this novel, readers will be introduced to many characters. Each of them has a secret and could be related to the deceased directly or indirectly.

I won’t include any spoilers here, but mind you, this book has a lot more surprises than the book before. Revenge and hatred, if not attended to earlier, may lead to disaster.

There are so many things that i could learn from this story:
1. Love is important in marriage, but do not use it as an excuse for adultery.
2. Wealth and reputation alone won’t help to build the foundation of a happy marriage.
3. Do not keep your problems all to yourself. Find someone you trust to pour out your heart. Or else, it will eat you inside.
4. Parents would go to great lengths just to protect their kids. Even if their own life is at stake.
5. A husband should take care of his family. Only the weak and cowardly will leave when the family encounter problems.
6. Do not trust a stranger. What you see, might deceive you.

I had fun while reading this book. A hard-to-put-down book since the killer was not known except nearing the end of the book.

Books available from leading bookstores in Malaysia, Singapore and UK.

Thank you @monsoonbooks , @definitelybooks
#pansing for giving me this review copy ❤️

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I slouched against a convenience store wall, three blocks over from Yukie’s work, as per her instructions. She arrived at 3:30. I wasn’t totally sober, but as sober as I could remember being at that hour in a long time.  

We got two drinks from inside, her lemon Chu-hi and me the standard grapefruit — seasonal pear had already passed, much to my chagrin. If she was looking to slum it, I was definitely giving her the full experience: apéritif drinks à la Macdonald’s, and nightcaps at the conbini.

A drizzle began to fall in the crisp autumn air. We both started to shiver. I pointed out a noodle shop across the way. We downed our beverages and entered. 

My tonkotsu ramen arrived, I leaned over the bowl and let the steam wash over my face warming me to the core. I breathed in the aromatic blast of onion, garlic, ginger, and a savoury, almost buttery pork marrow scent.  

From that first blast of steam and dip of the soup spoon into the unctuous milky broth to the liquid touching tongue initiating a taste sensation which sends my buds abuzz, dancing like eckied-up rave kids; the noodle dish induces a holistic response. The intangible effect it has on me is inwardly recognizable, yet hard to depict. To start with, perhaps due to my natural disposition, my ramen experience always felt uniquely more palpable. Those initial sensations bringing me wholly present into the moment. The outside world, with all its worries and distraction, just vanishes.

Rainy Day Ramen and the Cosmic Pachinko is told as a uniquely clever mix of Murakami-esque magical realism and gonzo Japan travelogue.

Available now from from leading bookstores worldwide, including in SE Asia from Kinokuniya Singapore, Malaysia and Thailand, MPH and Times.

Media DM for review copies.

Rainy Day Ramen and the Cosmic Pachinko by Gordon Vanstone

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Posted @withregram • @anareads717 Received with ❤️❤️❤️

Another 4 series in the Kain Songket Mysteries.

I am so ecstatic to receive these copies!
Can’t wait to read them.

Took only one day for this parcel to arrive from Singapore 😍
Good Job @dhlexpress 👍👍

Thank you so much @definitelybooks #pansing and Phil @monsoonbooks for giving me this beautiful opportunity.

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A green and grey Yamanote line train arrived and I crammed in. Bodies pressed together so tight it was hard to know where your own appendages ended and someone else’s torso began.   

The next stop was Shinjuku. Doors opened, bodies flooded out, and impossibly more people packed into our cattle car. Station attendants in immaculate uniforms of polished brass buttons and pristine white gloves pushed against the mass of bodies so the doors could close.

When they finally slid shut, we were jammed in all the more densely, and I struggled to inhale a full breath. In the ensuing melee, we’d been involuntarily reshuffled. To my benefit, I’d been reassigned to a petite office girl. The scent of lavender and wildflowers wafted from below. With the pleasant shift in scenery, I had to fight against some sort of olfactory arousal that was setting in. 

At the next stop, the flow of bodies in exit carried me off onto the platform. To re-experience the rush hour train was both exhilarating and exhausting. I stayed off and exited Yoyogi station. I made a stop at the 7-Eleven for two tall cans of Chu-hi; a grapefruit six percenter to ease the queasiness and calm the nerves, then a nine percent Chu-hi Strong to bring on a morning buzz.

‘Rainy Day Ramen and the Cosmic Pachinko’ is told as a uniquely clever mix of Murakami-esque magical realism and gonzo Japan travelogue.

Available now from from leading bookstores worldwide, including in SE Asia from Kinokuniya Singapore, Malaysia and Thailand, MPH and Times.

Rainy Day Ramen and the Cosmic Pachinko by Gordon Vanstone

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I found myself in a cosy ramen shop directly under the Yamanote line tracks. While I waited for the miso ramen to warm my soul, I couldn’t help but fret over the immediate future. 

I sipped my beer and peered into the night. Condensation, created by the cauldrons of cooking noodles playing off the cool rain outside, covered the shop’s window. Blurred lit signage pulled through the obstructed view like brush-smeared acrylics on the windowed palette. When the door swung open, I’d glimpse a Blade Runner freeze-frame from the street beyond.

The shop trembled as trains rumbled overhead. I found them comforting, a reminder that if it didn’t work out, I’d simply cut and run. The prospect of perpetual motion always appealed to me. Erroneously idealistic, I longed for the bygone days of hobos and starry-eyed young men riding the rails in search of life’s true meaning.

Rainy Day Ramen and the Cosmic Pachinko is told as a uniquely clever mix of Murakami-esque magical realism and gonzo Japan travelogue.

Available now from from leading bookstores worldwide, including in SE Asia from Kinokuniya Singapore, Malaysia and Thailand, MPH and Times.

Rainy Day Ramen and the Cosmic Pachinko by Gordon Vanstone

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After three years in Japan, Fred Buchanan is broke, unemployed and engaged in a telepathic turf war with a feral cat behind an Okinawa convenience store. Thus begins his metaphysical odyssey back to Tokyo.

Along the way, symbols and sages materialize in the form of a two-fingered jazz musician, the faded tattoo on an ex-yakuza lover, an odd brood of internet cafe refugees, the kite flyer of Kabukicho and Yukie, an alluring hostess with strips of delicious thigh and strange power imbued in the etched eye on her fingernail.

Charging through Shinjuku’s neon jungle, enveloped in a boozy, nicotine-stained haze, past and present collide as an empty orchestra croons a slow dance of people and place, memory and madness, loss and love. All the while, Fred struggles to be an agent of his destiny and not another ball bearing bouncing through the cosmic pachinko.

Rainy Day Ramen and the Cosmic Pachinko is told as a uniquely clever mix of Murakami-esque magical realism and gonzo Japan travelogue.

Available now from leading bookstores, including Kinokuniya Singapore.

Rainy Day Ramen and the Cosmic Pachinko by Gordon Vanstone

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Symbols materialize in the form of a two-fingered jazz musician, the faded tattoo on an ex-yakuza lover, an odd brood of internet cafe refugees, the kite flyer of Kabukicho and Yukie, an alluring hostess with strips of delicious thigh and strange power imbued in the etched eye on her fingernail.

‘Rainy Day Ramen and the Cosmic Pachinko’ by Singapore-based author Gordon Vanstone.

@rainydayramen_cosmicpachinko @gordonvanstone @kinokuniya_singapore @definitelybooks

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Posted @withregram • @kedaibukutitiwangsa Wah! Ada peminat Barbara Ismail yang memesan set lengkap Kain Songket Mysteries! #barbaraismail #kedaibukutitiwangsa #titiwangsabookshop #monsoonbooks @definitelybooks ...

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‘Among the ten finest novels written about Asia’ The Asian Wall Street Journal (Harry Rolnick)

‘Pulls no punches … a book to remember’ The Age, Australia

‘At times the lying, grasping, impenitent and wholly immoral Vilai becomes twenty times larger than life. She is the real thing …’ The New York Times

‘One night in Bangkok, so the song goes, makes a hard man humble. The city is, in fact, a combine harvester for the expat male heart. Jack Reynolds captures the ethos perfectly in this, the definitive account, written 50 years ago’ The Guardian, UK (Malcolm Pryce)

‘Fascinating … intensely readable’ Gore Vidal, author

‘More than half a century ago, Jack Reynolds wrote the original Bangkok bargirl story’ Stephen Leather, author

‘A well-written and poignant story of a young Englishman’s descent into the world of Thai brothels … the best novel yet published with this theme’ Joe Cummings, author

https://www.monsoonbooks.co.uk/product/a-woman-of-bangkok-by-jack-reynolds/

Paperback and ebook available from leading bookstores in Southeast Asia, UK, Australia and North America.
FREE worldwide shipping from The Book Depository.
#monsoonbooks #bangkok #thailand #asiabooks #kinokuniyabangkok #thailiterature @definitelybooks
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‘At times the lying, grasping, impenitent and wholly immoral Vilai becomes twenty times larger than life. She is the real thing …’ The New York Times

Set against a beautifully observed Thailand of the 1950s, this is the story of a young Englishman’s infatuation with a dance-hall hostess named Vilai, who all Bangkok knows as The White Leopard. No ordinary prostitute, Vilai is one of the most memorable in literature’s long line of brazen working girls. An unmitigated liar and brutally transparent about her desire for money, she unscrupulously milks young Reggie Joyce, the son of an Anglican vicar, with complete frankness. Reggie knows her for what she is yet there seems no folly he will not commit for her, no road to ruin he dares not take. Vilai becomes an obsession for him—an obsession that brings Reggie moments of ecstasy, months of anguish and the threat of utter disaster.

Acknowledged today as one of the most memorable novels about Thailand, A Woman of Bangkok was first published to critical acclaim in London and New York in the 1950s and is a classic of Bangkok fiction. While the Fifties was a very different world, what is remarkable about this book is that the more the bar scene in Bangkok changes, the more it stays the same. Just as Moll Flanders and Fanny Hill stand eternal, Vilai takes a very special, dare one say seminal, place as the first and best of the many anti-heroines of the now burgeoning Bangkok novel.

Paperback and ebook available from leading bookstores in Southeast Asia, UK, Australia and North America.
FREE worldwide shipping from The Book Depository.
#monsoonbooks #bangkok #thailand #asiabooks #kinokuniyabangkok #thailiterature
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‘One night in Bangkok, so the song goes, makes a hard man humble. The city is, in fact, a combine harvester for the expat male heart. Jack Reynolds captures the ethos perfectly in this, the definitive account, written 50 years ago’ The Guardian, UK (Malcolm Pryce)

Set against a beautifully observed Thailand of the 1950s, this is the story of a young Englishman’s infatuation with a dance-hall hostess named Vilai, who all Bangkok knows as The White Leopard. No ordinary prostitute, Vilai is one of the most memorable in literature’s long line of brazen working girls. An unmitigated liar and brutally transparent about her desire for money, she unscrupulously milks young Reggie Joyce, the son of an Anglican vicar, with complete frankness. Reggie knows her for what she is yet there seems no folly he will not commit for her, no road to ruin he dares not take. Vilai becomes an obsession for him—an obsession that brings Reggie moments of ecstasy, months of anguish and the threat of utter disaster.
Acknowledged today as one of the most memorable novels about Thailand, A Woman of Bangkok was first published to critical acclaim in London and New York in the 1950s and is a classic of Bangkok fiction. While the Fifties was a very different world, what is remarkable about this book is that the more the bar scene in Bangkok changes, the more it stays the same. Just as Moll Flanders and Fanny Hill stand eternal, Vilai takes a very special, dare one say seminal, place as the first and best of the many anti-heroines of the now burgeoning Bangkok novel.

About the author:
Jack Reynolds worked for the Bangkok Post and other journals as writer and editor, sandwiched between further unaccompanied postings with the UN in the Far East and Africa. He finally returned to journalism in Bangkok in the Seventies and was a favourite contributor of articles on a range of local topics with a strong popular following in Thailand.

Paperback and ebook available from leading bookstores in Southeast Asia, UK, Australia and North America.
FREE worldwide shipping from The Book Depository.
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Posted @withregram • @anareads717 📚📚📚REVIEW📚📚📚

This is the first of the many books in Kain Songket Mysteries Series.

I have always loved reading mystery books, and this is one of them. Happens in Kelantan around 1970s. The Kelantanese described in the book as well-mannered, the women are the economic setter, the men workplaces are in the coffe shops.

Since i am not a Kelantanese, there are many things new to me. Not sure if all Kelantanese people will agree with what is written inside, but i am sure that it is through thorough observation that the author collected during the years she was there studying.

I love the character Makcik Maryam, quite bossy but kindhearted. It was funny how she managed to wrap Osman around her finger.

The violence shown in the book well described the extreme length that people would risk to take when they are desperate to cover their secrets. I can see that the author worked hard to learn malay idioms ti use it in the book. Though the book need a little bit of editing, i love the twist of the story.

Good job and congrats to the author!

I would love to read the rest of series @monsoonbooks

Thank you for giving me this opportunity ❤️

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Posted @withregram • @anareads717 Whoa! These first few lines totally caught me off guard 😂

Such a fascinating book, I must say 😘

“Ghani’s second wife had recently appeared at the home of his first, so no one was completely surprised when he was found dead. There were risks to this kind of announcement, and though no one actually accused his first wife of killing him, sympathy for her had she done so ran high, especially among women.

Ghani played drums in the orchestra of a Wayang Siam, or shadow play, backing Kelantan’s most popular dalang. Only a few weeks earlier, to the amusement of his fellow musicians, he had begun an affair with a woman in far off Kuala Krai, where his troupe performed. She peeped into the stage while they were playing, catching Ghani’s eye as he had caught hers while taking a quick cigarette and coffee break at her tiny stall set up near the stage.”

“Shadow Play” (Kain Songket Mysteries volume 1) by Barbara Ismail. Malaysia’s most famous female amateur sleuth.

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