Shamini Flint

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Shamini Flint
Shamini Flint on Ubud Writers & Readers Festival 2012
Shamini Flint on Ubud Writers & Readers Festival 2012
Born (1969-10-26) 26 October 1969 (age 51)
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Notable worksInspector Singh Investigates

Shamini Flint (born 26 October 1969 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia) is an author based in Singapore. She is best known for her crime fiction novel series Inspector Singh Investigates, published in many languages around the world.[1] She also writes children’s books with cultural and environmental themes. Before becoming a writer in 2004 she was a corporate lawyer at the international law firm, Linklaters.[2] She is noted for her work to promote fair trade products[3] in Singapore and donates part of her environmental book title’s proceeds to WWF.[4] Shamini currently lives in Singapore with her English husband Simon Flint and their two children, Sasha and Spencer Flint.

Legal career[edit]

In 1993, Shamini received the Council of Legal Education Prize for one of the highest marks overall for her Bar Finals sat at Trinity College, London. Following which Shamini was employed by Messrs. Zain & Co and called to the Malaysian Bar.

Between 1994 and 1995 Shamini studied for her Law Masters at the University of Cambridge, UK.[5] Whilst there she was awarded the top overall mark, the Bevan Prize, the Jennings Prize and a British High Commission Scholarship. She was admitted as a Solicitor, Supreme Court of England and Wales in 1999.

She left Messrs Zain & Co in 1997 to join Linklaters as a Solicitor until 2002 when she became an Associate Professor of the Law Faculty, National University of Singapore.[6]

Literary work[edit]

Shamini has published a successful series of crime fiction novels, Inspector Singh Investigates.[7] In April 2008, the British publishing company Little, Brown and Company bought the worldwide rights to the first three Inspector Singh Investigates novels.[8]

The first book in the series Inspector Singh Investigates - A Most Peculiar Malaysian Murder.[9] was honoured by The Telegraph, UK by being featured under their Recommended Weekly Special confirming the quality of the writing and a successful launch.[10] The seventh book in the series, Inspector Singh Investigates - A Frightfully English Execution was published in May 2016. In addition to Crime Fiction, Shamini also writes children’s literature of equal success, Puffin Books India have bought the sub-continent rights to Diary of a Cricket God, launched in April 2011 and Allen & Unwin have bought the rest of the world rights.


Crime Fiction[edit]

  • Inspector Singh Investigates: A Most Peculiar Malaysian Murder (April 2009, Piatkus Press; 2011, Felony & Mayhem Press) ISBN 9780749929756 ISBN 9781934609897
  • Inspector Singh Investigates: A Bali Conspiracy Most Foul (September 2009, Piatkus Press) ISBN 9780749929763
  • Inspector Singh Investigates: The Singapore School of Villainy (April 2010, Piatkus Press) ISBN 9780749929770
  • Inspector Singh Investigates: A Deadly Cambodian Crime Spree (April 2011, Piatkus Press) ISBN 9780749953478
  • Inspector Singh Investigates: A Curious Indian Cadaver (April 5, 2012, Piatkus Press) ISBN 9780749953423
  • Inspector Singh Investigates: A Calamitous Chinese Killing (Sept 2013, Piatkus Press) ISBN 9780749957797
  • Inspector Singh Investigates: A Frightfully English Execution (May 2016, Piatkus Press) ISBN 9780349402727

Children's Books[edit]

Sasha in Singapore[edit]

  • Sasha Visits the Botanic Gardens (2003?, Sunbear Publishing) ISBN 9810498853
  • Sasha Visits the Zoo (2003?, Sunbear Publishing) ISBN 9789810800192
  • Sasha Goes Shopping (2004, Sunbear Publishing) ISBN 9810523424
  • Sasha Visits Sentosa Island (2004, Sunbear Publishing) ISBN 9810523432
  • Sasha Visits the Bird Park (2005, Sunbear Publishing) ISBN 9810538588
  • Sasha Visits the Museums (2008, Sunbear Publishing) ISBN 9789810800185
  • Sasha in Singapore Boxed Set

Sasha in Asia[edit]

Sasha Sees the World[edit]

Sasha in Mandarin[edit]

Diary Series[edit]


Other Titles[edit]


  1. ^ Little Brown Book Group
  2. ^
  3. ^ A Woman of Ideas By Sarah Minns, goodreading Magazine, August 2010
  4. ^ The Sunday Times, Singapore 14 January 2007
  5. ^ Simply Her, May 2006
  6. ^
  7. ^ Speech by Singapore Minister of Information, Communication and the Arts "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 5 October 2011. Retrieved 23 April 2011.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  8. ^ "S'pore-based crime writer bags 3-book publishing deal". The Straits Times. 30 April 2008. Retrieved 22 April 2011.
  9. ^ Laura Wilson (16 May 2009). "Inspector Singh Investigates: A Most Peculiar Malaysian Murder". The Guardian. Retrieved 22 April 2011.
  10. ^ The Telegraph, 25 April 2009

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