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Mr. Wong is a feng shui consultant, but his cases tend to involve a lot more than just interior decoration. You see, Wong specializes in a certain type of problem premises: crime scenes. He and his brash teenage Aussie-American ex-pat intern (think an Asian Sherlock Holmes paired up with Kelly Osbourne) travel around Singapore solving crimes while trying to decipher each oMr. Wong is a feng shui consultant, but his cases tend to involve a lot more than just interior decoration. You see, Wong specializes in a certain type of problem premises: crime scenes. He and his brash teenage Aussie-American ex-pat intern (think an Asian Sherlock Holmes paired up with Kelly Osbourne) travel around Singapore solving crimes while trying to decipher each other's language and behavior. His latest case involves a mysterious young woman who, according to a psychic reading, is doomed to die. Wong's desperate efforts to save her eventually lead him and his sidekick to Sydney where the story climaxes at the Opera House, a building known for its appalling feng shui. A delightful combination of crafty plotting, quirky humor, and Asian philosophy, the Feng Shui Detective is an investigator like no other!...

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ISBN : 9780312320591
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Number of Pages : 279 Pages
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The Feng Shui Detective Reviews

  • Grace Tjan
    2018-10-21 18:42

    With apologies to native Singlish speakers.Ah Lian (AL): "So, what you got with you hah?"Ah Beng (AB): "A book."AL: "Aiyaa, it's got kaya on it. You been reading it at the kopitiam, issit. No good- lah. Must not read books while makan. Must respect books."AB: "Nevermind-lah."AL: "Where got?"AB: "At Borders."AL: "You bought it? Usually you so kiasu. Only want to read books in the store." AB: "No-lah. Only when I boh lui. Yesterday I got salary. So can buy buy. Besides the story is set in Singapore."AL: "So, what is it about hah? Got a picture of cat statue holding a knife on the cover."AB: "It's a mystery."AL: "Oh, like Agatha Christie, issit? So, who is the detective?"AB: "It's this guy, Mr. Wong. He's a fengshui master who solves crimes with his ang moh assistant, this girl called Joyce. There is also a Malaysian bomoh and some Hong Kong samsengs mixed up in it."AL: "How come can find killers using fengshui, ah?" AB: "Not just fengshui, also some smarts-lah. Can find kidnapped girl, get rid of ghosts in dentists' office."AL: "So, is it any good?"AB: "It's OK. Decently written, but the mystery is light at best. Got plot holes. Some humor from East/West culture clash. But how come this girl Joyce, who had lived for years in Hong Kong still don't like dim sum? How come so blur? And how come Mr. Wong never heard of Sydney Opera House? How come so bodoh?" AL: "Dunno, ah. You always so wrapped up in books. I'm hungry. Let's go get some of that char kway teow in Geylang. Can or cannot?"AB: "Can, can. That char kway teow, die cock stand one!"Singlish dictionary: http://www.talkingcock.com/html/lexec...

  • Lisa
    2018-10-25 20:59

    As you begin this novel, it may be tempting to dismiss it - a mistake I almost made. Give it a few more pages and you'll hopefully be hooked - as I was. CF Wong is a simple man, ostensibly retired, but busy with his feng shui business which he hopes will bring in some extra income. He is saddled with a very disagreeable secretary who refuses to work (yet who's made herself irreplaceable due to a complicated filing system only she can understand) and an eager yet unwanted young intern named Joyce who's looking for some excitement and a place to fit in. Mr. Wong often works with the police and professional mystics when particularly baffling cases arises. He has a unique talent for seeing things other people often miss. When a young Singapore girl is kidnapped (who happens to be a friend of Joyce) Joyce excitedly - and Mr Wong reluctantly - become involved in the case, one which is linked to another case Mr Wong has been hired to solve. The mysteries are secondary to the real heart of the story which lies in the people and daily life of Singapore. The Feng Shui Detective is whimsical, witty, insightful and delightful. For fans of Alexander McCall Smith, Colin Cotteril and Kerry Greenwood.

  • Suzanne
    2018-11-13 22:41

    This book has to be one of the most novel sleuthing teams I've ever read. CF Wong is the older, Chinese, feng shui master who specializes in crime scenes. He is paired with a young, Australian girl who has been foisted upon him as an intern. The age and culture clashes add quite a bit of humor to the story, such as CF writing that he eventually figures out that "whatever" means yes and "as if" means no.The setting, Singapore, is also somewhat unique and provides a good background of eastern and western themes to play against the characters. Part of the story takes place in Sydney, Australia providing an awesome description of the Sydney Harbor and Opera House (or as Wong calls it "Oprah's House.")Little bits of feng shui philosophy are interspersed throughout the book, such as "Ideally a person should have slightly more destruction in his or her life than acquisition. That way, a person would gradually change the balance of their existence from material to spiritual as they aged." (pp 112-113) My favorite was, "Credit card bad feng shui. Makes money move away, cannot see it go. Very bad." (p. 200) Very simple, yet profound.Add a few quirky characters who constitute the Industrical Union of Mystics, a dental ghost, a kidnapping, an arson, and a shady "bomoh" and you've got several cases weaving together in an amusing storyline that eventually brings most of the loose ends together in a satisfying climax and conclusion.

  • mina
    2018-11-08 17:42

    Cerita lucu dan dialog cerdas, itulah kehebatan Vittachi. Aku secara kebetulan membeli seri 1 dari cerita detektif Feng Shui-nya ini di Gramedia Jogja, dan langsung tergila-gila. Sejak itu, aku selalu ingin mencari karyanya. Tabrakan antara Timur (Mr Wong, sang feng shui master) dan Barat (Joyce, the sidekick) selalu bikin geli. Catatan harian yang dibuat Mr Wong juga menarik dibaca, memberikan satu dosis Zen per bab cerita. Kita juga belajar sedikit tentang feng shui tanpa merasa digurui.

  • Fiona
    2018-10-28 17:52

    I picked this up cheap and was ready to dismiss it as a light and silly read. It's light, yes, but also well written, charming, entertaining and funny. I love the pairing of the 50+ Chinese feng shui detective and the 17-year old American girl, especially as he struggles to pick up new English phrases and to follow her colloquialisms and her phone conversations with friends ("I was like.. and he was like ... Whatever!..."). Delightful.

  • Orinoco Womble (tidy bag and all)
    2018-11-04 22:54

    A light, fast read. I was a bit disappointed at first that it is actually a collection of short stories when I was expecting a novel, but they're pleasant enough, if a bit derivative. This book is sort of Tarquin Hall's Vish Puri, with his fractured "Asian English", meets Alexander McCall Smith's Precious Ramotswe with her knowledge of human nature; plus a good sprinkling of "aphorisms" along the lines of the old Kung Fu TV series--except the student is adressed as Blade of Grass instead of Little Grasshopper (not much of a change, there). The author goes so far as to pretend that the book of Gleanings from Asian Wisdom actually exists, and was actually written by the main character of the book. Ah, well. He wasn't the first to do that, either: I direct the interested reader's attention to Dorothy Gilman's book The Tightrope Walker, which is liberally sprinkled with quotations from another of her own novels, The Maze in the Heart of the Castle. They say imitation is the most sincere form of flattery; Mr Vittachi is evidently most sincere.The main character is a Chinese Feng Shui master in Singapore--a person who helps people organise their buildings, rooms etc in order to maximise the flow of beneficial energy. Feng Shui itself has nothing to do with solving the problems he encounters, however. He meets occasionally with a group of "mystics" (I believe the word would actually be "psychics") that supposedly get together to help each other and the police solve crimes and problems, though they never actually do that thanks to their "gifts" or "powers" or whatever. Mostly it's the MC pulling rabbits out of hats and aces out of his sleeve a la Agatha Christie (and Conan Doyle in his weaker short stories). Some of the plots are pretty good; others are disappointingly predictable.The language the author puts in the mouths of many of his characters is meant to represent some kind of "Asian English"--though it is inconsistent, particularly in the mouth of the MC who goes from near-pidgin English to total fluency with no warning or transition. There's also a bit of misused and abused English in the actual narrative--one makes an ascent of a staircase (if one must); an ascension means "rising up to heaven." Also, might is the past tense of may, therefore one would not make the statement "They may have to flee" when using the narrative past tense. I know this, I teach ESL for a living. It's my day job.Another tiny quibble--I doubt very much that Asian men in various countries (and they do cover the ground in this book, from Singapore to Hong Kong to India to Viet Nam and back again) would be intimidated by his assisstant, a 17-year-old white girl--no matter how loud and bossy she is. (I've been a 17 year old white girl, which the author has not. I have empiric knowledge that he is lacking.)But for light entertainment, harmless enough.

  • Sharakael
    2018-10-26 19:08

    I really enjoyed this book :D It's actually a collection of 9 stories, each an interesting mystery ranging from murder to missing money. I was looking for something short to read, so this perfect the bill as I could read one story each night.While each story has its own charm and character, the stories were not written as pure murder mystery; few of the stories doesn't really give you enough hints or clues so that you'd be able to solve the mystery yourself. But all the solution was ingenious, plausible, and very entertaining to read. Plus, the characters were very lively with personality that befits their nationality. Fortunately it doesn't fit the characters into stereotypes. The one thing that's charming about the book is also the one thing which I thought might select its readers... I can see how people from South East Asian countries can read the book and delight in all the small details about the culture, but for people from a different culture... I'm not sure... I'm Indonesian, so the book is hillarious, but I'm not sure if people from, say, European countries would laugh at the same jokes I did...Since I'm picky about order, I'd wait for the second book in the series to be released Down Under... despite having already bought book 3, 4 and 5 months ago... I need to read the second book first...

  • Angelic Zaizai
    2018-10-18 18:57

    Suka baca buku detektif ??Detektif yang ini beda dari yang laen..metoda penyelidikannya berdasarkan feng shui..herannya bisaa aja sukses membongkar kasus yang didapatnya..udah gitu kocak pula orangnya... pelitnya setengah mati...

  • Margarethe
    2018-10-16 23:01

    kleine Krimigeschichten rundum FengShui und kleine Länderkunde drumherum .--zum Schmunzeln

  • Sae-chan
    2018-11-03 00:01

    A light read. Too light, maybe. Many wrong malay words and expressions. The redeeming factor is the start of each stories.

  • Lila
    2018-10-31 18:56

    This is the first Master Wong mystery. The long suffering Feng Shui practitioner tries to sort out the modern world with his Australian intern, Joyce McQuinnie, who speaks "teenager" and is barely comprehensible to the detective. Add to this a secretary, Winnie Lim, who refuses to work but who developed a file system only she understands. And then there is the Singapore Union of Industrial Mystics, a self-admiration dinning society composed of Madame Xu and Dilip Siuha. While not exactly scientific, they all logically pursue cases based on very different assumptions, allowing Wong to see events from a totally skewed perspective that, along with an insight into human greed, somehow gets him to the solution.

  • Min Yee
    2018-11-07 21:55

    http://chyneyee.com/the-feng-shui-det...The story has overly detailed about feng shui which sometimes I felt distracted from the initial point. Every chapter is a different mystery case and there were exceptionally interesting. However, the most disappointed part for me is the cases consist of too many feng shui elements. I understand that the theme of this book is about feng shui but I wish it wasn’t heavily used and ruined the story.

  • Betty
    2018-10-28 22:53

    Completely incomprehensible

  • P.L. Winn
    2018-10-19 16:44

    Absolutely marvelous.

  • Jennifer
    2018-11-02 17:44

    I don't know. It was kinda cute, a bit silly, but very confusing. The story jumped around a lot and there were a lot of names to remember. As the story unfolded, I realized that what seemed like a lot of unrelated plotlines were actually related... but even towards the end, I was having a hard time figuring out exactly HOW. Same thing goes for the characters... they were actually all more related to one another than it seemed, at first. And yet, because I had a hard time keeping them all straight (because the story jumped around so much), I had a hard time understanding how they related. I kept reading because it was cute and an entertaining bedtime read. But honestly, I didn't really care that much by the end, and I didn't bother to go back and make it all fit together. On the positive side, I think the idea for the series is a good one, and the characters are funny and quirky and could have made for a great series. I really love the way he uses a western gal in her "gap year" to help us see the Asian setting in a lighthearted, adventurous light... and then we get to also see it through the eyes of this trio of aging Chinese friends who have taken her on as a "partner" into their work. The main character, Mr. Wong, was a little bit irritating (I think because he never seemed to develop as well as the others, surprisingly). He was a bit caricature-ish. But then again, this isn't meant to be great literature, it's just a pleasant way to spend some down time. There were also some surprising moments here and there that delved a little deeper into a character and/or culture, and those brief paragraphs were so well done, it made me wish for more. Without getting too bogged down, the author managed to quickly bring some depth to a lighthearted story here and there. There were also some wonderful "journal entries" (supposedly from Mr. Wong's book-in-progress) titled "Some Gleanings of Oriental Wisdom." Together with the bits of Feng-Shui philosophy (which helped me realize that this is a much more complicated art than I realized!), they imparted a little bit of common wisdom along with the entertainment. :) Taken altogether, I might read another book in the series, if the mood strikes, but... probably not. But I did finish it -- and I don't finish book that aren't worth finishing!

  • Melanie
    2018-10-28 16:59

    Joyce, auch genannt Jo, ist als Praktikantin bei C. F. Wong untergekommen. Ihr 'Papi' hat dies arrangiert und C. F. Wong hat nur als gefälligkeit mit Hoffnung auf ein wenig mehr Honorar zugesagt.Anfangs versucht Wong das Junge Mädchen mit Ablagearbeiten abzuspeisen, doch schnell wird klar, dass sie viel mehr will, als nur die Sachen sortieren und so nimmt er sie mit auf seine Aufträge. Dort geht es nicht nur um Fengshui, sondern auch um Mordfälle. Dieses ungwöhnlich, eigentlich nicht zusammen passende Ermittlerpaar, löst somit die Fälle. Joyce ist eher die flippige, auf Teenie gemachte junge Frau. Mit ihrer Jugendsprache fällt sie wirklich sofort auf. Ob nun "Krass", "Cool" oder andere typische Teenie-Wörter. Sie alle fallen regelmäßig. Auch ihre Art ist typisch ein Teenie Verhalten. Denn sie ist zwar laut und zeigt alles nach außen, aber das nur, um ihre Unsicherheit zu überspielen. Zumindest kommt es mir so vor. C. F. Wong ist einfach das genaue Gegenteil. Ruhig, gelassen und lässt sich auch von Joyce nicht aus der Ruhe bringen. Ich denke gerade weil sie so unterschiedlich sind, schaffen sie es, so zusammen zu arbeiten. Das Cover passt zum Fengshui Detektiv. Es zeigt asiatische Zeichen und ich vermute, dass es ein Teil aus einer Zeichnung oder dergleichen aus dem Fengshui Bereich stammen könnte. Trotz allem ist es relativ unauffällig. Das Buch ist in 9 kleine Geschichten aufgeteilt, was bedeutet, das jedes Kapitel ein kleiner Fall ist. Der Schreibstil von Nury Vittachi ist schlicht und doch mit einem gewissen Punkt an Humor, wirklich schön zu lesen. Trotzdem konnte mich das Buch nicht wirklich in seinen Bann ziehen und ich bin mir nicht sicher, ob ich die folgenden Bände zu der Reihe lesen werde. Es war unterhaltsam für Zwischendurch, muss aber meiner Meinung nach kein weiteres mal gelesen werden.

  • Mars
    2018-11-02 20:03

    This book was not exactly what I expected in that rather than one continuous storyline, each chapter is a small standalone mystery in and of itself. This is not a bad thing at all and in fact I found this book to be extremely enjoyable. I felt as though its events sort of occurred in episodes, like a television show, which was cool. In fact, one of the quotes under "Praise for Nury Vittachi and The Feng Shui Detective books" is from The Australian and it says, "If Hollywood wakes up..." Yes! I agree that a film or television version of this series would be a ton of fun!The mysteries in this novel are really clever and the incorporation of feng shui elements is an original twist. This book is never boring and kept me interested. I like how the author's choice of settings and the cultures associated with them are inextricably interwoven with the story and characters. The events really could not take place anywhere else, and the characters are so well portrayed that one could easily expect to meet them when traveling to these various places in the book. I thought the unique intermingling of cultures found in these major Asian cities to be really effectively represented in The Feng Shui Detective. I especially found the generational gap and culture clash between CF Wong and Joyce McQuinnie to be interesting, realistic, and of course humorous. That's another thing: this book is funny!The end of the book sets the reader up for the next one in the series, and certainly I was intrigued. I do hope to read more of this series in the future.

  • Michelle
    2018-11-11 20:04

    c.F. Wong is a feng shui expert who companies around Asia call on to help with problems. He is assisted by Joyce Mcquinnie, a European teenager who is doing work experience in Mr Wong's office. This is a detective-in-another-country book with a difference - every chapter is a different mystery. in fact it feels a bit like those five minute mysteries I read as a kid, and sometimes the mystery is solved as implausibly. But the mysteries and crimes are almost secondary to the cross cultural misunderstandings between Mr Wong and Joyce. Along with her teenage slang speech and the strange English phrases we all use, Mr Wong is permanently confused. Plus the reader gets a whistle stop tour of Delhi, Singapore, Vietnam and Hong kong, as well as an introduction to the New Zealand accent in one particular mystery. (As a New Zealander, I took it in good grace, inniwhy :). The novel is really a series of vignettes which gently take the piss put of every racial group and dialect in Asia.The blurb refers to Jpyce as Australian, but she refers to herself as English in the book I had, and there are references to London streets, so I'm not sure whether my edition is different. Other reviewers mention a trip to Australia, but C.F. Wong and Joyce didn't make it there in my book either. Plus it's written in 2000, and technology has moved so fast much of Joyce's teenage pleasures don't exist anymore. But I'll never see the Australian Women's Weekly in the same light after one of the stories! I'll look out for more feng shui detective novels.

  • Michael
    2018-11-14 18:55

    nice book with quaint mysteries. I enjoyed getting a flavor of the different cultures.

  • Heidi Hoelscher
    2018-10-31 18:09

    Pros: interesting characters and an interesting take on sleuthing charactersCons: not very exciting to read, clues come up at random having never been mentioned until they're relevant to being immediately usefulFull review:An interesting take on a mystery novel, but a good portion of the beginning of the book only talked about feng shui and then it suddenly jumped to "oh yeah we've been working with the police this whole time" as a way to lend character background without having to actually tell a story around it. I liked the feng shui part to build the character of Mr. Wong, but they spent a lot of time on it and expected the reader to just accept that he had this other part of his life that we had never read about while we're reading about his busy time only giving feng shui consultations. Other than that, the story was good. The book is a quick read and not to heavy so it's a good way to pass the time if you don't want to commit to something lengthy or super involved (but this can also make it a bit boring). Because of this, it didn't read like your typical mystery novel in that you aren't really going to guess what's going on. The story intentionally leaves out clues so that the character can later announce that they "knew all along" or "suddenly clicked" even if the information had never been presented before.Overall, I'm glad I checked the book out from the library because it was a fun story, but it's not going to take up space on my shelves.

  • R.J. Murphy
    2018-10-26 23:44

    The Singapore office of C.F. Wong & Associates are dominated by Winnie the incompetent receptionist, and Joyce the teenaged Aussie assistant, who was forced on Mr. Wong by his main client. Mr. Wong is a Feng Shui consultant who would like nothing better than to sit in his office working on the book of oriental wisdom he has been writing for the last several years but somehow life keeps interrupting him. Mr. Wong is currently trying to stop the haunting of a dentist's office, find a young woman a psychic said is destined to die, and solve a kidnapping. The mystery part of the book moves right along from Singapore to Sydney with an exciting climax at the Opera House. The things I liked best were the short excerpts from Mr. Wong's book on oriental wisdom and the way he explains the art of Feng Shui. I hadn't realized that Feng Shui is a lot more than moving a couch or hanging a mirror. A Feng Shui expert must take into account a vast number of things like birth dates (yours and everyone around you), the date a building was built, where are nearby rivers, mountains, plumbing, etc. The list is endless. I enjoyed this book and am looking forward to the next title in the series.

  • Mike
    2018-10-15 23:59

    I picked this book up because I have read the author's column, "Traveller's Tales", in the Far Eastern Economic Review many times with great pleasure. As a humorist he does not disappoint and this book is further proof of it.It is a detective story, but it is also a good 'clash of cultures" story. The author (I believe this is the first in the series) introduces a set of unusual and interesting characters. Are they stereotypes? Not exactly, but several of them do fit the mold of specific personality types that I myself have known in Asia-born Chinese. While that gives me a an extra pleasure, I think that anyone who likes moderate to light fiction will enjoy this book.If you only like highly intricate tales (think Laurie King's Mary Russell-Sherlock Holmes) or grim, dark tales (think Raymond Chandler) then you might find this too breezy. But if you like the light tales of Nick, Nora & Asta (The Thin Man film franchise) then this will be right up your alley.Personally, I look forward to getting to the other books that involve the same cast of characters (there seem to be 2 or 3).

  • Dewi V
    2018-11-07 19:01

    Setelah menyelesaikan buku ini, saya membaca juga edisi hard cover bahasa inggrisnya (terbitan Minotaur kalau tidak salah). Kenapa harus dua edisi? Iseng saja dan kebetulan pula dapat, apalagi saya suka sekali seri ini biarpun waktu itu baru mulai buku pertama. Tokoh tokohnya unik dan terkesan komikal tapi tetap selaras dengan alur ceritanya. Saya tidak akan panjang lebar menguraikan ceritanya, tapi ada satu poin plus lagi buat buku ini, yang baru saya sadari setelah membaca ulang edisi bahasa inggris nya dan bahasa indonesianya tahun 2015 ini; Terjemahannya bagus. Salut. Tidak aneh atau kadang terasa lucu. Biasanya saya sering ketemu terjemahan yang kurang nyaman dibaca begitu kalau membaca buku terbitan non-Gramedia.Tapi buku terbitan C-Publishing ini terjemahannya pas, yah saya bukan penilai terjemahan yang profesional sih tapi sebagai pembaca buku yang baik setidaknya saya bisa membedakan mana buku yang kurang enak terjemahannya dan mana yang bagus. Jadi, bintang 4 untuk Nury Vitacchi dan bintang 3 untuk penerjemahnya. I like it

  • Katharine Ott
    2018-10-21 00:05

    "The Feng Shui Detective" - written by Nury Vittachi and published in 2002 by Thomas Dunne Books, an imprint of St Martin's Press. Despite the fairly mundane and far-fetched mysteries solved by feng shui consultant C F Wong, I enjoyed his character quite a bit and even more so the evaluations during the course of his investigations of people and places according to feng shui principles. "Many feng shui advice is like common sense....feng shui is about attitude. About taking control." Wong teams up with a teenage intern who is thoroughly incompatible with his Chinese morals, but they slowly begin to complement one another's methods. "Who but the most insensitive person would unilaterally move the furniture in a feng shui master's office?" The outside world frequently becomes too confusing for Wong - "He desperately needed to get back to his quiet, safe world of floor plans and ancient calendars." Who would believe there is such a thing as a cozy, feng shui mystery series?

  • Lenore Beadsman64
    2018-11-03 15:45

    alla ricerca della giusta collocazioneWong è un maestro di Feng Shui, di solito viene chiamato per stabilire la corretta ubicazione degli oggetti nello spazio e spesso è coinvolto per chiarire cosa è andato storto in un dato luogo, ha un'assistente, Joyce, che gli è stata imposta dal suo capo e che parla una strana lingua di cui Wong non è ancora padrone, gli tocca spesso cercare sul dizionario il significato delle parole della ragazza, ma dal punto di vista dei contatti umani lei sa molto meglio di lui come muoversi...deliziosi piccoli racconti con un tocco di mistero giocati tutti sullo shock culturale tra l'anziano detective legato alla tradizione cinese e la giovane straniera senza cultura che parla per modi di dire troppo letterali per esser immediatamente compresi dal vecchio saggio...

  • Dina P.
    2018-11-07 18:59

    I love Nury Vittachi. His articles in Reader's Digest are always funny and full with Asian cultures. So very Asian. Then I saw this book at Periplus, and I thought Vittachi's book must be equally good. And I'm not dissapointed. This book is actually a collection of short stories, with Mr. Wong, an elderly feng shui master and Joyce McQuinnie, his Australian teenager assistant, as the protagonist. Their story usually started in an feng shui reading, which lead to cases or mysteries, which they finally solve.And I can learn feng shui too from this book. I'm even tempted to re-arrange my house according to feng shui. I'm just too lazy to do so. ".. do not listen to what people say. Listen to what they mean." - CF Wong

  • Leanne
    2018-10-25 20:44

    Who would have guessed there was such a thing?! A very funny read. I particularly loved his reactions to his unwanted Western female assistant. "She laughed like a braying donkey while on the phone to her friends. Her squeals were so loud they could be heard by his friends while he was on the phone to them and he feared they would think he had moved his office to a slaughterhouse". And this:"Talking to Joyce was exhausting. He knew that some adult men were attracted to young women, but had they ever tried talking to them? They were so completely a separate a species that he could not see how any form of human relationship could be possible. One could communicate better with a dog."Classic.

  • Bronwyn Hegarty
    2018-11-15 20:51

    C.F Wong is the geomancer practising Feng Shui to solve problems for people. During his work a few corpses appear or he is asked to find out why people become ill or die as a result of bad feng shui in buildings or homes. This is an eclectic collection of stories that develop over time so need to be read in order. They are light and easy to read but deal with intense life events. I really like the interactions between C.F. Wong and Joyce his 17 year old American assistant on work experience....her rich daddy is Wong's boss. The cultural differences and interactions are hilarious. A work for anyone interested in zen and buddism.

  • Kuri
    2018-11-10 21:48

    I had saw this book and was immediately drawn to it. Yes, I judged a book by its cover. I love the lucky cat that was on the cover. So I picked it up and decided I would read it. At first, I got discouraged and thought it was boring, but after reading reviews, I decided to give it another try. So glad I did! The reviews are right, the beginning is a little slow, but you won't regret it if you keep reading. This book is very witty and has a lot of comedy for a mystery book. That really reels you into the story as well. I would recommend this as something to read when you're bored or want to do some light reading.

  • Bea
    2018-10-22 21:45

    The setting is Singapore. The protagonist (Mr. C. F. Wong) is a feng shui master who specializes in crime scenes. His sidekick is an American-Australian teenager who is as lost in the Chinese culture as Mr. Wong is in her Westernized cultures. Yet the two of them work together to solve several crimes. There are some wacky other characters who populate the book and lend themselves to the quirkiness of it all. Fun, delightful read. I hope there are more books to come as these characters are delightful!