The Ambassador's Wife : Inspector Samuel Tay

  • by Jake Needham
  • Narrated by Steve Marvel
  • Series: Inspector Samuel Tay
  • 10 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

The first body is in Singapore, on a bed in an empty suite in the Marriott Hotel. The second in Bangkok, in a seedy apartment close to the American embassy. Both women. Both Americans. Both beaten viciously and shot in the head. Both stripped naked and lewdly displayed. The FBI says it's terrorism, but the whispers on the street are that a serial killer is stalking American women across Asia.
Inspector Samuel Tay of Singapore CID is something of a reluctant policeman. He's a little overweight, a little lonely, a little cranky, and he smokes way too much. Thinking back, he can't even remember why he became a police detective in the first place. He talks about quitting all the time, but he hasn't. Because the thing is, he's very, very good at what he does.
When bodies of American women start turning up, Singapore CID calls in Inspector Tay. It's a high profile case, and he's the best they have. Then why is it, Tay soon begins to wonder, that nobody seems to want him to find the women's killer? Not the FBI, not the American ambassador, not even his bosses at CID. When international politics takes over a murder case, the truth is the next victim.


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Not what I'd hoped for

This is (I think the first book) in a series I have not read before. I don't know--others might like it much better than I do. Reading the blurb about it--I was sure it was going to be really exciting. It has all the ingredients--intrigue, murder, exotic orient setting, Inspector Tay--who (as he is described and as he behaves in the book) is the best part of the book.

Yet, I'm about 4 hours into the book, and have felt nothing but boredom. Not sure how that is--can't fault the narration, but even with all the pieces that should be making this a truly fascinating story, I'm not fascinated--I'm having trouble even keeping my attention on the book. I think the story is just so stretched out, that I keep waiting for something new and interesting to occur, but there is just so much filler that it's a long wait.

Guess I'm going to just cut my losses on this one. I think it's kind of cheating to write a review without finishing a whole book. I understand that some books take this long to get set up. But this has not seemed like the establishment of the basics--it just drags. I'm sorry. Bought it during this great sale going on, and now I pretty much wish I hadn't. HOPEFULLY other people will love this book. But I don't.
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- Kathi "Love books! Classics and lighter fiction, mysteries (not too violent please :-). And selective non-fiction--whatever takes my fancy."

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Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I have sent several emails to friends and family about all of Jake Needham's work. I tell them to read the books and listen at the same time.

What other book might you compare The Ambassador's Wife to and why?

I prefer to let a book stand on it's own merit. If it is too much like other books, then what's the point? I love original work and thought processes. Jake gives us an exotic location, with all its warts, and not only do we learn something, we get entertained as well.

Which character – as performed by Steve Marvel – was your favorite?

Inspector Samuel Tay seems a timid man, who smokes like a chimney, eats too much and can be very cantankerous but he goes through the facts of the case in a unique way. I adore this character as he cares about discovering every aspect of the crime committed. I want more Tay.

Any additional comments?

Don't be afraid to buy this book. I have read twice and also bought this audio. Enjoy the story. You can visualize the location, feel the heat and walk in Inspector Tay's shoes as he solves the case. BUY all his books and audios, you will not be sorry, THIS IS A CHARACTER WHO IS REAL, a police procedural, and what steps must be taken to actually solve a crime.

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- Carolyn "Senior who loves a complicated book, weekly excursions to Disney and Universal to ride the roller coasters and a good margarita."

Book Details

  • Release Date: 06-27-2014
  • Publisher: Jake Raymond Needham