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The Raffles Affair

A Victoria West Mystery

Vicki Virtue



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Penguin Books
14 September 2021
A fun, modern twist on the classic whodunnit, set in the glamorous surrounds of Raffles Hotel.

The Raffles Affair is a light-hearted murder mystery featuring the elegant former MI6 agent Victoria West. A retro, tongue-in-cheek homage to the Golden Age mystery novel epitomised by Agatha Christie. Beautiful former MI6 agent, Victoria West, arrives at Raffles Hotel in Singapore for the wedding of her good friend, Silicon Valley entrepreneur Peyton Latchmore. Fresh from a gruelling three-month assignment in East Africa, Victoria's plans for a relaxing break come to an abrupt end with the kidnapping of Peyton's fiance, the charmingly handsome English financier, James Winstanley.

Warned not to contact the police, Peyton begs Victoria to help. Reluctantly, Victoria agrees. Immediately it is clear the kidnapper knows too much to be a stranger, and Victoria suspects one of the wedding guests is involved. Tensions simmer, as one by one their motives are revealed.

With only 24 hours to make the ransom payment, Victoria must act quickly.
Imprint:   Penguin Books
Country of Publication:   Singapore
Dimensions:   Height: 234mm,  Width: 155mm,  Spine: 18mm
Weight:   408g
ISBN:   9789814954402
ISBN 10:   9814954403
Pages:   298
Publication Date:  
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Born in New Zealand, Vicki always dreamed about travelling the world and writing about her adventures. At the age of nineteen, she set off on a solo expedition to Africa. Falling in love with the continent and the freedom of travel, she felt a yearning to go further and explore even more far-flung corners of the planet. Vicki's advertising career helped power her wanderlust even further, taking her from New Zealand to the concrete jungles of London, Dubai and Singapore. Travel writing soon followed as she chronicled her adventures of more than fifty countries that she had by now visited - from ancient souks in Yemen, to the glaciers of Greenland. The idea of taking on the formidable task of writing a novel was conceived aboard a glorious dahabiya on the river Nile in Egypt, where the Victoria West series was born. It was at this point that Vicki decided to bring back the fun and glamour of the old Golden Age detective novel in a new crime series that would put a modern twist on the classic murder mystery - each book set in one of Vicki's favourite destinations so readers could escape to exotic places and enjoy new cultures ... all while figuring out whodunnit!

Reviews for The Raffles Affair: A Victoria West Mystery

The plot is the real feature of any mystery novel - and this one had me quite hooked with its weaving of million-dollar business exchanges, investments, and communication tech. Love, loss and deceit might be tropes, but the way Virtue strung it all together still left me reeling and turning pages.. -The Peak Magazine

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