“Dying is Very Bad Feng-Shui”

One of the first books I picked up as a newly-arrived expat to Singapore was The Feng Shui Detective Goes South.

I have to say the rest of my expat experience hasn’t been quite so full of geomancy, deadly villains in helicopters, or broken aircon (although I did once book a last-minute flight to Sydney), but Nury Vittachi nevertheless provides a stealthy insight into the Singaporean interaction between the ancient, the modern, and the downright foreign in his series of detective story adventures starring Mr Wong and his young assistant – ‘third culture kid’ Joyce. Also, there’s chicken entrails.

The Feng Shui Detective Goes South by Nury Vittachi - Multicultural Kids Read Around The World Summer Series, Singapore

Definitely a good read for anyone who’s ever wondered if it’s important to know how auspicious their palms are.


A whole stack of bloggers in the Multicultural Kids Bloggers community have suggested reading for summer (or winter, depending on your hemisphere). Mondays are for kids under five, Wednesdays are for primary schoolers, and Fridays are for tweens, teens and adults. You can find all the recommendations at Multicultural Kids Blogs or on the Read Around The World Summer Reading Pinterest Board.

Or you can just recommend me something you’ve read lately you think someone in this house will like. (Hat tip James from Gallivance for recommending Spillover, and Julia for recommending It’s Not The Stork.)