Murder Monday: Ovidia Yu

For the March Murder Monday, Sisters in Crime’s Jacq Ellem spoke to Ovidia Yu, one of Singapore’s best-known and most acclaimed writers.

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Ovidia has had over thirty plays produced and is the author of the Aunty Lee Singaporean Murder Mysteries series and the Crown Colony Crime series, plus other novels. She received a Fulbright to the University of Iowa’s International Writers Program, was awarded the S.E.A. Write Award for Singapore, and was recently inducted into the Singapore Women’s Hall of Fame. She has won several awards, including the Japanese Chamber of Commerce and Industry Singapore Foundation Culture Award, the National Arts Council Young Artist Award, and the Singapore Youth Award. 

Yu’s historical Crown Colony mystery series, set in 1940s Singapore, in the aftermath of World War II, includes The Frangipani Tree Mystery, The Betel Nut Tree Mystery, The Paper Bark Tree Mystery, and several more. Out this year is The Angsana Tree Mystery. The series has been optioned for TV by Poisson Rouge Pictures. Fingers crossed!

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Murder Monday interviews are available on Sisters in Crime’s YouTube channel at 6 pm once a month on a Monday.