{ A LIT­TLE FLIGHT READ­ING }

The Weekend Australian - Travel - - Travel & Indulgence Post-tsunami Japan Is Open For - SU­SAN KUROSAWA SU­SAN KUROSAWA

Hol­i­days (P&O/Edge Cus­tom Me­dia, $40) IT’s a fine in­di­ca­tion how­din­ing at sea has changed that a cruise line should com­pile a col­lec­tion of its best cui­sine. P&OCruises has done just that, as­sem­bling 60 recipes, with easy in­struc­tions and full-page pho­to­graphs. It’s a lovely way to ex­tend the hol­i­day, imagining one­self back at a float­ing diner with a sea-salty name like Wind­jam­mer or Nep­tune, tuck­ing into, say, red snap­per with mango salsa and a lemon and marzi­pan tiramisu with tof­fee sauce, the thought of kilo­joules thrown to the ocean breezes. I do feel a twinge of re­gret, how­ever, that there are not more cock­tails in the mix. Noth­ing sug­gests idle hol­i­days as thor­oughly as a Bo­sun’s Fizz with mer­maid swiz­zle-stick. Avail­able on board P&Oships. A Deadly Cam­bo­dian Crime Spree Shamini Flint (Pi­atkus, $22.99) IT’S book four in Shamini Flint’s In­spec­tor Singh In­ves­ti­gates se­ries about the portly Sin­ga­pore de­tec­tive who­likes to get his teeth into dif­fi­cult cases as well as a good lunch. His su­pe­ri­ors are al­ways look­ing for op­por­tu­ni­ties to dis­patch him out of sta­tion and this time he’s been of­fered up to hold a watch­ing brief on be­half of ASEANataCam­bo­dian war crimes tri­bunal. But then a wit­ness is killed and our rene­gade in­spec­tor must leap into ac­tion. It’s an al­to­gether grit­tier read than the ear­lier Singh nov­els and presents of­ten har­row­ing in­sights into the cruel rule of the Kh­mer Rouge. Singh re­minds meof H.R.F. Keat­ing’s Bom­bay de­tec­tive of the 1960s, In­spec­tor Ghote, whon­ever gave up un­til scoundrels were brought to book.

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