Philanthropists by Rozlan Mohd Noor | BlogTwit Tour & Review

Hello everyone!

I’m so excited that I was chosen to be a part of this BlogTwit Tour with Untitled. Book Club and Fixi Novo for Rozlan Mohd Noor’s latest book, Philanthropists: Inspector Mislan And The Sentul Double Murder. Today, October 25th is my stop for the tour so make sure to read my full review as well as the rest of the stops for the tour which you can find the full schedule here.

Book Review #470

Title: Philanthropists

Author: Rozlan Mohd Noor

Publisher: Fixi Novo

Genres: Fiction, Murder, Crime

Format: Paperback

Publication Date: October 2, 2020

Pages: 301

Two men are found murdered, execution-style, in a Sentul house. The first impression by the police is that the double murder is related to illegal narcotics, but then why was a stash of drugs in the house untouched? Another mystery: Why were generous anonymous donations made to charitable causes after the killings?

In navigating the case, Inspector Mislan Latif and Detective Sergeant Johan Kamaruddin of Special Investigations (D9) face an unprecedented hurdle: the imposition of the nationwide Movement Control Order (MCO). Pursuing their leads in spite of these new restrictions, the investigators come into contact with members of the underworld and the refugee community, before realizing that the real culprits might be closer than they think…

Philanthropists by Rozlan Mohd Noor is a story about Inspector Mislan and the D9 (Special Investigation Division) team to investigate the culprits behind the double murder of Sentul. This is the sixth book in the Inspector Mislan instalment series but each can be read individually. This book is pretty fast paced and packed in with so many details and events that you must have your whole attention to the case because you might just loose a lead or a clue. This story will caught you off guard, hop on along the adventure of catching the murderers in the name of justice and the hurdles of change in light of the Covid-19 pandemic.

I honestly didn’t know what to expect the moment I picked this book up. I was obviously really excited to read more murder mystery books as I’m super into it lately so I grabbed the first chance I had to join this tour and I’m so glad and thankful for having the chance to be chosen. To be frank, I am really glad that I read this book and didn’t rush to reach the end even though I was desperate to find out the perpetrators but I held myself back and devoured it slowly so that I could catch everything. The missing pieces and the clue that might lead to the criminals.

I really like the small little conversations and thoughts the characters went around talking about politicians and basically just very normal everyday Malaysian complaints. Most of them are pretty accurate and I seem to have the same opinion so I didn’t mind as much and it made the story lighter and not too serious at times. It was honestly a nice little attribute to the truth of what’s actually happening right here in our country.

I don’t have anyone I know or an acquaintance in person who are investigators or work in the police industry. But it was pretty fun to read this book and get a first glimpse of the procedures of investigating a case and getting to learn about some of the phrases and terms in this line of work that I never would have come across in my daily life.

I’m not going to say much but I was disappointed with how it ended. It felt a bit rushed and I really wished the killers got the punishment they deserved. It sucks so much more that the culprits had the advantage of working for the people and knowing the ins and out of it. They were simply too tired, had too much of the world of what’s thrown at them and decided to take matters into their own hands.

This book was such a wild ride and I really enjoyed reading about Inspector Mislan, his assistant Johan and the rest of the team who worked hard day and night to solve this intriguing case of the Sentol double murder. If this is the kind of book that you’re into, I really hope that you pick it and read for yourself. Just like the characters, you’d get frustrated by the dead end, constantly asking what the motives were for the murder and hoping for justice to be served no matter what your occupation is, the rank you hold because once you’ve done a bad deed, no matter what you will receive what you rightfully deserve.

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