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The Raffles Affair - A Victoria West Mystery + A Life Intertwined, Reminiscences of an Accidental Raffles Historian


Raffles Hotel Singapore is delighted to announce the launch of “The Raffles Affair”, a thrilling whodunnit novel set in the iconic Raffles Hotel Singapore penned by the latest Writer-in-Residence, Vicki Virtue, a seasoned travel writer from New Zealand. Follow the adventures of heroine Victoria West, as she uncovers the truth behind a Raffles Hotel murder mystery in “The Raffles Affair” .

Inspired by childhood memories of reading detective masterpieces and Golden Age mysteries, and visits to Raffles Hotel Singapore over the past few years, “The Raffles Affair” is a modern take on the classic whodunnit, melding together the familiar past with the new and exciting – much like the restored Grande Dame. In “The Raffles Affair”, the iconic property offers the luxury that the heroine of the story, Victoria West, needs at the end of a gruelling three-month assignment in Africa. As it has done many times for the author, Raffles Hotel Singapore provides the protagonist with the solace of familiarity before setting off on her next adventure.

‘A Life Intertwined’, by Resident Historian, Leslie Danker, released to mark the hotel’s 133rd birthday. Produced in partnership with National Heritage Board (NHB), the aptly-named memoir recounts the rich history and heritage of the iconic property through Danker’s collection of mementos and trivia, as well as interesting anecdotes from his 48-year career at the hotel.

Interspersed with clippings, illustrations, notes and photos of Raffles Hotel Singapore’s illustrious history, ‘A Life Intertwined’ is a nostalgic recollection of Danker’s personal stories and reminiscences of the hotel. The book chronicled his first visit to Raffles Hotel Singapore when he was 18 years old, from his first position as the hotel’s maintenance supervisor in 1972, his personal recount of the transformation of the Grand Dame through two restorations, to his journey of becoming an ‘accidental historian’ shortly after the first restoration began in 1989, because of his in-depth knowledge of the hotel.

Requests for autographed copies of the book by Mr Leslie Danker can be made upon checkout, under Order Comments. Please indicate in the comments the name for the autograph to be addressed to.