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    Bombay, New Year's Eve, 1949

    As India celebrates the arrival of a momentous new decade, Inspector Persis Wadia stands vigil in the basement of Malabar House, home to the city's most unwanted unit of police officers. Six months after joining the force she remains India's first female police detective, mistrusted, sidelined and now consigned to the midnight shift.

    And so, when the phone rings to report the murder of prominent English diplomat Sir James Herriot, the country's most sensational case falls into her lap.

    As 1950 dawns and India prepares to become the world's largest republic, Persis, accompanied by Scotland Yard criminalist Archie Blackfinch, finds herself investigating a case that is becoming more political by the second. Navigating a country and society in turmoil, Persis, smart, stubborn and untested in the crucible of male hostility that surrounds her, must find a way to solve the murder - whatever the cost.

    ©2020 Vaseem Khan Limited (P)2020 Hodder & Stoughton Limited

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    • Prinny abraham
    • 18/09/2020

    Feminist Fiction from a Male Author

    I’ve read and enjoyed Vaseem Kahn’s previous novels. This newest story about a female in the Indian Police Force seemed forced. It was difficult to follow the historical background which I usually enjoy learning more about from this author. There were too many characters with only a small storyline. I just didn’t connect with Mr. Kahn’s feminine protagonist. I finished the story but was grateful when it was over.

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    • Katharine
    • 30/12/2020

    An unpleasant proselytizing heroine

    This is definitely a belt and suspenders type of writer. From the very beginning we learn not just about a burgled safe but it’s color, location, the weight of the picture disguising it and the fact it has two identical keys.
    The lead character is the 1st policewoman in India and takes multiple opportunities to dwell on the exploitation of India by the English. Once I could have seen but the fourth and fifth time through were a slog.
    It felt more of a youthful angst novel than a mystery. I’m sad because I thought the idea was excellent.

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    • Web_mistress
    • 04/11/2020

    Very solid and informative

    Aside from quite solid plot with a good number of red herrings and a cute romantic line, it gives insides in Indian life in mid-20 century.

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    • Libin M.
    • 03/10/2020

    A time capsule if there was one

    Very well written, can't wait for the next in the series. Love all the characters and how they were developed. Very striking about the Indian past, very well researched. The performance was also well on point.

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    • Lynn S.
    • 21/04/2021

    An excellent start to a new series

    I absolutely love the Baby Ganesh series and when I finished it I immediately went to this new one. I would say it's an excellent start for a series, though I do feel like the ending was a bit out of left field, hinted at but it could have been more firmly interwoven into the story I think throughout. I really like the characters though and the historical context. Also of course as a woman I appreciate the main character and her being the first female police inspector in India and what that would mean.

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    • John S.
    • 20/09/2020

    Mixed feelings here

    I liked the setting, which did evoke memories of my visits to Bombay. The secondary characters were well done - especially Archie! The mystery angle plotting also worked well; the author does have a popular series under his belt for experience.

    So, what's the issue? I wasn't all that fond of Persis herself. To me, her handling of sexism, and imperialism, came off as downright rude. However, I did like the ending of the story, which opens up the possibility that she mellows a bit.

    Audio narration was okay, but not the greatest fit. The reader sounded clearly British (to me), rather than South Asian. If she reads more of the series, it's not a deal-breaker; if they want to try a different person, I'm up for that as well.