A Necessary Evil

Written by Abir Mukherjee — Reading this fast-paced police procedural is like a trip back in time to the British Raj, mid-1920. Calcutta-based Imperial Police…

Interview: Vaseem Khan

If you like your crime with a touch of spice – literally – then Vaseem Khan’s Baby Ganesh Agency series, featuring Inspector Chopra and his…

Secrets in the Stones

Written by Tessa Harris — This is the sixth book in journalist-turned-novelist Tessa Harris’ engaging mystery series set in Oxfordshire in the 1780s. Dr Thomas…

A Rising Man

This prize-winning debut takes us back to 1919 Calcutta, where Sam Wyndham, formerly of the British Army and of Scotland Yard, has arrived to start a…

A Rising Man

Written by Abir Mukherjee — Calcutta, 1919, and the city is full of rising men. There are the colonials making fortunes in commodities like rubber…

NTN: Abir Mukherjee interviewed

Last February, we reported on how the previously unpublished writer Abir Mukherjee had won a crime writing competition run by The Daily Telegraph and Harvill Secker. His book,…

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Witness the Night

Written by Kishwar Desai — We came across Kishwar Desai on a panel at the Quais du Polar Festival in Lyon, talking about the possible reasons for…

The Pallampur Predicament

Written by Brian Stoddart — Christian Le Fanu is a Superintendent with the Madras Police. Unlike many other junior army officers, he survived World War…

Interview: Brian Stoddart

Professor Brian Stoddart is a distinguished Australian academic who has been Vice Chancellor of Latrobe University, Victoria, and is a widely respected non-fiction author. He’s…

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A Madras Miasma

Set in the eponymous Indian city just after World War I, the green shoots of India’s desire for independence are pushing through. Superintendent Christian Le…

A Madras Miasma

Written by Brian Stoddart — The setting is 1920, in the teeming city of Madras (present day Chennai) on the south eastern coast of India.…

Grave Secrets in Goa

Written by Kathleen McCaul — I cannot resist a mystery novel with an exotic location, and Kathleen McCaul certainly has a good grasp of Indian…