Check out Abir Mukherjee’s A Rising Man, in the spotlight on the Confessions of a Mystery Novelist blog.
Welcome to another edition of In The Spotlight. The post-World War I years were a time of great change and transition. One of those changes was the increasing challenge to the British Empire. We see this clearly in the history of India, during the last years of the British Raj. Let’s take a look at that era today, and turn the spotlight on Abir Mukherjee’s A Rising Man.
It’s 1919, and Captain Sam Wyndham has just arrived in Kolkata/Calcutta from England to take up his duties with the police. He’s trying to get used to the different way of life and, most especially, the heat, when he gets a new case to investigate. Alexander MacAuley, head of Indian Civil Service (ICS) finance for Bengal, has been murdered, and a note found stuffed in his mouth. The note threatens that ‘blood will run in the streets,’ and warns…
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