**From the winner of the 2017 CWA Historical Dagger Award**India, 1921. Haunted by his memories of the Great War, Captain Sam Wyndham is battling a serious addiction to opium that he must keep secret from his superiors in the Calcutta police force.When Sam is summoned to investigate a grisly murder, he is stunned at the sight of the body: hes seen this before. Last night, in a drug addled haze, he stumbled across a corpse with the same ritualistic injuries. It seems like theres a deranged killer on the loose. Unfortunately for Sam, the corpse was in an opium den and revealing his presence there could cost him his career.With the aid of his quick-witted Indian Sergeant, Surrender-not Banerjee, Sam must try to solve the two murders, all the while keeping his personal demons secret, before somebody else turns up dead.Set against the backdrop of the fervent fight for Indian independence, and rich with the atmosphere of 1920s Calcutta, Smoke and Ashes is the brilliant new historical mystery in this award-winning series. ...
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Smoke and Ashes (Sam Wyndham #3) Reviews
Another cracking installment in the Sam Wyndham / Surrender-not series, set in the tumultuous twenties in Calcutta. The historical background is expertly leveraged to lend added urgency and heft to the story. Wyndham is a very likable character, flawed but honorable, while his companion Surrender-not, belying his small stature, is lionhearted, and together they make an excellent pair, chasing down various villains. The series deserves a long run.
Murder in the Raj...
Roused from a drug-addled stupor in an opium den in the backstreets of Calcutta, Sam Wyndham, Captain in the Calcutta police, discovers the place is being raided. Discovery of his addiction will finish his career so he flees, only to stumble across the body of a horribly mutilated Chinaman. Or did he? Next day, when no report of the murder comes in, Sam is left wondering if he hallucinated the whole thing. That is, until he is called out to another murder, where the body has ...more
Latest in this excellent series and maybe the best to date. A really good plot that unfolds at just the right pace and with the involvement of the sinister section H again being welcome. Looking forward to more from this author and this series!