Smoke and Ashes

Smoke and Ashes

**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: he?s seen this before. Last night, **From the winner of the 2017 CWA Historical Dagger Award** India, 1921. Haunted by his memories of the Great Wa...

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Title:Smoke and Ashes
Author:Abir Mukherjee
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Genres:Mystery
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:352 pages pages

Smoke and Ashes Reviews

  • Annet
    Jul 07, 2018

    What a fabulous, great series this is. I'm totally hooked, can't wait for the 4th book. Understand it's in preparation... More to follow... but already... Absolutely & Highly Recommended! This is a series about Captain Sam Wyndham, working at the Calcutta police force, fighting ...

  • Annet
    May 07, 2018

    What a fabulous, great series this is. I'm totally hooked, can't wait for the 4th book. Understand it's in preparation... More to follow... but already... Absolutely & Highly Recommended! This is a series about Captain Sam Wyndham, working at the Calcutta police force, fighting ...

    This is the third in the Captain Sam Wyndham series set in December 1921 in the run up to Christmas where there is little cheer for the British and the Raj in India. The British strategies to contain the mass movement for independence are failing, Mahatma Gandhi has managed to bring on...

    FIVE STARS! AGAIN! Extraordinary, assured, delightful, fascinating, enlightening, and my favourite: the Detective as Philosopher. A masterpiece, Abir. Truly wonderful! Thank you for the advanced reader copy. A truly fabulous evening with masters Robert Crais, Joseph Knox and Abi...

    love this series. I?m not a fan of historical crime for the most part ? that is to say it is not my go to genre ? but I made an exception once for ?A Rising Man? and haven?t looked back since. When I read these novels it is always the characters that make me stay or go ...

    So looking forward to this one.... can't wait! ...

  • Ming
    Oct 16, 2018

    What a fabulous, great series this is. I'm totally hooked, can't wait for the 4th book. Understand it's in preparation... More to follow... but already... Absolutely & Highly Recommended! This is a series about Captain Sam Wyndham, working at the Calcutta police force, fighting ...

    This is the third in the Captain Sam Wyndham series set in December 1921 in the run up to Christmas where there is little cheer for the British and the Raj in India. The British strategies to contain the mass movement for independence are failing, Mahatma Gandhi has managed to bring on...

    FIVE STARS! AGAIN! Extraordinary, assured, delightful, fascinating, enlightening, and my favourite: the Detective as Philosopher. A masterpiece, Abir. Truly wonderful! Thank you for the advanced reader copy. A truly fabulous evening with masters Robert Crais, Joseph Knox and Abi...

    love this series. I?m not a fan of historical crime for the most part ? that is to say it is not my go to genre ? but I made an exception once for ?A Rising Man? and haven?t looked back since. When I read these novels it is always the characters that make me stay or go ...

    So looking forward to this one.... can't wait! ...

    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...

    Probably the best historical fiction detective series atm. The dialogue is sharp, the setting so informative but with just enough detail. The characters are amazing even after this 3rd novel. Highly recommend this series!! ...

    4.44 ... Still don't like "Surrender Not" - prefer Suren. Much appreciate the setting, and also hope for next one soon ... won't wait so long to buy a copy from Britain ahead of US release. ...

    First there was A Rising Man and then A Necessary Evil and akin to the sound of an angelic host the very words, ?There?s a new Abir Mukherjee book out now? made my heart soar with an excitement rarely achieved, since I won a handwriting competition at the age of 10 on holiday on ...

    This series gets markedly better with every book. The author has always been brilliant at evoking the feel of the last years of the Raj and the 1920s Indian atmosphere, but the mystery plots are improving dramatically (and really deeply rooted in the history, which makes them work terr...

    I am a huge fan of this series and If you haven?t read A Rising Man or An Necessary Evil, then you need to add them to your wish list asap. The series is phenomenal and historical crime fiction at its finest. It was my 126th read of the year so far and the 13th edition to the 5* Geni...

    Another excellent book in this series. Atmospheric, interesting characters and an exciting plot. Can?t wait for the next one . ...

    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! ...

    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 companio...

    Mukherjee does it again! I'm not sure what fascinates me more. He dispatches his white British narrator to eviscerate British ideas about empire and especially about the Raj. And it seems like the British readers who are hearty fans are either owning up to their shiet or they didn't ca...

  • Dipra Lahiri
    Jun 25, 2018

    What a fabulous, great series this is. I'm totally hooked, can't wait for the 4th book. Understand it's in preparation... More to follow... but already... Absolutely & Highly Recommended! This is a series about Captain Sam Wyndham, working at the Calcutta police force, fighting ...

    This is the third in the Captain Sam Wyndham series set in December 1921 in the run up to Christmas where there is little cheer for the British and the Raj in India. The British strategies to contain the mass movement for independence are failing, Mahatma Gandhi has managed to bring on...

    FIVE STARS! AGAIN! Extraordinary, assured, delightful, fascinating, enlightening, and my favourite: the Detective as Philosopher. A masterpiece, Abir. Truly wonderful! Thank you for the advanced reader copy. A truly fabulous evening with masters Robert Crais, Joseph Knox and Abi...

    love this series. I?m not a fan of historical crime for the most part ? that is to say it is not my go to genre ? but I made an exception once for ?A Rising Man? and haven?t looked back since. When I read these novels it is always the characters that make me stay or go ...

    So looking forward to this one.... can't wait! ...

    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...

    Probably the best historical fiction detective series atm. The dialogue is sharp, the setting so informative but with just enough detail. The characters are amazing even after this 3rd novel. Highly recommend this series!! ...

    4.44 ... Still don't like "Surrender Not" - prefer Suren. Much appreciate the setting, and also hope for next one soon ... won't wait so long to buy a copy from Britain ahead of US release. ...

    First there was A Rising Man and then A Necessary Evil and akin to the sound of an angelic host the very words, ?There?s a new Abir Mukherjee book out now? made my heart soar with an excitement rarely achieved, since I won a handwriting competition at the age of 10 on holiday on ...

    This series gets markedly better with every book. The author has always been brilliant at evoking the feel of the last years of the Raj and the 1920s Indian atmosphere, but the mystery plots are improving dramatically (and really deeply rooted in the history, which makes them work terr...

    I am a huge fan of this series and If you haven?t read A Rising Man or An Necessary Evil, then you need to add them to your wish list asap. The series is phenomenal and historical crime fiction at its finest. It was my 126th read of the year so far and the 13th edition to the 5* Geni...

    Another excellent book in this series. Atmospheric, interesting characters and an exciting plot. Can?t wait for the next one . ...

    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! ...

    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 companio...

  • Pgchuis
    Nov 13, 2018

    What a fabulous, great series this is. I'm totally hooked, can't wait for the 4th book. Understand it's in preparation... More to follow... but already... Absolutely & Highly Recommended! This is a series about Captain Sam Wyndham, working at the Calcutta police force, fighting ...

    This is the third in the Captain Sam Wyndham series set in December 1921 in the run up to Christmas where there is little cheer for the British and the Raj in India. The British strategies to contain the mass movement for independence are failing, Mahatma Gandhi has managed to bring on...

    FIVE STARS! AGAIN! Extraordinary, assured, delightful, fascinating, enlightening, and my favourite: the Detective as Philosopher. A masterpiece, Abir. Truly wonderful! Thank you for the advanced reader copy. A truly fabulous evening with masters Robert Crais, Joseph Knox and Abi...

    love this series. I?m not a fan of historical crime for the most part ? that is to say it is not my go to genre ? but I made an exception once for ?A Rising Man? and haven?t looked back since. When I read these novels it is always the characters that make me stay or go ...

    So looking forward to this one.... can't wait! ...

    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...

    Probably the best historical fiction detective series atm. The dialogue is sharp, the setting so informative but with just enough detail. The characters are amazing even after this 3rd novel. Highly recommend this series!! ...

    4.44 ... Still don't like "Surrender Not" - prefer Suren. Much appreciate the setting, and also hope for next one soon ... won't wait so long to buy a copy from Britain ahead of US release. ...

    First there was A Rising Man and then A Necessary Evil and akin to the sound of an angelic host the very words, ?There?s a new Abir Mukherjee book out now? made my heart soar with an excitement rarely achieved, since I won a handwriting competition at the age of 10 on holiday on ...

    This series gets markedly better with every book. The author has always been brilliant at evoking the feel of the last years of the Raj and the 1920s Indian atmosphere, but the mystery plots are improving dramatically (and really deeply rooted in the history, which makes them work terr...

    I am a huge fan of this series and If you haven?t read A Rising Man or An Necessary Evil, then you need to add them to your wish list asap. The series is phenomenal and historical crime fiction at its finest. It was my 126th read of the year so far and the 13th edition to the 5* Geni...

    Another excellent book in this series. Atmospheric, interesting characters and an exciting plot. Can?t wait for the next one . ...

    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! ...

    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 companio...

    Mukherjee does it again! I'm not sure what fascinates me more. He dispatches his white British narrator to eviscerate British ideas about empire and especially about the Raj. And it seems like the British readers who are hearty fans are either owning up to their shiet or they didn't ca...

    This series of books is fast becoming one of my favourites! Prince Edward is due to visit Calcutta in the midst of increasing unrest among the natives who want independence from British rule. Add to this a murderer who is killing his victims in a strangely ritualistic way. And, finally...

    Another killer novel- just the right mix of angst, action, and cultural clashes that Mukherjee does the best. ...

    Sam Wyndham and Surrender-Not (Surindranath) Banerjee are about to have their third adventure. It is coming to the end of 1921 in Calcutta (as it then was) and Gandhi has called on the British to ?Quit India? by the end of the year. Time is running out and the situation is getting ...

    This series is among the best crime fiction that I have read. (and i have read a bit). This is doubly rewarding as all the action is based in India (Kolkata) and at an interesting time (1920s). I am gratified that I can read about a city and a milieu which I am absolutely familiar with...

    I bought "Smoke and Ashes" after hearing Abir speak at Theakston?s crime festival. Within a chapter I had to put it down. The third in the series, and although perfectly readable as a stand-alone story, I loved the opening so much that I went back and bought the first two books i...

    Abir Mukherjee opens up a whole new world to a child of the late 50's early 60's, whose education was coloured by "Glorious Empire" rather than balanced historical fact. His India of the 1920's viewed through the eyes of a British policeman gives a fascinating glimpse into the tensions...

    This is the third in the series set in 1920s India, but the novel easily stands alone. I will read the first two books, that?s for sure! Well-written and intricately plotted against the backdrop of Calcutta, this was a very interesting read. Sam Wyndham, veteran of WWI, is a poli...

    Another fascinating, immensely readable story in the Sam Wyndham & Surrender-Not (Surendranath Bannerjee) series. The characters are policemen working in 1920's Calcutta, a hotbed of rising independence agitation, severe poverty, extreme riches, and conflicted morality. Mukherjee...

    This third instalment was rather sad and downbeat, I think. Sam's opium addiction is ramping up. Gandhi's campaign for independence is making life difficult for Surrender-not. Sam's hopeless pining for Annie (which I find inexplicable and annoying) pops up again. The plot is more thril...

  • Sue
    Jul 31, 2018

    What a fabulous, great series this is. I'm totally hooked, can't wait for the 4th book. Understand it's in preparation... More to follow... but already... Absolutely & Highly Recommended! This is a series about Captain Sam Wyndham, working at the Calcutta police force, fighting ...

    This is the third in the Captain Sam Wyndham series set in December 1921 in the run up to Christmas where there is little cheer for the British and the Raj in India. The British strategies to contain the mass movement for independence are failing, Mahatma Gandhi has managed to bring on...

    FIVE STARS! AGAIN! Extraordinary, assured, delightful, fascinating, enlightening, and my favourite: the Detective as Philosopher. A masterpiece, Abir. Truly wonderful! Thank you for the advanced reader copy. A truly fabulous evening with masters Robert Crais, Joseph Knox and Abi...

    love this series. I?m not a fan of historical crime for the most part ? that is to say it is not my go to genre ? but I made an exception once for ?A Rising Man? and haven?t looked back since. When I read these novels it is always the characters that make me stay or go ...

    So looking forward to this one.... can't wait! ...

    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...

    Probably the best historical fiction detective series atm. The dialogue is sharp, the setting so informative but with just enough detail. The characters are amazing even after this 3rd novel. Highly recommend this series!! ...

    4.44 ... Still don't like "Surrender Not" - prefer Suren. Much appreciate the setting, and also hope for next one soon ... won't wait so long to buy a copy from Britain ahead of US release. ...

    First there was A Rising Man and then A Necessary Evil and akin to the sound of an angelic host the very words, ?There?s a new Abir Mukherjee book out now? made my heart soar with an excitement rarely achieved, since I won a handwriting competition at the age of 10 on holiday on ...

    This series gets markedly better with every book. The author has always been brilliant at evoking the feel of the last years of the Raj and the 1920s Indian atmosphere, but the mystery plots are improving dramatically (and really deeply rooted in the history, which makes them work terr...

    I am a huge fan of this series and If you haven?t read A Rising Man or An Necessary Evil, then you need to add them to your wish list asap. The series is phenomenal and historical crime fiction at its finest. It was my 126th read of the year so far and the 13th edition to the 5* Geni...

    Another excellent book in this series. Atmospheric, interesting characters and an exciting plot. Can?t wait for the next one . ...

    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! ...

    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 companio...

    Mukherjee does it again! I'm not sure what fascinates me more. He dispatches his white British narrator to eviscerate British ideas about empire and especially about the Raj. And it seems like the British readers who are hearty fans are either owning up to their shiet or they didn't ca...

    This series of books is fast becoming one of my favourites! Prince Edward is due to visit Calcutta in the midst of increasing unrest among the natives who want independence from British rule. Add to this a murderer who is killing his victims in a strangely ritualistic way. And, finally...

    Another killer novel- just the right mix of angst, action, and cultural clashes that Mukherjee does the best. ...

    Sam Wyndham and Surrender-Not (Surindranath) Banerjee are about to have their third adventure. It is coming to the end of 1921 in Calcutta (as it then was) and Gandhi has called on the British to ?Quit India? by the end of the year. Time is running out and the situation is getting ...

    This series is among the best crime fiction that I have read. (and i have read a bit). This is doubly rewarding as all the action is based in India (Kolkata) and at an interesting time (1920s). I am gratified that I can read about a city and a milieu which I am absolutely familiar with...

    I bought "Smoke and Ashes" after hearing Abir speak at Theakston?s crime festival. Within a chapter I had to put it down. The third in the series, and although perfectly readable as a stand-alone story, I loved the opening so much that I went back and bought the first two books i...

    Abir Mukherjee opens up a whole new world to a child of the late 50's early 60's, whose education was coloured by "Glorious Empire" rather than balanced historical fact. His India of the 1920's viewed through the eyes of a British policeman gives a fascinating glimpse into the tensions...

    This is the third in the series set in 1920s India, but the novel easily stands alone. I will read the first two books, that?s for sure! Well-written and intricately plotted against the backdrop of Calcutta, this was a very interesting read. Sam Wyndham, veteran of WWI, is a poli...

    Another fascinating, immensely readable story in the Sam Wyndham & Surrender-Not (Surendranath Bannerjee) series. The characters are policemen working in 1920's Calcutta, a hotbed of rising independence agitation, severe poverty, extreme riches, and conflicted morality. Mukherjee...

    This third instalment was rather sad and downbeat, I think. Sam's opium addiction is ramping up. Gandhi's campaign for independence is making life difficult for Surrender-not. Sam's hopeless pining for Annie (which I find inexplicable and annoying) pops up again. The plot is more thril...

    Another stunning addition to the series, with the tight-woven web of politics, addiction, relationships, and murder all bringing Calcutta and its denizens to startling life. My favourite tidbit was the headline in an English newspaper that simply read "Taking Back Control", at which...

    Brilliant page turner set in the dying days of the raj. The hero is now a self confessed opium addict but still manages to do his job admirably. Likeable main characters who remain even more so after 3 books. Liked the way the experiences of ww1 were intertwined with that of independen...

  • Raven
    Jun 09, 2018

    What a fabulous, great series this is. I'm totally hooked, can't wait for the 4th book. Understand it's in preparation... More to follow... but already... Absolutely & Highly Recommended! This is a series about Captain Sam Wyndham, working at the Calcutta police force, fighting ...

    This is the third in the Captain Sam Wyndham series set in December 1921 in the run up to Christmas where there is little cheer for the British and the Raj in India. The British strategies to contain the mass movement for independence are failing, Mahatma Gandhi has managed to bring on...

    FIVE STARS! AGAIN! Extraordinary, assured, delightful, fascinating, enlightening, and my favourite: the Detective as Philosopher. A masterpiece, Abir. Truly wonderful! Thank you for the advanced reader copy. A truly fabulous evening with masters Robert Crais, Joseph Knox and Abi...

    love this series. I?m not a fan of historical crime for the most part ? that is to say it is not my go to genre ? but I made an exception once for ?A Rising Man? and haven?t looked back since. When I read these novels it is always the characters that make me stay or go ...

    So looking forward to this one.... can't wait! ...

    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...

    Probably the best historical fiction detective series atm. The dialogue is sharp, the setting so informative but with just enough detail. The characters are amazing even after this 3rd novel. Highly recommend this series!! ...

    4.44 ... Still don't like "Surrender Not" - prefer Suren. Much appreciate the setting, and also hope for next one soon ... won't wait so long to buy a copy from Britain ahead of US release. ...

    First there was A Rising Man and then A Necessary Evil and akin to the sound of an angelic host the very words, ?There?s a new Abir Mukherjee book out now? made my heart soar with an excitement rarely achieved, since I won a handwriting competition at the age of 10 on holiday on ...

  • Matthew Ogborn
    Dec 21, 2018

    What a fabulous, great series this is. I'm totally hooked, can't wait for the 4th book. Understand it's in preparation... More to follow... but already... Absolutely & Highly Recommended! This is a series about Captain Sam Wyndham, working at the Calcutta police force, fighting ...

    This is the third in the Captain Sam Wyndham series set in December 1921 in the run up to Christmas where there is little cheer for the British and the Raj in India. The British strategies to contain the mass movement for independence are failing, Mahatma Gandhi has managed to bring on...

    FIVE STARS! AGAIN! Extraordinary, assured, delightful, fascinating, enlightening, and my favourite: the Detective as Philosopher. A masterpiece, Abir. Truly wonderful! Thank you for the advanced reader copy. A truly fabulous evening with masters Robert Crais, Joseph Knox and Abi...

    love this series. I?m not a fan of historical crime for the most part ? that is to say it is not my go to genre ? but I made an exception once for ?A Rising Man? and haven?t looked back since. When I read these novels it is always the characters that make me stay or go ...

    So looking forward to this one.... can't wait! ...

    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...

    Probably the best historical fiction detective series atm. The dialogue is sharp, the setting so informative but with just enough detail. The characters are amazing even after this 3rd novel. Highly recommend this series!! ...

    4.44 ... Still don't like "Surrender Not" - prefer Suren. Much appreciate the setting, and also hope for next one soon ... won't wait so long to buy a copy from Britain ahead of US release. ...

    First there was A Rising Man and then A Necessary Evil and akin to the sound of an angelic host the very words, ?There?s a new Abir Mukherjee book out now? made my heart soar with an excitement rarely achieved, since I won a handwriting competition at the age of 10 on holiday on ...

    This series gets markedly better with every book. The author has always been brilliant at evoking the feel of the last years of the Raj and the 1920s Indian atmosphere, but the mystery plots are improving dramatically (and really deeply rooted in the history, which makes them work terr...

    I am a huge fan of this series and If you haven?t read A Rising Man or An Necessary Evil, then you need to add them to your wish list asap. The series is phenomenal and historical crime fiction at its finest. It was my 126th read of the year so far and the 13th edition to the 5* Geni...

    Another excellent book in this series. Atmospheric, interesting characters and an exciting plot. Can?t wait for the next one . ...

    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! ...

    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 companio...

    Mukherjee does it again! I'm not sure what fascinates me more. He dispatches his white British narrator to eviscerate British ideas about empire and especially about the Raj. And it seems like the British readers who are hearty fans are either owning up to their shiet or they didn't ca...

    This series of books is fast becoming one of my favourites! Prince Edward is due to visit Calcutta in the midst of increasing unrest among the natives who want independence from British rule. Add to this a murderer who is killing his victims in a strangely ritualistic way. And, finally...

    Another killer novel- just the right mix of angst, action, and cultural clashes that Mukherjee does the best. ...

    Sam Wyndham and Surrender-Not (Surindranath) Banerjee are about to have their third adventure. It is coming to the end of 1921 in Calcutta (as it then was) and Gandhi has called on the British to ?Quit India? by the end of the year. Time is running out and the situation is getting ...

    This series is among the best crime fiction that I have read. (and i have read a bit). This is doubly rewarding as all the action is based in India (Kolkata) and at an interesting time (1920s). I am gratified that I can read about a city and a milieu which I am absolutely familiar with...

    I bought "Smoke and Ashes" after hearing Abir speak at Theakston?s crime festival. Within a chapter I had to put it down. The third in the series, and although perfectly readable as a stand-alone story, I loved the opening so much that I went back and bought the first two books i...

    Abir Mukherjee opens up a whole new world to a child of the late 50's early 60's, whose education was coloured by "Glorious Empire" rather than balanced historical fact. His India of the 1920's viewed through the eyes of a British policeman gives a fascinating glimpse into the tensions...

    This is the third in the series set in 1920s India, but the novel easily stands alone. I will read the first two books, that?s for sure! Well-written and intricately plotted against the backdrop of Calcutta, this was a very interesting read. Sam Wyndham, veteran of WWI, is a poli...

    Another fascinating, immensely readable story in the Sam Wyndham & Surrender-Not (Surendranath Bannerjee) series. The characters are policemen working in 1920's Calcutta, a hotbed of rising independence agitation, severe poverty, extreme riches, and conflicted morality. Mukherjee...

    This third instalment was rather sad and downbeat, I think. Sam's opium addiction is ramping up. Gandhi's campaign for independence is making life difficult for Surrender-not. Sam's hopeless pining for Annie (which I find inexplicable and annoying) pops up again. The plot is more thril...

    Another stunning addition to the series, with the tight-woven web of politics, addiction, relationships, and murder all bringing Calcutta and its denizens to startling life. My favourite tidbit was the headline in an English newspaper that simply read "Taking Back Control", at which...

    Brilliant page turner set in the dying days of the raj. The hero is now a self confessed opium addict but still manages to do his job admirably. Likeable main characters who remain even more so after 3 books. Liked the way the experiences of ww1 were intertwined with that of independen...

    Momentum -- not as in Corbyn's fan club -- maintained with another highly entertaining yarn of Sam Wyndham and Surrender Not. What makes it a bit special is the atmospheric setting of the Raj and the political tension with the growing indepdendence movement which makes life increasingl...

    Another fine entry in the best new author series I have read this year. The peaceful protest plot with its nod to Gandhi and his ilk was woven in beautifully along with the plight of the Gurkhas and nefarious government schemes. Wyndham?s character arc takes off on a welcome tangent,...

  • Bebe (Sarah) Brechner
    Aug 10, 2018

    What a fabulous, great series this is. I'm totally hooked, can't wait for the 4th book. Understand it's in preparation... More to follow... but already... Absolutely & Highly Recommended! This is a series about Captain Sam Wyndham, working at the Calcutta police force, fighting ...

    This is the third in the Captain Sam Wyndham series set in December 1921 in the run up to Christmas where there is little cheer for the British and the Raj in India. The British strategies to contain the mass movement for independence are failing, Mahatma Gandhi has managed to bring on...

    FIVE STARS! AGAIN! Extraordinary, assured, delightful, fascinating, enlightening, and my favourite: the Detective as Philosopher. A masterpiece, Abir. Truly wonderful! Thank you for the advanced reader copy. A truly fabulous evening with masters Robert Crais, Joseph Knox and Abi...

    love this series. I?m not a fan of historical crime for the most part ? that is to say it is not my go to genre ? but I made an exception once for ?A Rising Man? and haven?t looked back since. When I read these novels it is always the characters that make me stay or go ...

    So looking forward to this one.... can't wait! ...

    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...

    Probably the best historical fiction detective series atm. The dialogue is sharp, the setting so informative but with just enough detail. The characters are amazing even after this 3rd novel. Highly recommend this series!! ...

    4.44 ... Still don't like "Surrender Not" - prefer Suren. Much appreciate the setting, and also hope for next one soon ... won't wait so long to buy a copy from Britain ahead of US release. ...

    First there was A Rising Man and then A Necessary Evil and akin to the sound of an angelic host the very words, ?There?s a new Abir Mukherjee book out now? made my heart soar with an excitement rarely achieved, since I won a handwriting competition at the age of 10 on holiday on ...

    This series gets markedly better with every book. The author has always been brilliant at evoking the feel of the last years of the Raj and the 1920s Indian atmosphere, but the mystery plots are improving dramatically (and really deeply rooted in the history, which makes them work terr...

    I am a huge fan of this series and If you haven?t read A Rising Man or An Necessary Evil, then you need to add them to your wish list asap. The series is phenomenal and historical crime fiction at its finest. It was my 126th read of the year so far and the 13th edition to the 5* Geni...

    Another excellent book in this series. Atmospheric, interesting characters and an exciting plot. Can?t wait for the next one . ...

    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! ...

    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 companio...

    Mukherjee does it again! I'm not sure what fascinates me more. He dispatches his white British narrator to eviscerate British ideas about empire and especially about the Raj. And it seems like the British readers who are hearty fans are either owning up to their shiet or they didn't ca...

    This series of books is fast becoming one of my favourites! Prince Edward is due to visit Calcutta in the midst of increasing unrest among the natives who want independence from British rule. Add to this a murderer who is killing his victims in a strangely ritualistic way. And, finally...

    Another killer novel- just the right mix of angst, action, and cultural clashes that Mukherjee does the best. ...

    Sam Wyndham and Surrender-Not (Surindranath) Banerjee are about to have their third adventure. It is coming to the end of 1921 in Calcutta (as it then was) and Gandhi has called on the British to ?Quit India? by the end of the year. Time is running out and the situation is getting ...

    This series is among the best crime fiction that I have read. (and i have read a bit). This is doubly rewarding as all the action is based in India (Kolkata) and at an interesting time (1920s). I am gratified that I can read about a city and a milieu which I am absolutely familiar with...

    I bought "Smoke and Ashes" after hearing Abir speak at Theakston?s crime festival. Within a chapter I had to put it down. The third in the series, and although perfectly readable as a stand-alone story, I loved the opening so much that I went back and bought the first two books i...

    Abir Mukherjee opens up a whole new world to a child of the late 50's early 60's, whose education was coloured by "Glorious Empire" rather than balanced historical fact. His India of the 1920's viewed through the eyes of a British policeman gives a fascinating glimpse into the tensions...

    This is the third in the series set in 1920s India, but the novel easily stands alone. I will read the first two books, that?s for sure! Well-written and intricately plotted against the backdrop of Calcutta, this was a very interesting read. Sam Wyndham, veteran of WWI, is a poli...

    Another fascinating, immensely readable story in the Sam Wyndham & Surrender-Not (Surendranath Bannerjee) series. The characters are policemen working in 1920's Calcutta, a hotbed of rising independence agitation, severe poverty, extreme riches, and conflicted morality. Mukherjee...

  • Pirate
    Dec 07, 2018

    What a fabulous, great series this is. I'm totally hooked, can't wait for the 4th book. Understand it's in preparation... More to follow... but already... Absolutely & Highly Recommended! This is a series about Captain Sam Wyndham, working at the Calcutta police force, fighting ...

    This is the third in the Captain Sam Wyndham series set in December 1921 in the run up to Christmas where there is little cheer for the British and the Raj in India. The British strategies to contain the mass movement for independence are failing, Mahatma Gandhi has managed to bring on...

    FIVE STARS! AGAIN! Extraordinary, assured, delightful, fascinating, enlightening, and my favourite: the Detective as Philosopher. A masterpiece, Abir. Truly wonderful! Thank you for the advanced reader copy. A truly fabulous evening with masters Robert Crais, Joseph Knox and Abi...

    love this series. I?m not a fan of historical crime for the most part ? that is to say it is not my go to genre ? but I made an exception once for ?A Rising Man? and haven?t looked back since. When I read these novels it is always the characters that make me stay or go ...

    So looking forward to this one.... can't wait! ...

    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...

    Probably the best historical fiction detective series atm. The dialogue is sharp, the setting so informative but with just enough detail. The characters are amazing even after this 3rd novel. Highly recommend this series!! ...

    4.44 ... Still don't like "Surrender Not" - prefer Suren. Much appreciate the setting, and also hope for next one soon ... won't wait so long to buy a copy from Britain ahead of US release. ...

    First there was A Rising Man and then A Necessary Evil and akin to the sound of an angelic host the very words, ?There?s a new Abir Mukherjee book out now? made my heart soar with an excitement rarely achieved, since I won a handwriting competition at the age of 10 on holiday on ...

    This series gets markedly better with every book. The author has always been brilliant at evoking the feel of the last years of the Raj and the 1920s Indian atmosphere, but the mystery plots are improving dramatically (and really deeply rooted in the history, which makes them work terr...

    I am a huge fan of this series and If you haven?t read A Rising Man or An Necessary Evil, then you need to add them to your wish list asap. The series is phenomenal and historical crime fiction at its finest. It was my 126th read of the year so far and the 13th edition to the 5* Geni...

    Another excellent book in this series. Atmospheric, interesting characters and an exciting plot. Can?t wait for the next one . ...

    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! ...

    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 companio...

    Mukherjee does it again! I'm not sure what fascinates me more. He dispatches his white British narrator to eviscerate British ideas about empire and especially about the Raj. And it seems like the British readers who are hearty fans are either owning up to their shiet or they didn't ca...

    This series of books is fast becoming one of my favourites! Prince Edward is due to visit Calcutta in the midst of increasing unrest among the natives who want independence from British rule. Add to this a murderer who is killing his victims in a strangely ritualistic way. And, finally...

    Another killer novel- just the right mix of angst, action, and cultural clashes that Mukherjee does the best. ...

    Sam Wyndham and Surrender-Not (Surindranath) Banerjee are about to have their third adventure. It is coming to the end of 1921 in Calcutta (as it then was) and Gandhi has called on the British to ?Quit India? by the end of the year. Time is running out and the situation is getting ...

    This series is among the best crime fiction that I have read. (and i have read a bit). This is doubly rewarding as all the action is based in India (Kolkata) and at an interesting time (1920s). I am gratified that I can read about a city and a milieu which I am absolutely familiar with...

    I bought "Smoke and Ashes" after hearing Abir speak at Theakston?s crime festival. Within a chapter I had to put it down. The third in the series, and although perfectly readable as a stand-alone story, I loved the opening so much that I went back and bought the first two books i...

    Abir Mukherjee opens up a whole new world to a child of the late 50's early 60's, whose education was coloured by "Glorious Empire" rather than balanced historical fact. His India of the 1920's viewed through the eyes of a British policeman gives a fascinating glimpse into the tensions...

    This is the third in the series set in 1920s India, but the novel easily stands alone. I will read the first two books, that?s for sure! Well-written and intricately plotted against the backdrop of Calcutta, this was a very interesting read. Sam Wyndham, veteran of WWI, is a poli...

    Another fascinating, immensely readable story in the Sam Wyndham & Surrender-Not (Surendranath Bannerjee) series. The characters are policemen working in 1920's Calcutta, a hotbed of rising independence agitation, severe poverty, extreme riches, and conflicted morality. Mukherjee...

    This third instalment was rather sad and downbeat, I think. Sam's opium addiction is ramping up. Gandhi's campaign for independence is making life difficult for Surrender-not. Sam's hopeless pining for Annie (which I find inexplicable and annoying) pops up again. The plot is more thril...

    Another stunning addition to the series, with the tight-woven web of politics, addiction, relationships, and murder all bringing Calcutta and its denizens to startling life. My favourite tidbit was the headline in an English newspaper that simply read "Taking Back Control", at which...

    Brilliant page turner set in the dying days of the raj. The hero is now a self confessed opium addict but still manages to do his job admirably. Likeable main characters who remain even more so after 3 books. Liked the way the experiences of ww1 were intertwined with that of independen...

    Momentum -- not as in Corbyn's fan club -- maintained with another highly entertaining yarn of Sam Wyndham and Surrender Not. What makes it a bit special is the atmospheric setting of the Raj and the political tension with the growing indepdendence movement which makes life increasingl...

  • Chrisl
    Nov 18, 2018

    What a fabulous, great series this is. I'm totally hooked, can't wait for the 4th book. Understand it's in preparation... More to follow... but already... Absolutely & Highly Recommended! This is a series about Captain Sam Wyndham, working at the Calcutta police force, fighting ...

    This is the third in the Captain Sam Wyndham series set in December 1921 in the run up to Christmas where there is little cheer for the British and the Raj in India. The British strategies to contain the mass movement for independence are failing, Mahatma Gandhi has managed to bring on...

    FIVE STARS! AGAIN! Extraordinary, assured, delightful, fascinating, enlightening, and my favourite: the Detective as Philosopher. A masterpiece, Abir. Truly wonderful! Thank you for the advanced reader copy. A truly fabulous evening with masters Robert Crais, Joseph Knox and Abi...

    love this series. I?m not a fan of historical crime for the most part ? that is to say it is not my go to genre ? but I made an exception once for ?A Rising Man? and haven?t looked back since. When I read these novels it is always the characters that make me stay or go ...

    So looking forward to this one.... can't wait! ...

    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...

    Probably the best historical fiction detective series atm. The dialogue is sharp, the setting so informative but with just enough detail. The characters are amazing even after this 3rd novel. Highly recommend this series!! ...

    4.44 ... Still don't like "Surrender Not" - prefer Suren. Much appreciate the setting, and also hope for next one soon ... won't wait so long to buy a copy from Britain ahead of US release. ...

  • Liz Barnsley
    Apr 16, 2018

    What a fabulous, great series this is. I'm totally hooked, can't wait for the 4th book. Understand it's in preparation... More to follow... but already... Absolutely & Highly Recommended! This is a series about Captain Sam Wyndham, working at the Calcutta police force, fighting ...

    This is the third in the Captain Sam Wyndham series set in December 1921 in the run up to Christmas where there is little cheer for the British and the Raj in India. The British strategies to contain the mass movement for independence are failing, Mahatma Gandhi has managed to bring on...

    FIVE STARS! AGAIN! Extraordinary, assured, delightful, fascinating, enlightening, and my favourite: the Detective as Philosopher. A masterpiece, Abir. Truly wonderful! Thank you for the advanced reader copy. A truly fabulous evening with masters Robert Crais, Joseph Knox and Abi...

    love this series. I?m not a fan of historical crime for the most part ? that is to say it is not my go to genre ? but I made an exception once for ?A Rising Man? and haven?t looked back since. When I read these novels it is always the characters that make me stay or go ...

  • David Kenvyn
    Aug 28, 2018

    What a fabulous, great series this is. I'm totally hooked, can't wait for the 4th book. Understand it's in preparation... More to follow... but already... Absolutely & Highly Recommended! This is a series about Captain Sam Wyndham, working at the Calcutta police force, fighting ...

    This is the third in the Captain Sam Wyndham series set in December 1921 in the run up to Christmas where there is little cheer for the British and the Raj in India. The British strategies to contain the mass movement for independence are failing, Mahatma Gandhi has managed to bring on...

    FIVE STARS! AGAIN! Extraordinary, assured, delightful, fascinating, enlightening, and my favourite: the Detective as Philosopher. A masterpiece, Abir. Truly wonderful! Thank you for the advanced reader copy. A truly fabulous evening with masters Robert Crais, Joseph Knox and Abi...

    love this series. I?m not a fan of historical crime for the most part ? that is to say it is not my go to genre ? but I made an exception once for ?A Rising Man? and haven?t looked back since. When I read these novels it is always the characters that make me stay or go ...

    So looking forward to this one.... can't wait! ...

    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...

    Probably the best historical fiction detective series atm. The dialogue is sharp, the setting so informative but with just enough detail. The characters are amazing even after this 3rd novel. Highly recommend this series!! ...

    4.44 ... Still don't like "Surrender Not" - prefer Suren. Much appreciate the setting, and also hope for next one soon ... won't wait so long to buy a copy from Britain ahead of US release. ...

    First there was A Rising Man and then A Necessary Evil and akin to the sound of an angelic host the very words, ?There?s a new Abir Mukherjee book out now? made my heart soar with an excitement rarely achieved, since I won a handwriting competition at the age of 10 on holiday on ...

    This series gets markedly better with every book. The author has always been brilliant at evoking the feel of the last years of the Raj and the 1920s Indian atmosphere, but the mystery plots are improving dramatically (and really deeply rooted in the history, which makes them work terr...

    I am a huge fan of this series and If you haven?t read A Rising Man or An Necessary Evil, then you need to add them to your wish list asap. The series is phenomenal and historical crime fiction at its finest. It was my 126th read of the year so far and the 13th edition to the 5* Geni...

    Another excellent book in this series. Atmospheric, interesting characters and an exciting plot. Can?t wait for the next one . ...

    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! ...

    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 companio...

    Mukherjee does it again! I'm not sure what fascinates me more. He dispatches his white British narrator to eviscerate British ideas about empire and especially about the Raj. And it seems like the British readers who are hearty fans are either owning up to their shiet or they didn't ca...

    This series of books is fast becoming one of my favourites! Prince Edward is due to visit Calcutta in the midst of increasing unrest among the natives who want independence from British rule. Add to this a murderer who is killing his victims in a strangely ritualistic way. And, finally...

    Another killer novel- just the right mix of angst, action, and cultural clashes that Mukherjee does the best. ...

    Sam Wyndham and Surrender-Not (Surindranath) Banerjee are about to have their third adventure. It is coming to the end of 1921 in Calcutta (as it then was) and Gandhi has called on the British to ?Quit India? by the end of the year. Time is running out and the situation is getting ...

  • Leah
    Jun 26, 2018

    What a fabulous, great series this is. I'm totally hooked, can't wait for the 4th book. Understand it's in preparation... More to follow... but already... Absolutely & Highly Recommended! This is a series about Captain Sam Wyndham, working at the Calcutta police force, fighting ...

    This is the third in the Captain Sam Wyndham series set in December 1921 in the run up to Christmas where there is little cheer for the British and the Raj in India. The British strategies to contain the mass movement for independence are failing, Mahatma Gandhi has managed to bring on...

    FIVE STARS! AGAIN! Extraordinary, assured, delightful, fascinating, enlightening, and my favourite: the Detective as Philosopher. A masterpiece, Abir. Truly wonderful! Thank you for the advanced reader copy. A truly fabulous evening with masters Robert Crais, Joseph Knox and Abi...

    love this series. I?m not a fan of historical crime for the most part ? that is to say it is not my go to genre ? but I made an exception once for ?A Rising Man? and haven?t looked back since. When I read these novels it is always the characters that make me stay or go ...

    So looking forward to this one.... can't wait! ...

    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...

  • Abhijat Mitra
    Jan 17, 2019

    What a fabulous, great series this is. I'm totally hooked, can't wait for the 4th book. Understand it's in preparation... More to follow... but already... Absolutely & Highly Recommended! This is a series about Captain Sam Wyndham, working at the Calcutta police force, fighting ...

    This is the third in the Captain Sam Wyndham series set in December 1921 in the run up to Christmas where there is little cheer for the British and the Raj in India. The British strategies to contain the mass movement for independence are failing, Mahatma Gandhi has managed to bring on...

    FIVE STARS! AGAIN! Extraordinary, assured, delightful, fascinating, enlightening, and my favourite: the Detective as Philosopher. A masterpiece, Abir. Truly wonderful! Thank you for the advanced reader copy. A truly fabulous evening with masters Robert Crais, Joseph Knox and Abi...

    love this series. I?m not a fan of historical crime for the most part ? that is to say it is not my go to genre ? but I made an exception once for ?A Rising Man? and haven?t looked back since. When I read these novels it is always the characters that make me stay or go ...

    So looking forward to this one.... can't wait! ...

    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...

    Probably the best historical fiction detective series atm. The dialogue is sharp, the setting so informative but with just enough detail. The characters are amazing even after this 3rd novel. Highly recommend this series!! ...

    4.44 ... Still don't like "Surrender Not" - prefer Suren. Much appreciate the setting, and also hope for next one soon ... won't wait so long to buy a copy from Britain ahead of US release. ...

    First there was A Rising Man and then A Necessary Evil and akin to the sound of an angelic host the very words, ?There?s a new Abir Mukherjee book out now? made my heart soar with an excitement rarely achieved, since I won a handwriting competition at the age of 10 on holiday on ...

    This series gets markedly better with every book. The author has always been brilliant at evoking the feel of the last years of the Raj and the 1920s Indian atmosphere, but the mystery plots are improving dramatically (and really deeply rooted in the history, which makes them work terr...

    I am a huge fan of this series and If you haven?t read A Rising Man or An Necessary Evil, then you need to add them to your wish list asap. The series is phenomenal and historical crime fiction at its finest. It was my 126th read of the year so far and the 13th edition to the 5* Geni...

    Another excellent book in this series. Atmospheric, interesting characters and an exciting plot. Can?t wait for the next one . ...

    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! ...

    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 companio...

    Mukherjee does it again! I'm not sure what fascinates me more. He dispatches his white British narrator to eviscerate British ideas about empire and especially about the Raj. And it seems like the British readers who are hearty fans are either owning up to their shiet or they didn't ca...

    This series of books is fast becoming one of my favourites! Prince Edward is due to visit Calcutta in the midst of increasing unrest among the natives who want independence from British rule. Add to this a murderer who is killing his victims in a strangely ritualistic way. And, finally...

    Another killer novel- just the right mix of angst, action, and cultural clashes that Mukherjee does the best. ...

    Sam Wyndham and Surrender-Not (Surindranath) Banerjee are about to have their third adventure. It is coming to the end of 1921 in Calcutta (as it then was) and Gandhi has called on the British to ?Quit India? by the end of the year. Time is running out and the situation is getting ...

    This series is among the best crime fiction that I have read. (and i have read a bit). This is doubly rewarding as all the action is based in India (Kolkata) and at an interesting time (1920s). I am gratified that I can read about a city and a milieu which I am absolutely familiar with...

  • nikkia neil
    Jun 15, 2018

    What a fabulous, great series this is. I'm totally hooked, can't wait for the 4th book. Understand it's in preparation... More to follow... but already... Absolutely & Highly Recommended! This is a series about Captain Sam Wyndham, working at the Calcutta police force, fighting ...

    This is the third in the Captain Sam Wyndham series set in December 1921 in the run up to Christmas where there is little cheer for the British and the Raj in India. The British strategies to contain the mass movement for independence are failing, Mahatma Gandhi has managed to bring on...

    FIVE STARS! AGAIN! Extraordinary, assured, delightful, fascinating, enlightening, and my favourite: the Detective as Philosopher. A masterpiece, Abir. Truly wonderful! Thank you for the advanced reader copy. A truly fabulous evening with masters Robert Crais, Joseph Knox and Abi...

    love this series. I?m not a fan of historical crime for the most part ? that is to say it is not my go to genre ? but I made an exception once for ?A Rising Man? and haven?t looked back since. When I read these novels it is always the characters that make me stay or go ...

    So looking forward to this one.... can't wait! ...

    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...

    Probably the best historical fiction detective series atm. The dialogue is sharp, the setting so informative but with just enough detail. The characters are amazing even after this 3rd novel. Highly recommend this series!! ...

    4.44 ... Still don't like "Surrender Not" - prefer Suren. Much appreciate the setting, and also hope for next one soon ... won't wait so long to buy a copy from Britain ahead of US release. ...

    First there was A Rising Man and then A Necessary Evil and akin to the sound of an angelic host the very words, ?There?s a new Abir Mukherjee book out now? made my heart soar with an excitement rarely achieved, since I won a handwriting competition at the age of 10 on holiday on ...

    This series gets markedly better with every book. The author has always been brilliant at evoking the feel of the last years of the Raj and the 1920s Indian atmosphere, but the mystery plots are improving dramatically (and really deeply rooted in the history, which makes them work terr...

    I am a huge fan of this series and If you haven?t read A Rising Man or An Necessary Evil, then you need to add them to your wish list asap. The series is phenomenal and historical crime fiction at its finest. It was my 126th read of the year so far and the 13th edition to the 5* Geni...

    Another excellent book in this series. Atmospheric, interesting characters and an exciting plot. Can?t wait for the next one . ...

    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! ...

    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 companio...

    Mukherjee does it again! I'm not sure what fascinates me more. He dispatches his white British narrator to eviscerate British ideas about empire and especially about the Raj. And it seems like the British readers who are hearty fans are either owning up to their shiet or they didn't ca...

    This series of books is fast becoming one of my favourites! Prince Edward is due to visit Calcutta in the midst of increasing unrest among the natives who want independence from British rule. Add to this a murderer who is killing his victims in a strangely ritualistic way. And, finally...

    Another killer novel- just the right mix of angst, action, and cultural clashes that Mukherjee does the best. ...

  • Rosie Claverton
    Dec 22, 2018

    What a fabulous, great series this is. I'm totally hooked, can't wait for the 4th book. Understand it's in preparation... More to follow... but already... Absolutely & Highly Recommended! This is a series about Captain Sam Wyndham, working at the Calcutta police force, fighting ...

    This is the third in the Captain Sam Wyndham series set in December 1921 in the run up to Christmas where there is little cheer for the British and the Raj in India. The British strategies to contain the mass movement for independence are failing, Mahatma Gandhi has managed to bring on...

    FIVE STARS! AGAIN! Extraordinary, assured, delightful, fascinating, enlightening, and my favourite: the Detective as Philosopher. A masterpiece, Abir. Truly wonderful! Thank you for the advanced reader copy. A truly fabulous evening with masters Robert Crais, Joseph Knox and Abi...

    love this series. I?m not a fan of historical crime for the most part ? that is to say it is not my go to genre ? but I made an exception once for ?A Rising Man? and haven?t looked back since. When I read these novels it is always the characters that make me stay or go ...

    So looking forward to this one.... can't wait! ...

    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...

    Probably the best historical fiction detective series atm. The dialogue is sharp, the setting so informative but with just enough detail. The characters are amazing even after this 3rd novel. Highly recommend this series!! ...

    4.44 ... Still don't like "Surrender Not" - prefer Suren. Much appreciate the setting, and also hope for next one soon ... won't wait so long to buy a copy from Britain ahead of US release. ...

    First there was A Rising Man and then A Necessary Evil and akin to the sound of an angelic host the very words, ?There?s a new Abir Mukherjee book out now? made my heart soar with an excitement rarely achieved, since I won a handwriting competition at the age of 10 on holiday on ...

    This series gets markedly better with every book. The author has always been brilliant at evoking the feel of the last years of the Raj and the 1920s Indian atmosphere, but the mystery plots are improving dramatically (and really deeply rooted in the history, which makes them work terr...

    I am a huge fan of this series and If you haven?t read A Rising Man or An Necessary Evil, then you need to add them to your wish list asap. The series is phenomenal and historical crime fiction at its finest. It was my 126th read of the year so far and the 13th edition to the 5* Geni...

    Another excellent book in this series. Atmospheric, interesting characters and an exciting plot. Can?t wait for the next one . ...

    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! ...

    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 companio...

    Mukherjee does it again! I'm not sure what fascinates me more. He dispatches his white British narrator to eviscerate British ideas about empire and especially about the Raj. And it seems like the British readers who are hearty fans are either owning up to their shiet or they didn't ca...

    This series of books is fast becoming one of my favourites! Prince Edward is due to visit Calcutta in the midst of increasing unrest among the natives who want independence from British rule. Add to this a murderer who is killing his victims in a strangely ritualistic way. And, finally...

    Another killer novel- just the right mix of angst, action, and cultural clashes that Mukherjee does the best. ...

    Sam Wyndham and Surrender-Not (Surindranath) Banerjee are about to have their third adventure. It is coming to the end of 1921 in Calcutta (as it then was) and Gandhi has called on the British to ?Quit India? by the end of the year. Time is running out and the situation is getting ...

    This series is among the best crime fiction that I have read. (and i have read a bit). This is doubly rewarding as all the action is based in India (Kolkata) and at an interesting time (1920s). I am gratified that I can read about a city and a milieu which I am absolutely familiar with...

    I bought "Smoke and Ashes" after hearing Abir speak at Theakston?s crime festival. Within a chapter I had to put it down. The third in the series, and although perfectly readable as a stand-alone story, I loved the opening so much that I went back and bought the first two books i...

    Abir Mukherjee opens up a whole new world to a child of the late 50's early 60's, whose education was coloured by "Glorious Empire" rather than balanced historical fact. His India of the 1920's viewed through the eyes of a British policeman gives a fascinating glimpse into the tensions...

    This is the third in the series set in 1920s India, but the novel easily stands alone. I will read the first two books, that?s for sure! Well-written and intricately plotted against the backdrop of Calcutta, this was a very interesting read. Sam Wyndham, veteran of WWI, is a poli...

    Another fascinating, immensely readable story in the Sam Wyndham & Surrender-Not (Surendranath Bannerjee) series. The characters are policemen working in 1920's Calcutta, a hotbed of rising independence agitation, severe poverty, extreme riches, and conflicted morality. Mukherjee...

    This third instalment was rather sad and downbeat, I think. Sam's opium addiction is ramping up. Gandhi's campaign for independence is making life difficult for Surrender-not. Sam's hopeless pining for Annie (which I find inexplicable and annoying) pops up again. The plot is more thril...

    Another stunning addition to the series, with the tight-woven web of politics, addiction, relationships, and murder all bringing Calcutta and its denizens to startling life. My favourite tidbit was the headline in an English newspaper that simply read "Taking Back Control", at which...

  • K.J. Charles
    Aug 26, 2018

    What a fabulous, great series this is. I'm totally hooked, can't wait for the 4th book. Understand it's in preparation... More to follow... but already... Absolutely & Highly Recommended! This is a series about Captain Sam Wyndham, working at the Calcutta police force, fighting ...

    This is the third in the Captain Sam Wyndham series set in December 1921 in the run up to Christmas where there is little cheer for the British and the Raj in India. The British strategies to contain the mass movement for independence are failing, Mahatma Gandhi has managed to bring on...

    FIVE STARS! AGAIN! Extraordinary, assured, delightful, fascinating, enlightening, and my favourite: the Detective as Philosopher. A masterpiece, Abir. Truly wonderful! Thank you for the advanced reader copy. A truly fabulous evening with masters Robert Crais, Joseph Knox and Abi...

    love this series. I?m not a fan of historical crime for the most part ? that is to say it is not my go to genre ? but I made an exception once for ?A Rising Man? and haven?t looked back since. When I read these novels it is always the characters that make me stay or go ...

    So looking forward to this one.... can't wait! ...

    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...

    Probably the best historical fiction detective series atm. The dialogue is sharp, the setting so informative but with just enough detail. The characters are amazing even after this 3rd novel. Highly recommend this series!! ...

    4.44 ... Still don't like "Surrender Not" - prefer Suren. Much appreciate the setting, and also hope for next one soon ... won't wait so long to buy a copy from Britain ahead of US release. ...

    First there was A Rising Man and then A Necessary Evil and akin to the sound of an angelic host the very words, ?There?s a new Abir Mukherjee book out now? made my heart soar with an excitement rarely achieved, since I won a handwriting competition at the age of 10 on holiday on ...

    This series gets markedly better with every book. The author has always been brilliant at evoking the feel of the last years of the Raj and the 1920s Indian atmosphere, but the mystery plots are improving dramatically (and really deeply rooted in the history, which makes them work terr...

  • Karen Grikitis
    Jul 29, 2018

    What a fabulous, great series this is. I'm totally hooked, can't wait for the 4th book. Understand it's in preparation... More to follow... but already... Absolutely & Highly Recommended! This is a series about Captain Sam Wyndham, working at the Calcutta police force, fighting ...

    This is the third in the Captain Sam Wyndham series set in December 1921 in the run up to Christmas where there is little cheer for the British and the Raj in India. The British strategies to contain the mass movement for independence are failing, Mahatma Gandhi has managed to bring on...

    FIVE STARS! AGAIN! Extraordinary, assured, delightful, fascinating, enlightening, and my favourite: the Detective as Philosopher. A masterpiece, Abir. Truly wonderful! Thank you for the advanced reader copy. A truly fabulous evening with masters Robert Crais, Joseph Knox and Abi...

    love this series. I?m not a fan of historical crime for the most part ? that is to say it is not my go to genre ? but I made an exception once for ?A Rising Man? and haven?t looked back since. When I read these novels it is always the characters that make me stay or go ...

    So looking forward to this one.... can't wait! ...

    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...

    Probably the best historical fiction detective series atm. The dialogue is sharp, the setting so informative but with just enough detail. The characters are amazing even after this 3rd novel. Highly recommend this series!! ...

    4.44 ... Still don't like "Surrender Not" - prefer Suren. Much appreciate the setting, and also hope for next one soon ... won't wait so long to buy a copy from Britain ahead of US release. ...

    First there was A Rising Man and then A Necessary Evil and akin to the sound of an angelic host the very words, ?There?s a new Abir Mukherjee book out now? made my heart soar with an excitement rarely achieved, since I won a handwriting competition at the age of 10 on holiday on ...

    This series gets markedly better with every book. The author has always been brilliant at evoking the feel of the last years of the Raj and the 1920s Indian atmosphere, but the mystery plots are improving dramatically (and really deeply rooted in the history, which makes them work terr...

    I am a huge fan of this series and If you haven?t read A Rising Man or An Necessary Evil, then you need to add them to your wish list asap. The series is phenomenal and historical crime fiction at its finest. It was my 126th read of the year so far and the 13th edition to the 5* Geni...

    Another excellent book in this series. Atmospheric, interesting characters and an exciting plot. Can?t wait for the next one . ...

    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! ...

    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 companio...

    Mukherjee does it again! I'm not sure what fascinates me more. He dispatches his white British narrator to eviscerate British ideas about empire and especially about the Raj. And it seems like the British readers who are hearty fans are either owning up to their shiet or they didn't ca...

    This series of books is fast becoming one of my favourites! Prince Edward is due to visit Calcutta in the midst of increasing unrest among the natives who want independence from British rule. Add to this a murderer who is killing his victims in a strangely ritualistic way. And, finally...

    Another killer novel- just the right mix of angst, action, and cultural clashes that Mukherjee does the best. ...

    Sam Wyndham and Surrender-Not (Surindranath) Banerjee are about to have their third adventure. It is coming to the end of 1921 in Calcutta (as it then was) and Gandhi has called on the British to ?Quit India? by the end of the year. Time is running out and the situation is getting ...

    This series is among the best crime fiction that I have read. (and i have read a bit). This is doubly rewarding as all the action is based in India (Kolkata) and at an interesting time (1920s). I am gratified that I can read about a city and a milieu which I am absolutely familiar with...

    I bought "Smoke and Ashes" after hearing Abir speak at Theakston?s crime festival. Within a chapter I had to put it down. The third in the series, and although perfectly readable as a stand-alone story, I loved the opening so much that I went back and bought the first two books i...

    Abir Mukherjee opens up a whole new world to a child of the late 50's early 60's, whose education was coloured by "Glorious Empire" rather than balanced historical fact. His India of the 1920's viewed through the eyes of a British policeman gives a fascinating glimpse into the tensions...

    This is the third in the series set in 1920s India, but the novel easily stands alone. I will read the first two books, that?s for sure! Well-written and intricately plotted against the backdrop of Calcutta, this was a very interesting read. Sam Wyndham, veteran of WWI, is a poli...

    Another fascinating, immensely readable story in the Sam Wyndham & Surrender-Not (Surendranath Bannerjee) series. The characters are policemen working in 1920's Calcutta, a hotbed of rising independence agitation, severe poverty, extreme riches, and conflicted morality. Mukherjee...

    This third instalment was rather sad and downbeat, I think. Sam's opium addiction is ramping up. Gandhi's campaign for independence is making life difficult for Surrender-not. Sam's hopeless pining for Annie (which I find inexplicable and annoying) pops up again. The plot is more thril...

    Another stunning addition to the series, with the tight-woven web of politics, addiction, relationships, and murder all bringing Calcutta and its denizens to startling life. My favourite tidbit was the headline in an English newspaper that simply read "Taking Back Control", at which...

    Brilliant page turner set in the dying days of the raj. The hero is now a self confessed opium addict but still manages to do his job admirably. Likeable main characters who remain even more so after 3 books. Liked the way the experiences of ww1 were intertwined with that of independen...

    Momentum -- not as in Corbyn's fan club -- maintained with another highly entertaining yarn of Sam Wyndham and Surrender Not. What makes it a bit special is the atmospheric setting of the Raj and the political tension with the growing indepdendence movement which makes life increasingl...

    Another fine entry in the best new author series I have read this year. The peaceful protest plot with its nod to Gandhi and his ilk was woven in beautifully along with the plight of the Gurkhas and nefarious government schemes. Wyndham?s character arc takes off on a welcome tangent,...

    A thoroughly absorbing story, which I enjoyed as an audiobook on a very long car journey. The political unrest in India at the time time of Gandhi is the backdrop to this crime novel which sees Captain Sam Wyndham and his sidekick 'Surrender-not' Banerjee on the tail of a serial killer...

  • William
    Apr 21, 2018

    What a fabulous, great series this is. I'm totally hooked, can't wait for the 4th book. Understand it's in preparation... More to follow... but already... Absolutely & Highly Recommended! This is a series about Captain Sam Wyndham, working at the Calcutta police force, fighting ...

    This is the third in the Captain Sam Wyndham series set in December 1921 in the run up to Christmas where there is little cheer for the British and the Raj in India. The British strategies to contain the mass movement for independence are failing, Mahatma Gandhi has managed to bring on...

    FIVE STARS! AGAIN! Extraordinary, assured, delightful, fascinating, enlightening, and my favourite: the Detective as Philosopher. A masterpiece, Abir. Truly wonderful! Thank you for the advanced reader copy. A truly fabulous evening with masters Robert Crais, Joseph Knox and Abi...

  • Roy
    Aug 26, 2018

    What a fabulous, great series this is. I'm totally hooked, can't wait for the 4th book. Understand it's in preparation... More to follow... but already... Absolutely & Highly Recommended! This is a series about Captain Sam Wyndham, working at the Calcutta police force, fighting ...

    This is the third in the Captain Sam Wyndham series set in December 1921 in the run up to Christmas where there is little cheer for the British and the Raj in India. The British strategies to contain the mass movement for independence are failing, Mahatma Gandhi has managed to bring on...

    FIVE STARS! AGAIN! Extraordinary, assured, delightful, fascinating, enlightening, and my favourite: the Detective as Philosopher. A masterpiece, Abir. Truly wonderful! Thank you for the advanced reader copy. A truly fabulous evening with masters Robert Crais, Joseph Knox and Abi...

    love this series. I?m not a fan of historical crime for the most part ? that is to say it is not my go to genre ? but I made an exception once for ?A Rising Man? and haven?t looked back since. When I read these novels it is always the characters that make me stay or go ...

    So looking forward to this one.... can't wait! ...

    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...

    Probably the best historical fiction detective series atm. The dialogue is sharp, the setting so informative but with just enough detail. The characters are amazing even after this 3rd novel. Highly recommend this series!! ...

  • Paromjit
    Sep 30, 2018

    What a fabulous, great series this is. I'm totally hooked, can't wait for the 4th book. Understand it's in preparation... More to follow... but already... Absolutely & Highly Recommended! This is a series about Captain Sam Wyndham, working at the Calcutta police force, fighting ...

    This is the third in the Captain Sam Wyndham series set in December 1921 in the run up to Christmas where there is little cheer for the British and the Raj in India. The British strategies to contain the mass movement for independence are failing, Mahatma Gandhi has managed to bring on...

  • Abby Slater- Fairbrother
    Jun 07, 2018

    What a fabulous, great series this is. I'm totally hooked, can't wait for the 4th book. Understand it's in preparation... More to follow... but already... Absolutely & Highly Recommended! This is a series about Captain Sam Wyndham, working at the Calcutta police force, fighting ...

    This is the third in the Captain Sam Wyndham series set in December 1921 in the run up to Christmas where there is little cheer for the British and the Raj in India. The British strategies to contain the mass movement for independence are failing, Mahatma Gandhi has managed to bring on...

    FIVE STARS! AGAIN! Extraordinary, assured, delightful, fascinating, enlightening, and my favourite: the Detective as Philosopher. A masterpiece, Abir. Truly wonderful! Thank you for the advanced reader copy. A truly fabulous evening with masters Robert Crais, Joseph Knox and Abi...

    love this series. I?m not a fan of historical crime for the most part ? that is to say it is not my go to genre ? but I made an exception once for ?A Rising Man? and haven?t looked back since. When I read these novels it is always the characters that make me stay or go ...

    So looking forward to this one.... can't wait! ...

    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...

    Probably the best historical fiction detective series atm. The dialogue is sharp, the setting so informative but with just enough detail. The characters are amazing even after this 3rd novel. Highly recommend this series!! ...

    4.44 ... Still don't like "Surrender Not" - prefer Suren. Much appreciate the setting, and also hope for next one soon ... won't wait so long to buy a copy from Britain ahead of US release. ...

    First there was A Rising Man and then A Necessary Evil and akin to the sound of an angelic host the very words, ?There?s a new Abir Mukherjee book out now? made my heart soar with an excitement rarely achieved, since I won a handwriting competition at the age of 10 on holiday on ...

    This series gets markedly better with every book. The author has always been brilliant at evoking the feel of the last years of the Raj and the 1920s Indian atmosphere, but the mystery plots are improving dramatically (and really deeply rooted in the history, which makes them work terr...

    I am a huge fan of this series and If you haven?t read A Rising Man or An Necessary Evil, then you need to add them to your wish list asap. The series is phenomenal and historical crime fiction at its finest. It was my 126th read of the year so far and the 13th edition to the 5* Geni...

  • Christopher Williams
    Jul 02, 2018

    What a fabulous, great series this is. I'm totally hooked, can't wait for the 4th book. Understand it's in preparation... More to follow... but already... Absolutely & Highly Recommended! This is a series about Captain Sam Wyndham, working at the Calcutta police force, fighting ...

    This is the third in the Captain Sam Wyndham series set in December 1921 in the run up to Christmas where there is little cheer for the British and the Raj in India. The British strategies to contain the mass movement for independence are failing, Mahatma Gandhi has managed to bring on...

    FIVE STARS! AGAIN! Extraordinary, assured, delightful, fascinating, enlightening, and my favourite: the Detective as Philosopher. A masterpiece, Abir. Truly wonderful! Thank you for the advanced reader copy. A truly fabulous evening with masters Robert Crais, Joseph Knox and Abi...

    love this series. I?m not a fan of historical crime for the most part ? that is to say it is not my go to genre ? but I made an exception once for ?A Rising Man? and haven?t looked back since. When I read these novels it is always the characters that make me stay or go ...

    So looking forward to this one.... can't wait! ...

    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...

    Probably the best historical fiction detective series atm. The dialogue is sharp, the setting so informative but with just enough detail. The characters are amazing even after this 3rd novel. Highly recommend this series!! ...

    4.44 ... Still don't like "Surrender Not" - prefer Suren. Much appreciate the setting, and also hope for next one soon ... won't wait so long to buy a copy from Britain ahead of US release. ...

    First there was A Rising Man and then A Necessary Evil and akin to the sound of an angelic host the very words, ?There?s a new Abir Mukherjee book out now? made my heart soar with an excitement rarely achieved, since I won a handwriting competition at the age of 10 on holiday on ...

    This series gets markedly better with every book. The author has always been brilliant at evoking the feel of the last years of the Raj and the 1920s Indian atmosphere, but the mystery plots are improving dramatically (and really deeply rooted in the history, which makes them work terr...

    I am a huge fan of this series and If you haven?t read A Rising Man or An Necessary Evil, then you need to add them to your wish list asap. The series is phenomenal and historical crime fiction at its finest. It was my 126th read of the year so far and the 13th edition to the 5* Geni...

    Another excellent book in this series. Atmospheric, interesting characters and an exciting plot. Can?t wait for the next one . ...

    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! ...

  • Elaine Sharp
    Dec 18, 2018

    What a fabulous, great series this is. I'm totally hooked, can't wait for the 4th book. Understand it's in preparation... More to follow... but already... Absolutely & Highly Recommended! This is a series about Captain Sam Wyndham, working at the Calcutta police force, fighting ...

    This is the third in the Captain Sam Wyndham series set in December 1921 in the run up to Christmas where there is little cheer for the British and the Raj in India. The British strategies to contain the mass movement for independence are failing, Mahatma Gandhi has managed to bring on...

    FIVE STARS! AGAIN! Extraordinary, assured, delightful, fascinating, enlightening, and my favourite: the Detective as Philosopher. A masterpiece, Abir. Truly wonderful! Thank you for the advanced reader copy. A truly fabulous evening with masters Robert Crais, Joseph Knox and Abi...

    love this series. I?m not a fan of historical crime for the most part ? that is to say it is not my go to genre ? but I made an exception once for ?A Rising Man? and haven?t looked back since. When I read these novels it is always the characters that make me stay or go ...

    So looking forward to this one.... can't wait! ...

    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...

    Probably the best historical fiction detective series atm. The dialogue is sharp, the setting so informative but with just enough detail. The characters are amazing even after this 3rd novel. Highly recommend this series!! ...

    4.44 ... Still don't like "Surrender Not" - prefer Suren. Much appreciate the setting, and also hope for next one soon ... won't wait so long to buy a copy from Britain ahead of US release. ...

    First there was A Rising Man and then A Necessary Evil and akin to the sound of an angelic host the very words, ?There?s a new Abir Mukherjee book out now? made my heart soar with an excitement rarely achieved, since I won a handwriting competition at the age of 10 on holiday on ...

    This series gets markedly better with every book. The author has always been brilliant at evoking the feel of the last years of the Raj and the 1920s Indian atmosphere, but the mystery plots are improving dramatically (and really deeply rooted in the history, which makes them work terr...

    I am a huge fan of this series and If you haven?t read A Rising Man or An Necessary Evil, then you need to add them to your wish list asap. The series is phenomenal and historical crime fiction at its finest. It was my 126th read of the year so far and the 13th edition to the 5* Geni...

    Another excellent book in this series. Atmospheric, interesting characters and an exciting plot. Can?t wait for the next one . ...

    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! ...

    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 companio...

    Mukherjee does it again! I'm not sure what fascinates me more. He dispatches his white British narrator to eviscerate British ideas about empire and especially about the Raj. And it seems like the British readers who are hearty fans are either owning up to their shiet or they didn't ca...

    This series of books is fast becoming one of my favourites! Prince Edward is due to visit Calcutta in the midst of increasing unrest among the natives who want independence from British rule. Add to this a murderer who is killing his victims in a strangely ritualistic way. And, finally...

    Another killer novel- just the right mix of angst, action, and cultural clashes that Mukherjee does the best. ...

    Sam Wyndham and Surrender-Not (Surindranath) Banerjee are about to have their third adventure. It is coming to the end of 1921 in Calcutta (as it then was) and Gandhi has called on the British to ?Quit India? by the end of the year. Time is running out and the situation is getting ...

    This series is among the best crime fiction that I have read. (and i have read a bit). This is doubly rewarding as all the action is based in India (Kolkata) and at an interesting time (1920s). I am gratified that I can read about a city and a milieu which I am absolutely familiar with...

    I bought "Smoke and Ashes" after hearing Abir speak at Theakston?s crime festival. Within a chapter I had to put it down. The third in the series, and although perfectly readable as a stand-alone story, I loved the opening so much that I went back and bought the first two books i...

    Abir Mukherjee opens up a whole new world to a child of the late 50's early 60's, whose education was coloured by "Glorious Empire" rather than balanced historical fact. His India of the 1920's viewed through the eyes of a British policeman gives a fascinating glimpse into the tensions...

  • CoffeeandInk
    Jan 04, 2019

    What a fabulous, great series this is. I'm totally hooked, can't wait for the 4th book. Understand it's in preparation... More to follow... but already... Absolutely & Highly Recommended! This is a series about Captain Sam Wyndham, working at the Calcutta police force, fighting ...

    This is the third in the Captain Sam Wyndham series set in December 1921 in the run up to Christmas where there is little cheer for the British and the Raj in India. The British strategies to contain the mass movement for independence are failing, Mahatma Gandhi has managed to bring on...

    FIVE STARS! AGAIN! Extraordinary, assured, delightful, fascinating, enlightening, and my favourite: the Detective as Philosopher. A masterpiece, Abir. Truly wonderful! Thank you for the advanced reader copy. A truly fabulous evening with masters Robert Crais, Joseph Knox and Abi...

    love this series. I?m not a fan of historical crime for the most part ? that is to say it is not my go to genre ? but I made an exception once for ?A Rising Man? and haven?t looked back since. When I read these novels it is always the characters that make me stay or go ...

    So looking forward to this one.... can't wait! ...

    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...

    Probably the best historical fiction detective series atm. The dialogue is sharp, the setting so informative but with just enough detail. The characters are amazing even after this 3rd novel. Highly recommend this series!! ...

    4.44 ... Still don't like "Surrender Not" - prefer Suren. Much appreciate the setting, and also hope for next one soon ... won't wait so long to buy a copy from Britain ahead of US release. ...

    First there was A Rising Man and then A Necessary Evil and akin to the sound of an angelic host the very words, ?There?s a new Abir Mukherjee book out now? made my heart soar with an excitement rarely achieved, since I won a handwriting competition at the age of 10 on holiday on ...

    This series gets markedly better with every book. The author has always been brilliant at evoking the feel of the last years of the Raj and the 1920s Indian atmosphere, but the mystery plots are improving dramatically (and really deeply rooted in the history, which makes them work terr...

    I am a huge fan of this series and If you haven?t read A Rising Man or An Necessary Evil, then you need to add them to your wish list asap. The series is phenomenal and historical crime fiction at its finest. It was my 126th read of the year so far and the 13th edition to the 5* Geni...

    Another excellent book in this series. Atmospheric, interesting characters and an exciting plot. Can?t wait for the next one . ...

    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! ...

    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 companio...

    Mukherjee does it again! I'm not sure what fascinates me more. He dispatches his white British narrator to eviscerate British ideas about empire and especially about the Raj. And it seems like the British readers who are hearty fans are either owning up to their shiet or they didn't ca...

    This series of books is fast becoming one of my favourites! Prince Edward is due to visit Calcutta in the midst of increasing unrest among the natives who want independence from British rule. Add to this a murderer who is killing his victims in a strangely ritualistic way. And, finally...

    Another killer novel- just the right mix of angst, action, and cultural clashes that Mukherjee does the best. ...

    Sam Wyndham and Surrender-Not (Surindranath) Banerjee are about to have their third adventure. It is coming to the end of 1921 in Calcutta (as it then was) and Gandhi has called on the British to ?Quit India? by the end of the year. Time is running out and the situation is getting ...

    This series is among the best crime fiction that I have read. (and i have read a bit). This is doubly rewarding as all the action is based in India (Kolkata) and at an interesting time (1920s). I am gratified that I can read about a city and a milieu which I am absolutely familiar with...

    I bought "Smoke and Ashes" after hearing Abir speak at Theakston?s crime festival. Within a chapter I had to put it down. The third in the series, and although perfectly readable as a stand-alone story, I loved the opening so much that I went back and bought the first two books i...

    Abir Mukherjee opens up a whole new world to a child of the late 50's early 60's, whose education was coloured by "Glorious Empire" rather than balanced historical fact. His India of the 1920's viewed through the eyes of a British policeman gives a fascinating glimpse into the tensions...

    This is the third in the series set in 1920s India, but the novel easily stands alone. I will read the first two books, that?s for sure! Well-written and intricately plotted against the backdrop of Calcutta, this was a very interesting read. Sam Wyndham, veteran of WWI, is a poli...

  • Sara Aye Moung
    Dec 30, 2018

    What a fabulous, great series this is. I'm totally hooked, can't wait for the 4th book. Understand it's in preparation... More to follow... but already... Absolutely & Highly Recommended! This is a series about Captain Sam Wyndham, working at the Calcutta police force, fighting ...

    This is the third in the Captain Sam Wyndham series set in December 1921 in the run up to Christmas where there is little cheer for the British and the Raj in India. The British strategies to contain the mass movement for independence are failing, Mahatma Gandhi has managed to bring on...

    FIVE STARS! AGAIN! Extraordinary, assured, delightful, fascinating, enlightening, and my favourite: the Detective as Philosopher. A masterpiece, Abir. Truly wonderful! Thank you for the advanced reader copy. A truly fabulous evening with masters Robert Crais, Joseph Knox and Abi...

    love this series. I?m not a fan of historical crime for the most part ? that is to say it is not my go to genre ? but I made an exception once for ?A Rising Man? and haven?t looked back since. When I read these novels it is always the characters that make me stay or go ...

    So looking forward to this one.... can't wait! ...

    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...

    Probably the best historical fiction detective series atm. The dialogue is sharp, the setting so informative but with just enough detail. The characters are amazing even after this 3rd novel. Highly recommend this series!! ...

    4.44 ... Still don't like "Surrender Not" - prefer Suren. Much appreciate the setting, and also hope for next one soon ... won't wait so long to buy a copy from Britain ahead of US release. ...

    First there was A Rising Man and then A Necessary Evil and akin to the sound of an angelic host the very words, ?There?s a new Abir Mukherjee book out now? made my heart soar with an excitement rarely achieved, since I won a handwriting competition at the age of 10 on holiday on ...

    This series gets markedly better with every book. The author has always been brilliant at evoking the feel of the last years of the Raj and the 1920s Indian atmosphere, but the mystery plots are improving dramatically (and really deeply rooted in the history, which makes them work terr...

    I am a huge fan of this series and If you haven?t read A Rising Man or An Necessary Evil, then you need to add them to your wish list asap. The series is phenomenal and historical crime fiction at its finest. It was my 126th read of the year so far and the 13th edition to the 5* Geni...

    Another excellent book in this series. Atmospheric, interesting characters and an exciting plot. Can?t wait for the next one . ...

  • Jo Hindhaugh
    Jul 05, 2018

    What a fabulous, great series this is. I'm totally hooked, can't wait for the 4th book. Understand it's in preparation... More to follow... but already... Absolutely & Highly Recommended! This is a series about Captain Sam Wyndham, working at the Calcutta police force, fighting ...

    This is the third in the Captain Sam Wyndham series set in December 1921 in the run up to Christmas where there is little cheer for the British and the Raj in India. The British strategies to contain the mass movement for independence are failing, Mahatma Gandhi has managed to bring on...

    FIVE STARS! AGAIN! Extraordinary, assured, delightful, fascinating, enlightening, and my favourite: the Detective as Philosopher. A masterpiece, Abir. Truly wonderful! Thank you for the advanced reader copy. A truly fabulous evening with masters Robert Crais, Joseph Knox and Abi...

    love this series. I?m not a fan of historical crime for the most part ? that is to say it is not my go to genre ? but I made an exception once for ?A Rising Man? and haven?t looked back since. When I read these novels it is always the characters that make me stay or go ...

    So looking forward to this one.... can't wait! ...

    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...

    Probably the best historical fiction detective series atm. The dialogue is sharp, the setting so informative but with just enough detail. The characters are amazing even after this 3rd novel. Highly recommend this series!! ...

    4.44 ... Still don't like "Surrender Not" - prefer Suren. Much appreciate the setting, and also hope for next one soon ... won't wait so long to buy a copy from Britain ahead of US release. ...

    First there was A Rising Man and then A Necessary Evil and akin to the sound of an angelic host the very words, ?There?s a new Abir Mukherjee book out now? made my heart soar with an excitement rarely achieved, since I won a handwriting competition at the age of 10 on holiday on ...

    This series gets markedly better with every book. The author has always been brilliant at evoking the feel of the last years of the Raj and the 1920s Indian atmosphere, but the mystery plots are improving dramatically (and really deeply rooted in the history, which makes them work terr...

    I am a huge fan of this series and If you haven?t read A Rising Man or An Necessary Evil, then you need to add them to your wish list asap. The series is phenomenal and historical crime fiction at its finest. It was my 126th read of the year so far and the 13th edition to the 5* Geni...

    Another excellent book in this series. Atmospheric, interesting characters and an exciting plot. Can?t wait for the next one . ...

    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! ...

    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 companio...

    Mukherjee does it again! I'm not sure what fascinates me more. He dispatches his white British narrator to eviscerate British ideas about empire and especially about the Raj. And it seems like the British readers who are hearty fans are either owning up to their shiet or they didn't ca...

    This series of books is fast becoming one of my favourites! Prince Edward is due to visit Calcutta in the midst of increasing unrest among the natives who want independence from British rule. Add to this a murderer who is killing his victims in a strangely ritualistic way. And, finally...

  • Anirban Majumdar
    Oct 04, 2018

    What a fabulous, great series this is. I'm totally hooked, can't wait for the 4th book. Understand it's in preparation... More to follow... but already... Absolutely & Highly Recommended! This is a series about Captain Sam Wyndham, working at the Calcutta police force, fighting ...

    This is the third in the Captain Sam Wyndham series set in December 1921 in the run up to Christmas where there is little cheer for the British and the Raj in India. The British strategies to contain the mass movement for independence are failing, Mahatma Gandhi has managed to bring on...

    FIVE STARS! AGAIN! Extraordinary, assured, delightful, fascinating, enlightening, and my favourite: the Detective as Philosopher. A masterpiece, Abir. Truly wonderful! Thank you for the advanced reader copy. A truly fabulous evening with masters Robert Crais, Joseph Knox and Abi...

    love this series. I?m not a fan of historical crime for the most part ? that is to say it is not my go to genre ? but I made an exception once for ?A Rising Man? and haven?t looked back since. When I read these novels it is always the characters that make me stay or go ...

    So looking forward to this one.... can't wait! ...

    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...

    Probably the best historical fiction detective series atm. The dialogue is sharp, the setting so informative but with just enough detail. The characters are amazing even after this 3rd novel. Highly recommend this series!! ...

    4.44 ... Still don't like "Surrender Not" - prefer Suren. Much appreciate the setting, and also hope for next one soon ... won't wait so long to buy a copy from Britain ahead of US release. ...

    First there was A Rising Man and then A Necessary Evil and akin to the sound of an angelic host the very words, ?There?s a new Abir Mukherjee book out now? made my heart soar with an excitement rarely achieved, since I won a handwriting competition at the age of 10 on holiday on ...

    This series gets markedly better with every book. The author has always been brilliant at evoking the feel of the last years of the Raj and the 1920s Indian atmosphere, but the mystery plots are improving dramatically (and really deeply rooted in the history, which makes them work terr...

    I am a huge fan of this series and If you haven?t read A Rising Man or An Necessary Evil, then you need to add them to your wish list asap. The series is phenomenal and historical crime fiction at its finest. It was my 126th read of the year so far and the 13th edition to the 5* Geni...

    Another excellent book in this series. Atmospheric, interesting characters and an exciting plot. Can?t wait for the next one . ...

    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! ...

    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 companio...

    Mukherjee does it again! I'm not sure what fascinates me more. He dispatches his white British narrator to eviscerate British ideas about empire and especially about the Raj. And it seems like the British readers who are hearty fans are either owning up to their shiet or they didn't ca...

    This series of books is fast becoming one of my favourites! Prince Edward is due to visit Calcutta in the midst of increasing unrest among the natives who want independence from British rule. Add to this a murderer who is killing his victims in a strangely ritualistic way. And, finally...

    Another killer novel- just the right mix of angst, action, and cultural clashes that Mukherjee does the best. ...

    Sam Wyndham and Surrender-Not (Surindranath) Banerjee are about to have their third adventure. It is coming to the end of 1921 in Calcutta (as it then was) and Gandhi has called on the British to ?Quit India? by the end of the year. Time is running out and the situation is getting ...

    This series is among the best crime fiction that I have read. (and i have read a bit). This is doubly rewarding as all the action is based in India (Kolkata) and at an interesting time (1920s). I am gratified that I can read about a city and a milieu which I am absolutely familiar with...

    I bought "Smoke and Ashes" after hearing Abir speak at Theakston?s crime festival. Within a chapter I had to put it down. The third in the series, and although perfectly readable as a stand-alone story, I loved the opening so much that I went back and bought the first two books i...

    Abir Mukherjee opens up a whole new world to a child of the late 50's early 60's, whose education was coloured by "Glorious Empire" rather than balanced historical fact. His India of the 1920's viewed through the eyes of a British policeman gives a fascinating glimpse into the tensions...

    This is the third in the series set in 1920s India, but the novel easily stands alone. I will read the first two books, that?s for sure! Well-written and intricately plotted against the backdrop of Calcutta, this was a very interesting read. Sam Wyndham, veteran of WWI, is a poli...

    Another fascinating, immensely readable story in the Sam Wyndham & Surrender-Not (Surendranath Bannerjee) series. The characters are policemen working in 1920's Calcutta, a hotbed of rising independence agitation, severe poverty, extreme riches, and conflicted morality. Mukherjee...

    This third instalment was rather sad and downbeat, I think. Sam's opium addiction is ramping up. Gandhi's campaign for independence is making life difficult for Surrender-not. Sam's hopeless pining for Annie (which I find inexplicable and annoying) pops up again. The plot is more thril...

    Another stunning addition to the series, with the tight-woven web of politics, addiction, relationships, and murder all bringing Calcutta and its denizens to startling life. My favourite tidbit was the headline in an English newspaper that simply read "Taking Back Control", at which...

    Brilliant page turner set in the dying days of the raj. The hero is now a self confessed opium addict but still manages to do his job admirably. Likeable main characters who remain even more so after 3 books. Liked the way the experiences of ww1 were intertwined with that of independen...

    Momentum -- not as in Corbyn's fan club -- maintained with another highly entertaining yarn of Sam Wyndham and Surrender Not. What makes it a bit special is the atmospheric setting of the Raj and the political tension with the growing indepdendence movement which makes life increasingl...

    Another fine entry in the best new author series I have read this year. The peaceful protest plot with its nod to Gandhi and his ilk was woven in beautifully along with the plight of the Gurkhas and nefarious government schemes. Wyndham?s character arc takes off on a welcome tangent,...

    A thoroughly absorbing story, which I enjoyed as an audiobook on a very long car journey. The political unrest in India at the time time of Gandhi is the backdrop to this crime novel which sees Captain Sam Wyndham and his sidekick 'Surrender-not' Banerjee on the tail of a serial killer...

    This is really an exceptional historical crime novel in which most of the incidents had actually happed in the British India. Other than the main characters most of the other characters depicted in the book were real. This makes the story more lively and interesting. The novel is so we...

  • Fiona Erskine
    Dec 02, 2018

    What a fabulous, great series this is. I'm totally hooked, can't wait for the 4th book. Understand it's in preparation... More to follow... but already... Absolutely & Highly Recommended! This is a series about Captain Sam Wyndham, working at the Calcutta police force, fighting ...

    This is the third in the Captain Sam Wyndham series set in December 1921 in the run up to Christmas where there is little cheer for the British and the Raj in India. The British strategies to contain the mass movement for independence are failing, Mahatma Gandhi has managed to bring on...

    FIVE STARS! AGAIN! Extraordinary, assured, delightful, fascinating, enlightening, and my favourite: the Detective as Philosopher. A masterpiece, Abir. Truly wonderful! Thank you for the advanced reader copy. A truly fabulous evening with masters Robert Crais, Joseph Knox and Abi...

    love this series. I?m not a fan of historical crime for the most part ? that is to say it is not my go to genre ? but I made an exception once for ?A Rising Man? and haven?t looked back since. When I read these novels it is always the characters that make me stay or go ...

    So looking forward to this one.... can't wait! ...

    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...

    Probably the best historical fiction detective series atm. The dialogue is sharp, the setting so informative but with just enough detail. The characters are amazing even after this 3rd novel. Highly recommend this series!! ...

    4.44 ... Still don't like "Surrender Not" - prefer Suren. Much appreciate the setting, and also hope for next one soon ... won't wait so long to buy a copy from Britain ahead of US release. ...

    First there was A Rising Man and then A Necessary Evil and akin to the sound of an angelic host the very words, ?There?s a new Abir Mukherjee book out now? made my heart soar with an excitement rarely achieved, since I won a handwriting competition at the age of 10 on holiday on ...

    This series gets markedly better with every book. The author has always been brilliant at evoking the feel of the last years of the Raj and the 1920s Indian atmosphere, but the mystery plots are improving dramatically (and really deeply rooted in the history, which makes them work terr...

    I am a huge fan of this series and If you haven?t read A Rising Man or An Necessary Evil, then you need to add them to your wish list asap. The series is phenomenal and historical crime fiction at its finest. It was my 126th read of the year so far and the 13th edition to the 5* Geni...

    Another excellent book in this series. Atmospheric, interesting characters and an exciting plot. Can?t wait for the next one . ...

    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! ...

    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 companio...

    Mukherjee does it again! I'm not sure what fascinates me more. He dispatches his white British narrator to eviscerate British ideas about empire and especially about the Raj. And it seems like the British readers who are hearty fans are either owning up to their shiet or they didn't ca...

    This series of books is fast becoming one of my favourites! Prince Edward is due to visit Calcutta in the midst of increasing unrest among the natives who want independence from British rule. Add to this a murderer who is killing his victims in a strangely ritualistic way. And, finally...

    Another killer novel- just the right mix of angst, action, and cultural clashes that Mukherjee does the best. ...

    Sam Wyndham and Surrender-Not (Surindranath) Banerjee are about to have their third adventure. It is coming to the end of 1921 in Calcutta (as it then was) and Gandhi has called on the British to ?Quit India? by the end of the year. Time is running out and the situation is getting ...

    This series is among the best crime fiction that I have read. (and i have read a bit). This is doubly rewarding as all the action is based in India (Kolkata) and at an interesting time (1920s). I am gratified that I can read about a city and a milieu which I am absolutely familiar with...

    I bought "Smoke and Ashes" after hearing Abir speak at Theakston?s crime festival. Within a chapter I had to put it down. The third in the series, and although perfectly readable as a stand-alone story, I loved the opening so much that I went back and bought the first two books i...