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Mrs D' Silva and The Lucknow Ransom (Mrs D' Silva's Detective Instincts)

Mrs D' Silva and The Lucknow Ransom (Mrs D' Silva's Detective Instincts) [Kindle Edition]

Glen Peters
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'This is a novel with the recognisable flavour and visual sense of a Bollywood Movie; full of passions, pleasures, dastardly deeds, wicked anti-heroes and of course, a final romantic rescue for the heroine.' --Liz Whittaker - Tivyside Newspaper

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Beautiful widow Joan D'Silva is at Howrah Station, fleeing Calcutta with her 11-year-old son Errol. Also on the same train is Laxhimi, a notorious hijira prostitute: charismatic, sensual and powerful. They are both running away to Lucknow to escape danger, but soon their lives will become entangled in a web of corruption and blackmail. Who is responsible for the poisoning at the factory? Is it the Workers Revolutionary Movement, the Children of God under the sway of the charismatic Swami Naik, or someone else entirely? If only the police could help. But Detective Inspector Mallothra has based his investigative style on Mickey Spillane novels so it's down to Joan, her friends, and of course Errol, to unmask the perpetrator. With a cast of colourful characters, this new novel by Glen Peters is inspired by his youth in the dwindling Anglo-Indian community. It is a witty, vivid tale of intrigue, immersed in the sights, sounds, smells and especially the tastes of 1960s India and will appeal to readers who've enjoyed Deborah Moggach’s These Foolish Things (the inspiration for the recent critically acclaimed film The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel).

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 460 KB
  • Print Length: 250 pages
  • Publisher: Parthian Books (21 Jun 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #136,884 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I'm a writer of Anglo Indian fiction with an interest in making the world aware of a vanishing tribe of people that were born out of 200 years of British colonial engagement in India. I was born in the UP in India but grew up in a railway colony near Calcutta int the late 50s and 60s. I went to a Salesian school, Don Boscos, based in a slum, which gave me a foundation in the sciences. I attended IIT in Kharagpur before my parents emigrated to London where I have lived for most of my life. I attended University in London in the 70s which was memorable. Later I worked as an engineer with British Gas and joined Price Waterhouse in the 80s where I stayed till I retired in 2010. Most of my consulting work with Price Waterhouse was in the energy sector and over the last few years I have established a rewarding renewables business. I want my grandchildren to survive the harm we're doing to this planet.

For the past 20 years I have had a love affair with Wales where my wife and I have developed an old mansion and estate into an arts centre. My interest in writing began five years ago after writing a story about an incident during my youth. Since then I've developed an interest in telling the story of the Anglo Indian community I grew up in, possibly the result of ageing and getting sentimental. The thriller genre has made my writing more accessible to a non literary readership.

Setting my books in the 1960s gives me the opportunity to think back 50 years to my youth, a time of great change in India's fledgling democracy and a nation coming to terms with its newly gained freedom. At the same time most of the members of the Anglo Indian community were leaving for the English speaking commonwealth and their numbers dwindled.

I've always regarded myself occupying a space between two very different worlds and throughout my professional career felt equally at home in the East as I did in the West. I'm sure this helped me see opportunities more clearly and understand diverse points of view.

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lucknow Ransom 2 Aug 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
Lucknow Ransom is a gripping read. I couldn't put it down. Glen Peters evokes the sights, sounds and smells of Lucknow with visceral realism. The character seem like people the author might have known from his own childhood in 1960s India.

As Anglo-Indians forge new identities in post-Independence India, the political and social turbulence of the times is captured with authenticity. The engaging heroine is drawn into a love affair with a man of mysterious past who manages a factory. When he receives an extortion demand, it sets in train dramatic happenings. Weaving in and out of the story is Lakshmi, a child of indeterminate sex, who gives us a fascinating look into the brothels of the hijira. There is plenty of sex (orthodox and unorthodox), exotic locales, and a rich cast of characters from corrupt officials to lecherous headmasters. The writing pulsates.

The book would make a great television series because each chapter is a complete story in itself, while driving the action forward. From a hilarious hockey match to a riot in a market, the momentum is unstoppable. The climactic banquet scene seems straight out of Shakespeare's Titus Andronicus. A startling denouement leaves the reader eager for the next book in the series.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Evocative 3 Aug 2013
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I found Lucknow Ransom accurate and evocative. The characters were obviously drawn from life and sometimes easily recognisable. A thoroughly enjoyable read and I am now looking forward to the next book in the trilogy.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Authentic! 3 Aug 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
The first in the D'Silva series made me think of Alexander McCall Smith and left me wanting more so I was delighted to see a sequel appear. Peters is a vibrant writer who unwraps very beautifully the sounds, sights, smells and tastes of India. Lucknow Ransom is steeped in authenticity, humour (laugh-out-loud in places) and a page-turning plot - a great holiday companion.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great sequel! 11 Jun 2013
The Lucknow Ransom follows on brilliantly from Peters' first novel Mrs D'Silva and the Shaitan of Calcutta. Delving deeper into the life of crime that Joan D'Silva has found herself involved in, Peters provides a vivid and intense picture of the political climate of 1960s India. With the introduction of the hjiras (Indian transvestites) and many other new elements besides, there is plenty to keep the reader interested. Not only is the Lucknow Ransom highly readable, with a plot that twists and turns and always keeps the reader guessing, but it is also highly informative, providing a fascinating insight into the nuances of post-independence India. I will definitely be looking forward to a third instalment!
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4.0 out of 5 stars India after the Raj 2 Nov 2013
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The British have gone home, leaving India to its own devices. The few Brits that remain cluster together, and in Lucknow their society welcomes Mrs d'Silva, an attractive young widow from Calcutta. She makes friends, including the manager of the local Apna vegetable oil factory, with whom she falls in love. But the factory is under threat from saboteurs who demand a ransom. This isn't paid, and bad things start to happen.

The subtitle suggests that it is a detective story, and in a way it is - there is a mystery to be solved, and eventually the villain is unmasked. But the real story is about India and the many, many people who live there.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Hoping for another 18 Oct 2013
By James
Format:Kindle Edition
Fun and entertaining to read, this sequel is a definite page turner. The author truly brought the main character to life and the well developed storyline was immediately engaging.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Lucknow Ransom 15 Oct 2013
By caelo
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I was rather bored by this book but did manage to finish it. I really don't have any more to say.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Indian Life in a story 11 Oct 2013
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I quite like this book, would have prefered it to have moved faster and I did finish it. Not really an in depth read but ok for 99p
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Published 2 months ago by C. J. MCLACHLAN
2.0 out of 5 stars Cannot get into this book
I have tried to read this book several times, but just cannot get into it for some reason. Maybe just me?
Published 4 months ago by SparkRight
1.0 out of 5 stars Lousy
Don't waste your time. There are so many good books in the world, don't waste your precious minutes on earth reading this drivel.
Published 14 months ago by Ridgerider
2.0 out of 5 stars The Lucknow Ransom
I felt it was difficult to get into and at times a bit odd but if you know Indian culture and language it would be easier. I did eventually finish it.
Published 15 months ago by Evelyn Hughes
3.0 out of 5 stars Different
I felt I was at a disadvantage not having read any previous books in this series as there were assumptions that one knew the background of the characters. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Mrs. J. Newton
3.0 out of 5 stars Lucknow Ransom
The plot is moves along at a good enough pace to hold the reader's interest. The dialogue in particular is excellent, realistic. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Alice Maud Mary
3.0 out of 5 stars Ok holiday read
Was going quite well till the author just decided to end it, I think he lost the plot and gave up.
Published 15 months ago by Mrs Teresa A. Garner
3.0 out of 5 stars Slim pickings
The plot is extremely slight and fairly transparent - a blackmailer extorts money from a cooking oil plant by poisoning the product so it wasn't hard to guess the perpetrator. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Elaine Tomasso
1.0 out of 5 stars An uninspiring tale
Really disappointing characters were of minor importance due over lengthy descriptions off India landscape I will not read any more from this author.
Published 15 months ago by Mr. R. I. Tapley
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