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Mrs D' Silva and The Lucknow Ransom (Mrs D' Silva's Detective Instincts) Kindle Edition
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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.
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.
I don't know anything about life in India but I assume the details are correct so it was interesting to read about the last throws of colonial life but overall, as a crime reader, I found this book to be boring and struggled to get through it.
Most recent customer reviews
I have tried to read this book several times, but just cannot get into it for some reason. Maybe just me?Published on 11 Aug. 2014 by SparkRight
I was rather bored by this book but did manage to finish it. I really don't have any more to say.Published on 15 Oct. 2013 by caelo
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 on 6 Oct. 2013 by Ridgerider
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 on 3 Oct. 2013 by Evelyn Hughes
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 morePublished on 25 Sept. 2013 by Mrs. J. Newton
The plot is moves along at a good enough pace to hold the reader's interest. The dialogue in particular is excellent, realistic. Read morePublished on 23 Sept. 2013 by Alice Maud Mary
Was going quite well till the author just decided to end it, I think he lost the plot and gave up.Published on 22 Sept. 2013 by Amazon Customer