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Mrs D' Silva and The Lucknow Ransom (Mrs D' Silva's Detective Instincts) by [Peters, Glen]
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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

About the Author

Glen Peters was brought up in an Anglo-Indian railway community in early post-independence India. His family was from Lucknow. After attending University in London he had a successful career with an international Accounting Firm, retiring in 2010 to live in Pembrokeshire where he now runs an arts charity and a renewables business.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1544 KB
  • Print Length: 250 pages
  • Publisher: Parthian Books (21 Jun. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00DKMVMB6
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  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars 23 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #248,302 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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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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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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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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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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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By Elaine Tomasso TOP 500 REVIEWER on 19 Sept. 2013
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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. The characters all acted as if they were in some dreadful British film from the 50s or 60s. Nobody actually said "jolly hockey sticks" but there was a hockey match so they might well have.
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.
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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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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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