This is the fifth book in the Kate Shackleton mystery series set in nineteen twenties Yorkshire. Kate, a young widow, is a private detective specialising in missing people. She receives a phone call from her cousin, James, who works for the India Office and who wants her to find a missing Maharajah without making too much fuss about it. Not the easiest of tasks and Kate finds the secrecy aspects of the case somewhat irksome.
I enjoyed this well written and interesting mystery. It brings a forgotten era vividly to life and also shows ordinary people going about their lives. I thought the descriptions of the Maharajah's relatives' entourages were very good and I could imagine the tents and the gorgeous silks, carpets, and clothes. I liked the way the characters interacted and I like Kate herself and the way she works.