2017-08-12 11:04:51 UTC
I just finished "The Last Kashmiri Rose" the first of THIRTEEN in the Joe Sandilands series This is set in 1922. He is a former London police officer and a veteran of WWI. He has just spent 6 months service in the Bengal area of India lecturing on modern detecting tools, when he is ordered to settle the minds of the military wives who have noticed a pattern of a regimental officer's wife dying from a freak accident every March. The first happened in 1910 so not only is the trail cold, there are no forensics etc.
The wife of the "collector" which seems to be a title for the chief law enforcement person, has convinced her Uncle the Governor, that her friend has not committed suicide and to have Sandilands investigate.
I don't really do police mysteries or British ones either anymore but this one is so far back in time, that most of what I object to in them was missing. I think I must have picked it up for my TBR pile because for a while a few years back I was going through a phase looking for mysteries in exotic locales, having accidentally read a couple set in unusual places.
I really couldn't say it better than the back cover blurb which says "In her spellbinding debut mystery .... (she) evokes both enchantments and dangers of India" and "has just about everything: a fresh, beautifully realized exotic setting, a strong, confident protagonist, a poignant love story, and an exquisitely complex plot."
Definitely the complex and multi-layered but understandable plot. And while I figured out "whodunnit" and was not surprised because she was fair with the clues, the motive was so completely unexpected despite the clear clues throughout.
I liked all of the characters, especially some of the Indians. I like the time period. You could see elements of the future politics of the area after WWII, just slightly. You wouldn't notice them if you didn't know history. It was not at all preachy.
I will definitely look for the next in the series. I looked her up and it shows she also has written 3 books in another series categorized as cozy so I'll try to find one of those also. Anybody read of them?