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Murder in Old Bombay: A Mystery av Nev March
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Murder in Old Bombay: A Mystery (utgåvan 2020)

av Nev March (Författare)

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Titel:Murder in Old Bombay: A Mystery
Författare:Nev March (Författare)
Info:Minotaur Books (2020), 392 pages
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1892 Bombay Two sisters, Bacha and her sister by marriage Pilloo, have jumped from a university clock tower in daylight and three men were charged with murder and later acquitted, with the evidence stating it was suicide. The family is convinced that it was not and the husband Adi Framji is approached by Captain Jim Agnihotri who is then hired for a six month period to investigate. The story is from his point of view.
An interesting and entertaining complex Victorian mystery and adventure story, with its varied and likeable characters.
An ARC was provided by the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. ( )
  Vesper1931 | Jul 29, 2021 |
Pull up a cocktail and be swept away. A fabulously original twist on the Sherlock Holmes-style mystery, Murder on Bombay takes you a on a magic carpet ride to British Colonial India of the late 1800’s. You’ll feel utterly transported as sandalwood and jasmine perfume the air, elegant women draped in beautiful silk saris catch your eye, and scoundrels and scamps appear around every bend.

Thank you to Nev March, Minotaur Books, and NetGalley for providing a free Advance Reader Copy in exchange for this honest review.

Captain Jim Agnihotri has nothing but time on his hands while recovering in the hospital from recent battle wounds. With not much more than his Sherlock Holmes novels and the newspaper for company, Jim becomes intrigued by reports of two young women who fell to their deaths from a nearby tower. Deeply moved by the widower’s letter to the paper, and with a strong conviction that there’s more to this story than it may seem, Jim makes it his personal mission to solve the mystery of the women’s deaths and bring the Framji family some peace.

The requisite puzzling clues appear, and pontificating of course ensues, along with adventurous treks across the Indian landscape, a burgeoning romance with an enchanting Persion beauty, and the ultimate prize Jim didn’t realize he was looking for – a sense of belonging – and of family.

This book is truly a treasure. Pick it up as soon as you are able – you won’t be sorry!

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  Desiree_Reads | Jul 9, 2021 |
Murder in Old Bombay - March
Audio performance by Vikas Adam
4 stars

As the title suggests, the story is set in late 19th century British India. The horrible deaths of two young woman, an apparent double suicide, catches the attention of Captain Jim Agnihotri, recovering from wounds in a military hospital. Steeped in obsessive reading of Sherlock Holmes stories, Jim leaves the hospital and is hired as an investigator by the grieving family.

The young women were members of an upper caste, wealthy, Parsee family. Jim is AngloIndian, son of an unknown English father and a Brahman mother. He was raised in a Catholic orphanage until he joined the English army at a young age. Caste and race discrimination permeates the story, although the general atmosphere is mostly pro-British. While Jim attempts to implement the logic of Sherlock Holmes, the author is also borrowing from Kipling’s Kim.

The voice of Kipling was most apparent when Jim accepted a temporary Army commission as a scout. His search for a single witness in his own investigation leads him into disputed Afghan territory. He finds himself caught up in a tide of refugees fleeing the front lines of a conflict. Honorable and resourceful, he rescues a small troop of abandoned children. It’s the best part of the story, although it adds almost nothing to the main plot.

There were a great many atmospheric details that added little to the plot. I enjoyed the setting and the descriptions, but I felt that many areas of conflict were oversimplified. I didn’t ever believe in the reality of the romantic subplot, not in that time and place. However, who am I to object to a happy ending? ( )
1 rösta msjudy | May 31, 2021 |
Nev March wrote a novel of crime and intrigue set in 19th century India. The story was laden with references to the impact of British colonialism and racism between the cultures of East Indian natives and British Raj hierarchies. Into this mix, the author sets the narrative within the deeply prejudicial nature of the caste system prevalent in Hindu and Zoroastrian societies.

This adventurous mystery was highly engaging, involving a mixed-heritage main character (James ‘Jim’ Agnihotri) pursuing the cause of two women’s deaths. Several supporting personalities from the Parsee, British, and Indian communities added enthralling detail to this investigation. The struggles between ruling elite hoping to throw off the British yoke, rivalries in commerce amongst the East Indian merchant groups and ultimately, deadly interference by unscrupulous rulers in independent provinces made for a complex narrative.

These various plots and subplots were both exciting and a distraction. For example, Jim’s disguised journeys to Lahore and Simla were delightful vignettes wherein he gathered a group of orphaned and lost children during an Afghan uprising. Nevertheless, March created such complex tangential action, that the main theme was watered down: the peripheral events to the investigation tended to swamp the original storyline.

Overall, the story is very readable, considering it is a debut novel. However, the book would have benefitted from rigorous editing to move the story forward, keeping only the descriptive passages that gave the characters’ their depth and personalities. Specifically, there seemed little reason to concoct references to Sherlock Holmes as a device to prompt Jim’s investigative methods; secondly, there were many repetitive sequences that didn’t need restating. The reader will understand from brief mention that a romance was developing, that Jim has issues with his mixed-heritage and suffers what today we know is the seriousness of PSTD.
Since this story ticked many of my favourite aspects for a satisfying read, I do recommend the book for its adroit use of genuine historical events and capturing the societal-political reality of its times. ( )
1 rösta SandyAMcPherson | Apr 21, 2021 |
James Agnihotri, his mother an Indian woman and his father an unknown Englishman, was discharged after being seriously wounded fighting for the British against an uprising in India. While convalescing, he stumbles upon a series of articles in the newspaper about the deaths of two young Bombay women: both fell from the university's clock tower, and their deaths have been ruled suicides, but the details don't match up. As soon as Jim is able, he decides that he wants to investigate the deaths, bringing him into the employ of the women's high-status family. The investigation soon expands in unexpected ways, sending Jim to other parts of Bombay and India.

I really enjoyed this! I've read a couple historical mysteries set in India recently, including The Widows of Malabar Hill and A Rising Man, and this was a really enjoyable book in that vein. (This book is set a couple decades earlier than The Widows of Malabar Hill, but both are in Bombay and center around the Parsee community.) A lot happens in this book (and I mean that in a good way). Around halfway through, things took a turn that I really wasn't expecting (and I couldn't see how it was at all related to the main mystery), but everything worked out--I really enjoyed the sort of classic feel of the mystery. (I also got a kick out of the various disguises that Jim wears.) There's a lot of really substantial stuff, especially focused on Jim reconciling with various aspects of his past, that happens outside of the pure solving of the mystery, and I think that the author did a good job of balancing the mystery with the other strands of the plot. I was definitely impressed by this, especially since it's a debut. It looks like March is writing a sequel, and I'll definitely plan to pick that up once it's released. ( )
  forsanolim | Apr 17, 2021 |
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March fills the story with finely developed characters, particularly Agnihotri, who proves a zealous investigator. She also presents an authentic view of India under British rule while exploring the challenges faced by a character of mixed race. The heartfelt ending leaves plenty of room for a sequel. Readers won’t be surprised this won the Minotaur Books/Mystery Writers of America First Crime Novel Award.
tillagd av VivienneR | ändraPublisher's Weekly (Sep 8, 2021)
 
Murder In Old Bombay is a layered mystery, involving complicated questions of loyalty and identity, with fun nods to Arthur Conan Doyle throughout.
 
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