Cawn ddilyn rhagor o hynt a helynt Joan D'Silva, y wraig weddw a'r fam o Calcutta. Dilyniant i Mrs D'Silva's Detective Instincts and the Shaitan of Calcutta.
Beautiful widow Joan D'Silva is at Howrah Station, fleeing Calcutta with her 11-year-old son Errol. Also on the same train is Laxhimi, a notorious hijira prostitute: charismatic, sensual and powerful. They are both running away to Lucknow to escape danger, but soon their lives will become entangled in a web of corruption and blackmail.
Fans of Mrs DíSilva, who made her mystery-solving dťbut in Glen Petersí first book, Mrs D'Silva's Detective Instincts and the Shaitan of Calcutta, will be delighted to read the second instalment of her adventures in Lucknow Ransom. Forget Miss Marple and Mma Ramotswe, Joan DíSilva is a beautiful, convent-educated, Catholic Anglo-Indian widow aged only thirty-three, with a tendency to dream prophetic dreams. Her role in Lucknow Ransom is not so much that of low-profile detective as key player in many of the events that lead up to the conclusion of the book.
Drawing on memories of his youth, Glen Peters sets his stories in post-independence 1960s India. After the drama of her first adventure, Joan DíSilva flees Calcutta for Lucknow, seeking sanctuary with relatives of her late husband. However, although she quickly succeeds in finding employment for herself and a suitable school for Errol, her eleven-year-old son, she is not destined for the quiet life. The author sets a brisk pace and uses lots of colourful description and local vocabulary (a short glossary is included) to paint a vivid technicolour picture of characters and setting.
Be warned, although this novel would qualify as cosy crime, this is not the world of The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, where local colour provides an entertaining backdrop to the safe emotional journeys of the characters. Lucknow Ransom contains everything from an Indian wedding, the chowk (or market) and a hockey-match to sex, violent death, a lynch mob, and the hijira (or transsexuals). There is no shortage of action, and Glen Petersí plot is never dull. Somehow he manages to fit in abortion, poisoning, suicide, drugs and castration, so the reader never knows what will happen next.
I enjoyed the mouth-watering descriptions of food scattered throughout the book, and there is even a recipe for a Fowl Curry included at the back! Hapless Inspector Mallothra may raise a smile as he admits that he obtained his operating philosophy from Mickey Spillane's Criminal Handbook!
You donít need to have read the first book to enjoy Lucknow Ransom, but readers may wish to seek out Mrs D'Silva's Detective Instincts and the Shaitan of Calcutta to brighten their British summer while awaiting the further adventures of glamorous Mrs DíSilva.
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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.
Who is responsible for the poisoning at the factory? Is it the Workers Revolutionary Movement, the Children of God under the sway of the charismatic Swami Naik, or someone else entirely?
If only the police could help. But Detective Inspector Mallothra has based his investigative style on Mickey Spillane novels so itís down to Joan, her friends, and of course Errol, to unmask the perpetrator.
With a cast of colourful characters, this new novel by Glen Peters is inspired by his youth in the dwindling Anglo-Indian community. It is a witty, vivid tale of intrigue, immersed in the sights, sounds, smells and especially the tastes of 1960s India.
The second title in Glenís series of Mrs DíSilva novels.