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  1. says:

    Really really good and wonderful book Full of atmosphere of of the 1920s India story tells of a 'British gentleman and policeman in India' I enjoyed the first book enjoyed this second one eually as much Wow what a read Loved it Thus five stars Can't wait for the next one Highly recommended Read this series Here's the story this is the second book about Captain Sam Wyndham I can really recommend the first book A rising man see my review A necessary Evil India 1920 The fabulously wealthy kingdom of Sambalpore is home to tigers elephants diamond mines and the beautiful Palace of the Sun But when the Maharaja's son and heir to the throne is assassinated in the presence of Captain Sam Wyndham and Sergeant 'Surrender not' Banerjee they discover a kingdom riven with suppressed conflict Prince Adhir was a modernizer whose attitudes and romantic relationship with a British woman may have upset the religious elements of his country while his brother now in line to the throne appears to be a feckless playboy Wyndham and Banerjee become entangled in a dangerous world where those in power live by their own rules and those who cross their paths pay with their lives This series mystifies and intrigues me Recommended highlight 2017


  2. says:

    After Mukherjee's stunning debut The Rising Man he follows up with this eually brilliant seuel with the return of Captain Sam Wyndham and Sergeant 'Surrender not' Banerjee in the India of the 1920s Britain is trying desperately to keep their hold on a country where unrest bubbles everywhere The Viceroy may be the most important man in India but the civil servant is uneasy and merely treading water until his successor can take over his goal to avoid the ignominy of being the man responsible for losing Britain its Jewel in the Crown To this end he is pushing to establish the toothless Chamber of Princes as a fig leaf suggesting that change is underway Banerjee's Harrow and Cambridge friend Prince Adhir is key in persuading other Princes to fall in line with these plans Adhir however is a moderniser and contemptuous of this latest idea and worried about notes he has received that warn he is in danger Wyndham and Banerjee are in the car with Adhir when he is assassinated by a man dressed as a priest at the Rath Yathra a procession of Lord Jaginnath in Calcutta The assassin is tracked down but after burning evidence shoots himself dead The Viceroy wants this to be the end but Wyndham knows the true perpetrators of the deed reside in the Prince's kingdom of Sambalpore in Orissa With Lord Taggart a plan is concocted where Banerjee is named the emissary to the Prince's funeral and Wyndam is accompanying him on the pretext of being on holidaySambalpore is decadently wealthy with a history of trading in opium but now reliant on its fabulous diamond mines and home of the opulent Palace of the Sun The Royal Court is a hotbed of intrigue and plots and the Anglo Indian Diamond Company and its director Sir Ernest Fitzmaurice are negotiating to buy the diamond mines Adhir's brother the playboy and womanising Prince Punit will become Maharajah when his elderly and frail father dies Derek Carmichael is the foreign office representative in the kingdom trying to implement the Viceroy's orders for Sam to return to Calcutta Wyndham is forced to confront his assumptions and prejudices of how the natives and royals are meant to behave He is rocked to the core when he is confronted with Katherine Pemberley an educated Englishwoman patently in love with an Indian man whilst it is rampant and accepted practice that white men have relationships with Indian women it is unacceptable and beyond the pale that a native man be involved with a white woman Annie Grant returns although she has yet to forgive Sam for viewing her as a murder suspect previously but his obsession with her merely grows to gargantuan proportions as does his jealousy of any man in her vicinity Sam and Banerjee face a rising tide of dead bodies where every theory they have proves to be inadeuate in their difficult investigation in search of the truth Even if they are successful will justice be beyond their grasp? Mukerjee has undertaken impeccable research as he writes atmospherically of the sweltering and vibrant India on the cusp of the monsoon rains under the turbulent political climate of paranoia amongst the British insisting the Princes play their part in supporting their rule We get a glimpse into the world of the wildly rich and decadent powerful princes with their tiger hunts sense of entitlement concubines and many wives Wyndam is a flawed man of this historical period subject to the entrenched thinking of the time despite his efforts to be a liberal thinking man His opium habit looks as if he is in on the path of becoming a prisoner of his need for the drug What is wonderful to observe is that his relationship with Surrender not is becoming natural and euitable developing into a partnership where the two trust each other and work well together This is a superb complex and totally gripping portrayal of India in the 1920s with an insightful and brutal picture of the culture attitudes and practices of the British and the Indian Princes with their divisions as to the way forward I can only urge you to read this fantastic piece of historical fiction Highly recommended


  3. says:

    Superb 5 starsThis is wonderfully plotted and paced with just the right balance of action description and dialogue steeped in a amazing variety of Indian culture and history and seasoned with colourful characters and a dash of romance As in the first book A Rising Man my review the mystery is complex and we and Sam are presented with far possible solutions than we can manage Clues are presented freuently along with red herrings but it's so hard to tell the difference Delightful and challengingThis book is courageous confident and better than book #1 Well done As usual with my reviews please first read the publisher’s blurbsummary of the book Thank you Book epigraph before page one You can’t make an omelette without breaking heads uotes and thoughts belowIn Calcutta Prince Adhir to Sam We’ve surrendered this land to you and for what? A few fine words fancy titles and scraps from your table over which we bicker like bald men fighting over a comb’ Sam to Adhir as they ride in a silver Rolls Royce plated with solid silver ‘A prince a priest and a policeman drive past the Bengal Club in a Rolls Royce ’ I said ‘It sounds like the opening to a not very amusing joke’ ‘On the contrary’ said the prince ‘If you think about it it is actually most amusing’ The lovely Annie Grant appears again although Sam somewhat blew up their romance in the previous book stupid git I imagine most women would go off a man who’d accused them of complicity in murder I had of course tried to explain that I hadn’t technically accused her of anything; but it’s difficult to resurrect a romance by resorting to technicalities According to Surrender not Calcutta was where the science of modern fingerprint detection was born He claimed it was two Bengalis –one a Hindu the other a Mohammedan –who’d done the work Of course the classification system they’d devised bore not their names but that of their supervisor Edward Henry He’d gone on to receive a knighthood and become commissioner of Scotland Yard Wikipedia does remember and credit their names but like most bosses of any race or nationality the techniue bears his name In fact one of my bosses during my research at MIT tried to steal my work as well as that of three other graduate students in following yearsThe Henry Classification System is a long standing method by which fingerprints are sorted by physiological characteristics for one to many searching Developed by Hem Chandra Bose Azizul Haue and Sir Edward Henry in the late 19th century for criminal investigations in British India it was the basis of modern day AFIS Automated Fingerprint Identification System classification methods up until the 1990s The monsoon Far than just rain it sustained life brought forth the promise of new birth broke the heat and vanuished drought It was the country’s saviour India’s true god Monsoon in Calcutta Walking into Howrah station was akin to entering Babel before the Lord took issue with their construction plans All the peoples of the world gathered under the station’s soot stained glass roof Howrah Train Station The murder weapon a Colt Paterson revolver patented by Samuel Colt in 1836 45%Some delightful ribald humour here in the provenance of Carmichael's golf bag Well done MukherjeeAnnie and SamIt's interesting how Mukherjee has placed Annie out of reach of Sam now She started as a mere secretary although a beautiful and important one in the first book Their's was a gentle romance of almost euals in societal terms although clouded by her involvement with the shady industrialist Buchan In this book though Annie's newly wealthy status has elevated her into circles above Sam and the heartache he feels is poignant She is not unkind to Sam her respect and attraction still remain but she clearly relishes her increased power and freedom and the romantic attentions of the powerful and wealthy here The loss of his dead wife and the possible loss of Annie are dangerously dark clouds in Sam's life especially with his growing addiction to the escape of opium Colonel Arora's pick for the midnight run Alfa Romeo 2080 Before the tiger hunt A bearer handed out the guns Good ones too Made by Purdey’s of Mayfair gunmakers to the King as well as to international aristocracy and any other rich bastard who felt a need to shoot things that didn’t shoot back And to end an outstanding breakneck climax and a masterfully complex and satisfying resolution Once again we arrive at the surprising solution just as Sam does wonderful She took my hand ‘I hope we meet again some day Captain In the meantime remember what I told you Your soul craves the truth You have that now Justice is a matter for the gods’


  4. says:

    This was my second book by Mukherjee and the second in this series but I am already looking forward to reading the next one I like Sam the detective and the way the author describes the setting makes 1920s India feel like a character in itself The story was engaging and I was guessing until the end I also like the relationship between Sam and his sidekick Banerjee and the way Sam's experiences in the First World War carry over into his new life in India RecommendedFind reviews and bookish fun at


  5. says:

    45 Stars This one shines Prince Adhir of of Sambalpore has been assassinated and Captain Wyndham and Sergeant Banerjee of the Calcutta Police were in the prince's car with him when it happened In spite of their best efforts the assassin escapes and the chase begins Who would have wanted the highly intelligent forward thinking heir of the Maharaja eliminated? Was it political personal or religiously motivated? Is someone hoping to gain control of the enormous riches of Sambalpore?A Necessary Evil is set in 1920s colonial India when the British were still determined to maintain their hold over the jewel in the crown and the author does a excellent job of explaining the political climate of the time India is another character in the story; the sights sounds and smells of the country come alive you can feel the humidity There is fascinating information about religious practices culture and history scattered throughout; I felt like an armchair traveler There is a sinister undercurrent running throughout the mystery but Mukherjee's great sense of humor and talent for characterization balance out the violent murder and political unrest From the flawed hero Captain Wyndham with his drug addiction and his partner the well educated and kind Sergeant Banerjee to the funny side characters like Mrs Mitter the author has created people so real they pop up instantly in your minds eye The pleasure of this book is in the details feeling of discovery and complex characterizations I'm now impatiently awaiting the next book in the seriesI received a copy of this book through NetGalley


  6. says:

    An excellent detective novel streets ahead of the first which was damn good itself The writing is stellar the atmosphere and setting of the last days of the Raj vividly depicted and I totally did not get anywhere near guessing whodunnit which is pretty rare for me One of the great features of this series is the narrator Sam Wyndham a war traumatised policeman with an opium habit Wyndham is a white man of his time and the author doesn't spare us that he is by most lights progressive but we see the deep discomfort he feels about a white womanIndian man relationship we see how he interacts differently with a mixed race woman and even though he shockingly shares lodgings with an Indian his sergeant he still doesn't get his name right Racist colleagues dubbed Surenandrath Surrender not; Wyndham tries to use his real name but eventually gives up because the d isn't English style This is actual flawed hero stuff not the usual messy divorce drinks gambles and it brings the fundamentally destructive cruel dehumanising racism of the Raj front and centre There's no comfortable Good White Guy to make it okay here Everyone's pretty flawed in fact all just struggling on There's a great ref to the Viceroys of India all just trying hard not to be the one in the hot seat when India is eventually lost to the empireHow historical detective fic should be immersive informative entertaining super vivid Cracking stuff


  7. says:

    Author has maintained same level of tempo and plot development as the first installment Interlinked subplot leading to one big crimeIt gave me company for good 7 days


  8. says:

    Captain Sam Wyndham and his partner Sergeant Surendranath Banerjee called Surrender not by Sam are officers on the Calcutta police force in 1920 When a young prince is murdered in front of them they are pulled into solving the crime I didn't realize that this was the second in a mystery series but it also didn't matter as the story stands just fine by itself I really enjoyed this both the historical setting and the mystery itself It's a literary mystery in that there's a lot of other stuff going on around collecting clues The story focuses on the changing times of India under British rule; its many tiny principalities; and the uncomfortable relationship between whites and natives It keeps itself firmly in its times by expressing British thoughts through Wyndham's first person narration while Indian characters point out flaws in that logic and the possibility of modern views Wyndham struggles with opium addiction resulting from a wound he got in WWI and with grief over the loss of his wife in 1918 presumably to the flu? although it's not stated I zoomed through this it was that gripping And while I'm not sure I entirely understood everyone's motives all the characters were fascinating and whole with their own agendas so it wasn't obvious at all who was behind the murder I'm going to look for the first book soon


  9. says:

    Some books you savour long after you have read them because of the way they connect with you For me last year's breakout crime hit A Rising Man was one of those books I love India based fiction and in this the second in the series Mukherjee once again evokes 1920s India in all its humid glory This time his protagonist Captain Sam Wyndham is on the trail of the murderer of an Indian prince Mukherjee uses the plot as a means of taking us back to the time of the nawabs showing us the excesses eccentricities and hidden responsibilities of the men and women who once ruled the subcontinent What distinguishes these books is the uality of the writing and the dry humour A solid recommendation from me Meanwhile I eagerly await the third


  10. says:

    After having enjoyed the first book of this series I couldn’t wait to see what Mukherjee had in store for us Well an even better read as it happensCaptain Wyndham and Sergeant Banerjee are back on the scene A Prince is murdered in front of them and although the case is closed with the apprehension of the culprit everything is not as it seems Our duo end up going to Sambalpor unofficially in an effort to find answersOnce again Sam’s voice is fascinating combining the various facets of our flawed hero from his obsession to find the tuth to dealing with his opium addiction The atmosphere too is all encompassing Somehow a piece of 1920 India comes alive through the pages and it is captivating The mystery too has been upgraded keeping the suspense to the very endA definite improvement on the first book Can’t wait to start book 3


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He religious elements of his country while his brother – now in line to the throne – appears to be a feckless playboyAs Wyndham and Banerjee desperately try to unravel the mystery behind the assassination they become entangled in a dangerous world where those in power live by their own rules and those who cross their paths pay with their lives They must find a murderer before the murderer finds themPraise for A Necessary Evil'Even better than his first What is most striking about Mukherjee’s novels is his infectious. 45 Stars This one shines Prince Adhir of of Sambalpore has been assassinated and Captain Wyndham and Sergeant Banerjee of the Calcutta Police were in the prince's car with him when it happened In spite of their best efforts the assassin escapes and the chase begins Who would have wanted the highly intelligent forward thinking heir of the Maharaja eliminated Was it political personal or religiously motivated Is someone hoping to gain control of the enormous riches of SambalporeA Necessary Evil is set in 1920s colonial India when the British were still determined to maintain their hold over the jewel in the crown and the author does a excellent job of explaining the political climate of the time India is another character in the story; the sights sounds and smells of the country come alive you can feel the humidity There is fascinating information about religious practices culture and history scattered throughout; I felt like an armchair traveler There is a sinister undercurrent running throughout the mystery but Mukherjee's great sense of humor and talent for characterization balance out the violent murder and political unrest From the flawed hero Captain Wyndham with his drug addiction and his partner the well educated and kind Sergeant Banerjee to the funny side characters like Mrs Mitter the author has created people so real they pop up instantly in your minds eye The pleasure of this book is in the details feeling of discovery and complex characterizations I'm now impatiently awaiting the next book in the seriesI received a copy of this book through NetGalley Ship of Magic (Liveship Traders, religious elements of his country while his brother – now in line to the throne – appears to be a feckless playboyAs Wyndham and Banerjee desperately try to unravel the mystery behind the assassination they become entangled in a dangerous world where those in power live by their own Kick-boxing pour la ligne rules and those who cross their paths pay with their lives They must find a murderer before the murderer finds themPraise for A Necessary Evil'Even better than his first What is most striking about Mukherjee’s novels is his infectious. 45 Stars This one shines Prince Adhir of of Sambalpore has been assassinated and Captain Wyndham and Sergeant Banerjee of the Calcutta Police were in the prince's car with him when it happened In spite of their best efforts the assassin escapes and the chase begins Who would have wanted the highly intelligent forward thinking heir of the Maharaja eliminated Was it political personal or Firm Abs Flat Stomach religiously motivated Is someone hoping to gain control of the enormous Vacaciones Fatales 2/ Fatal Vacations 2 riches of SambalporeA Necessary Evil is set in 1920s colonial India when the British were still determined to maintain their hold over the jewel in the crown and the author does a excellent job of explaining the political climate of the time India is another character in the story; the sights sounds and smells of the country come alive you can feel the humidity There is fascinating information about Living the Eternal Way religious practices culture and history scattered throughout; I felt like an armchair traveler There is a sinister undercurrent Tamara de Lempicka running throughout the mystery but Mukherjee's great sense of humor and talent for characterization balance out the violent murder and political unrest From the flawed hero Captain Wyndham with his drug addiction and his partner the well educated and kind Sergeant Banerjee to the funny side characters like Mrs Mitter the author has created people so Amazon.com: Solaris Internals: Solaris 10 and OpenSolaris Kernel Architecture eBook: Richard McDougall, Jim Mauro: Kindle Store real they pop up instantly in your minds eye The pleasure of this book is in the details feeling of discovery and complex characterizations I'm now impatiently awaiting the next book in the seriesI Solaris Internals received a copy of this book through NetGalley

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Enjoyment of the human oddity of the British in India Even better is his portrayal of the mix of opulence and spirituality that characterises Sambalpore under its sybaritic but benevolent maharaja I can’t imagine anyone failing to enjoy it' Daily Telegraph'A year ago I welcomed the arrival of Captain Sam Wyndham and his faithful Sergeant and I am delight to report that his return is every bit as engaging A story as satisfying and spicy as the very best tandoori' Daily Mail'An intriguing and enjoyable crime novel' Stylist. Captain Sam Wyndham and his partner Sergeant Surendranath Banerjee called Surrender not by Sam are officers on the Calcutta police force in 1920 When a young prince is murdered in front of them they are pulled into solving the crime I didn't realize that this was the second in a mystery series but it also didn't matter as the story stands just fine by itself I really enjoyed this both the historical setting and the mystery itself It's a literary mystery in that there's a lot of other stuff going on around collecting clues The story focuses on the changing times of India under British rule; its many tiny principalities; and the uncomfortable relationship between whites and natives It keeps itself firmly in its times by expressing British thoughts through Wyndham's first person narration while Indian characters point out flaws in that logic and the possibility of modern views Wyndham struggles with opium addiction resulting from a wound he got in WWI and with grief over the loss of his wife in 1918 presumably to the flu although it's not stated I zoomed through this it was that gripping And while I'm not sure I entirely understood everyone's motives all the characters were fascinating and whole with their own agendas so it wasn't obvious at all who was behind the murder I'm going to look for the first book soon Kick-boxing pour la ligne report that his Firm Abs Flat Stomach return is every bit as engaging A story as satisfying and spicy as the very best tandoori' Daily Mail'An intriguing and enjoyable crime novel' Stylist. Captain Sam Wyndham and his partner Sergeant Surendranath Banerjee called Surrender not by Sam are officers on the Calcutta police force in 1920 When a young prince is murdered in front of them they are pulled into solving the crime I didn't Vacaciones Fatales 2/ Fatal Vacations 2 realize that this was the second in a mystery series but it also didn't matter as the story stands just fine by itself I Living the Eternal Way really enjoyed this both the historical setting and the mystery itself It's a literary mystery in that there's a lot of other stuff going on around collecting clues The story focuses on the changing times of India under British Tamara de Lempicka rule; its many tiny principalities; and the uncomfortable Amazon.com: Solaris Internals: Solaris 10 and OpenSolaris Kernel Architecture eBook: Richard McDougall, Jim Mauro: Kindle Store relationship between whites and natives It keeps itself firmly in its times by expressing British thoughts through Wyndham's first person narration while Indian characters point out flaws in that logic and the possibility of modern views Wyndham struggles with opium addiction Solaris Internals resulting from a wound he got in WWI and with grief over the loss of his wife in 1918 presumably to the flu although it's not stated I zoomed through this it was that gripping And while I'm not sure I entirely understood everyone's motives all the characters were fascinating and whole with their own agendas so it wasn't obvious at all who was behind the murder I'm going to look for the first book soon

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India 1920 Captain Wyndham and Sergeant Banerjee of the Calcutta Police Force investigate the dramatic assassination of a Maharajah's sonThe fabulously wealthy kingdom of Sambalpore is home to tigers elephants diamond mines and the beautiful Palace of the Sun But when the heir to the throne is assassinated in the presence of Captain Sam Wyndham and Sergeant 'Surrender Not' Banerjee they discover a kingdom riven with suppressed conflict Prince Adhir was a moderniser whose attitudes and romantic relationship may have upset t. Superb 5 starsThis is wonderfully plotted and paced with just the right balance of action description and dialogue steeped in a amazing variety of Indian culture and history and seasoned with colourful characters and a dash of romance As in the first book A Rising Man my review the mystery is complex and we and Sam are presented with far possible solutions than we can manage Clues are presented freuently along with red herrings but it's so hard to tell the difference Delightful and challengingThis book is courageous confident and better than book #1 Well done As usual with my reviews please first read the publisher’s blurbsummary of the book Thank you Book epigraph before page one You can’t make an omelette without breaking heads uotes and thoughts belowIn Calcutta Prince Adhir to Sam We’ve surrendered this land to you and for what A few fine words fancy titles and scraps from your table over which we bicker like bald men fighting over a comb’ Sam to Adhir as they ride in a silver Rolls Royce plated with solid silver ‘A prince a priest and a policeman drive past the Bengal Club in a Rolls Royce ’ I said ‘It sounds like the opening to a not very amusing joke’ ‘On the contrary’ said the prince ‘If you think about it it is actually most amusing’ The lovely Annie Grant appears again although Sam somewhat blew up their romance in the previous book stupid git I imagine most women would go off a man who’d accused them of complicity in murder I had of course tried to explain that I hadn’t technically accused her of anything; but it’s difficult to resurrect a romance by resorting to technicalities According to Surrender not Calcutta was where the science of modern fingerprint detection was born He claimed it was two Bengalis –one a Hindu the other a Mohammedan –who’d done the work Of course the classification system they’d devised bore not their names but that of their supervisor Edward Henry He’d gone on to receive a knighthood and become commissioner of Scotland Yard Wikipedia does remember and credit their names but like most bosses of any race or nationality the techniue bears his name In fact one of my bosses during my research at MIT tried to steal my work as well as that of three other graduate students in following yearsThe Henry Classification System is a long standing method by which fingerprints are sorted by physiological characteristics for one to many searching Developed by Hem Chandra Bose Azizul Haue and Sir Edward Henry in the late 19th century for criminal investigations in British India it was the basis of modern day AFIS Automated Fingerprint Identification System classification methods up until the 1990s The monsoon Far than just rain it sustained life brought forth the promise of new birth broke the heat and vanuished drought It was the country’s saviour India’s true god Monsoon in Calcutta Walking into Howrah station was akin to entering Babel before the Lord took issue with their construction plans All the peoples of the world gathered under the station’s soot stained glass roof Howrah Train Station The murder weapon a Colt Paterson revolver patented by Samuel Colt in 1836 45%Some delightful ribald humour here in the provenance of Carmichael's golf bag Well done MukherjeeAnnie and SamIt's interesting how Mukherjee has placed Annie out of reach of Sam now She started as a mere secretary although a beautiful and important one in the first book Their's was a gentle romance of almost euals in societal terms although clouded by her involvement with the shady industrialist Buchan In this book though Annie's newly wealthy status has elevated her into circles above Sam and the heartache he feels is poignant She is not unkind to Sam her respect and attraction still remain but she clearly relishes her increased power and freedom and the romantic attentions of the powerful and wealthy here The loss of his dead wife and the possible loss of Annie are dangerously dark clouds in Sam's life especially with his growing addiction to the escape of opium Colonel Arora's pick for the midnight run Alfa Romeo 2080 Before the tiger hunt A bearer handed out the guns Good ones too Made by Purdey’s of Mayfair gunmakers to the King as well as to international aristocracy and any other rich bastard who felt a need to shoot things that didn’t shoot back And to end an outstanding breakneck climax and a masterfully complex and satisfying resolution Once again we arrive at the surprising solution just as Sam does wonderful She took my hand ‘I hope we meet again some day Captain In the meantime remember what I told you Your soul craves the truth You have that now Justice is a matter for the gods’