Midnight at Malabar House

She's a wonderful creation and this is a hugely enjoyable book' ANN CLEEVES 'This is historical crime fiction at its best - a compelling mix of social insight and complex plotting with a thoroughly engaging heroine.

Midnight at Malabar House

*** WINNER OF THE CWA SAPERE BOOKS HISTORICAL DAGGER 2021 *** 'The leading character is the deftly drawn Persis Wadia, the country's first female detective. She's a wonderful creation and this is a hugely enjoyable book' ANN CLEEVES 'This is historical crime fiction at its best - a compelling mix of social insight and complex plotting with a thoroughly engaging heroine. A highly promising new series' Mail on Sunday Bombay, New Year's Eve, 1949 As India celebrates the arrival of a momentous new decade, Inspector Persis Wadia stands vigil in the basement of Malabar House, home to the city's most unwanted unit of police officers. Six months after joining the force she remains India's first female police detective, mistrusted, sidelined and now consigned to the midnight shift. And so, when the phone rings to report the murder of prominent English diplomat Sir James Herriot, the country's most sensational case falls into her lap. As 1950 dawns and India prepares to become the world's largest republic, Persis, accompanied by Scotland Yard criminalist Archie Blackfinch, finds herself investigating a case that is becoming more political by the second. Navigating a country and society in turmoil, Persis, smart, stubborn and untested in the crucible of male hostility that surrounds her, must find a way to solve the murder - whatever the cost.

The Dying Day

Gripping, immersive, and full of Vaseem Khan's trademark wit, this is historical fiction at its finest.

The Dying Day

A priceless manuscript. A missing scholar. A trail of riddles. Bombay, 1950 For over a century, one of the world's great treasures, a six-hundred-year-old copy of Dante's The Divine Comedy, has been safely housed at Bombay's Asiatic Society. But when it vanishes, together with the man charged with its care, British scholar and war hero, John Healy, the case lands on Inspector Persis Wadia's desk. Uncovering a series of complex riddles written in verse, Persis - together with English forensic scientist Archie Blackfinch - is soon on the trail. But then they discover the first body. As the death toll mounts it becomes evident that someone else is also pursuing this priceless artefact and will stop at nothing to possess it . . . Harking back to an era of darkness, this second thriller in the Malabar House series pits Persis, once again, against her peers, a changing India, and an evil of limitless intent. Gripping, immersive, and full of Vaseem Khan's trademark wit, this is historical fiction at its finest.

The Lost Man of Bombay

This is a writer at the top of his game and a series that just keeps getting better' ROD REYNOLDS 'In Persis Wadia and Archie Blackfinch, CWA Historical Dagger-winner Vaseem Khan has created a splendid detective duo and they are in terrific ...

The Lost Man of Bombay

THE THRILLING NEW MYSTERY FROM THE AWARD-WINNING AUTHOR OF MIDNIGHT AT MALABAR HOUSE 'A delightful book, well-researched, complex and hugely entertaining' ANN CLEEVES 'A twisting plot and an intriguing cast of characters, together with vivid glimpses of the vibrant, complex world of post-Independence Bombay - and a narrative that thunders along with the pace and drama of an elephant on the rampage' ANDREW TAYLOR Bombay, 1950 When the body of a white man is found frozen in the Himalayan foothills near Dehra Dun, he is christened the Ice Man by the national media. Who is he? How long has he been there? Why was he killed? As Inspector Persis Wadia and Metropolitan Police criminalist Archie Blackfinch investigate the case in Bombay, they uncover a trail left behind by the enigmatic Ice Man - a trail leading directly into the dark heart of conspiracy. Meanwhile, two new murders grip the city. Is there a serial killer on the loose, targeting Europeans? Rich in atmosphere, the thrilling third chapter in the CWA Historical Dagger-winning Malabar House series pits Persis against a mystery from beyond the grave, unfolding against the backdrop of a turbulent post-colonial India, a nation struggling to redefine itself in the shadow of the Raj. 'A stunning, richly imagined and downright thrilling mystery. Vaseem Khan has that rare ability to transport you wholly to a bygone time, and he does so with such skill and charm. I loved it' CHRIS WHITAKER 'A compelling historical thriller ... Codes, crime and conspiracies collide in post-colonial India' D.V. BISHOP 'One of my top reads this year. A peerless portrait of early independent India through the eyes of new crime fiction star, India's first police detective, Persis Wadia' BARBARA NADEL "The brilliant Persis Wadia is one of the most electrifying figures in crime fiction today. Vaseem Khan keeps getting better and better' WILLIAM SHAW 'Outstanding' IMRAN MAHMOOD 'This is historical crime fiction at its best - a compelling mix of social insight and complex plotting with a thoroughly engaging heroine. A highly promising new series' MAIL ON SUNDAY 'This is historical crime fiction at its sharpest' SUNDAY TIMES

The Lost Man of Dehra Dun

I've always been a fan of Vaseem Khan but this latest offering is something special and something new' Imran Mahmood 'This is historical crime fiction at its best - a compelling mix of social insight and complex plotting with a thoroughly ...

The Lost Man of Dehra Dun

THE THRILLING NEW MYSTERY FROM THE AWARD-WINNING AUTHOR OF MIDNIGHT AT MALABAR HOUSE Bombay, 1950 When the body of a white man is found frozen in the Himalayan foothills near Dehra Dun, he is christened the Ice Man by the national media. Who is he? How long has he been there? Why was he killed? As Inspector Persis Wadia and Metropolitan Police criminalist Archie Blackfinch investigate the case in Bombay, they uncover a trail left behind by the enigmatic Ice Man - a trail leading directly into the dark heart of conspiracy. Meanwhile, two new murders grip the city. Is there a serial killer on the loose, targeting Europeans? Rich in atmosphere, the thrilling third chapter in the CWA Historical Dagger-winning Malabar House series pits Persis against a mystery from beyond the grave, unfolding against the backdrop of a turbulent post-colonial India, a nation struggling to redefine itself in the shadow of the Raj. Praise for the Malabar House series: 'This is a crime novel for everyone; for those who love traditional mysteries there are clues, codes and ciphers, but it also had a harder edge and a post-war darkness' Ann Cleeves 'Outstanding. I've always been a fan of Vaseem Khan but this latest offering is something special and something new' Imran Mahmood 'This is historical crime fiction at its best - a compelling mix of social insight and complex plotting with a thoroughly engaging heroine. A highly promising new series' Mail on Sunday 'This is historical crime fiction at its sharpest, set on the brink of independence and during a dramatic period of the subcontinent's history' Sunday Times

Bad Day at the Vulture Club

In the gripping new Baby Ganesh Agency novel, Inspector Chopra and his elephant sidekick investigate the death of one of Mumbai's wealthiest citizens, a murder with ramifications for its poorest.

Bad Day at the Vulture Club

In the gripping new Baby Ganesh Agency novel, Inspector Chopra and his elephant sidekick investigate the death of one of Mumbai's wealthiest citizens, a murder with ramifications for its poorest. The Parsees are among the oldest, most secretive and most influential communities in the city: respected, envied and sometimes feared. When prominent industrialist Cyrus Zorabian is murdered on holy ground, his body dumped inside a Tower of Silence - where the Parsee dead are consumed by vultures - the police dismiss it as a random killing. But his daughter is unconvinced. Chopra, uneasy at entering this world of power and privilege, is soon plagued by doubts about the case. But murder is murder. And in Mumbai, wealth and corruption go in hand in hand, inextricably linking the lives of both high and low...

The Unexpected Inheritance of Inspector Chopra

So begins the start of a quite unexpected partnership, and an utterly delightful series from the award-winning author of the Malabar House novels.

The Unexpected Inheritance of Inspector Chopra

Selected by the Sunday Times as one of the 40 best crime novels published 2015-2020 Mumbai, murder and a baby elephant combine in a charming, joyful mystery for fans of Alexander McCall Smith and Rachel Joyce. On the day he retires, Inspector Ashwin Chopra discovers that he has inherited an elephant: an unlikely gift that could not be more inconvenient. For Chopra has one last case to solve... But as his murder investigation leads him across Mumbai - from its richest mansions to its murky underworld - he quickly discovers that a baby elephant may be exactly what an honest man needs. So begins the start of a quite unexpected partnership, and an utterly delightful new series.

Murder at the Grand Raj Palace

. . PRAISE FOR THE SERIES 'A most beguiling series' Financial Times 'Utterly charming' Guardian 'Colour and atmosphere flows out of every page' Daily Express

Murder at the Grand Raj Palace

In this enchanting Baby Ganesh Agency novel, Inspector Chopra and his elephant sidekick investigate a murder at Mumbai's grandest hotel. For a century Mumbai's iconic Grand Raj Palace Hotel has welcomed the world's elite. Anyone who is anyone stays at the Grand Raj. The last thing the venerable old hotel needs is a murder . . . So when the body of American billionaire Hollis Burbank is found, the pressure is on to label it a suicide. But then Chopra is called in . . . and finds a hotel full of people with a reason to want Burbank dead. Accompanied by his sidekick, baby elephant Ganesha, Chopra navigates his way through the palatial building, a journey that leads him steadily to a killer, and into the heart of darkness . . . PRAISE FOR THE SERIES 'A most beguiling series' Financial Times 'Utterly charming' Guardian 'Colour and atmosphere flows out of every page' Daily Express

Inspector Chopra and the Million Dollar Motor Car

An enchanting Baby Ganesh Agency short story: a million-dollar car is missing.

Inspector Chopra and the Million Dollar Motor Car

An enchanting Baby Ganesh Agency short story: a million-dollar car is missing. Chopra has two days to find it, or the gangster who bought it will not be happy. The Premier No.1 Garage is the place to go in Mumbai if you want a luxury car. Even Mumbai's biggest gangster shops there - he's just ordered a classic race car worth millions. But now the car is gone. Stolen from a locked room, in the middle of the night. Who stole it? The mechanic who is addicted to gambling? The angry ex-worker? The car thief pulling off one last job? And how on earth did they make it vanish from the locked garage? Inspector Chopra has just days to find the culprit - and the missing car - before its gangster owner finds out ... and takes violent revenge.

Last Victim of the Monsoon Express

A new novella in the charming Baby Ganesh Agency series.

Last Victim of the Monsoon Express

A new novella in the charming Baby Ganesh Agency series. In a symbolic journey of reconciliation, the Monsoon Express is travelling between hostile neighbours India and Pakistan. The passenger list includes politicians, celebrities, former Mumbai policeman Inspector Chopra and his baby elephant ward Ganesha. Then a senior diplomat is found murdered in his cabin. Accusations fly, tensions rise, and an international incident seems certain. But is the murder political - or personal? Tasked to investigate, Chopra has just hours before the train reaches its destination and the news goes public. He must unmask the killer quickly if he's to stop the last journey of the Monsoon Express going entirely off the rails...

The Strange Disappearance of a Bollywood Star

' Goodreads reviewer 'A brilliant addition to the series' Amazon reviewer 'I couldn't put it down... This is a real treasure of a book.' Goodreads reviewer

The Strange Disappearance of a Bollywood Star

The enchanting new Baby Ganesh Agency novel sees Inspector Chopra and his elephant sidekick investigating the dark side of Bollywood. Mumbai thrives on extravagant spectacles and larger-than-life characters. But even in the city of dreams, there is no guarantee of a happy ending. Rising star and incorrigible playboy Vikram Verma has disappeared, leaving his latest film in jeopardy. Hired by Verma's formidable mother to find him, Inspector Chopra and his sidekick, baby elephant Ganesha, embark on a journey deep into the world's most flamboyant movie industry. As they uncover feuding stars, failed investments and death threats, it seems that many people have a motive for wanting Verma out of the picture. And yet, as Chopra has long suspected, in Bollywood the truth is often stranger than fiction... See what everyone is saying about this brilliant read: 'I am in love with this series.' Goodreads reviewer 'First class read.' Amazon reviewer 'I can honestly say that I struggle with 364 days of the year when I do not have a new Vaseem Khan book to read. ' Goodreads reviewer 'A brilliant addition to the series' Amazon reviewer 'I couldn't put it down... This is a real treasure of a book.' Goodreads reviewer

The Perplexing Theft of the Jewel in the Crown

The second book in the heartwarming and charming Baby Ganesh series.

The Perplexing Theft of the Jewel in the Crown

The second book in the heartwarming and charming Baby Ganesh series. For centuries the Koh-i-Noor diamond has set man against man and king against king. Now part of the British Crown Jewels, the priceless gem is a prize that many have killed to possess. So when the Crown Jewels go on display in Mumbai, security is everyone's principal concern. And yet, on the very day Inspector Chopra visits the exhibition, the diamond is stolen from under his nose. The heist was daring and seemingly impossible. The hunt is on for the culprits. But it soon becomes clear that only one man - and his elephant - can possibly crack this case...

Black Reed Bay The MUST READ thriller of 2021 first in a heart pounding new series Detective Casey Wray Book 1

I read this obsessively' Nina Pottell, Prima ‘Rod Reynolds makes the most of this desolate, windswept location ... a thrillingly complex narrative develops at speed ... his superior cop saga is just the first instalment of a projected ...

Black Reed Bay  The MUST READ thriller of 2021     first in a heart pounding new series  Detective Casey Wray  Book 1

When a young woman vanishes from an exclusive oceanfront community in the middle of the night, Detective Casey Wray’s takes on a case that leads her in chilling, unexpected directions ... A twisty, breath-taking police procedural. First in a heart-pounding new series. ‘Urgent, thrilling and richly imagined. Without doubt his best yet' Chris Whitaker, author of We Begin at the End ‘Reynolds captures the claustrophobic feel of a small town ... a tense slice of American noir’ Vaseem Khan, author of Midnight at Malabar House 'If you were hooked on Mare of Easttown, this will be right up your street ... I read this obsessively' Nina Pottell, Prima ‘Rod Reynolds makes the most of this desolate, windswept location ... a thrillingly complex narrative develops at speed ... his superior cop saga is just the first instalment of a projected series’ The Times ____________________ Don’t trust ANYONE... When a young woman makes a distressing middle-of-the-night call to 911, apparently running for her life in a quiet, exclusive beachside neighbourhood, miles from her home, everything suggests a domestic incident. Except no one has seen her since, and something doesn’t sit right with the officers at Hampstead County PD. With multiple suspects and witnesses throwing up startling inconsistencies, and interference from the top threatening the integrity of the investigation, lead detective Casey Wray is thrust into an increasingly puzzling case that looks like it’s going to have only one ending... And then the first body appears... For fans of Susie Steiner, Peter Swanson, M J Arlidge, James Lee Burke and Tana French ___________________ **LONGLISTED for the CWA Steel Dagger for THRILLER of the YEAR** ‘Electrifying’ Crime Monthly ‘An awesome read. A turn of the screw in every chapter’ Oscar de Muriel ‘If you love Harlen Coben and Lee Child, you will love this ... cinematic, epic, you will forget to breathe’ Miranda Dickinson ‘Compelling and stylish, with devious twists and a cleverly crafted ending. Very, very impressive’ G J Minnett ‘A twisty, high-stakes, high-voltage murder mystery’ Tim Baker ‘In Casey Wray he has created a series character with an engaging mix of guts and vulnerability ably supported by a strong supporting cast. His prose style is crisp with the occasional touch of the poetic that lifts noir writing out of the pulps’ Shots Magazine ‘Beautifully written, deeply atmospheric and cleverly plotted, with a brilliant new protagonist’ Andrea Carter ‘Utterly gripping and packs one hell of an emotional punch. Perfect for fans of Bosch’ Steph Broadribb ‘There’s something particularly special about Black Reed Bay and it’s Detective Casey Wray ... I felt like I’d known her all my life’ Joy Kluver

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The Unwanted Dead

But there is something he still has control over. Finding whoever is responsible for the murder of four refugees. The unwanted dead, who no one wants to claim.

The Unwanted Dead

'A gripping murder mystery and a vivid recreation of Paris under German Occupation.' ANDREW TAYLOR SHORTLISTED FOR THE HWA GOLD CROWN AWARD SHORTLISTED FOR THE CWA HISTORICAL DAGGER AWARD 'Terrific' SUNDAY TIMES, Best Books of the Month 'A thoughtful, haunting thriller' MICK HERRON 'Sharp and compelling' THE SUN * * * * * Paris, Friday 14th June 1940. The day the Nazis march into Paris, making headlines around the globe. Paris police detective Eddie Giral - a survivor of the last World War - watches helplessly on as his world changes forever. But there is something he still has control over. Finding whoever is responsible for the murder of four refugees. The unwanted dead, who no one wants to claim. To do so, he must tread carefully between the Occupation and the Resistance, between truth and lies, between the man he is and the man he was. All the while becoming whoever he must be to survive in this new and terrible order descending on his home... * * * * * 'Lloyd's Second World War Paris is rougher than Alan Furst's, and Eddie Giral, his French detective, is way edgier than Philip Kerr's Bernie Gunther ... Ranks alongside both for its convincingly cloying atmosphere of a city subjugated to a foreign power, a plot that reaches across war-torn Europe and into the rifts in the Nazi factions, and a hero who tries to be a good man in a bad world. Powerful stuff.' THE TIMES 'A tense and gripping mystery which hums with menace and dark humour as well as immersing the reader in the life of occupied Paris' Judges, HWA GOLD CROWN AWARD 'Excellent ... In Eddie Giral, Lloyd has created a character reminiscent of Philip Kerr's Bernie Gunther, oozing with attitude and a conflicted morality that powers a complex, polished plot. Historical crime at its finest.' VASEEM KHAN, author of Midnight at Malabar House 'Monumentally impressive ... A truly wonderful book. If somebody'd given it to me and told me it was the latest Robert Harris, I wouldn't have been surprised. Eddie Giral is a wonderful creation.' ALIS HAWKINS 'A terrific read - gripping and well-paced. The period atmosphere is excellent.' MARK ELLIS 'The best kind of crime novel: gripping, thought-provoking and moving. In Detective Eddie Giral, Chris Lloyd has created a flawed hero not just for occupied Paris, but for our own times, too.' KATHERINE STANSFIELD

The Rough Guide to South India

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The Rough Guide to South India

The guide opens with a colour section introducing the region's highlights with some photography and essential information on the region's diverse attractions, from enjoying an Ayurvedic massage to exploring the ruins at Hampi. It offers comprehensive and practical advice on everything from finding the best places to stay and the most comfortable means of transport, to spotting elephants in the Cardamon Hills and negotiating Mumbai. It also provides an informative insight into South India's history, religions, architecture, music and dance. There are also maps and plans for every region and town.

The Blood Divide

A. A. Dhand knows how to keep me up into the early hours' Vaseem Khan, author of MIDNIGHT AT MALABAR HOUSE 'I doubt I'll read a better thriller this year' M. W. Craven, author of THE CURATOR EVERYONE IS RAVING ABOUT THE BLOOD DIVIDE: ***** ...

The Blood Divide

A detective rings the doorbell in the middle of the night. He wants to ask Jack Baxi some questions. Jack fears the police have come to arrest him. But things quickly take a darker, more violent turn. He isn't here to solve a crime. Because soon Jack is tortured and left for dead, with a young woman he's never met before. He's here to commit a murder. Now, running for their lives, Jack and Aisha set out on a perilous journey from Bradford to Delhi to expose a dangerous organisation - and to save the lives of the people they love... 'A fireball of an opening chapter and it just gets better and better. A A Dhand is a gifted writer, and you should run, RUN, to buy The Blood Divide.' Steve Cavanagh, bestselling author of THIRTEEN 'Another thrilling page-turner from A. A. Dhand [...] This might be his best yet' Alex Caan, author of CUT TO THE BONE 'Intense, gripping and impactful' James Delargy, author of 55 and VANISHED 'An adrenaline-filled ride' Ajay Chowdhury, author of THE WAITER 'Opens with a bang and continues with a thrill-a-minute adventure . . . A. A. Dhand knows how to keep me up into the early hours' Vaseem Khan, author of MIDNIGHT AT MALABAR HOUSE 'I doubt I'll read a better thriller this year' M. W. Craven, author of THE CURATOR EVERYONE IS RAVING ABOUT THE BLOOD DIVIDE: ***** 'One of the best books I've read in ages' ***** 'An outstanding, nail-biting thriller that packs a punch' ***** 'Full of action, betrayal and friendship - a must-read for any mystery/thriller fan'

Annual Report of the United States Life Saving Service

3 Cape Malabar ( House of Refuge ) , A steamer running straight for the beach was warned coast of Florida . off by a signal froni the keeper . Jan. 4 Hog Island , coast of Virginia ...... Between midnight and 1 o'clock a ...

Annual Report of the United States Life Saving Service


Annual Report of the Operations of the United States Life Saving Service for the Fiscal Year Ending

3 Cape Malabar ( House of Refuge ) , A steamer running straight for the beach was warned coast of Florida . off ... Between midnight and 1 o'clock a vessel running in toward the beach was warned by the south patrol ; sbe kept hard off .

Annual Report of the Operations of the United States Life Saving Service for the Fiscal Year Ending


The India Travel Planner

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Lonely Planet Best of India

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