Can’t Wait for … Murder in Old Bombay by Nev March

What a Wednesday. Like many people in the United States, I’m running off of little sleep, I’m probably not hydrated enough, and the only body parts I’ve exercised in the past twenty-four hours are the fingers I’m using to refresh election results. There’s a lot of uncertainty right now, so tonight I’m diving deep for comfort. No surprise: I’m looking for a good book, and I think I’ve found the perfect one.

An intriguing mystery. A historical Bombay backdrop. Danger and potential romance around every corner. The only trouble? It’s not out for a few more days. I can’t wait.

Today I’m waiting for…

From the publisher:

In 19th century Bombay, Captain Jim Agnihotri channels his idol, Sherlock Holmes, in Nev March’s Minotaur Books/Mystery Writers of America First Crime Novel Award-winning debut.

In 1892, Bombay is the center of British India. Nearby, Captain Jim Agnihotri lies in Poona military hospital recovering from a skirmish on the wild northern frontier, with little to do but re-read the tales of his idol, Sherlock Holmes, and browse the daily papers. The case that catches Captain Jim’s attention is being called the crime of the century: Two women fell from the busy university’s clock tower in broad daylight. Moved by Adi, the widower of one of the victims — his certainty that his wife and sister did not commit suicide — Captain Jim approaches the Parsee family and is hired to investigate what happened that terrible afternoon.

But in a land of divided loyalties, asking questions is dangerous. Captain Jim’s investigation disturbs the shadows that seem to follow the Framji family and triggers an ominous chain of events. And when lively Lady Diana Framji joins the hunt for her sisters’ attackers, Captain Jim’s heart isn’t safe, either.

Based on a true story, and set against the vibrant backdrop of colonial India, Nev March’s Minotaur Books/Mystery Writers of America First Crime Novel Award-winning lyrical debut, Murder in Old Bombay, brings this tumultuous historical age to life.


Title: Murder in Old Bombay
Author: Nev March
Publisher: Minotaur Books
Expected Publication: November 10, 2020
Classification: Mystery

March’s Website | Goodreads


Note: Can’t Wait Wednesday is a feature hosted by Tressa at Wishful Endings, so be sure to check out her weekly post to find other participants. Fair warning: don’t be surprised if you come away with an expanded TBR pile.

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