Sunday, May 17, 2020

On My Radar: Vaseem Khan's Midnight at Malabar House

It will come as no surprise to anyone who's been reading my blog for a while that I enjoy Vaseem Khan's Baby Ganesh Agency mysteries set in present-day Mumbai, India. Take Murder at the Grand Raj Palace, for instance. And if you know that, you know that I did a little happy dance when I found out that Khan has a new book coming out in August-- Midnight at Malabar House.

Let me tell you more about it--

Available August 20, 2020!

"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."

This certainly sounds good, doesn't it? It covers a period of time I want to know more about, and the main character has definitely grabbed my attention.

What about you? Are you going to add Midnight at Malabar House to your own wishlists? Inquiring minds would love to know!


  1. I am definitely going to put this on my radar, Cathy! I like the Baby Ganesha series very much, so I know I'll like the writing. And I do like a well-written historical mystery. So as I see it, nothing to lose and a lot to win.

  2. Yes. I will. I liked the one Baby Ganesha book I read. But I also like Sujata Massey's books based on the first woman lawyer in India set in the 1920s. So to read about a woman police investigator will be interesting.

    1. You're one of the people I thought of when I wrote this post, Kathy. :-)


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