Sunday, May 08, 2022

On My Radar: Vaseem Khan's The Lost Man of Bombay!

Vaseem Khan is an author I can trust to "deliver the goods" with each of his books, regardless if the book takes place in modern-day India or in the India of the 1950s. I've traveled Bombay's streets with Inspector Chopra and his baby elephant, and more recently, I've followed India's first female police officer, Persis Wadia, shortly after World War II. When I learned that Persis was going to have a new case to investigate, it was time for a celebration. Let me tell you about the new book!

Available November 22, 2022!


"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.

Sounds like a good'un, doesn't it? India is such a rich country, both historically and culturally, that I'm glad to see more authors setting their crime fiction there.

Have you made the acquaintance of Persis Wadia?


  1. Vaseem Khan does not disappoint, as far as I'm concerned, Cathy. Among many other things, I really like the way he evokes time, place, and context. I always feel I'm there, if that makes sense. It's really good to know this one's on the way.

    1. I agree with everything you say about Khan, Margot. I'm looking forward to following along with Persis again.

  2. I read "Midnight at Malabar House" earlier this year and was introduced to Persis Wadia. She's quite a strong and interesting character. This is a book that I might like to read.

  3. Sounds good to me. Will ad this one to the list.

  4. I have read Murder at Malabar House too and will look forward to this!


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