Sunday, April 16, 2023

On My Radar: Vaseem Khan's Death of a Lesser God!


Although I do miss Vaseem Khan's Baby Ganesh Agency series featuring Inspector Chopra in modern Mumbai, I also enjoy his historical Malabar House series featuring female police officer Persis Wadia in 1950s Bombay, so you know what happened when I learned that Persis was going to have a new case to investigate.
Let me share some of the details.
Available on Kindle August 10, 2023!

"Can a white man receive justice in post-colonial India?

Bombay, 1950

James Whitby, sentenced to death for the murder of prominent lawyer and former Quit India activist Fareed Mazumdar, is less than two weeks from a date with the gallows. In a last-ditch attempt to save his son, Whitby's father, arch-colonialist, Charles Whitby, forces a new investigation into the killing.

The investigation leads Inspector Persis Wadia of the Bombay Police to the old colonial capital of Calcutta, where, with the help of Scotland Yard criminalist Archie Blackfinch, she uncovers a possible link to a second case, the brutal murder of an African-American G.I. during the Calcutta Killings of 1946.

How are the cases connected? If Whitby didn't murder Mazumdar, then who did? And why?"
Death of a Lesser God certainly sounds like a good'un, and I can't wait to read it. Wonder of wonders, I even liked some of the blurbs, so let me share a couple because I think they illustrate one of the strengths of reading crime fiction. 
"Blends a grippingly modern plot with gritty and unvarnished history. A vibrant thriller about belonging - and who gets to decide who belongs. A superb book and his best yet.--author William Shaw

"Crime fiction is a brilliant way of tackling social issues and, in Death of a Lesser God, Vaseem Khan delivers a masterclass in how it's done. Full of tension and political conflict, Khan brilliantly weaves in history and a deft portrait of post-Raj life in Bombay and Calcutta. The result is an immensely rich book." --author Alis Hawkins
If you love to solve historical mysteries in far-flung locations around the globe from the comfort of your armchair, I highly recommend Khan's Malabar House series. Start at the beginning with Midnight at Malabar House. If you're a fellow fan, then you know as well as I do that we have something special in store to read.


  1. Oooh! *Rubs hands together excitedly* A new Khan coming out! Fabulous! He writes in such an engaging way that it's hard to resist the atmosphere he creates.

  2. I already have Midnight at Malabar House on my TBR I will be adding this one as well. :D


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