Start of a promising series

  • Book: Trouble in Nuala. The Inspector de Silva Mysteries #1
  • Location: Sri Lanka
  • Author: Harriet Steel

Review Author: julier



With a talent for evoking a bygone age, the author takes the reader on an exotic trip to Ceylon in the 1930s. Inspector de Silva is a fabulous character and I loved how his English wife Jane gently corrects his misuse of English idioms, reminding me a little of Agatha Christie’s Inspector Poirot. The story is a typical murder mystery, a few suspects, the odd red herring but for me the beauty of the book is the relationship between the characters and the evocation of a different world. I read this in one sitting! Can’t wait for the rest of the series.

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