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by Selkirk Books, 30 November 2018. ISBN 978-0-6483938-0-1
Superintendent Chris Le Fanu
is working in British India in the 1920s. He has just returned to Madras
from a stint in the Straits Settlement and finds that his enemy, the Inspector
General Arthur Jepson, is attacking his work and his colleagues so vindictively
that he seems unhinged. There are serious issues to deal with - Muslim
riots and the death of policemen. He has personal problems too - his
former housekeeper and lover, Ro McPherson, is gravely ill with typhoid - and
his new love is en route from the Straits, but her ship has lost contact.
He travels to Hyderabad several times to see her. In fact, Le Fanu
travels a great deal around India. The impressions of different areas are
very interesting. The distances, even by train, are considerable.
Le Fanu manages to juggle all his
problems though this is exhausting work. As attacks on Muslims increase and
some are killed he must find the perpetrators. The complications of his
private life add weight to his worries while he must also decide whether to
move to one of the other police jobs offered to him. By the end of the
book he has resolved some issues but not others, so a further volume of his
adventures seems likely!
Jennifer S. Palmer
This is the fourth story featuring
Le Fanu in 1920s India during a period of great unrest.
a writer of fiction and non-fiction who is now based in Queenstown, New
Zealand. Born and educated a Kiwi he has worked around the world as an
academic, university executive, aid and development consultant, broadcaster, commentator
and blogger. He works as an international higher education consultant and has
worked on programs in Cambodia, Lao PDR, Syria and Jordan as well as in the UK
and USA. This work follows a successful career as university researcher,
teacher and senior executive which culminated in a term as Vice-Chancellor and
President of La Trobe University in Australia where he is now an Emeritus
Professor. That academic career took him all over the world including long
periods in India, Malaysia, Canada, the Caribbean, China and Southeast Asia. He
is now also a crime novelist. A Madras
Miasma was the first in a series of books set in 1920s Madras in India and
featuring Superintendent Chris Le Fanu. The
Pallampur Predicament was the second and A Straits Settlement has appeared in 2016 as the third. In his
spare time, he enjoys photography, reading (especially crime fiction), travel
to new places, and listening to music, especially gypsy jazz.
Jennifer PalmerThroughout my reading life crime
fiction has been a constant interest; I really enjoyed my 15 years as an
expatriate in the Far East, the Netherlands
& the USA
but occasionally the solace of closing my door to the outside world and sitting
reading was highly therapeutic. I now lecture to adults on historical topics
including Famous Historical Mysteries.