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A Rising Man: A Novel
A Rising Man: A Novel | Abir Mukherjee
In the days of the Raj, a newly arrived Scotland Yard detective is confronted with the murder of a British officialin his mouth a note warning the British to leave India, or else... Calcutta, 1919. Captain Sam Wyndham, former Scotland Yard detective, is a new arrival to Calcutta. Desperately seeking a fresh start after his experiences during the Great War, Wyndham has been recruited to head up a new post in the police force. He is immediately overwhelmed by the heady vibrancy of the tropical city, but with barely a moment to acclimatize or to deal with the ghosts that still haunt him, Wyndham is caught up in a murder investigation that threatens to destabilize a city already teetering on the brink of political insurgency. The body of a senior official has been found in a filthy sewer, and a note left in his mouth warns the British to quit India, or else. Under tremendous pressure to solve the case before it erupts into increased violence on the streets, Wyndham and his two new colleaguesarrogant Inspector Digby and Sergeant Banerjee, one of the few Indians to be recruited into the new CIDembark on an investigation that will take them from the opulent mansions of wealthy British traders to the seedy opium dens of the city. Masterfully evincing the sights, sounds, and smells of colonial Calcutta, A Rising Man is the start of an enticing new historical crime series.
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ozma.of.oz
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Sam Wyndham has moved from England to join the police in Calucutta, wanting to move on from a painful past. But Calcutta is currently a powder keg of colonialism & revolution, just waiting for a match.

Hard to get into, because I didn‘t care about Sam. But once we get to know Banerjee, & Sam really started to question the status quo, things picked up. Ending felt rushed, 1/2 predictable & 1/2 out of left field which left me unsatisfied.🌕🌕🌕🌗🌑

ozma.of.oz #DiverseCozy I‘d be super interested in reading about Mukherjee‘s decision to frame this story through the eyes of a British man. CW 👇🏻 2mo
ozma.of.oz Chapter 5 opium use, 28 suicide, 22 morphine use, 34 abortion mention 2mo
sarahbellum Sounds like we felt similarly about this one! 2mo
PuddleJumper I started this one and just forgot about it. Wasn't interested in the main character, I'll revisit to see if it gets any more interesting 2mo
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sarahbellum
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This book was… fine and a borderline so-so. It was easy to read and kept me interested enough to keep coming back. I enjoyed learning more about the tensions between Britain and India post WWI. I kept getting the police force and military personnel confused though and the ending felt very thrown together. Probably won‘t read more of the series. November‘s #diversecozy buddy read

ozma.of.oz Hoping to finish this in a couple days! 😁 2mo
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sarahbellum
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November‘s #diversecozy buddy read is A Rising Man!

Everyone is welcome to join us for this very low key buddy read. If you‘ve already read this first book in the series, feel free to read whichever is next for you. You can also double dip with #foodandlit this month!

Mollyanna Just requested it from the library this morning. Should be ready to pick up later today. 😊 3mo
sarahbellum @Mollyanna awesome! 🙌 3mo
ozma.of.oz Just waiting on my hold! I also hope to also get to Still Life this week! 😁 3mo
sarahbellum @ozma.of.oz sounds great! 👌 3mo
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PuddleJumper
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Starting this one in the museum's garden. The buses are strange at the moment so managed to arrive an hour early 😅

Not sure what this book is/why I bought it but it was on my shelf and looked well read enough that I don't feel guilty shoving it in my bag

tokorowilliamwallace I want to hang out and read in a museum garden! I don't live close to the Benjamin Banneker Museum and Grounds (with nature trails, gardens, picnic grass and picnic tables, bonfires) anymore. Guess I gotta drive and walk over to the DeBary House mansion grounds for it now. But I'll need to read South historical fiction or history there. I've been meaning for my own little lunch picnic there! 7mo
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Centique
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A murder mystery set in post WW1 Calcutta. I‘m glad it‘s written by Mukherjee who is Bengali, as I don‘t think I could read anything that glorifies the colonialism. It‘s a good start to a series with your war battered but moral protagonist Wyndham and his deputy Bannerjee, who I wish we got to know better. The story shakes up Wyndham (a newly arrived ex Scotland Yard police captain) from a naive idea of the British role in India while ⬇️

Centique trying to solve a murder. A soft pick but I expect it will get stronger as it progresses. 10mo
MamaGina You definitely get to know Banerjee much more as the series progresses and seeing the political and moral landscape of occupied India through the lens of their relationship is the highlight of the series for me. 10mo
Centique @MamaGina that sounds really good! 10mo
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Mrsemz
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Captain Sam Wyndham and Sergeant Banerjee are two main characters you will want to follow in this new mystery series. Interesting time in Calcutta in 1919 under British Colonial rule. Many conflicting rules and political unrest are obstacles Captain Sam Wyndham and Sergeant Banerjee avoid as they solve a murder in interesting ways.

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Shamzi
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This was very refreshing. It's a murder mystery set in pre-independence India. Not only was it an intriguing mystery but also gave a very raw and accurate description of that time.The freedom struggle,racism, infighting, the writer covered all aspects but never moved away from the original story which in itself was very fascinating and original, you could not tell who was behind it all till the very end.
HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!!!

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Shamzi
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CONTEXT: its a conversation b/w 2 Englishmen,book is set in 1919 before India's independence.
Now, one can understand the British POV on this but the British ruled India due to superior military might and sheer ruthlessness. Any "good" that they did was for there own benefit. Although its a fictional book, still this sentiment, which was shared by a many Britishers including there leaders, angers a lot.
Just wanted to rant a little here ???

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Shamzi
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Have been MIA from this space for sometime now. Making a comeback with a joke!!!!
😂😂🤣🤣🤣

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TheEllieMo
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#WondrousWednesday Getting To Know Us Week 2

1. It‘s my Twitter handle, used since 2009; my name plus the name of my cat who passed away that year.

2. Anywhere!

3. Tagged

4. 1 human, 2 cats, plus another human 2 nights a week

@Eggs

Eggs Nicely done ✅Again thanks for playing catch up👏🏻📚🥰👍🏼 2y
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TheEllieMo
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My #BookSpin choice this month turned out to be the third in a series, so of course I had to read books 1 and 2 first! A Rising Man is book 1 Mukherjee‘s Sam Wyndham series, and I absolutely loved it. Set in India in April 1919, as well as being a good crime novel, it highlights the strange relationship between the Raj and an India increasingly seeking home rule. Good character and relationship development.

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Laughterhp
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#BookReport - had zero time to post this earlier. Finished 7 books this week, 4 on audio 3 in print. Some were better than others, but all were pretty good.

Currently reading Arsenic and Adobo and listening the the next Agatha Christie for #AgathaChristieBookClubR2

#WeeklyForecast - not sure what will be next. I only have 1 hoopla borrow left, so I have to choose wisely! 😂

Cinfhen Woohoo 🙌🏻 way to go ❣️❣️❣️❣️ 2y
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Laughterhp
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#DoubleSpin #Booked2021 - Set in country where UN Peacekeepers are

This historical mystery is set in India after WWI. I‘ve never read a mystery set in India. It was really good but felt a bit long. Sam survives WWI but everyone he knows doesn‘t. He‘s invited to join the police force in India and has to solve a big political murder. Oh and he‘s addicted to Opium. The setting was written well and the British treat Indians so poorly.

Cinfhen Interesting choice!! Nice to branch out with new genres 💕 2y
Librarybelle Great job with stacking the challenges! 2y
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 2y
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Laughterhp
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Here is my April #BookSpin list

I didn‘t post it earlier because for the first time in a while, I wasn‘t sure what books I wanted to read for the month. I‘m hoping to read a majority of my own books this month with the exception of audio and book club books.

rachelm Ahhh Who Is Vera Kelly is a fav of mine ❤️ 2y
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DGRachel
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“People think the Met is the oldest police force in the world. It‘s not. It‘s true we had the Bow Street runners, but Paris was the first city with a real police force.”
And now I need a historical mystery set in Paris featuring their first police force. Anyone know of any???

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DGRachel
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I started and abandoned two different books yesterday. Work day is officially over today, although I‘ll probably log back in and work some more later tonight. In the meantime, I‘m going to dive into this one that‘s been on my shelf for ages. Here‘s hoping 3rd book‘s the charm!

MsMelissa Oh, I like the cover of this one! I hope it‘s a winner for you. 3y
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Grrlbrarian
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Lovely 💐

Gissy Love that spot and that mug!!!😍❤️❤️❤️ 3y
Grrlbrarian I saved a spot for you, @Gissy but I‘m afraid I ate the last piece of coffee cake! 😉 3y
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rabbitprincess
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I liked the setting (time and place) of this book. Will probably continue the series and look for some books about the history of India (if you have recommendations, let me know).

BiblioLitten Try books by Chitra Bannerjee Divakaruni or The Twentieth Wife by Indu Sundaresan. Family Matters by Rohinton Mistry is another favourite. 💙 3y
erzascarletbookgasm Also by Rohinton Mistry, if you have not read - this book is remarkable. 3y
rabbitprincess @BiblioLitten Handily enough, Family Matters is on my to-read list on Goodreads! Will definitely have to read it now 😊 Will also look into your other recommendations! @erzascarletbookgasm I have not read but have now added it to the list as well! 3y
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rabbitprincess
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Me: is feeling particularly pandemic-brained, not interested in any of her current reads, and decides to start a mystery in hopes of getting the reading mojo back.
New book: mentions the 1918 Spanish flu 😑

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Susanita
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I‘m happy for #diversereads from book club. This seems like “just” a fish-out-of-water procedural with an interesting setting, but there‘s much more, including a lot of implicit commentary about the British colonization of India. I knew very little about the details of that period, and the story was very illuminating. #AuldLangReads

OriginalCyn620 🙌🏻📚 3y
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Susanita
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One of the practical benefits of attending an English boarding school is that one receives a first-class education in the surreptitious access and egress from almost any premises.

charl08 Ha! I went to a relative's wake who had worked in a boarding school. His ex- pupils were full of stories about this kind of thing. A different world. 3y
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MamaGina
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Just a light afternoon snack...🥑🍺 📖

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mhillis
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Finished A Rising Man just in time! July was a great reading month: This month I finished up the prompts for #nonfiction2019 and read a few cozy mysteries for #cozyinthesun and started on the summer prompts for #booked2019 📚
#julywrapup
Its August - time for Women in Translation month!!

StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego Awesome! 💕📚💕 3y
ferskner Nicely done! 3y
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gingerandjazz
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I‘m not super in love with this mystery so far, but it‘s got its good points. And I hate DNFing a whodunnit - the resolution can make or break it so entirely.

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Bojo2006
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I‘ve always enjoyed Agatha Christie books, and this had a very similar feel but a very different setting. This book is set in Calcutta, India immediately following WWI which was part of the appeal for me...I‘ve read very few books set in India. The twists and turns of the mystery were artfully written. The issue of racism and colonial life was handled well. There‘s a reason why this has won awards for mystery writing. Definitely recommend! 👍🏻

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Oblomov26
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A well done, rigorously plotted detective story set in Calcutta in 1919. Sam Wyndham, a veteran of both Scotland Yard and the Western Front has accepted a role in the Calcutta Police Force to escape from his former life. Within days of arrival he finds himself investigating a murder of a well-placed fixer in the civil service and finding himself at odds with the Military Intelligence, the Ex Pat Community as civil unrests rises in the country.

LeahBergen What a fantastic photo! 4y
JazzFeathers Wow!!!! Staked! 4y
NeedsMoreBooks That is my hometown and I am visiting home now. Have to read this 😊 4y
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VanessaCW
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I really enjoyed this book. It‘s a promising start to a historical thriller/detective series set in Calcutta during the British Raj. I liked the setting and the characters. There is some subtle humour. An easy, entertaining and interesting read.

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Abailliekaras
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I enjoyed this. The first in a crime series with Captain Wyndham & Banerjee, set in Calcutta 1919 - they investigate the murder of a ‘sahib‘ in a seedy part of town. A great sense of place, I felt like I was in Calcutta & fascinating re the mix of cultures & hostility to English imperialism. The pace is a little slow but I‘d expect it to pick up as the series progresses. Fun characters but men-centric. I think Boris Akunin fans would like it.

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Abailliekaras
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I bought this after hearing Abir Mukherjee on ‘Two Crime Writers and a Microphone‘ - so far so good! Engaging writing with a sense of humour and evokes Calcutta well. Apt as it‘s 39 degrees here - also Australia playing India in the test match in Adelaide as we speak! 😉☀️

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mcctrish
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I really enjoyed reading A Rising Man in the rainy grey November weather ( it is set in steamy Calcutta) it‘s a well done mystery and a series which I could imagine continuing with. I really liked that it reminded me of the show Indian Summer on PBS. ( photo is of art I started with grade 4‘s yesterday for Remembrance assembly on Friday )

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mcctrish
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1. Chips. I‘m a terror near any bag
2. Kate Atkinson ( or maybe Diana Gabaldon so I could finish the Outlander series 🤔)
3. Gene on Bob‘s Burgers
4. I‘m more of a mid day magpie
5. Off I go #friyayintro

AmandaEve Awww love Gene, he‘s so sassy! 4y
mcctrish @AmandaEve I was thinking of inner beauty 😂 4y
AmandaEve @mcctrish haha yes then he is indeed quite lovely 😋 4y
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tournevis Allo! 👋👋👋 4y
Sace Chips were my first thought too. I had trouble deciding for that one! 4y
mcctrish Hello to you @tournevis 👋🏻 4y
mcctrish @RestlessFickleBookHoarder but some people actually have food groups in their food picks, I should have at least included dip 🤣 4y
Sace 😂 4y
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mcctrish
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Did you ever watch Indian Summer on PBS? Or BBC ? This is totally bringing me back to that except with a mystery thrown in for good measure. It‘s a complete escape from October and now November rain

DivineDiana Yes! I loved that show! It seemed to me that the series never finished?!? 4y
mcctrish @DivineDiana it did end but it was open ended 4y
DivineDiana I kept hoping for another season! 4y
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Tonton On my TBR! 4y
mcctrish @Tonton look forward to what you think of it 4y
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andrew61
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Heading home today so this was my final holiday read and a really good one. Set in 1919 calcutta a yng war veteran london police detective moves to india where he investigates the murder of a colonial official against the backdrop of the fight for independence and increased tensions in the country. Deserves all the plaudits for a debut, looking at an interesting phase in Indian history. So back to blighty we go.

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Steve_Rayner
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Quite enjoyed the setting in early India

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Jillsmith
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I didn‘t hate this, but I didn‘t love it either. Maybe will read another in the series??

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emmaturi
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I very much enjoyed this book, set in Calcutta in 1919. It is the start of a series with Captain Sam Wyndham and his sergeant Surrender-not Banerjee. #book #bookcover #yellowbook #bookmad #bookcrazy

BiblioLitten Is that a bookmark? 😃 5y
emmaturi yes it is! In Harris tweed! @BiblioLitten 5y
BiblioLitten 😍 5y
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emmaturi
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I ordered these books last week and they arrived today! I really shouldn't have as got over 50 books waiting to be read! I just couldn't help myself! #books #bookcovers #bookmad #tbr #bookworm #addictedtoreading

tammysue 👏🏻🙌🏻 5y
KateFulfordAuthor Is it the wrong time to say? If you like laugh-out-loud dialogue, a fast & twisty plot + strong female narrative, may I recommend my debut novel to you? Links to reviews and more are in my bio. With thanks, Kate. 5y
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AmberWB
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I really, really enjoyed this! It has helped to curb my Cormoran Strike craving for a bit! And I‘m so excited that this is going to be a series. The history lover in me loved the Calcutta, 1919 setting, and Mukherjee did an excellent job showing the effects of British rule in India. Brit Sam Wyndham is a very likable character and it was fun to watch relationship between he and his partner, Sgt. Banerjee grow.
Mukherjee also has an excellent 👇

AmberWB Sense of humor, which made the book even more enjoyable. I highly recommend! 5y
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AmberWB
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I stumbled across this in an email a few weeks ago. The setting- Calcutta, 1919. The premise of a murdered British official, with a note warning the British to leave India really intrigued me. I‘ll be starting it tonight!

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AmberWB
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I did it! I survived Friday! 😊😊 So I stopped at my favorite library branch for a reward. 😉

#teachersoflitsy

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BookladyOnTheMove
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Loving this mystery set in Calcutta -

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Tonton
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A little side trip away from noir to 1919 Calcutta where Captain Sam Wheaton takes up a posting with the police force; murder and burgeoning independence movement, politics of the Raj, and an Indian sergeant who went to Cambridge make for a interesting read. Nice!

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decaturmamaof2
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Really enjoying this one...

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Preciouz29
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I had the hardest time trying to get through this book! It may have just been my copy, but a lot of little grammar issues made this too much for me and I ended up skipping straight to the end. Instead of “I said,” it was said; often a forgotten ‘, so instead of I‘ll it read as Ill. I was hoping that it would engrossing enough for me to not notice it as I read on, but, alas, it was not. Also, I pretty much guessed the ending by the chapter 4.

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Eyejaybee
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I made it through the snow and slush (literally millimetres deep in places) and have clearly earned my reward. I am enjoying this unusual crime novel set of n Calcutta in 1919. #abirmukherjee #arisingman #muswellhill ##cotebrasserie #muswellhillbilly #n10 #coffee #caffeine #caffeineaddict #book #books #bookstagram #currentlyreading #coffeeandbooks #booksandcoffee #wakeupandsmellthecoffee #wakeupandsmellthecoffin #litzy

emmaturi How is it? I have this waiting on my shelf! 5y
Eyejaybee Just started it this morning, and only about a quarter of the way through, but it seems very good so far. 5y
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misslupescu
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If you‘re a fan of historical fiction, crime or both, this definitely worth a read!

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misslupescu
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Having a slow morning with my book and a dark hot choc in my favourite coffee shop before starting work.
Rather like the pattern these tiles make.
Time for #artsy book photograph.

#coffeeshopreads #morning

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misslupescu
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Slightly out of the norm when it comes to genres, but crime is something that interests me. Love crime TV so hoping I will love crime reads. This one is a murder one set in 1919 India. Written in the first person. Usually get on ok with that style, so we shall see. Anywho, on the train, better get reading. ^_^

#commutingbibliophile #trainreads

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Pasaal
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A solid mystery, evocative setting of Calcutta between the wars, and two interesting detectives, one an Englishman, one Indian. More titles are planned in this series and there's plenty of room to develop these characters.