Trouble in Nuala [Harriet Steel]

Date Started: 15 July 2021

Date Completed: 19 July 2021

Source: Amazon India Kindle Store

Goodreads Summary:

When Inspector Shanti de Silva moves with his English wife Jane to his new post in the sleepy hill town of Nuala he anticipates a more restful life than police work in the big city entails. However an arrogant plantation owner with a lonely wife, a crusading lawyer, and a death in suspicious circumstances present him with a riddle that he will need all his experience to solve.

Set on the exotic island of Ceylon in the 1930s, Trouble in Nuala is an entertaining and relaxing mystery spiced with humour and a colourful cast of characters.

Goodreads: Trouble in Nuala

Notes:

  • I think Amazon saw that I’d been reading and enjoying The Frangipani Tree Mystery so went “You’ll probably like a 1920s murder mystery series set in colonial Sri Lanka now.” But I didn’t. And I’m a little mystified that so many people liked it.
  • It just feels completely obvious that this is by a complete outsider writing about Sri Lanka.
  • The marriage in particular feels so stiltedly written. And an organised crime solution in a murder mystery feels like cheating.

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