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πŸ“– Book Review ~ Long Odds in Nuala by Harriet Steel

30 June 2023

Inspector de Silva Mysteries #13

My thanks to the author for my copy of this book

When Nuala’s premier race meeting ends in controversy and a tragic death, Inspector Shanti de Silva and his wife Jane must turn their minds to unravelling a new mystery. With evidence elusive and a hostile British establishment to deal with, it looks like it won’t be easy to uncover the truth, but when did long odds ever deter Shanti and Jane?

Set in the 1930s and 40s on the exotic island of Ceylon, now Sri Lanka, in the twilight years of the British Empire, the Inspector de Silva mysteries offer an entertaining and intriguing read spiced with humour and a colourful cast of characters.

πŸ“– My Review..

A controversial race meeting which takes place in Nuala is the focus of this thirteenth cosy crime novel in which Inspector Shanti de Silva is once again embroiled in a complicated mystery which focuses on those in the racing fraternity. When an unexpected death occurs no-one is beyond suspicion and de Silva is determined to find the perpetrator before more tragedy occurs.

Long Odds in Nuala feels just as fresh, and expertly written, as the ones which have gone before and Inspector Shanti de Silva and his wife, Jane, are now as comfortable as old friends so it has been especially delightful to have both of them feature so prominently in this story. All the old favourites make an appearance along with a couple of other dastardly characters who I was particularly glad to see get their comeuppance. The mystery at the heart of the story is well written and I enjoyed the references to the horse world, and racing in particular, which added a different feel to the story. As always, 1940s Ceylon comes alive with all the sights and sounds of Nuala coming into sharp focus and to watch the intrepid inspector with his meticulous gift for crime investigation is always a real pleasure.

This thirteenth novel as been every bit as fascinating as the ones which have gone before and, as this book finishes, I am already looking forward to more adventures in Nuala with Inspector de Silva and his lovely wife, Jane.

Harriet Steel wrote four historical novels before turning to crime with the Inspector de Silva mysteries, inspired by time spent in Sri Lanka (the former Ceylon)). Her work has also appeared in national newspapers and magazines. Visit her blog to sign up to her monthly newsletter for news of new releases and great offers, Blog 

Harriet is married with two daughters and lives in Surrey. When Harriet is not writing, she likes reading, long walks and visiting art galleries and museums.

Twitter @harrietsteel1



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