Today I hand back to Mandie who has a review of A Necessary Evil, book two in the Captain Sam Wyndham series by Abir Mukherjee. Here’s what the book is all about:
About the Book
India, 1920. Captain Sam Wyndham and Sergeant Banerjee of Calcutta Police must investigate the dramatic assassination of a Maharaja’s son…Available from: Amazon | Kobo | Waterstones | Google Play | Apple Books
Sam Wyndham is visiting the kingdom of Sambalpore, home to diamond mines and the beautiful Palace of the Sun.
But when the Maharaja’s eldest son is assassinated, Wyndham realises that the realm is riven with conflict. Prince Adhir was unpopular with religious groups, while his brother – now in line to the throne – appears to be a feckless playboy.
As Wyndham and Sergeant ‘Surrender-not’ Banerjee endeavour to unravel the mystery, they become entangled in a dangerous world. They must find the murderer, before the murderer finds them.
A Necessary Evil once again sees Captain Sam Wyndham and Sergeant “Surender-not” Banerjee investigating a murder in 1920’s India. When the heir to the crown of Sambalpore is assassinated whilst travelling in the same car as Sam and Surender-not the investigations into the killer become very personal to them. As they dig deeper and learn of threats and cults you do have to wonder if they will find the killer.
OK confession time now…. I actually read this book over Christmas and am only now getting round to writing the review for it. That being said the story has stuck with me so a big thumbs up to the author for creating something that is still easy to review several months on. Sam Wyndham is really growing on me. Quite often you get characters that might have a secret in their past that influences the perspective but Sam has some really big flaws that can at times affect his decisions and the situations he finds himself in. He is battling them in his own way and trying to better himself but this doesn’t always work the way he would like. With the backdrop of the prejudices of the time the relationship between the Sam and Surender-not is one that goes against what was considered acceptable but for me it makes them more real.
The book certainly keeps your interest the entire time as you are drawn into the customs and culture, with the descriptions of the sights and locations really fuelling the imagination, taking you along for the ride. What really stands out is the author’s love of that period of time, not sugar coating what British rule in India was really like but giving it an honest feel showing the errors on both sides. This book for me was an absolute joy to read as it gave me two of the things I love…police investigations and an insight to the past. I am also going to admit to going online at times to delve further into some of the events mentioned in the book just so I could learn more about them. This is the second book in the series and if I am honest think it is better than the first one. It may be because I have got to learn more about the main characters or it may just be that he author has become more comfortable with his writing….
Either way it’s a win for the reader. Whilst I would recommend you read the books in order just to get a little understanding into a couple of the reoccurring characters (and you will miss out on another great read if you don’t) it isn’t absolutely necessary.. no pun intended… as the books stand very well on their own.