Trouble in Nuala by Harriet Steel
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Police Inspector Shanti de Silva is asked to look into the beating of a worker on a tea plantation in 1930s Ceylon. As he begins his investigation, he learns that the planter, Renshaw, is not well-liked by very many people.
And then Mr. Renshaw is found dead near his offices … with the worker, Gooptu, initially being the main suspect.
Of course, things are far more complicated than they initially seem.
One of the things I enjoyed most about this book was the historical information. We see how colonial Ceylon looked/felt through the eyes of both the British and the locals who are now under their rule — and they definitely don’t see things the same way. There is also an examination of white privilege and racism that weaves its way through the well-constructed fair play puzzle.
I look forward to reading more books in this series.
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