Weekend Reads: “Trouble in Nuala”

Trouble in Nuala (The Inspector de Silva Mysteries #1)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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7 thoughts on “Weekend Reads: “Trouble in Nuala”

  1. Have you come across Abir Mukherjee’s Sam Wyndham series? It’s also packed with historical information and looks at both the British and the Indian perspectives. In both books that I read in the series, the crime / mystery took a backseat to the setting and history.

    Anyway, thanks for the review. I’ll make a note of Trouble in Nuala for my TBR. too.

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  2. So lovely to see another recommendation for this book. I read a glowing review a couple years ago and added it to my TBR. I’ve yet to to get to it 🤦🏻‍♀️
    Thanks for the incentive to get to reading!

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  3. Hey ,on Jeopardy last night “Historical Fiction “was a catagory. Kept waiting for Sharon Cathcart book to be a question. Not this time🙎

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