I didn’t think time-travelling would be so easy and yet I was pleasantly surprised when I was pulled into the exotic, lush, ‘whodunnit’ world of Captain Sam Wyndham!
A Necessary Evil by Abir Mukherjee has it all: crime, mystery, classic cars, a will-they-wont-they couple and a clever, determined protagonist, all set against the backdrop of 1920’s India.
From page one, Sam is relatable and capable. I instantly wanted to jump into the pages and join him as he scoured for clues about who assassinated the Maharajah’s son. Not to mention Sergeant ‘Surrender-not’ Banerjee, the perfect loyal side-kick with a few quirks of his own.
Despite being our hero, Sam had his flaws, weaknesses and indulgences. One of my favourite threads throughout this book was his addiction to Opium – from the dark and dank dens to the unnerving chill that settled in my bones whenever Sam started to crave his next fix.
This book was the perfect way to experience an unknown world, with rules and traditions as fascinating as they were baffling. I had never read anything from Abir Mukherjee before and I can now safely say that I’m a fan!