Inspector de Silva’s peaceful evening is disrupted when he is called up to the Royal Nuala Golf Club where a wealthy member has been found brutally murdered.
Is this a bungled robbery, a private feud, or does the killer have another motive that will cause them to strike again?
With the help of his resourceful wife, Jane, and a new and unexpected ally, de Silva must navigate his way into the heart of the privileged British establishment to find the answer, and there’s no time to lose.
Rough Time in Nuala is another colourful and exciting mystery in this series set in the exotic location of 1930s Ceylon.
HERE ARE MY THOUGHTS AND REVIEW
I have been with this series right from the start so love getting back to Nuala and the familiar cast of colourful characters there. It is handy if you are not familiar with the characters to read through the who is who at the start of the book, just to get some semblance of the hierarchy of them all. This is after all 1930s Ceylon, so attitudes are very different from that of today. The stories are of a very traditional murder mystery setting with a whodunit theme, with investigating that finds the guilty not technology.
Murder hits a wealthy British businessman out on the Royal Nuala Golf course, along with his caddie, which leaves many questions of who and why someone would brutally attack these two men. Inspector De Silva is soon treading on important toes in his search for the truth with Jane his lovely wife never far away, always discreet and offering her thoughts. They make quite a team, even if Jane is a silent partner.
De Silva is warned off some very important people with his boss, but clues to him are like an itch that has to be scratched, he always finds a way. The Inspector is often underestimated by the pompous British gentry that governs the town, which often puts him at an advantage. He isn’t a man that jumps to the obvious conclusion just to close a case as he goes with gut instinct and confides in Jane. I really love seeing his home life, such a gentleman who has a sweet tooth for British cuisine while loving his traditional dishes.
Beautifully written, the author has breathed life into this fictional place that I have grown to love. Very much looking forward to the next book.
I wish to thank the author for an e-copy of this book which I have reviewed honestly.
HERE, IS A LITTLE ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Harriet Steel grew up in London and Wiltshire but now lives in Surrey. Married with two daughters, she has worked in fields from law to libraries. Her interests are travel, history and art, all of which have inspired the four historical novels she wrote before turning to crime with The Inspector de Silva Mysteries. She reads widely, but in the mystery genre is particularly fond of vintage mysteries. She would love to go back in time for a day and have lunch with Hercule Poirot, tea with Miss Marple, and dinner at the Ritz with Lord Peter Wimsey.