ABOUT THE BOOK
‘A rollicking good read’ IAN RANKIN
India, 1937. Intrepid reporter Sir Percival Harris is hunting tigers with his friend, Professor Ernest Drabble. Harris soon bags a man-eater – but later finds himself caught up in a hunt of a different kind…
Harris is due to interview the Maharaja of Bikaner, a friend to the Raj, for his London newspaper – and he and Drabble soon find themselves accompanied by a local journalist, Miss Heinz. But is the lady all she seems? And the Maharaja himself is proving elusive…
Meanwhile, the movement for Indian independence is becoming stronger, and Drabble and Harris witness some of the conflict first-hand. But even more drama comes on arrival at Bikaner when the friends find themselves confined to their quarters… and embroiled in an assassination plot!
Just who is the enemy in the Maharaja’s palace? What is the connection to a mysterious man Drabble meets in Delhi? And what secret plans do the British colonial officers have up their sleeves?
Praise for Alec Marsh’s Drabble and Harris thrillers…
‘An immensely readable treat!’
ALEXANDER MCCALL SMITH
‘Marsh chomps the period bit between his teeth and relates his yarn with winning gusto’
‘Tremendous stuff! With the arrival of Alec Marsh’s first Drabble and Harris thriller, John Buchan must be stirring uneasily in his grave’
I absolutely adored the first outing for Drabble and Harris in Rule Britannia, so there was no doubt that I wanted to be along when they resurfaced a second time. The title was a give away to where that action would take place with the opening chapter being pure perfection. I laughed, I gasped and I despaired. What a perfect pairing Drabble and Harris are!
Harris is a lovable character, a little bit dopey, in the nicest of ways, and always seems to lose some sort of body part in each adventure, I so wish this to be a long series and hope he keeps the rest of his bits intact. Drabble, on the other hand, is a curious fellow who has that second sense that something just isn’t right, an itch that has to be scratched. It gets him in some rather heart in your mouth moments. The pair of them make each chapter in the story total entertainment.
Alec Marsh seamlessly blends fictional characters with historical legends of history and it is pure magic. His research impeccable, his ability to make a reader see what he writes second to none. There is never a dull moment and what a climax it works towards.
Oh boy, I have read so many climatic endings but this was a beauty that cannot be beaten. I couldn’t help but rock back and forth on my sofa like I was part of this super team. I loved the ending chapters, as good as any grand national, just awesome!
Do read these fabulous books, they are gems! I wish to thank the publisher and NetGalley for an e-copy of this book which I have reviewed honestly.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Alec Marsh is the author of ‘Rule Britannia’, a light-hearted historical thriller set against the backdrop of the Abdication Crisis in 1936 – described by Rebus-creator Ian Rankin as ‘a rollicking good read’ and by Number One Ladies’ Detective Agency author Alexander McCall Smith as ‘an immensely readable treat’.
‘Rule Britannia’ is the first in a series featuring protagonists Drabble and Harris and was published in October 2019 by Headline Accent. The second novel in the Drabble and Harris series – ‘Enemy of the Raj’ – is set in British India in 1937 and due for release in Semptember 2020.
Alec was born in Essex in 1975 and studied history at Newcastle University before embarking on a career in journalism. Over the last 20 years he has written for most of the national newspapers and written for the New Statesman, the Spectator and Country Life. He is currently editor of Spear’s magazine, and lives in London with his wife and family. He is also working on the third novel in the Drabble and Harris series, which will be set in the United States.
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