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India, 1922. In Panikhat the wives of officers in the Bengal Greys have been dying violently, one every year and always in March. All the deaths are bizarre and seem accidental. The only link between them is the red roses that mysteriously appear on the women's graves on the anniversaries of their deaths. The Governor of Bengal calls for help from Joe Sandilands, currently on secondment to the Bengal police.
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The Last Kashmiri Rose
In a land of saffron sunsets and blazing summer heat, an Englishwoman has been found dead, her wrists slit, her body floating in a bathtub of blood and water. But is it suicide or murder? The case falls to Scotland Yard inspector Joe Sandilands, who survived the horror of the Western Front and has endured six sultry months in English-ruled Calcutta. Sandilands is ordered to investigate, and soon discovers that there have been other mysterious deaths, hearkening sinister ties to the present case.
Now, as the sovereignty of Britain is in decline and an insurgent India is on the rise, Sandilands must navigate the treacherous corridors of political decorum to bring a cunning killer to justice?knowing the next victim is already marked to die.
“Has just about everything: a fresh, beautifully realized exotic setting; a strong, confident protagonist; a poignant love story; and an exquisitely complex plot.”
--The Denver Post
“An engrossing tale of serial murder and the impending decline of the British Empire.”
--The New York Times Book Review
A New York Times Notable Book of the Year
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