In the latest Inspector de Silva mystery, set in the hill country of 1930s Ceylon, it is monsoon season, so travelling about to investigate a murder is particularly difficult. Although already feeling unwell, Inspector de Silva is determined to brave the treacherous roads and dangerous criminals to solve the murder of an insignificant local villager. This leads him to find unusual coins and the possibility of valuable artefacts, but on this occasion, it seems that he is mistaken.
In this novel, Shanti’s wife Jane and his boss Archie Clutterbuck take more active participation in the investigation. Jane and Inspector de Silva have a hair-raising adventure on board a train to Colombo, equal to those of an Agatha Christie novel, while Archie makes the most of his wife’s absence on a cruise to help the Nuala police force, seeking treasure. There are dastardly villains contributing to the excitement of this drama.
The effects of the monsoon weather and the dense, frightening environment are vividly described, in contrast to the de Silva’s calm homelife. I am surprised that Shanti does not have more interaction with his servants, who are never named. During the story, Shanti and Jane discuss going on a cruise one day. Now that would provide a perfect setting for his detective skills.
Fatal Finds in Nuala is available at Amazon UK
To read my review of the first Inspector de Silva mystery Trouble in Nuala
I read this book as a member of Rosie’s Book Review Team