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Nev March: Historical Mysteries

Murder in Old Bombay

2021 Nominee: 

Edgar and Barry Awards, as well as Anthony,  Macavity and Hammett Awards for Excellence in Crime Fiction.

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Captain Jim Agnihotri channels his idol, Sherlock Holmes, in Nev March’s Minotaur Books/Mystery Writers of America First Crime Novel Award-winning debut. 

Based on real events In 19th century Bombay.

Captain Jim is recovering from wounds received in a skirmish on the northern frontier. His long, dull months in hospital are relieved only by newspapers, and rereading tales of that new pulp sensation, Sherlock Holmes.

The Bombay papers are following the deaths of two young ladies who plunged from its tallest clock tower. Did they jump? Or were they pushed?

Young widower Adi insists that his wife and sister did not commit suicide; Captain Jim is hired to investigate.

In a land of divided loyalties, asking questions is dangerous;

Captain Jim’s investigation stirs the shadows that haunt this family of well-to-do Parsee merchants. And when lively Lady Diana Framji joins the hunt for her sisters’ attackers, Captain Jim’s heart isn’t safe, either.

Sample the award-winning audiobook by Voice Actor Vikas Adam

Peril at the Exposition

Captain Jim Agnihotri and his new bride, Diana Framji, return in Peril at the Exposition, the follow-up to Nev March's award-winning debut Murder in Old Bombay... 

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1893: Newlyweds Captain Jim Agnihotri and Diana Framji are settling into their new home in Boston, Massachusetts, having fled the strict social rules of British-ruled Bombay. It's a different life than what they left behind, but theirs is no ordinary marriage: Jim, now a detective at the Dupree Agency, is teaching Diana the art of deduction he’s learned from his idol, Sherlock Holmes.


Everyone is talking about the preparations for the World's Fair in Chicago: the grandeur, the speculation, the trickery. And Jim will experience it first-hand: he's being sent to Chicago to investigate the murder of a man named Thomas Pettigrew. As Jim probes the underbelly of Chicago’s docks, warehouses, and taverns, he discovers deep social unrest and some deadly ambitions.


When Jim goes missing, Diana must venture far from her comfort zone to find out what happened to her husband. And readers can be sure that another exciting adventure is at hand for Lady Diana and Captain Jim. 


Award-winning author Nev March mesmerized readers with her debut novel, Murder in Old Bombay. Now, in Peril at the Exposition, she wields her craft against a glittering backdrop of the Gilded Age with spectacular results.​

Editorial Reviews

ONE OF POPSUGAR'S 10 CHILLING THRILLER AND MYSTERY BOOKS OF THE MONTH

ONE OF WE ARE BOOKISH'S MOST ANTICIPATED BOOKS OF THE MONTH

ONE OF CRIMEREADS' BEST TRADITIONAL MYSTERIES OF THE YEAR

ONE OF MYSTERY SCENE'S FAVE RAVES OF THE YEAR

ONE OF AUNT AGATHA'S TOP TEN OF THE YEAR

"[E]xciting, romantic, and emotional, and evokes the vivid colors, sounds, and smells of India during British rule.... Murder in Old Bombay is a beautifully written novel that will be difficult to forget." ― Ellery Queen Magazine

"[Protagonist] Jim [Agnihotri] is an instantly likeable character whose good heart and endearing ways make him an ideal narrator.... His sleuthing takes him on an utterly enjoyable and picaresque journey through India on which he encounters beggars and brigands, adventure and danger – and finds romance." ― Marilyn Stasio, The New York Times Book Review

“Murder in Old Bombay delivers a gripping look at India’s history, resplendent with meticulous research and depicting its social structure enhanced with realistic characters who put the past in context with modern times.” ― South Florida Sun Sentinel

"[A] beautifully told, exciting, adventure/romance with a well-crafted mystery at its center." ― Mystery Scene Magazine, One of the Fave Raves of the Year

“Nev March’s Murder in Old Bombay is a tale of intrigue, duplicity and, as the title suggests, murder. . . . March deftly uses James’ biracial background to depict the societal structure of India during the British Raj and, by extrapolation, to indict other societies in which race and caste are sources of discrimination.” ― BookPage

“Based on an actual event, the story paints a wonderful revealing background of colonial India with all its environments and visual beauty. Nev March does a fine job with the background as well as the characters which she portrays against the lushness, the beauty, riches, but also the sordid parts of India of the 1890s.” ― Mystery and Suspense Magazine

“Riveting. . . A fascinating story of intrigue, love, despair, hope and murder that we sincerely hope will turn into a mystery series with Captain Agnihotri at the helm.” ―Khaas Baat

“March has created a likable, honorable sleuth whose humble origins and instinctive kindness make spending time with him a pleasure.” ― Jaclyn Fulwood, blogger at Infinite Reads, for Shelf Awareness

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