Nev March: Historical Mysteries
Murder in Old Bombay
MWA Award for best first crime fiction;
Audiofile winner; Audie award finalist 2022;
Edgar, Anthony, Macavity and Hammett Award finalist 2021.
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.
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Peril at the Exposition
Captain Jim Agnihotri and his new bride, Diana Framji, return in the follow-up to Nev March's award-winning debut Murder in Old Bombay...
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. 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 incredible World's Fair in Chicago. Jim's being sent there to investigate the murder of a security guard. As he probes the underbelly of Chicago’s docks, warehouses, and taverns, he discovers deep social unrest and deadly ambitions.
When Jim goes missing, young Diana ventures to Chicago's treacherous streets to learn what happened, and prevent disaster. Yes, 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.
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"[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
“March fills the story with finely developed characters, particularly Agnihotri, who proves a zealous investigator. She also presents an authentic view of India under British rule while exploring the challenges faced by a character of mixed race. The heartfelt ending leaves plenty of room for a sequel. Readers won’t be surprised this won the Minotaur Books/Mystery Writers of America First Crime Novel Award.” ― Publishers Weekly
“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
“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