Today’s team review is from Liz, she blogs here https://lizannelloyd.wordpress.com/
Liz has been reading Fatal Finds in Nuala by Harriet Steel
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.
In this fourth instalment of the Inspector de Silva mysteries, it is monsoon season in the Hill Country. One stormy night, a ghostly encounter on a lonely road leads de Silva into a case of murder, and a mystery that stretches back to Ceylon’s distant past. To uncover the truth, he will have to face death and his inner demons.
Fatal Finds in Nuala is another absorbing and colourful mystery in this series that vividly portrays Sri Lanka’s Colonial past.
Harriet Steel wrote four historical novels before turning to crime with the Inspector de Silva mysteries, inspired by time spent in Sri Lanka (the former Ceylon)). Her work has also appeared in national newspapers and magazines. Visit her blog to sign up to her monthly newsletter for news of new releases and great offers, harrietsteel.blogspot.co.uk/
She’s married with two daughters and lives in Surrey. When she’s not writing, she likes reading, long walks and visiting art galleries and museums.