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Publisher's Summary

In 19th-century Bombay, Captain Jim Agnihotri channels his idol, Sherlock Holmes, in Nev March’s Minotaur Books/Mystery Writers of America First Crime Novel Award-winning debut.

In 1892, Bombay is the center of British India. Nearby, Captain Jim Agnihotri lies in a Poona military hospital recovering from a skirmish on the wild Northern frontier, with little to do but re-read the tales of his idol, Sherlock Holmes, and browse the daily papers. The case that catches Captain Jim's attention is being called the crime of the century: Two women fell from the busy university’s clock tower in broad daylight. Moved by Adi, the widower of one of the victims - his certainty that his wife and sister did not commit suicide - Captain Jim approaches the Parsee family and is hired to investigate what happened that terrible afternoon.

But in a land of divided loyalties, asking questions is dangerous. Captain Jim's investigation disturbs the shadows that seem to follow the Framji family and triggers an ominous chain of events. And when lively Lady Diana Framji joins the hunt for her sisters’ attackers, Captain Jim’s heart isn’t safe, either. 

Based on a true story and set against the vibrant backdrop of colonial India, Nev March's Minotaur Books/Mystery Writers of America First Crime Novel Award-winning lyrical debut, Murder in Old Bombay, brings this tumultuous historical age to life.

A Macmillan Audio production from Minotaur Books

"Bravo to Nev March for capturing late 19th century Indian history so beautifully in Murder in Old Bombay. Compelling characters, striking settings and the intricacies of social stratification shine in this talented author’s hands. I eagerly await more historic Bombay adventures narrated by sharp-eyed, open-hearted Jim Agnihotri." (Sujata Massey, Edgar finalist author of The Widows of Malabar Hill)

©2020 Nev March (P)2020 Macmillan Audio

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Edgar Allan Poe Award Nominee, 2021

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spectacular performance and story

This might be my favourite audiobook I've heard so far. More than just pronunciation of names and places, the performance here lets characters come to life and add a depth that makes the experience all the more enjoyable.

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  • puplhunt
  • 25-11-2020

Would make a great Indian Downton Abbey serial

Episodic. Repeatedly retreads the same ground over and over. The reader can skip over chapters and pick up the story without having to go back to fill in. The story is stretched out and very predictable. It would’ve made a very satisfying story if the author had’ve condensed it into half the number of chapters proffered ... and nothing would’ve been sacrificed. The narrator was interesting. Some of his ‘voices’ were laudable ... and some were very irritating but on the whole he was the one thread that kept the story together.

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  • AudibleFan
  • 19-01-2021

Wonderful Book!

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. The characters were multi-dimensional, the plot avoided cliches and the narrator was absolutely perfect. Can’t wait for the next in what I hope will be a long series.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 12-02-2021

most enjoyable!

will look for other books by this author and narrator. quite an adventure it was.

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  • Patrick Mdarcy
  • 07-12-2020

A wonderful debut

I truly enjoyed Jim Agnihotri’s first adventure and look forward to more. This work of historical fiction was engaging and entertaining.

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  • 07-03-2021

It dragged, and dragged, and dragged...

It is not terrible and narration is very good but should have been 3 times shorter - some subplots are so unnecessary and don't help the story that one really wonders where the editor was.

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  • M. Dee Medley
  • 27-02-2021

Interesting

This is a very interesting book with many stories combined into the story of one British/Indian soldier retired due to injury. You learn a lot about Indian politics and a bit about Zoroastrianism plus about the functioning of Indian families of wealth in that time period.

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  • Margaret Enos
  • 30-01-2021

A wonderful , many-faceted story

Historical fiction, romance, mystery rolled into one. Great narration, each voice is distinct and suits the character.

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  • Karen
  • 13-11-2020

An education and a great story !

History, cultural perspectives, plot twists and turns and characters one can like make this easy to visualize book a delight.

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  • Nicktirebiter
  • 21-06-2021

Charming but more a love story than mystery

Charming but it's more a love story than a mystery. Also, it is quite long.

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  • Lynn S.
  • 22-05-2021

An interesting read

I found the story to be interesting, though I feel like the ending was a little hard to follow. The author does a great job though of setting the scene and creating the world of 1892 Bombay and the main character being from so many different worlds but part of none was a very cool way of exploring those different worlds.

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