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Selected by the Telegraph, FT and Guardian as one of the best crime books ofA skilfully blended dual narrative twice the intrigue, twice the fun Mukherjee is at the top of his game Mick Herron, author of the Jackson Lamb series, on Death in the East The gloriously atmospheric Death in the East is his Mukherjee s best book so far, a cracking read ScotsmanThe perfect combination of mystery and history Telegraph Calcutta police detective Captain Sam Wyndham and his quick witted Indian Sergeant, Surrender not Banerjee, are back for another rip roaring adventure set in s India, London As a young constable, Sam Wyndham is on his usual East London beat when he comes across an old flame, Bessie Drummond, attacked in the streets The next day, when Bessie is found brutally beaten in her own room, locked from the inside, Wyndham promises to get to the bottom of her murder But the case will cost the young constable than he ever imagined, India Leaving Calcutta, Captain Sam Wyndham heads for the hills of Assam, to the ashram of a sainted monk where he hopes to conquer his opium addiction But when he arrives, he sees a ghost from his life in London a man thought to be long dead, a man Wyndham hoped he would never see again Wyndham knows he must call his friend and colleague Sergeant Banerjee for help He is certain this figure from his past isn t here by coincidence He is here for revengePraise for the Sam Wyndham series A thought provoking rollercoaster Ian RankinDeath in the East is as vivid and atmospheric as its predecessors Guardian Confirms Abir Mukherjee as a rising star of historical crime fiction The Times Cracking A journey into the dark underbelly of the British Raj Daily Express A brilliantly conceived murder mystery set amidst political and social turmoil beautifully crafted C J Sansom Mukherjee brings sardonic wit to his portrayal of British rule in India, and the action is perfectly paced Daily Mirror An absolute delight Daily Mail

15 thoughts on “Death in the East: Sam Wyndham Book 4

  1. Mandie Griffiths Mandie Griffiths says:

    It s no real secret that I am a big fan of the Sam Wyndham series as it combines two of my favourite things, murder and history, so when I was given the chance to read the latest instalment I did a little happy dance and I was torn between racing though it in the same way I had done the previous three books or savouring it, knowing that once I had read it, I would have to wait ages for the next one Once I started reading it, that decision was taken out of my hands and I finished it within a couple of days, followed by the compulsory googling of certain historical events to find out about them.Death in the East is a little different from the previous books in the series, in so much as the story goes between London in 1905, when Sam was a new constable in the police force and India in 1922, when he is going through treatment for his opium addiction Sam s colleague, Sergeant Surendranath Surender not Banerjee is not with him for this, but when a fellow member of the retreat is found dead in mysterious circumstances, Sam calls for his assistance.Flitting between Sam s past and his present gives just that little bit of an insight into what makes him tick and shows that he has always had a dogged determination to get to the truth rather than taking the easy route to solving a case that was favoured by his superiors With the mystery of how Bessie was murdered to solve his sense of doing what was right often saw him associating with some of the not so savoury characters of London What was quite disheartening to see was that over time attitudes towards those we do not know or understand have not really changed Immigrants and their way of life was feared, and that fear turned to hatred.The story takes us to a different part of India that is remote and, in some ways, stuck in the ways of British rule and sense of entitlement, and not yet really touched by what was happening in other parts of the country There is a definite shift in Surrender not s attitude towards the British and how he is treated by them He has always taken the sly digs and being taken as a second class citizen in his own country and his refusal to stop working with the British police even caused a rift with his own family I think this change is partly due to the fact he has been put in charge of the investigation over Sam and partly to show the changes in India at that time I for one really liked to see him standing up for himself and being assertive even when he did go a tad overboard at times, which was a reaction to the way he was being dismissed by potential suspects.For those of you who have survived to the bottom of what is possibly my longest ever review of a book my verdict is the following just in case you were in any doubt Death in the East is another absolutely brilliant book and you would be daft not to go out and buy it For me the series just keeps getting better and better And if you haven t got the first three in the series why not as you don t know what you are missing.

  2. NicJ NicJ says:

    Hugely enjoyed this 4th outing for Wyndham and Banerjee A step away from the previous novels split over time and location and perhaps disappointingly less interplay between the two police protagonists Abir Mukherjee has certainly delivered, as each book in the series is better than the one before Would thoroughly recommend but suggest reading them in order.

  3. John Sheldon John Sheldon says:

    I ve always been a little bit sceptical about the series, even though I have read them all.The best is the third in the series Otherwise I would have given up by now This book starts well and ends very well Inbetween, it is quite slow The interweaving of the two narratives is frustrating and uneven Quite frankly the earlier story is interesting than the later one.The plot of the second story is a bit dodgy as I cannot imagine that the British raj would have designated an Indian sergeant to lead the investigation But the device does allow the two lead characters to evolve in a potentially fascinating way.So, well worth reading and I will perserveve with the series But I hope that next time, the author can lift it to a higher level.

  4. GSM GSM says:

    Having been given A Rising Man prior to a holiday in Calcutta, I have subsequently followed the detective work of Capt Sam Wyndham and Sergeant Surendranath Banerjee in post WW1 India Abir Mukherjee cleverly intertwines historical reality with the investigations of this interesting pairing Initially I thought that I was going to be slightly disappointed with the latest tale as a fair amount is based in 1905 Whitechapel during Wyndham s early career in the Metropolitan Police However I rapidly overcame this to read what is possibly the best book in the series so far where London s East End and India s eastern Assam province are cleverly intertwined.Very highly recommended.

  5. Shane M. Shane M. says:

    Having read all three of the previous Wyndham and Banerjee novels 1st excellent, 2nd so so, 3rd back to form I was looking forward to reading this fourth outing It starts with a bang and a flutter and is a superb read So good that I raced through it and now wish there was a way of wiping it from my memory so I could start again The dual narrative works very well, with clear section headings as to where and when you are in the narrative, and ties together brilliantly with not one but two locked room mysteries to solve As I cut my reading teeth on Agatha Christie and Conan Doyle, this novel combines deduction a touch too easy for the later death with vivid descriptions and Wyndham s wry inner voice Although Banerjee only appears late in the book, the dynamics of the relationship between him and Wyndham is extremely well handled, bringing a sense of the political and racial changes in India at the time Highly recommended.

  6. mellyelly mellyelly says:

    I enjoy very much the author s telling of a story The fact that India features in the tales is a bonus.The starlings that died in Wales in December 2019.Scotland is still a place of tolerance at least most of us and the Scottish Gov is investing millions to keep foreign nationals here If it weren t for foreign nationals the nhs would be dead by now IMO.Glad Sam managed Surendranath s name finally I only just realised that Surendranath Banerjee was one of the earliest Indian political leaders during the British Raj I m a bit slow Can t wait for the next book Can they come to Scotland next time

  7. Kindle Customer Kindle Customer says:

    loved all the other books in the series but this one seemed to of lost the plot It took a long time to get going, i only stuck with it because i enjoyed the other books when i got to the end and read his policical statment i understood why it was so poor He allowed his politics to affect his story Bad mistake.

  8. Elaine Harris Elaine Harris says:

    Abir Mukherjee never fails to thrill his readers with his historical fiction.A murder mystery writer second to none.Yes,read these reviews but do not hesitate to allow yourself the pleasure of reading this amazing author.Death in the East is a tremendous read.

  9. Allan Fowler Allan Fowler says:

    Always enjoyed this series but agree with other reviewers this seemed rather flat My main reason for a 2 review is that having paid money to purchase the book I do not want to find 2 pages of his views of the current intolerance of the British people Everyone had a right to their own views but if he wishes to publish them then do so away from a book which I have paid my money for I will check his next book and not purchase it if he uses it as a political viewpoint.

  10. paul Mercer paul Mercer says:

    Slightly different to previous outings but a cleverly woven tale that alternates between two episodes of Wyndham s life The only problem was that the earlier tale is satisfying than the Indian bit Nevertheless very enjoyable read.

  11. Fiona Erskine Fiona Erskine says:

    Another splendid outing for Sam and Surendranath This series just gets better and better A locked room mystery with the reader half a satisfying step ahead of the detectives Nice guy Mukherjee gives us a glimpse of his true mettle and sets things up beautifully for the next books Can t wait.

  12. Ian Scott Ian Scott says:

    A well thought out plot and an ingenious way of correlating two separate events Characterisations as usual for this author are thoughtful y developed

  13. IP IP says:

    I have enjoyed this fourth book as much as the first three Tackling classic detective fiction challenges whilst reflecting social issues of the time, indeed with a relevancy to today.

  14. mary mary says:

    It was boring and I lost interest in the ending even though I per persevered it was a yawn

  15. M. Duffy M. Duffy says:

    An excellent mystery combined with a great sense of place and time A series to savour.