Smoke and Ashes

Smoke and Ashes by Abir Mukherjee is the third in the terrific series about Captain Sam Wyndham and his lieutenant “Surrender Not”. They are part of the police force in Calcutta in the early 1920s. The tension in the city is palpable as Gandhi's passive resistance strategy begins paying dividends for the Indians. Wyndham is fighting two battles simultaneously--his opium addiction and the quest to solve a series of murders. The book features excellent character development and a background that rings true. You do not have to have read the first two books to enjoy this one but we recommend them.