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Arjun Raj Gaind, an Indian comic book writer, has written a delightfully intriguing mystery as his first novel. A Very Pukka Murder captures the spirit of the British Raj--with its appalling racism and indolence--while still letting the legacy of Sikander's ancestors represent India's glorious past. Sikander knows that his penchant for crime solving isn't pukka (proper), but he can't stop himself, and the reader will cheer his indefatigable inquisitiveness on. Armchair travelers, mystery readers and history lovers are sure to enjoy this interesting twist on life in the British Empire.--Jessica Howard "Shelf Awareness "

The political culture clash between the statesman-like Maharaja, who must cavalierly brush off the crude language and insulting treatment by the British towards himself and his Indian native population, mixed with his often amusing and energetic pursuit of justice, leads to a rousing denouement. It creates a tandoori dish, well-seasoned and tasty, for those who enjoy Sir Arthur Conan Doyle or Agatha Christie with a touch of Rudyard Kipling stirred in for good measure.--Roz Shea "Bookreporter "

A Very Pukka Murder is a take on the classic mysteries of the Golden Age. It's all about the puzzle with the amateur sleuth uncovering the clues, following the trail of red herrings, and finally revealing all to the suspects in the drawing room/dining room/train car. However, this 21st century historical mystery set in 1909 has a unique twist. The location is the Raj in India and the sleuth is none other than the Maharaja of Rajpore Sikander Singh. This novel is the first of a trilogy. Besides being a very good mystery, it shows the Raj from the Indian point of view. I am looking forward to the remaining books.--Elaine Cichantk "Library Thing "

Set in the tiny princely state of Rajpore, Indian comic book writer Gaind's first novel is both a satisfying locked-room mystery and a keenly observed comedy of manners.Fans of traditional mysteries and those with an interest in British colonial history will be rewarded.--Peter Cannon "Publishers Weekly "

The structure of the novel is based on best Golden Age crime fiction, with a maze of plot threads, and a plethora of red herrings. The character of the Maharajah is well developed. At the end the Maharajah holds a Poirot-like denouement in which the major suspects are dismissed one by one. A good, interesting, read.--Kerrie Smith "Mysteries in Paradise "

"A Very Pukka Murder is a take on the classic mysteries of the Golden Age. It's all about the puzzle with the amateur sleuth uncovering the clues, following the trail of red herrings, and finally revealing all to the suspects in the drawing room/dining room/train car. However, this 21st century historical mystery set in 1909 has a unique twist. The location is the Raj in India and the sleuth is none other than the Maharaja of Rajpore Sikander Singh.... This novel is the first of a trilogy. Besides being a very good mystery, it shows the Raj from the Indian point of view. I am looking forward to the remaining books."--Elaine Cichantk "Library Thing "

"Set in the tiny princely state of Rajpore, Indian comic book writer Gaind's first novel is both a satisfying locked-room mystery and a keenly observed comedy of manners. Fans of traditional mysteries and those with an interest in British colonial history will be rewarded."--Peter Cannon "Publishers Weekly "

"The political culture clash between the statesman-like Maharaja, who must cavalierly brush off the crude language and insulting treatment by the British towards himself and his Indian native population, mixed with his often amusing and energetic pursuit of justice, leads to a rousing denouement. It creates a tandoori dish, well-seasoned and tasty, for those who enjoy Sir Arthur Conan Doyle or Agatha Christie with a touch of Rudyard Kipling stirred in for good measure."--Roz Shea "Bookreporter "

"Arjun Raj Gaind, an Indian comic book writer, has written a delightfully intriguing mystery as his first novel. A Very Pukka Murder captures the spirit of the British Raj - with its appalling racism and indolence - while still letting the legacy of Sikander's ancestors represent India's glorious past. Sikander knows that his penchant for crime solving isn't pukka (proper), but he can't stop himself, and the reader will cheer his indefatigable inquisitiveness on. Armchair travelers, mystery readers and history lovers are sure to enjoy this interesting twist on life in the British Empire."--Jessica Howard "Shelf Awareness "

"The structure of the novel is based on best Golden Age crime fiction, with a maze of plot threads, and a plethora of red herrings. The character of the Maharajah is well developed....At the end the Maharajah holds a Poirot-like denouement in which the major suspects are dismissed one by one....A good, interesting, read."--Kerrie Smith "Mysteries in Paradise "

About the Author

Arjun Raj Gaind is one of India's best known comic book writers. He is the creator and author of the critically acclaimed, best-selling graphic novels, Empire of Blood, Reincarnation Man, The Mighty Yeti, Project: Kalki, Blade of the Warrior: Kshatriya, and A Brief History of Death. A Very Pukka Murder is his debut novel, the first in a trilogy featuring the adventures of Maharaja Sikander Singh, set against the backdrop of princely India during the heyday of the British Raj.

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Product details

  • Paperback: 328 pages
  • Publisher: Poisoned Pen Pr (1 November 2016)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1464206457
  • ISBN-13: 978-1464206450
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 2.5 x 21.6 cm
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #4,33,897 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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