THE LAST KASHMIRI ROSE – VG
Cleverly, Barbara – 1st book in series
Set in 1920s India, Commander Joe Sandilands, a Scotland Yarder completing a stint with the Bengal Police, is on his way back home when the provincial governor asks him to look into the recent death-by-suicide of an army officers young wife. Nancy Drummond, a close friend of the dead woman, reveals that four other officers’ wives have also died apparently by accident or misadventure over a period of 12 years, each in March.
Even when you know “who dun it,” there’s a twist. Very good characters, dialogue, settings, racial bias, a bit of romance and pathos—all combine to make this a very good mystery and excellent first book. I’ve already ordered signed UK copies of books 2 and 3!