Ragtime in Simla Book Summary and Study Guide

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Scotland Yard Inspector Joe Sandilands has been lecturing in 1922 India on new methods of policing. Offered the use of the Governor General's guesthouse in Simla, the summer home of the British Raj in the foothills of the Himalayas, he is hoping for a vacation before returning to England. He offers transport to a visiting Russian opera singer in the Governor General's open car from the railway station into Simla. During the journey, the opera singer is shot dead by a sniper. He plunges into an investigation of the murder-and an earlier murder committed in the same way a year earlier. Both murders seem to be connected to Alice Conyers, local businesswoman and respected citizen and to a disastrous railway accident involving many fatalities in France several years before. Second in a series, the atmosphere of colonial India, strong characterization and plotting make this an entertaining read.
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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 60%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 30%How society works & physical descript. (people, objects, places) 10% Tone of story    -   suspenseful (sophisticated fear) How difficult to spot villain?    -   Difficult, but some clues given Time/era of story:    -   1900-1920's What % of story relates directly to the mystery, not the subplot?    -   70% Kind of investigator    -   british mystery (I say!) Kid or adult book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Crime Thriller    -   Yes Murder Mystery (killer unknown)    -   Yes

Main Character

Gender    -   Male Profession/status:    -   police/lawman Age:    -   20's-30's Ethnicity/Race    -   British


Asia/Pacific    -   Yes Asian country:    -   India

Writing Style

Amount of dialog    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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