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.
This report prepared by Linda Sourpuss