by Ajay Chowdhury
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Pub Date 27 May 2021 | Archive Date Not set
Random House UK, Vintage, Harvill Secker
From the winner of the Harvill Secker-Bloody Scotland Crime Writing Award comes a unique debut from Ajay Chowdhury.
Kamil Rahman: Kolkata detective turned Brick Lane waiter has a new case on his hands . . .
Disgraced detective Kamil Rahman moves from Kolkata to London to start afresh as a waiter in an Indian restaurant. But the day he caters a birthday party for his boss’s friend, his simple new life becomes rather complicated. The event is a success, the food is delicious, but later that evening the multi-millionaire host, Rakesh, is found dead in his swimming pool. The police declare it an accident, but Rakesh’s wife Neha is adamant it is murder.
Kamil's colleague Ava is accused of the crime, and Kamil takes it upon himself to investigate, with the help of his boss's daughter Anjoli. Kamil and Anjoli prove a capable team – but as the investigation progresses, Kamil struggles to keep memories of the case that destroyed his career in Kolkata at bay. . . and his past will soon catch up with him.
'A hugely entertaining first novel for lovers of crime fiction, taking us from Kolkata to Brick Lane.'
‘From the mean streets of Kolkata to the kitchens of Brick Lane…this is a rip-roaring mystery that’s engrossing from start to finish. Kamil Rahman is…a refreshing and welcome addition to the world of detective fiction. One of my favourite reads of the year.’
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Mixing a previous situation in India where the lead character operated as a police inspector, with a waiter’s job that becomes a private investigator in England, brings alive a great story; one which I could not wait to finish.
How these two mysteries bind together is a surprise until the reader finds out and this provides for many interesting twists on the way.
I enjoyed the mix of Indian with English language, the feel of Indian culture within modern England and a wonderful taste of the food most Brits enjoy. I hadn’t heard of a Vindaloo Visa before reading this book, but now understand its use and potential.
The variety of characters, keeping to their culture while maintaining change to modern day England was both interesting and stimulating.
I hope I get to read more about Kamil Rahman and wonder when Anjoli will understand his love for her. A series of this team investigating would be great fun. A free copy of this book didn’t change my review and I can’t tell you why I disliked one character so much as this may spoil some moments. At least he paid in the end…
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