Nev March 
Historical Mysteries

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Murder in Old Bombay

2021 Nominee for
Edgar Award, Barry Award, Anthony Award & Hammett Award for Excellence in Crime Fiction

Captain Jim Agnihotri channels his idol, Sherlock Holmes, in Nev March’s Minotaur Books/Mystery Writers of America First Crime Novel Award-winning debut. 

Based on real events In 19th century Bombay. 

Captain Jim is recovering from wounds received in a skirmish on the northern frontier. His long, dull months in hospital are relieved only by newspapers, and rereading tales of that new pulp sensation, Sherlock Holmes. 

The Bombay papers are following the deaths of two young ladies who plunged from its tallest clock tower. Did they jump? Or were they pushed? 

Young widower Adi insists that his wife and sister did not commit suicide; Captain Jim is hired to investigate.

In a land of divided loyalties, asking questions is dangerous; Captain Jim’s investigation stirs the shadows that haunt this family of well-to-do Parsee merchants. And when lively Lady Diana Framji joins the hunt for her sisters’ attackers, Captain Jim’s heart isn’t safe, either.

 

Editorial Reviews

ONE OF POPSUGAR'S 10 CHILLING THRILLER AND MYSTERY BOOKS OF THE MONTH
ONE OF WE ARE BOOKISH'S MOST ANTICIPATED BOOKS OF THE MONTH
ONE OF CRIMEREADS' BEST TRADITIONAL MYSTERIES OF THE YEAR
ONE OF MYSTERY SCENE'S FAVE RAVES OF THE YEAR
ONE OF AUNT AGATHA'S TOP TEN OF THE YEAR


"[E]xciting, romantic, and emotional, and evokes the vivid colors, sounds, and smells of India during British rule.... Murder in Old Bombay is a beautifully written novel that will be difficult to forget." Ellery Queen Magazine

"[Protagonist] Jim [Agnihotri] is an instantly likeable character whose good heart and endearing ways make him an ideal narrator.... His sleuthing takes him on an utterly enjoyable and picaresque journey through India on which he encounters beggars and brigands, adventure and danger – and finds romance." Marilyn Stasio, The New York Times Book Review

Murder in Old Bombay delivers a gripping look at India’s history, resplendent with meticulous research and depicting its social structure enhanced with realistic characters who put the past in context with modern times.” South Florida Sun Sentinel

"[A] beautifully told, exciting, adventure/romance with a well-crafted mystery at its center." Mystery Scene Magazine, One of the Fave Raves of the Year

“Based on true events, March’s crisply written debut combines fascinating historic details with a clever puzzle.” Kirkus Reviews

“March fills the story with finely developed characters, particularly Agnihotri, who proves a zealous investigator. She also presents an authentic view of India under British rule while exploring the challenges faced by a character of mixed race. The heartfelt ending leaves plenty of room for a sequel. Readers won’t be surprised this won the Minotaur Books/Mystery Writers of America First Crime Novel Award.”Publishers Weekly

"Bravo to Nev March for capturing late 19th century Indian history so beautifully in Murder in Old Bombay. Compelling characters, striking settings and the intricacies of social stratification shine in this talented author’s hands. I eagerly await more historic Bombay adventures narrated by sharp-eyed, open-hearted Jim Agnihotri." Sujata Massey

“Nev March’s Murder in Old Bombay is a tale of intrigue, duplicity and, as the title suggests, murder. . . . March deftly uses James’ biracial background to depict the societal structure of India during the British Raj and, by extrapolation, to indict other societies in which race and caste are sources of discrimination.” BookPage

“A lively adventure through colonial-era Bombay . . . March has an uncanny talent for conjuring up the hidden corners and personalities of late 19th century Bombay. CrimeReads

“Based on an actual event, the story paints a wonderful revealing background of colonial India with all its environments and visual beauty. Nev March does a fine job with the background as well as the characters which she portrays against the lushness, the beauty, riches, but also the sordid parts of India of the 1890s.” Mystery and Suspense Magazine

“Riveting. . . A fascinating story of intrigue, love, despair, hope and murder that we sincerely hope will turn into a mystery series with Captain Agnihotri at the helm.” Khaas Baat

“March has created a likable, honorable sleuth whose humble origins and instinctive kindness make spending time with him a pleasure.” Jaclyn Fulwood, blogger at Infinite Reads, for Shelf Awareness