Barbara Cleverly's mysteries set in 1920s India
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Anyone else read any? What did you think?
I enjoy the series, though I agree it is a bit on the light side. I still have to read Palace Tiger.
There is another good series about the end of the Raj, though not a mystery. It is Paul Scott's Raj Quartet and PBS had a series based on it a while ago. The books are:
The Jewel in the Crown
The Day of the Scorpion
The Towers of Silence
A Division of the Spoils
I loved Far Pavilions too.
There is also another series about the Raj, but it is older and very un-PC. It was my mother's and I read them as a kid, and now I still have the books. They were very good but definitely old fashioned in terms of sex and race.
The author is John Masters the books are:
Bugles and a Tiger
The Road Past Mandalay
The Venus of Konpara
The Ravi Lancers
To The Coral Strand
Some are fiction and some are not. He was a Brit whose family was part of the Raj, and involved with the Army I think.
Bhowani Junction was made into a Hollywood movie in the 50's. My favorite is The Deceivers, which is about the Thugees and the religious cult of serial killers that used to prey on travlers for Kali.
It seems that everyone is recommending books about India from the Colonial perspective. There are a lot of great books by Indians, too, you know :-)
Great books by Indians would belong in another thread, unless you are talking about Indians commenting on the Raj in their stories.