‘Trouble in Nuala’ by Harriet Steel

Trouble in Nuala

Moving from a busy post in the city to the sleepy town of Nuala, Inspector de Silva and his English wife are looking forward to a peaceful life, but the death of an arrogant plantation owner forces the policeman into an investigation that could upset the locals, not to mention his boss.

Set on the island of Ceylon in the 1930s, this is a proper ‘cozy’ murder mystery that is an easy read and makes no demands on the reader. It also makes very few demands on its hero, Shanti de Silva, as he seems to spend much of his time sitting around enjoying good food and whisky. Nevertheless, the characters are an interesting bunch and there’s a nice laidback atmosphere to the whole thing that is reminiscent of Robert Thorogood’s Death in Paradise.

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