Smoke and Ashes

Smoke and Ashes

**From the winner of the 2017 CWA Historical Dagger Award**
India, 1921. Haunted by his memories of the Great War, Captain Sam Wyndham is battling a serious addiction to opium that he must keep secret from his superiors in the Calcutta police force.

When Sam is summoned to investigate a grisly murder, he is stunned at the sight of the body: he’s seen this before. Last night, in a drug addled haze, he stumbled across a corpse with the same ritualistic injuries. It seems like there’s a deranged killer on the loose. Unfortunately for Sam, the corpse was in an opium den and revealing his presence there could cost him his career.
With the aid of his quick-witted Indian Sergeant, Surrender-not Banerjee, Sam must try to solve the two murders, all the while keeping his personal demons secret, before somebody else turns up dead.

Set against the backdrop of the fervent fight for Indian independence, and rich with the atmosphere of 1920s Calcutta, Smoke and Ashes is the brilliant new historical mystery in this award-winning series.

Title:Smoke and Ashes
ISBN:9781911215141
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About Abir Mukherjee

ABIR MUKHERJEE was born in London, but spent most of his childhood in Glasgow. A graduate of the LSE, he currently works in finance in the City.


    Smoke and Ashes Reviews

  • Annet

    What a fabulous, great series this is. I'm totally hooked, can't wait for the 4th book. Understand it's in preparation... More to follow... but already... Absolutely & Highly Recommended!This is a ser...

  • William

    FIVE STARS! AGAIN! Extraordinary, assured, delightful, fascinating, enlightening, and my favourite: the Detective as Philosopher. A masterpiece, Abir. Truly wonderful! Thank you for the advanced reade...

  • Liz Barnsley

    love this series.I’m not a fan of historical crime for the most part – that is to say it is not my go to genre – but I made an exception once for “A Rising Man” and haven’t looked back si...

  • Annet

    So looking forward to this one.... can't wait!...

  • Leah

    Murder in the Raj...Roused from a drug-addled stupor in an opium den in the backstreets of Calcutta, Sam Wyndham, Captain in the Calcutta police, discovers the place is being raided. Discovery of his ...

  • Abby Slater- Fairbrother

    I am a huge fan of this series and If you haven’t read A Rising Man or An Necessary Evil, then you need to add them to your wish list asap. The series is phenomenal and historical crime fiction at i...

  • Christopher Williams

    Latest in this excellent series and maybe the best to date. A really good plot that unfolds at just the right pace and with the involvement of the sinister section H again being welcome. Looking forwa...

  • Dipra Lahiri

    Another cracking installment in the Sam Wyndham / Surrender-not series, set in the tumultuous twenties in Calcutta. The historical background is expertly leveraged to lend added urgency and heft to th...

  • Jo Hindhaugh

    This series of books is fast becoming one of my favourites! Prince Edward is due to visit Calcutta in the midst of increasing unrest among the natives who want independence from British rule. Add to t...

  • nikkia neil

    Another killer novel- just the right mix of angst, action, and cultural clashes that Mukherjee does the best. ...