Death at the Durbar by Arjun Raj Gaind

This excellent mystery is set in 1911 in Delhi, India. The British are presenting the new king, George V, in a durbar that will be attended by all the Maharajas and Nawabs. The Delhi Durbar in 1911 was organized by the British to honor the coronation of the new king. It is a historical fact that George V was the only actual British king to attend a durbar. Maharaja Sikander Singh of Rajpore is summoned by the British to help solve the murder of a nautch-girl. (A nautch girl was a highly skilled dancer who served as entertainment and companionship for the British, especially soldiers.) Sikander accepts the large task of trying to solve the murder before George V arrives. I loved all the rich history and carefully woven plot in this thoughtful mystery.  The second in the series, I recommend this book as an excellent addition to historical fiction-mystery.

Death at the Durbar by Arjun Raj Gaind will be available March 6, 2018 by Poisoned Pen Press. An egalley of this book was made available by the publisher in exchange for a honest review.

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