Brief reviews of mysteries, thrillers, and crime novels.
Thursday, June 25, 2015
The Strangler Vine, by M. J. Carter
In 1837, William Avery, a young idealistic officer in the East India Company, is charged with locating a famous, but somewhat scandalous writer who has disappeared into a remote part of India ostensibly to research and write about the Thugs. Avery is accompanied on his journey across India by Jeremiah Blake, a former and fully disillusioned agent of the East India Company, who knows the languages, power-brokers, and politics of the country. Carter's Victorian India is well researched and painstakingly described, though she presents a theory of Thugee that isn't universally accepted.