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The fabulously wealthy kingdom of Sambalpore: home to tigers, elephants, diamond mines and the beautiful Palace of the Sun. When the heir to the throne of Sambalpore is assassinated in Calcutta in the presence of Captain Sam Wyndham and his colleague 'Surrender-Not' Banerjee, Wyndham works to uncover the reasons behind Prince Punit's death, despite the opposition of his commanding officers. Travelling to Sambalpore, he discovers a kingdom riven with suppressed conflict. Prince Punit was a moderniser whose attitudes - and romantic relationship - may have upset the more religious elements of his country while his brother appears to be a feckless playboy. And when Annie Grant, the first woman to capture Wyndham's heart since the death of his wife, arrives in the kingdom, Wyndham knows this is going to be a case that is as challenging personally as it is professionally.

©2017 Abir Mukherjee (P)2017 Random House Audiobooks

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  • GB
  • 10-18-17

Another great story

Abir spins a great yarn. It is exotic and fascinating all at once.
It is also captivating and well read. There are a few stylistic ticks that it would be churlish to harp on
For the author: Annie and Surrender Not are great characters that are under-utilised . I hope the next book gives Annie especially more space.
Other than that this is my favourite series at the moment I’m dying to read the next adventure.

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Fascinating Insight...

... into early 20th century India. Well read and the characters soon become omorganisering to one. The plot is pretty good, the protagonist was guessable but that didn't spoil my enjoyment.

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  • G. Williams
  • 06-04-17

Another Great Book

Another great book, good story and great characters and just as well written as the first. Really enjoyed it and can not wait until the next one!

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  • mcsmall
  • 07-08-17

A Rising Man Set The Bar Too High

I loved a Rising Man , so eagerly bought this audiobook.His first novel was always going to be a hard act to follow, and so it proved to be .
All the characters from a Rising Man are there, and once again, Simon Bubb does a superb job as narrtaor, but it lacks the impact of its predecessor

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  • SHEILA
  • 06-17-18

Part Detective story and part History lesson

Abir Mukherjee has surpassed himself. His first novel was excellent but this one is even more polished. It has inspired me to read more novels set India. So much goes on here. The national politics, police inter-department politics and the detection of the villain all weave in and out seamlessly. I learned so much about the Murghals but the historical information never got in the way of the story. The descriptive passages transported you so that you could almost see and smell the scenes as they unfolded.

Best of all it was a cracking good detective story with a strong and surprising ending

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  • 12-27-17

Nothing is what it seems!

Vivid and engaging, this keeps you gripped and guessing till the very end, which, when it comes is oddly satisfying.

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  • Mr A T Watson
  • 12-26-17

Loved it

Good in every way - the story, the backdrop and the characters + the narrator is excellent

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  • skinch
  • 12-11-17

A good story which is well narrated.

This is a really good listen. I liked the way that the characters and relationships had all developed onwards from the first book. The 1920s setting in an India under British rule makes for interesting twists. The narration is excellent depicting a lively caste of characters and nationalities with ease.

Cannot wait for Book 3 !

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  • Christopher
  • 08-24-17

Exceptional

What a throughly enjoyable follow up to A Rising man, kept me on the edge of my seat until the very last chapter. Cannot recommend this enough and look forward to reading what Sam and Surrender-Not get up to next.

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  • Diana Brighouse
  • 08-01-17

Just as good as the first book.

Brilliant narration, beautifully crafted story. Has made me want to find out much more about India in the 1920s.

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  • Dr
  • 07-16-17

As good as the first one

This is another really excellent book set in India after the First World War. It is very atmospheric and evocative of time and place, with an excellent storyline that doesn't flag. Like it's predecessor it explores the issues of colonialism in a nuanced way. The narration is perfect.

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  • JennyLucy
  • 07-14-17

Another excellent book by Abir Mukherjee

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

This is a well researched story with excellent characterisation and plot. It combines the interest of a detective story with historical information about the reality of British rule in India.

What was one of the most memorable moments of A Necessary Evil?

For me the description of the tiger hunt, authentic but horrific, I almost didn't want to listen.

What about Simon Bubb’s performance did you like?

The narrator, although not from the Indian Sub continent, reproduces 'posh' Indian accents well.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I think my emotional reaction would be to hope that Sam eventually can be happy.