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Smoke and Ashes

Narrated by: Simon Bubb
Length: 10 hrs and 14 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (10 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Random House presents the audiobook edition of Smoke and Ashes by Abir Mukherjee, read by Simon Bubb. 

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. 

©2018 Abir Mukherjee (P)2018 Random House Audiobooks

Critic Reviews

"Smoke and Ashes is Abir Mukherjee's best book yet; a brilliantly conceived murder mystery set amidst political and social turmoil - beautifully crafted." (CJ Sansom)

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  • GB
  • 06-25-18

More Derring Do in the Raj

Another great story in the Wyndham & Surrender Not series. Quite an interesting combo in the modern era of searching for things to be offended about.
It treads the fine line between exciting story and being The Best of British while being firmly on the side of the Indians.
I can recommend it as a great romp through a bygone era and an exciting thriller.
I will be reading the rest of the series it’s a long time till 1947.

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  • "graham_78"
  • 06-18-18

windham and surrender-not at their best

Another brilliant story and it's great to see the friendship between our hero's has grown.

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  • helen
  • 04-08-19

A Great 3rd Book in the Series

Once again the narration is perfect. This book is more political than the previous ones, which made it very interesting. If you have listened to book 1 and 2, then you will not be disappointed. I really hope there is a 4th book.

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  • G.Russell
  • 11-29-18

Third in a great series

A good interesting plot,well performed. Although I have never been to India, to me these stories feel as if they get under the skin of India.

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  • Penelope Shand
  • 11-04-18

Great Read, RECOMMENDED

Loved this book, I thoroughly enjoyed this and Abir Mukherjee's two previous books. He brings India to life, there is action, humour and best of all thoroughly believable characters. I love Sam and Surrender-Not and hope it is not too long until we meet again.

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  • Pat T
  • 10-29-18

Good

As others have stated, best of the series so far. I hope there are more to come.

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  • S. Langmead
  • 10-18-18

Once again, brilliant.

Abir Mukherjee is brilliant. I can’t stop listening to his books. Humorous and clever and so well read.. Simon Bubb IS Sam Wyndham. Can’t wait till the next.

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  • Mr. D. Goff
  • 09-29-18

Keep them coming please.

Another thoroughly enjoyable read. The historical backdrop and the plot merge to keep the reader - me - engaged throughout. The characters are well formed, especially Wyndham. Calcutta feels sparsely populated in these books and I hope in future the press of humanity is more evident.

Overall, this adds to an excellent new series and I really hope their will be many more filling the time to Britain’s shambolic exit from India. 4.5/5

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  • Lovemykindle
  • 09-09-18

Hope this isn't the last Sam Wyndham book ...

Once again a really engrossing Audio book with a brilliant story, great narration and a satisfying ending that - nevertheless - gives one hope of more books about Sam and 1920s Calcutta in the future.

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  • Rogayah
  • 09-04-18

An Indian winter

Post World War 1 in Bengal, the British India of the 19C is fast changing with the Indians, influenced by Gandhi, protesting for an end to British rule and calling for independence.

Police work in Calcutta is made more difficult by protesters, strikes, Section H and a visit by the Prince of Wales as well as a series of murders with the same M.O.

The second book of this series, I think. Well read and very well paced with a light touch that also makes it a fun listen.

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  • G. Williams
  • 08-31-18

fantastic

these books are getting better and better, I can't wait for the next one. I recommend them.