Smoke and Ashes

Narrated by: Simon Bubb
Series: Sam Wyndham, Book 3
Length: 10 hrs and 14 mins
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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 08-25-19

Best yet

This is definitely the best novel of the three so far, we learn more about Sgt "Surrender Not" and the complexity of his relationship with his family and his sense of identity in relation to the embryonic Indian nation. The narration is excellent and well paced in a thoroughly engaging presentation. More please!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 06-05-20

Smoke and Ashes

Authentic and entertaining. Superb narration and truly evocative of a real time and place in British colonial history.

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  • Phaedo
  • 03-15-20

Best yet! But what is it with Dawson?!

A great series - really excellent writing! But why does Dawson's rank continually change?!

These books are so thought provoking within the crime format. This one gives us more insight into the Raj and Imperial rule and it's many failings. For me it is quite uncomfortable hearing the peremptory way that the English address Indians - never saying thankyou and the use of the generalised term of ' natives.'

Having said that, the books are quite nuanced and there is a lot of reflection from the central character on the complexity of the situation.

There has been an increased deepening of the characterisation and relationships of the ' central three' characters which is very satisfying.

All the books are excellent crime thrillers - so they satisfy on all levels.

As I say in my title - my ears maybe confused - but I am sure that Dawson started as a Colonel in Book 1, he became a Major through most of Book 2 and has been a Colonel and a Major in the same chapter sometimes in Book 3!! I am quite worried that it may be senior moments from me..so please ignore if it is. It does not detract from the huge enjoyment these books give!

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  • William Smith
  • 01-19-20

****ing love this series

Great. Bloody great series. Can't wait to read the next one. You should read this.

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  • Roberta
  • 10-11-19

Another Excellent Read

So, now I have finished all 3 books in this excellent series and I can’t wait for the next one which is published later this year! A combination of history and a thriller- perfect!

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  • karen
  • 09-17-19

Gripping

Not my usual read but part of book group choice, I was hooked really early on. There was a little history lesson in there too but not too much that it weighed the story down. Really enjoyed it.
Would read more of his.

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  • Mr. K. R. B. Munro
  • 07-08-19

Another fantastic story to follow the last two

the narration is fantastic, very clear but also pleasant to listen to, easy to distinguish voices without any of them sounding 'put on'

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  • daisyrock
  • 07-08-19

Better and better

Each of Abir Mukherjee's Sam Windham adventures is better than the last. Full of action and with a real sense of period and location. I love the narrator too, although I often feel he misses some of the wry humour.

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  • William
  • 04-27-19

A great story in a great series

I don't do many reviews but I had to say how great this series is. There is always a great yarn, well written and read, set against the background of the Raj. Some books I buy with a view to listening to some time but I always listen to these within days Well done to author and narrator.