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NEWS! The Lost Man of Bombay now out in paperback in the UK! The reviews for the third book in the Malabar House series have been stellar. The Times says: “If only all period procedurals were as good as this” … It’s India, 1950. A dead white man is found frozen in the Himalayas with only a notebook containing cryptic clues. Meanwhile, in Bombay, two more Europeans are killed… Check out all the stellar national reviews and order here.

NEWS! The Lost Man of Bombay was picked in the top crime books of the year by The Guardian, The Financial Times, and The Daily Express which called it ‘the best historical thriller of the year’.

Here’s me talking about the book.

NEWS! Death of a Lesser God, the fourth book in the Malabar House series, is now available for pre-order! The fourth book will be out in August 2023. Here is the cover… The book again begins in 1950, Bombay… Englishman James Whitby is due to hang for the murder of an Indian lawyer. As Persis, India’s first female police detective, and Archie, a forensic scientist from England, investigate, they are led to a second murder – that of an American soldier in Calcutta… Soon they find themselves travelling to the old colonial capital of Calcutta in search of a killer… The book is receiving a lot of love, and pre-orders are already way ahead of the last book. Pre-orders really affect how a book is promoted, so I would be immensely grateful if you chose to pre-order. You can pre-order from Waterstones here: or pre-order from your local bookshop or online.

NEWS! PAPERBACK OF THE DYING DAY OUT NOW! The second book in the Malabar House series is out in paperback …. Bombay 1950. A 600-year old copy of Dante’s The Divine Comedy goes missing from the Asiatic Society leaving behind a trail of riddles… and bodies. ORDER YOUR COPY HERE.

Reviews for THE DYING DAY:

The Da Vinci Code meets post-Independence India. I’d be surprised if I read a better book this year.’ ~ M. W. Craven, winner of the Crime Writers Association Gold Dagger.

This is a crime novel for everyone; for those who love traditional mysteries there are clues, codes and ciphers, but it also had a harder edge and a post-war darkness. Brilliant.‘ ~ Ann Cleeves, creator of the Vera and Shetland series

NEWS! Delighted to announce that Midnight at Malabar House has WON the Crime Writers Association Sapere Books Historical Dagger, the most prestigious historical crime fiction prize in the world. A turbulent 1950s Bombay, a murdered British diplomat, and Persis Wadia, India’s first female police detective thrown into the thick of it. “This is historical crime fiction at its best” says the Mail on Sunday. The book is now available in paperback from bookstores big and small including Waterstones and online: You can buy the Kindle version here. 


NEWS! Free digital book. I am currently releasing a series of 50 articles about India via my blog on this site. Together they explore the history and culture of India from her most ancient civilisations to the nation’s ambitious space programme. All 50 articles will be collected into a digital book and published in due course. To receive a FREE copy of the booksimply register for my newsletter here.

NEWS! Have you ever thought of writing crime fiction? Check out the new 6-part ONLINE course that I have recorded for the Curtis Brown Creative Writing School.

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My aim is to take readers on a journey to the heart of modern India, the most vibrant, conflicted, and supercharged place on earth”  ~ Vaseem Khan

Welcome to Vaseem Khan’s website

Vaseem Khan is the author of two award-winning crime series set in India, the Baby Ganesh Agency series, and the Malabar House historical crime novels. His first book, The Unexpected Inheritance of Inspector Chopra, was a Times bestseller, now translated into 16 languages, and introduced Inspector Chopra of the Mumbai police and his sidekick, a one-year-old baby elephant. It has been optioned for film. The second in the series won a Shamus Award in America. In 2018, he was awarded the Eastern Eye ACTA (Arts, Culture and Theatre Award) for Literature.