Book 3 in the Malabar House series will be published by Hodder in 2022 and is provisionally titled The Lost Man of Dehradun.
It is June 1950, Bombay, the start of the monsoon and a new case arrives at Malabar House. A man has been found frozen in the foothills of the Himalayas, near the town of Dehradun. He is clearly a white man, but his face has been crushed, seemingly by a rockfall. A notebook is found in his pocket, stamped with a Bombay watermark. It is assumed that he must have lived in Bombay and so the body is sent back to the city for identification, where the case is handed to Inspector Persis Wadia, India’s first female police detective. An autopsy reveals that the death of the ‘Ice Man’ – as he is dubbed in the press – was no mountain accident – he was murdered.
Two days later a second case lands at Malabar House. Stefano Renzi, a 30-year-old Italian autoparts manufacturer has been murdered, together with his Indian wife.
As Persis investigates, her investigations eventually lead her to a dark secret from the past…