Books two and three in the Malabar House series will be published by Hodder in 2021 and 2022.
Book 2 is provisionally titled The Dying Day.
February 1950, Bombay. India’s first female police detective, Persis Wadia, is summoned to the 150-year-old Bombay Royal Asiatic Society at Horniman Circle. The society’s preeminent treasure, a priceless manuscript of Dante’s Divine Comedy, has vanished, as has the society’s head curator, William Huxley, an Englishman with a passion for Indian history. Tasked to recover an item for which Benito Mussolini once offered £1m, Persis soon uncovers a series of murders, and a trail of tantalising coded clues that lead her into the dark heart of conspiracy…
Book 3 is provisionally titled The Lost Prisoner 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 small bible 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 were 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. At the crime scene is a wooden doll, dressed as a soldier…
As Persis investigates, further murders occur; her investigations eventually lead her to a dark secret from the past.