Title: Midnight at Malabar House
Author: Vaseem Khan
# of pages: 320
Expected date of publication: 20th August 2020
Published by: Hodder & Stoughton
On the midnight of New Year’s Eve in 1949, Malabar House police station receives a call for an investigation at Laburnum House.
Inspector Persis Wadia is the first to reach the scene and soon realizes it’s a house of elite British Sir James Herriot. Sir James Herriot was in headlines because of his close collaboration with Govt. of India.
By coincidence or by a deliberate try, Persis Wadia stumbles upon one of the most crucial cases of Free India. India has been free from the British regime and is on the cusp of becoming a new Republic. It is at a susceptible stage where it’s prone to disturbances.
The murder of Sir Herriot is more than what meets the eye! And with every step forward, Wadia becomes more entangled into a complex labyrinth.
As a first women IPS officer of India, she carries a tremendous burden of truth/ justice on her shoulder. And if she fails, her career may sink along with it.
Vaseem Khan’s Midnight at Malabar House is a gentle reminder of the golden age of whodunnit. Persis handles the case with a power, which gets, complicated at every turn of the event. She teams up with Archimedes “Archie” Blackfinch, a criminalist. Her focus is undeterred despite immense pressure at home (for getting married) and at work.
The story flows with a good pace but, at a few instances, the author gave too much background information and, that’s very distracting. She keeps remembering incidences from her childhood when she is about to go for an interview.
Overall, Midnight at Malabar House is a good read with a historical background. People who love a good mystery with historical twist will love this book.