Diplomat’s Missing Trousers
Parvin Sultana
MIDNIGHT AT MALABAR HOUSE by Vaseem Khan Hodder Paperbacks, 2020, 336 pp., 399.00
THE DYING DAY by Vaseem Khan Hodder & Stoughton, 2021, 368 pp., 1049.00
December 2021, volume 45, No 12

With Midnight at Malabar House, British crime writer Vaseem Khan started a new detective series. This series is set in the early years of Independence and the protagonist is India’s first female IPS, Persis Wadia. The first book in the series is set in 1949. The backdrop is Indian Independence and the painful Partition.

The city of Bombay is in the midst of New Year’s Celebration, Persis Wadia is at her office at Malabar House. Sometime after midnight, Persis gets a call. One Madan Lal asks her to come over to the house of British diplomat James Herriot. On reaching there, Wadia discovers that the British diplomat has been murdered. One peculiar fact about the murder scene was the diplomat’s missing trousers. And all this happened while there was a party taking place at the house. Wadia also detected the possibility of theft.

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