The action takes place in India in 1932. "Ultra-modern" Elizabeth Mainwarring has inherited a fortune and a sheep farm in New Zealand. After her mother abandoned her father when she was a child, she grew up in England and decides to visit her father to try to get closer to him. She arrives with her best friend and companion Fiona in an unforgettable way. They arrived in an old flyer, Elizabeth being the pilot and doing an emergency landing on a parade ground.
Major Nigel Covington-Singh is the son of an Indian maharaja and the grandson of an British duke. He has been educated in England, and is trying to make a career for himself, without the help or influence of his father. He has to face a lot of prejudices and as soon as he sees Elizabeth feels a powerful attraction to her, but he knows that no British father wants a blacky-white near his daughter.
Lately, people are worried because of the violent murders of women. Nigel is in charge of the investigation and he suspects than the killer is British and that this is not the first time or place he has acted. Soon he fears that Elizabeth could be the next victim, since it seems the killer is attacking women who are involved with men of other races.
This book is set in the 1930's in India. It reminds me of books by M.M. Kaye. The author really captures the era, the language, the society, the atmosphere. It's like reading an author from that time period, with some sex (but not too much) thrown in.
I enjoyed it a lot, and highly recommend it. Particularly if you like reading period books.
Enjoyable historical set in the 1930's India. A little difficult to read due to heavy use of slang from the era, but there was a glossary at the end to help out.
LOVED this book!! Wish it had a bigger following. Loved book 2 by this author & can't wait for future books!!