The Murder of the Maharajah Author:H. R. F. Keating When the Maharajah of Bhopore and his guests, along with a veritable army of servants, porters, and beaters, sally forth for a day's shooting, everyone anticipates an impressive bag. But someone is out after bigger game than sandgrouse, and when the charming but ruthless ruler sets out to demonstrate his skill with a shotgun, a catastrophe befal... more »ls him which may not be the accident it appears.
The Maharajah, a puckish potentate who cheats at chess and is fond of practical jokes, made a bit too much mischief for himself when he put together his eccentric group. None seems a likely assassin but each has a possible motive: the Dewan of Bhopore and Captain Ram Singh, his subjects and advisers, who have long borne frustration and humiliation at his hands; Sir Arthur Pendeverel—of his little son Michael—who may have finally tired of the Maharajah's petty incursions on the dignity of His Majesty's Government; Porgy, the ruler's foolish son and heir, whose plans to marry a luscious chorine have been scotched by his father; or Henry Morton III, an American tycoon who survived an accident strikingly similar to the Maharajah's and who was the butt of one of his ridiculous pranks shortly before the hunting mishap.
Detective Superintendant of Police Howard is called in to unravel the complex tangle of motives, and before he is through has tied up the loose ends of a fiendishly clever plot in the best British Imperial tradition of Agatha Christie.« less