8 /10

The Dying Day

by Vaseem Khan

Snappy Review

It’s just a sheer pleasure to read. The story, the history, the research, colours, scents, mystery and one of the most accurate descriptions of trying trying to climb a fence in a dress. Fantastic!

Book Synopsis

The second brilliant novel in the highly acclaimed Malabar House series featuring Persis Wadia, India’s first female police detective. Book one, Midnight at Malabar House, won the CWA Sapere Books Historical Dagger 2021.

A priceless manuscript. A missing scholar. A trail of riddles.

Bombay, 1950

For over a century, one of the world’s great treasures, a six-hundred-year-old copy of Dante’s The Divine Comedy, has been safely housed at Bombay’s Asiatic Society. But when it vanishes, together with the man charged with its care, British scholar and war hero, John Healy, the case lands on Inspector Persis Wadia’s desk.

Uncovering a series of complex riddles written in verse, Persis – together with English forensic scientist Archie Blackfinch – is soon on the trail. But then they discover the first body.

As the death toll mounts it becomes evident that someone else is also pursuing this priceless artefact and will stop at nothing to possess it . . .

Harking back to an era of darkness, this second thriller in the Malabar House series pits Persis, once again, against her peers, a changing India, and an evil of limitless intent.

Gripping, immersive, and full of Vaseem Khan’s trademark wit, this is historical fiction at its finest.