Book Review: Death in the East by Abir Mukherjee
December 7, 2020 – Sarah Vohsen, Adult Services
This column was first published in the December 2020 issue of The Best Years (TBY).
Death in the East is the fourth book in Mukerjee’s Sam Wyndham series. This series is considered a collection of historical mysteries, and all of them follow a different section of Sam Wyndham’s life throughout his time in India. Although I read this book without reading its predecessors, I was neither lost nor confused by the content. I also enjoyed the writing style, which caught my attention for the first page.
I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys mysteries or historical fiction, because the way Mukherjee blended these styles of writing together was captivating. If you like to read things in order, the first book of this series is A Rising Man, and in this story, Wyndham first arrives in India to start a new life but is immediately caught in a murder investigation. If you are looking for something similar, NoveList recommends The Soldier’s Curse by Meg Keneally. This story follows Hugh Monsarrat, who was a convict but is not a trusted clerk who must find a killer before his housekeeper friend is blamed for a murder she didn’t commit.