Trouble in Nuala

Trouble in Nuala When Inspector Shanti de Silva moves with his English wife Jane to his new post in the sleepy hill town of Nuala he anticipates a restful life than police work in the big city entails However an arrog

  • Title: Trouble in Nuala
  • Author: Harriet Steel
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 239
  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • When Inspector Shanti de Silva moves with his English wife Jane to his new post in the sleepy hill town of Nuala he anticipates a restful life than police work in the big city entails However an arrogant plantation owner with a lonely wife, a crusading lawyer, and a death in suspicious circumstances present him with a riddle that he will need all his experience to soWhen Inspector Shanti de Silva moves with his English wife Jane to his new post in the sleepy hill town of Nuala he anticipates a restful life than police work in the big city entails However an arrogant plantation owner with a lonely wife, a crusading lawyer, and a death in suspicious circumstances present him with a riddle that he will need all his experience to solve Set on the exotic island of Ceylon in the 1930s, Trouble in Nuala is an entertaining and relaxing mystery spiced with humour and a colourful cast of characters Interview with the Author Q There are so many murder mysteries around, what makes Trouble in Nuala stand out A To a great extent its setting in Ceylon, modern day Sri Lanka, in the days when the island was still a British colony Then, as now, the island was a fascinating place not just for its wonderful scenery and wildlife but also its mix of peoples who seem to have recovered extraordinarily well from the tragedies of their recent past The majority are Sinhalese, who see themselves as the original owners of the island They are followed by the Tamils who migrated over the centuries from Southern India Add the legacy of the early Portuguese and Dutch settlers and you have a very rich culture Although the story sits firmly in the mystery genre, at the time when it s set, colonialism also raised issues that my characters have to deal with and that provides an extra layer of interest Q What s your connection to the country A I ve been lucky enough to visit and I fell in love with it straight away My books are often inspired by my travels and as I d been planning to write a new detective series for some time, it presented the perfect setting Q The mystery genre is usually very plot driven When you wrote Trouble in Nuala did the characters or the plot come first A Shanti de Silva was inspired by various people I met on my travels around Sri Lanka and he took shape in my mind early on He s pragmatic but principled with a mischievous sense of humour at times impetuous and occasionally a rebel As my plots develop though, I usually find that characters deepen and that was certainly the case here as Shanti de Silva and the other characters revealed themselves Q So what next A A second Inspector de Silva mystery is already well advanced and you can read a sample at the end of Trouble in Nuala After that, there are plenty adventures for de Silva queueing up to be written

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    1. Cosy murder mystery set in 1930s CEYLONThis novel is the #TFBookClub read for November and December 2017.The first in what will undoubtedly prove to be a popular series.Set in 1930s Ceylon (Sri Lanka as it is now), Inspector Shanti de Silva is living there, at Sunnybank, with his English wife, Jane and solving all kinds of murder mysteries.In this first novel, it comes to his attention that Gooptu, a worker on the Renshaw plantation, has been physically disciplined, leaving him pretty severely w [...]

    2. I am not fond of categorizing books further than fiction or nonfiction, because the best novels often transcend such arbitrary divisions or encompass several of them. Nevertheless, Trouble in Nuala falls comfortably into the "cozy mystery" category. It is also a historical novel, set in Ceylon (now Sri Lanka) in the 1930s. The story involves a police inspector whose retreat to the slower pace of a small town in the hills is disturbed by the suspicious death of a local tea plantation owner. Inspe [...]

    3. If you prefer mysteries with a more genteel aspect and exotic settings, Trouble In Nuala may be just your cup of tea.Set in the British Colonial period of the 1930s in Ceylon (now Sri Lanka), this first in a new series by Harriet Steel introduces Inspector Shanti de Silva, recently transferred from busy Colombo to the sleepy hill-town of Nuala, and Jane, his English wife, a former governess.Barely settled into his new assignment, Shanti is ordered by Archie Clutterbuck, his government overseer, [...]

    4. I tried this book after reading a blog written by this author about dining cars on the British Railway. I must admit that I had never read a book centered in what was the British colony of Ceylon, now Sri Lanka, and I plead further ignorance on being totally unfamiliar with Kandy. So I have learned a thing or two by way of .This introduction to Inspector de Silva and his charming wife sets the stage for peaceful living amidst plantations in the period of George V, or the 1930's. The Inspector pr [...]

    5. Trouble in Nuala is the first in a series of investigations by Inspector Shanti de Silva in colonial Ceylon. Although a Sri Lankan himself, Shanti is married to Jane, an Englishwoman whom he had met after she came to the island as a governess. They mix in the “best” social circles of Nuala, up in the hills far from the busy city of Colombo. An experienced policeman, he may feel frustrated by his junior police officers and by the patronising attitude of Clutterbuck, the assistant government a [...]

    6. This is such a wonderful look back in time to 1930's Ceylon where Inspector Shanti de Silva would have been happy to deal with life's little in justices in Nuala where he lived with his lovely and wise wife Jane. Set amongst huge plantations they enjoyed rubbing shoulders with the wealthy because of his rank and also having the pleasure of their own servants at home too.  Life was really quite laid back. They thought of themselves as lucky as this was a time when not all mixed marriages wer [...]

    7. I loved this book set in the preWW2 Indonesian Islands, The British are uncomfortably holding on to their privileges and prejudice. The lead figure is a native Ceylonese detective married to an English wife. The case of murder is very interesting given the constraints of the time and walking a tightrope between whose authority the case will be judged. A story of love pervades the tale and interesting thoughts of the people at that time are very interesting.

    8. This sweet mystery features a peek at life in early 1900s Ceylon, an old-timey intelligent detective who looks beyond the obvious, and a charming love story. Perfect read for a languid summer afternoon.

    9. interesting and enjoyable mystery I really enjoyed this book was entertaining and easy to read recommend to others who enjoy mysteries as much as I do

    10. Greatly enjoyed this cozy mystery in slightly exotic 1930s British colonial Ceylon and would love to have tea with Inspector Shanti de Silva and his charming English wife, Jane, in their home tucked in the lush highlands outside of Colombo.Fascinating investigation of the local British tea factory owner, a very nasty piece of work, on a shabby plantation with ill-used workers. Once this cruel owner is found dead, Shanti has to walk a fine line with both the man’s friend and his lawyer as he wo [...]

    11. This gentle mystery follows the charming Inspector de Silva as he solves crime and murder cases in Nuala, Sri Lanka. Much of the time we are in his head, thinking about society, past cases and his wife, Jane. Reading this book reminded me of taking a pleasant train journey. There is a rhythm to the story that pulls you in and keeps you reading. The settings in Sri Lanka are gorgeous and described so well you can visualize the landscape, tea plantations, colonial outposts and busy cities. I also [...]

    12. I adored the setting and it was described perfectly by Harriet. I really felt like I was there in Nuala with the characters, helping the investigation.The first half of the book did feel a little slow with minimal excitement or thrills, but I felt this was what the author was hoping for. The second half, I felt, contained a lot more excitement as the mystery started to unravel. Without the scene setting in the first half and getting a real feel for the characters, I don't think I would have enjo [...]

    13. Did I like it?Hell yeah. I’d say very laid back. Very nice and most of all nicely described surrounding/scenery. A bit of food, a bit of plants Ceylon (Sri Lanka) in the 1930. An underlying critique of imagined western superiority. Interesting characters. A cosy mystery,What I didn’t likeIf anything then it would be. The inspector is ‘new’ on his post. But it ‘feels’ like he’s there for a ‘long’ while. There’s nothing really about he being the new one. I felt he’s too close [...]

    14. With a talent for evoking a bygone age, the author takes the reader on an exotic trip to Ceylon in the 1930s. Inspector de Silva is a fabulous character and I loved how his English wife Jane gently corrects his misuse of English idioms, reminding me a little of Agatha Christie's Inspector Poirot. The story is a typical murder mystery, a few suspects, the odd red herring but for me the beauty of the book is the relationship between the characters and the evocation of a different world. I read thi [...]

    15. Trouble in Nuala by Harriet Steel has received a Chill with a Book Readers' Awardillwithabook"An easy read and very enjoyable.""The description of life in the colonies and the country was so vivid.""A delightful read that takes the reader back to a time when solving crimes was more about intuition than forensics and mind profiling."Pauline BarclayFounder of Chill with a Book Awards

    16. This was a quick and enjoyable read. Set in 1930’s Ceylon (now Sri Lanka) it was a cross between an Agatha Christie and Alexander McCall Smith book. I really enjoyed the main character Shanti Da Silva and his wife Jane and loved the descriptions of Ceylon. I will be reading more books in this series.

    17. A Paradise Visited A most satisfying read. Inspector SiLva and his Jane are a lovely couple, in a well written, interesting taller that held my attention until the end. An exotic setting just adds to the story. I'm looking forward to reading future books about this attractive duo and their friends.

    18. A classic mystery in an exotic setting. A pleasant read. I'll happily read others in the series if they come my way. But I doubt I'd seek them out and I can't see myself re-reading. The story just was't involving enough once you remove the mystery.

    19. I was introduced to this author through TripFiction. I thought that this book was an entertaining, cozy mystery set in 1930s Ceylon with humor sprinkled throughout and a scintillating cast of characters. Loved it.

    20. Entertaining Very interesting book about a police detective in Ceylon. The only thing that was weird was he didn’t seem to have to work much. His number Bly seemed to accomplish a few tasks each day until it was time he went home.

    21. Outstanding WritingI enjoyed Ms. Where's writing style as much of the story itself. She paints a vivid description of Nuala and British/Indian life. Recommend highly

    22. Low 3Sadly it feels slow. There isn't really other stuff wrong with it, but it feels like it drags on. The pacing felt especially snail-like in the beginning.

    23. The story is set in 1930’s Ceylon when it was still a British colony. Inspector Shanti de Silva has left the big, bustling city of Colombo behind with no regrets. He and his English wife, Jane, an ex governess, have settled in the much more peaceful town of Nuala where de Silva runs the local police station with the aid of Sergeant Prasanna and Constable Nadar.De Silva is called to a meeting with Archie Clutterbuck, the assistant government agent, at his home and asked to investigate a plantat [...]

    24. This first installment in The Inspector de Silva Mysteries hits all the buttons for a cozy/cosy, down to the cute cover that evokes the British colonial atmosphere of the 1930s.Our detective, Inspector Shanti de Silva, married in his forties to the also-40-something English governess Jane, introduces us to his Sinhalese culture in Ceylon as he craves his spicy dahl lunches while suffering through quivering pork jellies served by local matron Florence Clutterbuck, just exactly the type of lady yo [...]

    25. Good read! It started off a little slow but getting into the mystery part of it helped pick it up, couldn't put it down after that! Very compelling, a little foreshadowing, and tied up nicely with all the details in place. Definitely recommend!

    26. This book was alright. I found it a bit on the light side but I did enjoy the setting and the characters. I would give this author another try when the second in the series comes out.

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