A Madras Miasma by Brian Stoddart (Superintendent Le Fanu Mystery 1)


The murder of a young British woman sets Superintendent Christian Le Fanu against superiors and businessmen in Madras only too eager to hush it up, but Le Fanu uncovers seedy goings-on that he cannot ignore.

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Madras in the 1920’s. The British are slowly losing the grip on the subcontinent. The end of the colonial enterprise is in sight and the city on India’s east cost is teeming with intrigue.  A grisly murder takes place against the backdrop of political tension and Superintendent Le Fanu, a man of impeccable investigative methods, is called in to find out who killed a respectable young British girl and dumped her in a canal, her veins clogged with morphine.

As Le Fanu, a man forced to keep his own personal relationship a secret for fear of scandal in the face of British moral standards, begins to investigate, he quickly slips into a quagmire of Raj politics, rebellion and nefarious criminal activities that threaten not just to bury his case but the fearless detective himself.

The first Detective Le Fanu Adventure, A Madras Miasma, tells a classic tale of murder, corruption and intrigue with a sharp eye on British colonial politics and race relations. It is a story that, like its main protagonist, has its heart firmly in the right place.


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