A Nest of Vipers at the Bangalore Circus
Death stalks the streets of Bangalore when the Circus comes to town...
January 1922, and the Bangalore constabulary is on high alert. Edward, Prince of Wales, is scheduled to visit the city, seeking to redeem his reputation after disastrous visits to Bombay and Calcutta which were marked by violent anti-British riots.
Kaveri has none of these concerns on her mind; she's excited as she and her husband Ramu have been given VIP tickets to the famous Bangalore circus. But when a celebrity magician, shackled in an iron cage filled with deadly snakes, disappears into thin air and his son pleads with Kaveri to find his vanished father, she is stunned to discover her friend and favourite policeman, Inspector Ismail, is telling her to leave the case well alone -- could it be because it has something to do with the prince's impending visit? As a menacing gang of wrestlers leave death threats at her doorstep, Kaveri's former friends become foes, and the bodies start to pile up...
Chased by both police and thugs through the streets of Bangalore, searching desperately for clues to the vanished man, she has never been in such danger. After solving two cases of murder, Kaveri Murthy thought she had cemented her reputation as Bangalore's favourite lady detective. But this case will test her like never before.
PRAISE FOR HARINI NAGENDRA
'The first in an effervescent new mystery series. . . a treat for historical mystery lovers looking for a new series to savour (or devour)' NEW YORK TIMES
'A gorgeous debut mystery with a charming and fearless sleuth . . . spellbinding' SUJATA MASSEY
'Told with real warmth and wit. . . A perfect read for fans of Alexander McCall Smith and Vaseem Khan' - ABIR MUKHERJEE
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