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A Necessary Evil

Written by: Abir Mukherjee
Narrated by: Simon Bubb
Series: Sam Wyndham
Length: 11 hrs and 12 mins
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The fabulously wealthy kingdom of Sambalpore: home to tigers, elephants, diamond mines and the beautiful Palace of the Sun. When the heir to the throne of Sambalpore is assassinated in Calcutta in the presence of Captain Sam Wyndham and his colleague 'Surrender-Not' Banerjee, Wyndham works to uncover the reasons behind Prince Punit's death, despite the opposition of his commanding officers. Travelling to Sambalpore, he discovers a kingdom riven with suppressed conflict. Prince Punit was a moderniser whose attitudes - and romantic relationship - may have upset the more religious elements of his country while his brother appears to be a feckless playboy. And when Annie Grant, the first woman to capture Wyndham's heart since the death of his wife, arrives in the kingdom, Wyndham knows this is going to be a case that is as challenging personally as it is professionally.

©2017 Abir Mukherjee (P)2017 Random House Audiobooks

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The magic continues...

After the first book, I felt this one is more matured and well nourished. was expecting a bit more twists in the end but nevertheless kept me at the edge till the last page. I am so glad that I've found this series!

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  • GB
  • 18-10-17

Another great story

Abir spins a great yarn. It is exotic and fascinating all at once.
It is also captivating and well read. There are a few stylistic ticks that it would be churlish to harp on
For the author: Annie and Surrender Not are great characters that are under-utilised . I hope the next book gives Annie especially more space.
Other than that this is my favourite series at the moment I’m dying to read the next adventure.

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  • Vaidyanathan
  • 03-09-18

Leaves you craving for more !

Abir Mukherjee and Simon Bubb continue the magic in their second novel of the series - this novel deals with a little bit more sophisticated plot with multiple characters coming in the fray of the classic whodunnit. The novel also portrays some of the beautiful cultural symbols of India which are still existent today (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ratha_Yatra_(Puri)). Narration is again really enjoyable. Before you read this, make sure you read the first novel since some characters are continued from the first novel.

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  • Crescentman
  • 30-09-17

Fascinating Insight...

... into early 20th century India. Well read and the characters soon become omorganisering to one. The plot is pretty good, the protagonist was guessable but that didn't spoil my enjoyment.

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  • G. Williams
  • 04-06-17

Another Great Book

Another great book, good story and great characters and just as well written as the first. Really enjoyed it and can not wait until the next one!

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  • Roberta
  • 08-10-19

Interesting and Well Written

This is my second book in this series and I found it very enjoyable. The Indian history was especially interesting.

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  • Mr R V Ayer
  • 11-09-19

addicted

loved it. complex, twisting, gripping story and supreme narration. Simon Bubb's high class Indian accent is perfect!

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  • daisyrock
  • 20-05-19

Excellent second outing

I preferred this to Rising Man as it's less wordy and more of a page turner. Narration is very good but there is a degree of wit and dry humour in Sam's voice that I think the narrator misses.

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  • helen
  • 08-04-19

A very Good Sequel

Once again the narration is perfect. This story has more twists in it than book 1, when you think the murder is solved, there is a further twist.

I like that the characters are imperfect and flawed, which makes everything more real. The hypocrisy and wry dry humour is very well done.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 31-10-18

Everything a Great Novel Should be

A great story with pace, engaging detail and tension. This skilled writer comes highly recommended

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  • Lovemykindle
  • 09-09-18

So sad when the Audio book ended ...

My favourite of the 3 (so far?) Sam Wyndham Audio books ... engrossing story, wonderful narration and very atmospheric setting.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 16-08-18

gripping

brilliant slow burner. really enjoyed this book. well read. i can thoroughly recommend it. 💓

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  • SHEILA
  • 17-06-18

Part Detective story and part History lesson

Abir Mukherjee has surpassed himself. His first novel was excellent but this one is even more polished. It has inspired me to read more novels set India. So much goes on here. The national politics, police inter-department politics and the detection of the villain all weave in and out seamlessly. I learned so much about the Murghals but the historical information never got in the way of the story. The descriptive passages transported you so that you could almost see and smell the scenes as they unfolded.

Best of all it was a cracking good detective story with a strong and surprising ending

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  • Love Reading
  • 27-12-17

Nothing is what it seems!

Vivid and engaging, this keeps you gripped and guessing till the very end, which, when it comes is oddly satisfying.

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  • Kerry
  • 12-04-20

another wondrous setting and intriguing story

another wondrous setting and intriguing story, Sam Wyndam and Surrendernot are fleshing out as characters