Peril at the exposition

Nev March, 1967-

Book - 2022

"Captain Jim Agnihotri and his new bride, Diana Framji, return in Nev March's Peril at the Exposition, the follow up to March's award-winning, Edgar finalist debut, Murder in Old Bombay. 1893: Newlyweds Captain Jim Agnihotri and Diana Framji are settling into their new home in Boston, Massachusetts, having fled the strict social rules of British-ruled Bombay. It's a different life than what they left behind, but theirs is no ordinary marriage: Jim, now a detective at the Dupree Agency, is teaching Diana the art of deduction he's learned from his idol, Sherlock Holmes. Everyone is talking about the preparations for the World's Fair in Chicago: the grandeur, the speculation, the trickery. And Jim will experience first-hand: he's being sent to Chicago to investigate the murder of a man named Thomas Grewe. As Jim probes the underbelly of Chicago's docks, warehouses, and taverns, he discovers deep social unrest and some deadly ambitions. When Jim goes missing, Diana must venture to Chicago's treacherous streets to learn what happened, and prevent disaster. Readers can be sure that another exciting adventure is at hand for Lady Diana and Captain Jim. Award-winning author Nev March mesmerized readers with her debut novel, Murder in Old Bombay. Now, in Peril at the Exposition, she wields her craft against the glittering landscape of the Gilded Age with spectacular results"--

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Detective and mystery fiction
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New York : Minotaur Books 2022.
Main Author
Nev March, 1967- (author)
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344 pages ; 24 cm
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Review by Booklist Review

March, whose debut mystery, Murder in Old Bombay (2020), was an Edgar finalist, moves Captain Jim Agnihotri and his wife, Diana Framji, to Boston and then to Chicago at the outset of the Columbian Exposition, in this second in the series. The move may disappoint fans of the first book's richly realized depiction of life under British rule in India, but March makes the most of his new settings. Jim, now an apprentice detective at the Dupree Detective Agency in Boston, is assigned to Chicago to investigate the murder of one of their operatives. Then he disappears, and it's up to Diana to find him in Chicago. No mean trick, as Jim, a master of disguise, has left no means of contacting him in case of trouble. The plot that both Jim and Diana must foil involves anarchists' explosives, set to go off at the Exposition's opening. This one isn't quite as convincingly developed as Old Bombay, but the mystery is strong, and it's supported by plenty of intriguing historical detail.

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Review by Publisher's Weekly Review

Edgar finalist March's solid sequel to 2020's Murder in Old Bombay takes Anglo-Indian Jim Agnihotri, a former British army captain, and his bride, Diana, whom he met while probing the supposed suicides of her sister and sister-in-law, from India to America in 1893. Before they can settle into their new life in Boston, Jim's employers at the Dupree Detective Agency send him to Chicago, the site of the under-construction World's Fair, to investigate the murder of a security guard. When weeks pass with no word from Jim, Diana gets increasingly anxious. She has more to worry about when a stranger shares a message in German intended for Jim referencing explosives. Diana then learns that Jim's bosses are also uncertain of his whereabouts and that the colleague he was supposed to aid in Chicago has been killed. The redoubtable Diana bullies the Duprees into hiring her as an operative to follow her husband's trail. The predictable plot marks this as a more conventional mystery than its predecessor, which was bolstered by its focus on Anglo-Indian politics. Fans of Rhys Bowen's Molly Murphy series will find plenty to like. (July)

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Review by Library Journal Review

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Review by Kirkus Book Review

An intrepid damsel sidesteps distress to unravel a dangerous plot involving the 1893 Chicago World's Fair. Newlywed Lady Diana Framji O'Trey has just settled into a Boston flat with her husband, Capt. James Agnihotri, after a long journey from Bombay when he's called away to Chicago, the site of the upcoming Columbian Exposition, on a secret assignment for the Dupree Detective Agency. After several weeks pass with no word from Jim, a cryptic visit from professor Rolf Grimke sends Diana's fears into overdrive. The evasiveness of the agency about Jim's assignment only heightens them, as does the news that Baldwin, the man who preceded Jim on this case, was murdered. Diana undertakes the rugged trek to Chicago to find him, with elderly porter Tobias Brown as a companion. Aboard the train, she enlists plucky Abigail Martin as sidekick and guide. The fair itself is like a gleaming city, full of hope for a bright future. Diana's quick thinking enables her to rescue a man clinging to an elevated train. This exploit lands her name in the papers, leading to her brief reunion with Jim, who warns her not to get involved in his dangerous case, advice she agrees to but ignores. March packs her story with so many colorful supporting characters--a veritable United Nations assembly--and offers such a lively period setting that readers may ignore the many twists and turns in the plot. No matter; it's the picturesque journey of the sleuthing team through an anarchist cell, the mystery surrounding a mine explosion, and a reunion with Jim to assemble the pieces of the puzzle that distinguishes March's novel. A flashy vintage romp with a spirited heroine and nonstop surprises. Copyright (c) Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.

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