Blood Moon Over Bengal
by Morag McKendrick Pippin Dorchester Leisure Books
Category: Fiction / Autobiography
0 pages; ISBN: 0843954523
Rating: 8/10 (Ratings explained)
Reviewer: Anne K. Edwards
More than a romance, this great read incorporates many other genres that could qualify it as a murder mystery or mainstream. It opens the door into a past we have experienced only in movies. In this well-constructed, well-written tale of the early 1930's, we feel the heat and uncertainty of the time of empire, when the conquerors held themselves apart from the native population, when the conquered grew restless and began to demand their freedom. We see the wriring on the wall, "The end is near". And so it is for the victims of a callous murderer who has apparently visited the vast reaches of the British Empire and left a trail of blood. Major Nigel Covington-Singh faces the daunting task of finding this killer while struggling to hold his own against the prejudices of the white officers against native blood. To add to his problems, his Colonel's daughter, Elizabeth Mainwarring, lands her rickety airplane in the middle of the parade ground. Elizabeth has come to renew her acquaintance with a father she hasn't seen since she was a child. But her first acquaintance is with a handsome, scowling major who gives her the devil for her landing spot. She takes the steam out of his anger by blithely announcing she is his Colonel's daughter. What might have been an enjoyable relationship is marred by prejudice and disapproval of the small society in which they are forced to move that sets the mood for this marvelous blending of the motions in the exotic and mysterious setting of Calcutta. Highly recommended as a read you won't wnat to put down. Its many twists and turns will lead you into the dark and forboding world as seen through the eyes of a killer. This book is one you will keep for a future reread. Enjoy.