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A stirring mystery that exposes the horror of the opium trade out of India, woven with a metaphysical depiction of the terrors of the Cawnpore massacres during the India uprising of the 1870s, through Tonia’s dreams of her dearest friend in Cawnpore. Such a pleasure that such a terrific book is so well written and edited.
In this very well researched mystery set in London and the India of the Indian Mutiny, history comes to vibrant life with a great story, with good characters and fascinating details of clothes, customs and conditions. Great stuff!
The descriptions of the country side and historical events makes you feel like you are there in the middle of the story. Lord Charles and Lady Antonia are invited to Charles Aunt Aelfridas to meet Sophia the daughter of Emilia the close friend of Antonia. Discussions among the guests is about the up rising in India and Emilia is working in the middle of the attack.. Antonia keeps having dreams about Emilia being in trouble that effects her health and Charles fears will harm their unborn child. Two murders connected to India take place in London and there is a lot of suspense and mystery as Charles and Antonia get involved.