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Nilima Rao

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A Disappearance in Fiji (2023) 109 exemplars


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Data de naixement
20th century
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Disappearance in Fiji is the debut of a mystery series by Fijian Indian Australian author Nilima Rao. It is an engaging story featuring a likeable hero: Indian police sergeant Akal Sing, who has recently been transferred to Fiji from Hong Kong to what he considers a backwater post.

Akal is soon sent to solve a missing persons case, or more accurately hush it up, when an Indian female plantation worker goes missing. The mystery soon ratchets up and exposes all the cracks in 1914 colonial Fiji with its racism, dirty secrets and terrible treatment of its Indian workers.

This was a great debut that not only got the reader involved in solving the crime but also gave much insight into Fiji’s colonial history and culture. I’ll definitely look out for another of this author's books.
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mimbza | Hi ha 7 ressenyes més | Apr 7, 2024 |
A delightful mystery, and historically fascinating. It takes place in Fiji, where a Sikh Indian police sergeant is sent, after a career failure in Hong Kong, to solve the mystery of a missing indentured coolie woman. Thus a collision of cultures and classes. I like the main characters, who are nuanced and believable. They navigate their own ambitions and blind spots and hopes in a believable and even beguiling way. The plot is complex and interesting.

I rated this book only 3 1/2 stars, however, because the “bad guys” were all a little flat, and portraying all the plantation owners as evil in a one-dimensional way makes the mystery less interesting, and almost predictable.

That’s a minor complaint, and one I suspect this author will get beyond in her next book. This book stands well as a nicely crafted mystery with excellent main characters, and important insights about a history and culture most of us knew nothing about. Recommended.
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bjellis | Hi ha 7 ressenyes més | Jan 23, 2024 |
Set in colonial Fiji in 1914, this mystery novel takes readers to a time and setting with which most of us are not familiar, but the author certainly is.

An indentured Indian woman goes missing, and a local priest brings the attention of the newspapers to what he calls a kidnapping. Newly arrived from Hong Kong, Sergeant Akal Singh is already in trouble with his boss who reluctantly sets him to investigate the case. The last thing the Inspector wants is for the kidnapping claim to be true, and for his world to be rocked with scandal.

A very readable first novel.
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smik | Hi ha 7 ressenyes més | Dec 18, 2023 |
A wonderful debut.................
A Disappearance in Fiji by Nilima Rao is a wonderful story which entertains you to the end. The storyline reveals the racist culture in plantations in Fiji which was really unnerving. Akal, our protagonist also a policeman faces racism during his investigations which was really astonishing for me. The mystery deepens and the readers are transported into a world of plantations and exploitation of women. Indeed, the story is focused on the conditions of women in Fiji during British rule. Akal's character rules the story, but other's are also good. A grasping plot with an unexpected climax is what I would like to define the book as. It was a pleasure reading the book.

Thanks to Netgalley and Rachel's Random Resources for providing me with an opportunity to read and review the book.
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Sucharita1986 | Hi ha 7 ressenyes més | Sep 11, 2023 |



½ 3.7

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