The Strangler Vine (Blake & Avery #1)
by MJ Carter
The blending of historical facts alongside a remarkable mystery is just pitch perfect. This is the start of a what I hope will be a long series of outstanding mystery novels. William Avery is a young, wide-eyed soldier stationed in India in the early 1800s. He is sent on a mission with the mysterious Jeremiah Blake, a renegade who rose in the ranks of the British military only to be cast out of it as quickly. It's a grand adventure through the Indian landscape in search of a lost poet named Xavier Mountstuart. They meet a wide cast of heroes and villains that help or hinder according to their loyalties which Carter expertly keeps you guessing about. Truly a gorgeous and exciting novel! Look for the next in the series, The Infidel Stain coming March 2016.