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  • Location: Sri Lanka (Ceylon), Nuwara Eliya, Nuala (fictional)

Dark Clouds over Nuala

Dark Clouds over Nuala

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1930s: The second in the Inspector de Silva Mysteries

  • ISBN: 978-0995693425
  • Genre: Cosy crime, Mystery

What you need to know before your trail

Inspector de Silva’s back with a new case to solve when the arrival in the hill town of Nuala of the heir to an English earldom leads to a mysterious death. Throw in a mega-rich Romanian count, his glamorous countess and an enigmatic British army officer and the scene is set for another colourful and entertaining mystery.

Travel Guide

1930s Ceylon

The series of novels by Harriet Steel nicely capture the time and place of the country – ruled by the British but with a nice melting pot of cultures, ideas and way of life.

The time of British rule in Ceylon:

“Many didn’t bother to understand what a melting pot his country was. First the Sinhalese, his own people – the true and original owners of Ceylon – then the Tamils, either coming in over the centuries in waves of invasion from South India or brought to Ceylon more recently by the British to pick the tea.”

De Silva’s wife is British and this makes for a nice cultural mix in the books:

“Wherever the British went, de Silva mused, they had the knack of recreating a little corner of England. One day, they would leave and give Ceylon back to her people but, for the moment, the tendency had a certain charm.”

The English have firmly implanted themselves in the country and so much so that the language and culture are evident in the every day detail, nicely  evoked by the novels.

Booktrail Boarding Pass:  Dark Clouds over Nuala

Destination : Sri Lanka, Nuwara Eliya, Nuwara Eliya, Nuala (Ceylon)  Author/Guide: Harriet Steel  Departure Time:1930s

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