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Abir Mukherjee is a Scottish-Bengali Times bestselling and award-winning author of crime, historical fiction and historical mystery novels.

He is best known for writing the Wyndham & Banerjee crime mystery series.

Born in the United Kingdom to Indian parents, Abir grew up in Scotland.

Prior to launching his career as an author, Abir worked as an accountant for two decades.

Despite being 39-years old at the time, he was hugely inspired to venture into writing after learning that the multiple internationally bestselling author Lee Child only began writing when he was 40.

Since making his debut in 2016 with A Rising Man, the first installment of Wyndham & Banerjee Mysteries, Abir has won several awards, including the CWA Dagger for best Historical Novel, the Prix du Polar Européen, the Wilbur Smith Award for Adventure Writing, among others.

Other than writing, Abir also co-hosts a podcast, The Red Hot Chilli Writers podcast, alongside fellow author, Vaseem Khan, where they talk about books, writing, and the creative arts with their special guests from the media and literature.

He currently lives in Surrey, England with his wife and two sons.

More about Abir Mukherjee

Genres: Crime Suspense, Historical Fiction, Historical Mystery

Born: 1974

United Kingdom


Wyndham & Banerjee Mysteries

  1. A Rising Man (2016)
  2. A Necessary Evil (2017)
  3. Smoke and Ashes (2018)
  4. Death in the East (2019)
  5. The Shadows of Men (2021)

Detailed book overview

Wyndham & Banerjee Mysteries

A Rising Man

In the days of the Raj, a newly arrived Scotland Yard detective is confronted with the murder of a British official—in his mouth a note warning the British to leave India, or else...

Calcutta, 1919. Captain Sam Wyndham, former Scotland Yard detective, is a new arrival to Calcutta. Desperately seeking a fresh start after his experiences during the Great War, Wyndham has been recruited to head up a new post in the police force. He is immediately overwhelmed by the heady vibrancy of the tropical city, but with barely a moment to acclimatize or to deal with the ghosts that still haunt him, Wyndham is caught up in a murder investigation that threatens to destabilize a city already teetering on the brink of political insurgency.

The body of a senior official has been found in a filthy sewer, and a note left in his mouth warns the British to quit India, or else. Under tremendous pressure to solve the case before it erupts into increased violence on the streets, Wyndham and his two new colleagues—arrogant Inspector Digby and Sergeant Banerjee, one of the few Indians to be recruited into the new CID—embark on an investigation that will take them from the opulent mansions of wealthy British traders to the seedy opium dens of the city.

Author: Abir Mukherjee
First Release: 2016
ISBN: 978-1681776705
Publisher: Pegasus Crime
A Necessary Evil

India, 1920. Captain Wyndham and Sergeant Banerjee of the Calcutta Police Force investigate the dramatic assassination of a Maharajah's son.

The fabulously wealthy kingdom of Sambalpore is home to tigers, elephants, diamond mines, and the beautiful Palace of the Sun. But when the heir to the throne is assassinated in the presence of Captain Sam Wyndham and Sergeant 'Surrender-Not' Banerjee, they discover a kingdom riven with suppressed conflict. 

Prince Adhir was a modernizer whose attitudes—and romantic relationships—may have upset the more religious elements of his country, while his brother—now in line to the throne—appears to be a feckless playboy.

As Wyndham and Banerjee desperately try to unravel the mystery behind the assassination, they become entangled in a dangerous world where those in power live by their own rules—and those who cross their paths pay with their lives. They must find a murderer, before the murderer finds them...

Author: Abir Mukherjee
First Release: 2017
ISBN: 978-1643132570
Publisher: Pegasus Crime
Smoke and Ashes

India, 1921. Captain Sam Wyndham is battling a serious addiction to opium that he must keep secret from his superiors in the Calcutta police force.

But Wyndham finds himself in a tight spot when he stumbles across a corpse in an opium den. When he then comes across a second body bearing the same injuries, Wyndham is convinced that there's a deranged killer on the loose.

However, revealing his presence in the opium den could cost him his career.

As Wyndham and Sergeant 'Surrender-not' Banerjee set out to solve the two murders, Wyndham must tread carefully, keeping his personal demons secret, before someone else turns up dead...

Author: Abir Mukherjee
First Release: 2018
ISBN: 978-1784704780
Publisher: Vintage
Death in the East

Calcutta police detective Captain Sam Wyndham and his quick-witted Indian Sergeant, Surrender-Not Banerjee, are back for another exotic adventure set in 1920s India.

1905, London. As a young constable, Sam Wyndham is on his usual East London beat when he comes across an old flame, Bessie Drummond, attacked in the streets. The next day, when Bessie is found brutally beaten in her own room, locked from the inside, Wyndham promises to get to the bottom of her murder. But the case will cost the young constable more than he ever imagined.

1922, India. Leaving Calcutta, Captain Sam Wyndham heads for the hills of Assam, to the ashram of a sainted monk where he hopes to conquer his opium addiction. But when he arrives, he sees a ghost from his life in London—a man thought to be long dead, a man Wyndham hoped he would never see again. Wyndham knows he must call his friend and colleague Sergeant Banerjee for help. He is certain this figure from his past isn’t here by coincidence. He is here for revenge...

Author: Abir Mukherjee
First Release: 2019
ISBN: 978-1643138565
Publisher: Pegasus Crime
The Shadows of Men

Calcutta, 1923

When a Hindu theologian is found murdered in his home, the city is on the brink of all-out religious war. Can the officers of the Imperial Police Force—Captain Sam Wyndham and Sergeant “Surrender-Not” Banerjee—track down those responsible in time to stop a bloodbath?

Set at a time of heightened political tension, beginning in atmospheric Calcutta and taking the detectives all the way to bustling Bombay, the latest instalment in this remarkable series presents Wyndham and Banerjee with an unprecedented challenge. Will this be the case that finally drives them apart?

Author: Abir Mukherjee
First Release: 2021
ISBN: 978-1639362905
Publisher: Pegasus Crime