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Wyndham and Banerjee books in order

Looking for Abir Mukherjee’s Sam Wyndham and ‘Surrender-not’ Banerjee books in order? Look no further!

Abir Mukherjee‘s Captain Sam Wyndham is a former Scotland Yard detective and World War I veteran posted to Calcutta for a fresh start after his experiences during the Great War.

It’s here where Wyndham meets side-kick Surendranath Banerjee and the unlikely pair investigate a series of serious crimes against the backdrop of a turbulent period of British Indian history.

Winner of the Telegraph Harvill Secker Crime Writing Competition for the first novel in the series, fans of historical crime fiction will be fascinated and compelled by these wonderful books and eager for more to come.

Here are all Abir Mukherjee books in order.

Abir Mukherjee’s Sam Wyndham and Surendranath Banerjee books in order:

A Rising Man by Abir Mukherjee

1. A Rising Man (2016)

India, 1919. Desperate for a fresh start, Captain Sam Wyndham arrives to take up an important post in Calcutta’s police force.

He is soon called to the scene of a horrifying murder. The victim was a senior official, and a note in his mouth warns the British to leave India – or else.

With the stability of the Empire under threat, Wyndham and Sergeant ‘Surrender-not’ Banerjee must solve the case quickly. But there are some who will do anything to stop them…

A Necessary Evil by Abir Mukherjee

2. A Necessary Evil (2017)

Sam Wyndham is visiting the kingdom of Sambalpore, home to diamond mines and the beautiful Palace of the Sun.

But when the Maharaja’s eldest son is assassinated, Wyndham realises that the realm is riven with conflict. Prince Adhir was unpopular with religious groups, while his brother – now in line to the throne – appears to be a feckless playboy.

As Wyndham and Sergeant ‘Surrender-not’ Banerjee endeavour to unravel the mystery, they become entangled in a dangerous world. They must find the murderer, before the murderer finds them.

Smoke and Ashes by Abir Mukherjee

3. Smoke and Ashes (2018)

Haunted by his memories of the Great War, Captain Sam Wyndham is battling a serious addiction to opium that he must keep secret from his superiors in the Calcutta police force.

When Sam is summoned to investigate a grisly murder, he is stunned at the sight of the body: he’s seen this before. Last night, in a drug addled haze, he stumbled across a corpse with the same ritualistic injuries. It seems like there’s a deranged killer on the loose. Unfortunately for Sam, the corpse was in an opium den and revealing his presence there could cost him his career.

With the aid of his quick-witted Indian Sergeant, Surrender-not Banerjee, Sam must try to solve the two murders, all the while keeping his personal demons secret, before somebody else turns up dead.

Death in the East by Abir Mukherjee

4. Death in the East (2019)

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 past – a man thought to be long dead, a man Wyndham hoped he would never see again.

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 this. But the case will cost the young constable more than he ever imagined.

In Assam, 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, but for revenge…

The Shadows of Men by Abir Mukherjee

5. The Shadows of Men (2021)

Calcutta, 1923. When a Hindu theologian is found murdered in his home, the city is on the brink of all-out religious war. Can officers of the Imperial Police Force, Captain Sam Wyndham and Sergeant Surendranath 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 unmissable series presents Wyndham and Banerjee with an unprecedented challenge. Will this be the case that finally drives them apart?

There you have it – Abir Mukherjee’s Sam Wyndham books in order. How many have you read? Let us know in the comments below…

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    I enjoyed all 5 books immensely. When I read, it’s like watching a movie in colour. Can’t wait for the next in the series.

    Have read the first four. Brilliant reads and characters. Have just got book five and really looking forward to reading it. My thanks to Abir Mukherjee.

    Only just discovered this author. And luckily read the first in the series, Rising Man. It is of particular enjoyment as my own book. Tea and Gunpowder is about to be published, and deals with 1930s Bengal and the revolutionaries. Kudos to The author for a great read. The character Surrender Not is most engaging!

    Would love this series to continue for as long as Abir can keep producing wonderful historical crime full of an atmospheric period in time. India is a lovely fascinating country to visit i never tire of….his writing flows and is a joy to read !!!

    I’ve read all the Sam Wyndham books in order. Excellent story lines, well written and informative. Highly recommended. Only complaint, having to wait until November for next book in series!

    I’ve now completed all four books, read in order. Great reads😊
    Would love the series to continue!

    Death in the East, took me to memory lanes, of some 35 years back, when I was posted in Lumding division of railways. Jatinga the site of this book, happened to be in that division and bird Falk’s in wet rainy nights intrigued us.

    I have read the first three. Love them. Waiting for the fourth to get to the library. Excellent. Want more!!

    I have read all the Sam Wyndham books in order. My local library was very good at ordering them for me. It helped that I enthused so much that 2 of the stag got booked on them too. Awaiting the next with baited breath as is my eldest daughter! She got her hand on my first book and it was quite a struggle to get it back.

    Just finished listening to my third Wyndham book ‘Smoke and Ashes. Really enjoyed it. My favourite so far is ‘A Necessary Evil’ and I’m looking forward to downloading ‘Death in the East’.

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