A murder at a British boarding school in the hills of western India launches a young teacher on the journey of a lifetime
In 1974, three weeks before her twenty-first birthday, Charulata Apte arrives at Miss Timmins' School for Girls in Panchgani. Shy, sheltered, and running from a scandal that disgraced her Brahmin family, Charu finds herself teaching Shakespeare to rich Indian girls in a boarding school still run like an outpost of the British Empire. In this small, foreign universe, Charu is drawn to the charismatic teacher Moira Prince, who introduces her to pot-smoking hippies, rock ‘n' roll, and freedoms she never knew existed.
Then one monsoon night, a body is found at the bottom of a cliff, and the ordered worlds of school and town are thrown into chaos. When Charu is implicated in the murder—a case three intrepid schoolgirls take it upon themselves to solve—Charu's real education begins. A love story and a murder mystery, Miss Timmins' School for Girls is, ultimately, a coming-of-age tale set against the turbulence of the 1970s as it played out in one small corner of India.
I can usually find some redeeming point for any book. I am sorry to say that I could not for this one. And, it could have been great, making it all the more disappointing. Read morePublished 1 month ago by reviewer wanta be
Enlightenment on Indian culture and the India/Britain relationship in the 70s is the highlight of this book. The murder mystery seems an after thought. Read morePublished 1 month ago by AF
Really great book. The novel is really a great coming of age book as a young girl learns to define herself outside of the confines of her parents home and her extended family's... Read morePublished 3 months ago by julie rogers
Usually, I love books written by Indian authors and located in India, but this is an exception. The story would have been helped by editing to tighten the story and move it along... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Tobey L. Grand
It took reading about 10% before I really got into this book, but once I did, I found it a rewarding read. Read morePublished 11 months ago by C. Marshall
Story just meanders until you don't really care about the characters. Couldn't wait for it to end and then didn't feel like it had a good ending.Published 12 months ago by Adriennemk
Ms. Cummbhoy, a first time author, has written a decent book. I would say though, it is difficult to follow in that many of the Indian words she uses are not in the small glossary... Read morePublished 23 months ago by Karen's Comments
Boarding schools and elite colleges make a great setting for novels. Especially for mysteries. The artificial, confined environment of often same-sex students and teachers was... Read morePublished on July 25, 2012 by Aleksandra Nita-Lazar