Abir Mukherjee


Fridays with Abir on The 7 Criminal Minds Blog

Thank You

21 April 2023

Who has been or is your mentor in the writing community? How have they guided or helped
your writing career?


7 April 2023

Which secondary character have you created that you find the most intriguing and memorable? Please share the scene where they appeared and outline the impact they had on the story and on you

On the Shoulders of Giants

9 March 2023

 Are there books you love so much that you find their tone creeping up in your work? Where is the line between homage and plagiarism?

Do As I Say, Not As I Do

27 January 2023

I have to start with a confession. I am so ancient now, and it’s been so long since that first fateful start I made to writing, that any advice…

Do As I Say, Not As I Do

27 January 2023

I have to start with a confession. I am so ancient now, and it’s been so long since that first fateful start I made to writing, that any advice…

Felcitations & Prognostications

13 January 2023

Do you have any New Year’s resolutions as a writer, and what are your plans for 2023? Let’s get down to it.

You can sod off, 2022, but leave the books please

16 December 2022

So here we are, staggering weak-limbed and dry-mouthed towards the finish line of another ridiculous year:

Bah Humbug!

2 December 2022

This week we’ve been asked to talk about our favourite holiday memories.

The March of Progress!

4 November 2022

In Murder, She Wrote, Jessica Fletcher pecked out mysteries on an old Royal typewriter in 1984 and ended up tapping them out on her laptop by 1996.


Death of a Salesman

15 October 2022

The latest wisdom is that trekking to bookstores with your new book isn’t the best use of time in today’s market. 

Livin' the Dream

7 September 2022

Write what you know. How has your life shaped your writing? And how has your writing shaped your life?


Ten Years On ...

12 August 2022

With the kind permission of my fellow writers, I’m making a departure from this week’s topic to talk about something else. This Friday I want to tell you a bit more about my journey to becoming a writer…

Saints or Sinners?

29 July 2022

Which side of the fence are you most comfortable writing from, the good, the bad, or the ugly? Do you consider one side or the other more marketable?

The Future's Historical

15 July 2022

What are the best books you’ve read lately? What’s on the stack that you’re looking forward to?

Summer is now well and truly upon us, and that …

My Life is a Dumpster Fire

1 July 2022

If you could easily change one writing habit, what would it be? Starting earlier (or later) in the day? Become a plotter or pantser? Rush through a first draft or edit as you go?

The Road Not Taken

20 May 2022

I grew up in a house full of books, in a family full of story tellers. Our shelves were stacked high with books – in English, but just as much in Bengali. As a kid I’d stare at the curious Bengali type-face

Describe What You Do

6 May 2022

Adding description to a story is an art. Too much, and readers skip over it. Too little, and the sense of place and mood aren’t adequately drawn. What techniques do you use, and please provide …

Where Do You Store Your Nuts?

25 March 2022

Where do you keep your ideas? Whether our minor characters are based on people we meet, or our plots are ripped from the headlines, all writers need a way to store nuts for winter and retrieve…

What's New For '22?

10 Feb 2022

We seem to have moved from “unprecedented times” to “a constantly fluid situation”. What did you learn in 2021 about the “new normal” of the business of being an author that you’re going to …

Who is Sam Wyndham?

Sam is an ex-Scotland Yard detective and veteran of the First World War who has been scarred by his experiences and finds himself in Calcutta looking for a fresh start.

Who is Sergeant Banerjee?

Surendranath Banerjee is a young sergeant, newly recruited into the Calcutta Police. He’s a bright lad, one of the first Indians to be inducted into CID, and he did…

Wyndham & Banerjee’s

Calcutta: it’s a city that everyone’s heard of but very few people really know. Over the years it’s received more than its fair share of bad press, but there’s another…

The Maharaja, the Diplomat and the case of the Poisoned Grapefruit Juice

The second novel in the Wyndham & Banerjee series, A Necessary Evil, sees our heroes on the trail of the assassin of a maharaja’s son. But my research into the India…

A visit to the Calcutta Police Museum

Acharya Prafulla Chandra Roy Road was once called Upper Circular Road. It’s a chaotic, traffic choked artery in the middle of what was, a hundred years ago…

What Happened?

I’ve never known quite what to make of Rudyard Kipling. Indeed my debut novel ‘A Rising Man’ takes its title from a line in Kipling’s work about Calcutta, ‘City of Dreadful…

On Writing

From Accountant to Author

My journey from accountant to debut writer began back in the autumn of 2013, and to be honest, it was bit of a mid-life crisis. I was thirty-nine at the time…

Ten Tips for Newly Published authors

coming soon

Press Articles by Abir

‘I’m Glad to be a Scot and a Bengali‘ The Herald (June 2017)

Abir Mukherjee, who grew up in the west of Scotland, is the bestselling author of the Sam Wyndham series of novals, set in India.

‘For the Love of Cricket‘ BA Highlife Magazine (August 2017)

There’s an adage that in India, cricket is a matter of life and death. That, of course, is nonsense. It’s more important than that.