The Invitation

The Invitation



*A Detective Kamil Rahman short story*

'Thrilling...a terrific series' Sunday Times

Someone's put murder on the menu...

Kamil Rahman is working as a waiter at an Indian restaurant when his boss Anjoli receives a strange email titled Invitation to a Beheading. It claims to be a celebration of Anne Boleyn's 500th anniversary of her imprisonment and death, but when the pair arrive at the Bloody Tower, things take a sinister turn. Anjoli discovers an old friend has been kidnapped, and the only way to save her is to solve a series of clues leading them across London to her whereabouts.

In a race against the clock, can Kamil and Anjoli find the missing woman before time runs out?

*This is a digital-exclusive free short story, set in the world of the beloved Detective Kamil Rahman series.*

If you enjoyed this short story, the novels are available now:
The Waiter
The Cook
The Detective

Coming in 2024: The Spy


Ajay Chowdhury has partnered with Google's Pixel Fold to launch a first of its kind interactive eBook of The Invitation, which is also available to download for free. It offers a fun and interactive read, ideal for filling the average commute. Embedded with puzzles designed to stimulate and challenge, the eBook is optimised for the Pixel Fold - Google's first foldable phone.


Praise for the Detective Kamil Rahman series:

'Hugely entertaining' ANN CLEEVES

'The Detective has all the ingredients for a great crime series' SUN

'[Kamil is a] likeable inspector . . . We shall hear much more of him' DAILY MAIL

'An elegantly constructed thriller' THE TIMES

'Outstanding' SUNDAY TIMES

About the author

Ajay Chowdhury

Ajay Chowdhury was the inaugural winner of the Harvill Secker–Bloody Scotland crime fiction award. He is a tech entrepreneur and theatre director who was born in India and now lives in London where he builds digital businesses, cooks experimental dishes for his wife and daughters and writes through the night. His children’s book, Ayesha and the Firefish, was published in 2016 and adapted into a musical.

The Waiter, published in 2021, is the first in his critically-acclaimed crime series about Detective Kamil Rahman, an ex-policeman from Kolkata who has moved to Brick Lane in London. It is being adapted for television by Moonage Pictures. Follow-up The Cook was published in May 2022 to excellent reviews and deals with the issue of homelessness. The third book in the series – The Detective – is about government surveillance and AI. The Spy is the fourth book in the Detective Kamil Rahman series.
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