The other invaluable source was Travels into Bokhara. Being an account of a Journey from India to Cabool, Tartary and Persia. Also, narrative of a Voyage on the Indus from the Sea to Lahore by Alexander Burnes, a Scotsman (and cousin of Robert Burns) who joined the army of the East India Company and explored widely across Central Asia. His memoirs added greatly to knowledge of that part of the world when they were published in Britain, and he attained considerable renown before being assassinated in Afghanistan, which has always been a dangerous part of the world.
|Sir Alexander Burnes|
|Lady Hester Stanhope|
As a romance writer, I'm not about to send characters all the way to Bokhara just to find the man they're looking for dead. And that led to the third book of the trilogy, Veils of Silk. (Spoiler alert!) Ian Cameron is rescued, and as an Indian Army officer, he returns to India to find that his old life has shattered, and he must find new meaning in a new life.