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Review: Who Killed the Murderer?

Who Killed the Murderer? by Moitrayee Bhaduri
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Murder is hating in the worst form. Maybe the victim deserved it but still it cannot be justified. Whodunit has quintessential charm. This is once more in the long list of mysteries.

Shagun has been through a traumatic experience in childhood which scarred her for life. When she grew up, she is bitter and ambitious. Her husband Chetan is not happy in marriage and they are heading for divorce. So, when she is killed in mysterious circumstances police first choice as accused is Chetan. Chetan’s brother approach Mili Ray to prove him innocent. However, Mili is dealing with her own demons. Can she help him?

The book progresses at breakneck speed and engrossed me. I completed it quickly. Though I didn’t like Mili at some points and found her too moody and uncontrolled. She maybe a good detective but bit eccentric. She also has visions. There are many red herrings and some secrets of showbiz. Overall a good quic…


My rating: 3 of 5 stars

“Maybe we were merely actors who were supposed to enact our destiny in our form.”

Death is the ultimate reality of life. This is the full stop of our story. The end. The dead are gone but their left behind beloved has to deal with this catastrophe. How they do it is very important. If it is not dealt properly and grieving is not done it can harm the psyche irreparably.

Mona is an independent, single, modern woman who likes to live independently. His father was terminated from his job and he took the insult to his heart. His brother and mother tried to console him but he died from this assault on his integrity. Now Mona’s mother who is living with his brother abroad is diagnosed with cancer.

When Mona sees her mother suffering form cancer, she gets the realization of our mortality. The book tells about the story of Mona and his brother dealing with illness and death. The book is told in n…

Review: The Light in Black-out

The Light in Black-out by Dr. Farah Naqvi
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Desolate heartbroken and miserable.
I hate to be weak and vulnerable.
Ambulance hospital and dim lights
Unexpectedly the seizure arrived.
Like an eclipse, it turned the day to night.
As you stood by me all this while,
I cannot help but smile.
Have I been blessed with true love?
I have been thinking all this while.

Epilepsy is a horrible disease. It is cruel as it can hot you anytime and the person lives in the shadow of fear.
Alizah is a bright kid and very studious. Then the nemesis of epilepsy strikes. She is heartbroken and afraid. But she doesn’t lose courage and gets admission in prestigious IMI, Bangalore and popular management college. Here she meets Sahil who adores her. She is afraid of commitment due to her medical condition…

The book is simple and follows a linear narrative. The story is told in crisp, simple and clear manner. Although this kind of story is done to death many times. It reminded me of Erich …

Review: Nothing Lasts Forever: No Secret can Stay Buried..

Nothing Lasts Forever: No Secret can Stay Buried.. by Vish Dhamija
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

The book had promise but lost the way midway.

The premise was good. Staged murder to get away from troubles. But the final conclusion was not good.

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Review: Conman

Conman by Surender Mohan Pathak
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is a racy murder mystery.

It starts with a con. The method of the conman is simple. He traps single middle class girls who has money. He romances them and then makes his move. One fine day he is killed. Sunil comes to rescue of the girl who is prime suspect. Can he save her?

This is typical Sunil novel. I liked it immensely. Unputdownable. Vintage SMP.

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Review: Qatl ki Paheli

Qatl ki Paheli by Santosh Pathak
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The murder of the wife of a millionaire is done and he is arrested for the same. All the clues are against him. He hires Vikrant to prove him innocent. Can Vikrant do it?

This is typical murder mystery on the lines of great SMP. This has added elements of a con game also. The novel is interesting and unputdownable. Please read.

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Review: Dus June ki Raat

Dus June ki Raat by Santosh Pathak
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is one fast paced novel by Santosh Pathak. The protagonist is Vishal Saxena who is called Panauti i.e. bad luck by his friends. wherever he goes bad luck follows. But he has a sharp detective mind which is like Sherlock Holmes.

The story starts with a simple road accident which turns into a tale of political and police corruption and drugs. He is very honest and doesn't back down even with the threat to his and his GF life.

I saw glimpses of SMP in Santosh Pathak. Please read.

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Review: धब्बा

धब्बा by Surender Mohan Pathak
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is one hell of a novel. It has all the elements of a typical Sunil Novel. A damsel in distress, murder and multiple red herrings.

Sunil Khemka is a so called editor which sells a cheap magazine and publishes some advertisements in it. Someone is threatening that they will sue the magazine because of fake ads and he seeks help of Sunil to prove that the ads are genuine. What happens next?

The story is engaging and pace is breakneck. It is another breathtaking and unputdownable novel from evergreen SMP.

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Review: Hatya Ki Raat

Hatya Ki Raat by Surender Mohan Pathak
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This is of the book in initial phase of Sunil Series. This has the glimpse of elements which later on became trade mark of the series.

Lovers of series can read it once.

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Review: The Captive: Psychological Thriller

The Captive: Psychological Thriller by Lavanya Nukavarapu
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

“So be who you really are. Embrace who you are. Literally. Hug yourself. Accept who you are. Unless you're a serial killer.”
― Ellen DeGeneres, Seriously... I'm Kidding

Serial killers are normal looking people with abnormal brains. They derive pleasure in sadism. This is like a drug for them. “The Captive: Psychological Thriller (1)” by Lavanya Nukavarapu is one such book.

The story starts with a captive girl who is being raped and tortured continuously by sick persons. Kruthi Shah somehow finds courage and kills one of the captors. She runs away and police takes her to hospital. The hunt begins and many skeletons start to appear.

The premise is simple but the execution by Lavanya is novel. The story moves at a brisk pace and we don’t get time to stop and think. The police investigation is relentless. The backstory of all the killers and rapists is given in detail so that we can see w…

Review: A Night at Achanakmar

A Night at Achanakmar by Paromita Goswami
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

“The oldest and strongest emotion of mankind is fear, and the oldest and strongest kind of fear is fear of the unknown”
― H.P. Lovecraft, Supernatural Horror in Literature
The supernatural is fascinating and terrifying. It is fear of the dead or unknown which draws us but at the same time make us squirm with terror. “A Night at Achanakmar” by Paromita Goswami is one such novella.

Couple of families are trying to get to a reserve forest. The are lost and somehow reach there very late in the evening. They are hungry and tired and then a village boy helps them to find the forest guest house. All sort of strange things start happening there.

The story is a quick, breezy read and can be finished in one sitting. The atmosphere is creepy and the tension is real. However, I expected something more in the guest house. Recommended for horror enthusiast.

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Review: The Speaking Stone

The Speaking Stone by Ratnadip Acharya
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The allure of mysterious chase is always fascinating. The chase and thrill are always there. The cryptic clues and linking the puzzle pieces is enthralling. This is tried and tested narrative which is interesting provided the story is engaging. The “The Speaking Stone” by Ratandip Acharaya is a classic treasure hunt.

The story starts in Bombay when Saikat buys a stone from a hawker. The stone mesmerize him and it is only half portion. He becomes determined to find out the story and mystery behind it. Shuvashini is a history scholar who wants to do something original in the historical research. They two meet in Tripura. The story also takes place in year 1900 in the princely state of Maharaja Radha Kishore Manikya. He is building a palace for himself and that is parallel story. Saikat and Shuva keeps on probing and what they find???

The story is spellbinding and keeps you engrossed. The language is first rate. The…