Why do I read Mary Higgins Clark books?

When you are so entangled in mundane things and frivolous animosities, it is always good to read something that can take you to a different world, by severing all ties from reality. In my case, no doubt, Mary Higgins Clark’s books often did take me to a different world. Besides, Clark has always given me … Continue reading Why do I read Mary Higgins Clark books?

I bought 25 books in 2021 { Book Haul Part 1}

I was on a hiatus from reading and reading for two years. And I hardly bought any books. But the pandemic made me explore my bookshelves and I found out that it has many hidden gems. Though it could break my reading lull, to start writing, I had to wait for one more year. But … Continue reading I bought 25 books in 2021 { Book Haul Part 1}

Tokyo based mystery, The Moving Blade by Michael Pronko is a finely chiseled Procedural Crime Thriller

It has been 13 years since Jamie Mattson saw her father. And finally, when she saw him, he lay in a casket, lifeless, covered in white silk kimono in the country where she had spent the first 13 years of her life - Japan. Bernard Mattson, her father was murdered, brutishly slit open by a … Continue reading Tokyo based mystery, The Moving Blade by Michael Pronko is a finely chiseled Procedural Crime Thriller

PD James’ ‘An Unsuitable Job for a woman’ has a different take on Crime Fiction

Cordelia Gray was just 22 when she had to take up the responsibility of a detective agency run by her partner, Bernie. He killed himself as he was ailing from cancer. The detective agency was not a huge success. It was then that a famous scientist, Mr Ronald Callender approached her to solve a case … Continue reading PD James’ ‘An Unsuitable Job for a woman’ has a different take on Crime Fiction

 Recommendations: 2 Police Procedural Crime Thrillers

Akron police detective Rob Fontenot and his partner Lauren Reynolds have their hands full with a series of murders. And they have to deal with not one but two serial killers. On one side, if it’s a vicious psychopathic vigilante who is bent upon eradicating the city’s narcotics trade by killing off their leaders, on … Continue reading  Recommendations: 2 Police Procedural Crime Thrillers

Riot by Shasi Tharoor – A short review

It’s the story of a 24-year-old- American woman, Priscilla Hart. The story begins with a few questions as Priscilla was found dead. How did she die? Was she murdered or was she at the wrong place at the wrong time? Though there is the element of ‘Whodunnit?’, the story is not said through the shrewd eyes of a sleuth but with a heart full of emotions.

Death at the Opera by Gladys Mitchell ( 1934)

Miss Calma Ferris is dead. She chose to commit suicide on the night of opera in the Hillmaston school where she taught. She was found sitting in a chair with her head drowned in a washbasin full of water. The coroner's verdict said it's suicide.  But Mr Cliffordson, Headmaster of the school had his doubts as he found the pipe of a washbasin was tampered with. It was blocked with clay.

The Accident on the A35 by Graeme Macrae Burnet

It all began when an acclaimed solicitor Bertrand Barthelem’s car meets with an accident and owing to this, Police Chief Georges Gorski's daily routine is disrupted. Considering the social standing of the solicitor,  Gorski thought he should go and break the news to his family. But what perplexes him is that even after disclosing tragic news, the solicitor’s wife Lucette and son Raymond are hardly moved by the solicitor’s death.

The Lowland by Jhumpa Lahiri

Some have even pledged that they would not read Jhumpa Lahiri's books unless and until she tries to break out of that ' NRI cocoon'. There is no dispute over the subject that too much of the same element can make a reader form his/her preconceived notions on that particular author. But I do not think, in this story she had used the ' NRI element' just to create a story. Calling her story trivial on this grounds would be an absolute injustice.

The Lost Years of Sherlock Holmes – Ted Riccardi

When you step into the shoes of a master writer, meticulous care has to be taken. There should be neither a spill over nor a deficiency. Ted Riccardi, the author of ' The Lost Years of Sherlock Holmes' has certainly adhered to these cardinal principles. Right from the chapter ‘preface by Dr Watson’, Riccardi has not shown any inclination towards himself but always to the celebrated author who had produced the greatest sleuths of all time- Sherlock Holmes.