For the past couple of months, I’ve been trying to read books with a little more substance, but to be honest, now, I have such little time to read that I need page-turners. Something to get into quickly and something that diverts my mind from my overflowing inbox at work, and kids’ demands at home.
I recently read The Monsoon Murders by Karan Parmanandka, and this really worked for me as a short, thrilling, and easy to read book, and I enjoyed it very much.
When an eminent employee of renowned financial services firm, Fox capital is murdered, the owner of the firm decides to hire a private detective to look in to the mystery.
At first, it seems like an open and shut case with the police having a suspect well in hand. But the charismatic and mysterious owner of Fox Capital – Jayesh is not convinced and calls upon Roy, a dishonored and dismissed police officer, to investigate the murder.
Soon Roy finds holes in the police case, and very quickly he realizes that this is no ordinary mystery. And as the case hits closer to home, he begins to wonder about the motivations driving the murders in the book.
This was a genuinely well-crafted mystery, which kept me on my toes till the end of the book. I mean, I who am a die-hard mystery buff just could not guess what was happening till the end, so I can confidently state that the mystery was very, very good.
However, apart from the mystery, it is the excellent execution that makes it stand out from the generic desi mysteries out on the market.
Quite often, while reading Indian mysteries, I am forced to ignore typos and grammatical errors, and concentrate on the plot (sad but true fact of life). But that was not the case with this one.
If there is a flaw in this book, I would say it was the romance. I thought it cheesy and predictable. Thankfully, it remains in the background for most of the book. This book would have done better though if the romance was skipped completely, and if the heroine had remained an enigma for a lot longer. It would have enhanced the suspense in the story, in my opinion.
Still, this was just a minor issue, and overall, I found this book to be an entertaining, well-written little mystery that I recommend highly. Looking forward to more such inventive mysteries from Karan Parmanandka.
Huge thanks to Srishti Publishers for sending me this book for review consideration.
You can also buy a copy of this book from Amazon.