Bookish Witch

That Fated Evening by Sarva Mitra

Book blurb:

A perfect whodunit set in an Indian backdrop.
Nandini’s world is turned upside down when her friend, Ajay is accused of murder. She must race against time to find the real culprit. Or was her friend the real killer?
Either way, she wants Justice. Will she find the real killer? Or will she become the next victim?

Genre: Fiction/Murder Mystery

Pages: 79

Format: Kindle eBook

Price: 49 INR/$2.99

My Ratings: 4/5

Shilpa and Ajay are the perfect couple, leading a happily married. Until one morning when their maid walks in to find Shilpa dead on their kitchen floor with Ajay lying next to her holding the murder weapon. Is Ajay really the murder? Their friend Nalini finds it hard to believe and takes it upon herself to prove Ajay’s innocence.

Short and gripping murder mystery.

What I liked about the book:
-> The story reveals little facts, layer by layer, making the story engaging and gripping throughout.
-> There are many suspects, but though they all seem to have motives, they don’t turn out to be the guilty party.
-> It sends out an important message that one’s past deeds, especially the bad ones, always lead to bad endings.

What I did not like about the book:
-> Nandini’s name has been mixed up as Nandhini quite a few times.
-> The culprit becomes a giveaway after a point, but I wish we were shown their activities after the murder a little bit more (like when they meet Nandini during the inquiry, etc)
-> A few details were mentioned but left unanswered (why and when did Ajay call Nandini so many times?, where did Preethi go after meeting Nandini in the cafe? etc)

Quotable quotes:
->Without challenges, work would become monotonous.
-> He liked it then. To work in complete silence.
->Being fresh always made her work easier. Also, a cool shower always soothed and calmed her down.
->How even the small things mattered. And how happiness can be found easily if we are willing.
-> It always helped her to space out before concentrating on crucial work.

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