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The Mohanbari Murders by Esha Pandey

Book blurb:

Simran, the swashbuckling, no-nonsense new ASP of the Mohanbari District is baffled when a nine-year-old is found dead in a busy market lane. Determined to crack her first heinous crime, she doesn’t leave any stone unturned. While trying to figure out the case her path crosses with Major Imran. Sparks fly, but she is determined to hate him. As the matter gets more complicated, Simran begins to trust Imran.

Genre: Fiction/ Murder mystery/ Crime Thriller

Pages: 47

Format: Kindle eBook

Price: 49 INR/$2.99

My Ratings: 4.5/5

A nine-year-old boy is found murdered in a busy market. The autopsy reveals gruesome facts. ASP Simran is in charge of the investigation along with Major Imran. Though the two got off on rocky grounds, they come together to get to the bottom of this case. Will they be able to crack the case while trying to keep their growing attraction towards each other in check?

Book cover taken from Amazon

What I liked about the book:
-> The meticulous attention to the details like the call signs, the description of Scene of Crime, and characterization of the criminal. These allow the reader to travel with the author into the dingy lanes of the market and other spots written about in the whole story.
-> The story has a gripping, nail-biting climax which will keep the readers hooked up till the end, and wanting and waiting for more, in the sequel.
-> The whole investigation and what it reveals, shakes you to the core.
-> The mystery keeps you on the toes while the subtlety of a brewing romance between the protagonists has such a very real-life butterflies in the stomach, feel.

What I did not like about the book:
-> The scenario of the crime and the proofs felt less detailed. I’m looking forward to bigger complicated cases and little more actual hardcore police and investigation work rather than hearsay and conclusive evidence.
-> The end felt sudden and abrupt.

Quotable quotes:
->There is always more than what meets the eye.
-> Cultivating informers in all major underground groups was no mean feat.
-> A lot could be told about a person from the kind of books they read.
-> Interrogation is all about building trust and dialogue
->Sometimes rules have to be broken.
-> Girte hain shahsawar hi maidaan-e-jung mei Woh tifl kya gire jo ghutno ke bal chale.

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