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Club You to Death by Anuja Chauhan

Blurb (as on Amazon):

When a hunky personal trainer is found asphyxiated to death under an overloaded barbell at the posh Delhi Turf Club, on the eve of the club elections, it is first thought to be a freak accident. But soon, it becomes clear that one of the members of the DTC – all pickled-in-privilege Dilliwallahs – is a cold-blooded killer.

As the capital bristles with speculation and conspiracy theories, Crime Branch veteran ACP Bhavani Singh is appointed to investigate the case. Together with his able deputies – ex-lovers Akash ‘Kashi’ Dogra, hottie crusader for human rights, and Bambi Todi, wealthy girl-about-town – ACP Bhavani sets out to solve a crime that seems simple enough at the surface, but turns out to have roots as deep and spreading as those of New Delhi’s famous Neem trees…

Anuja Chauhan returns with a bloody good romance set in the pulsating heart of Lutyen’s Delhi.

Genre: Fiction/Crime Thriller/Humour

Pages: 432

Format: Kindle eBook/Paperback

Price:

  • Kindle eBook: 156.75 INR/$4.99
  • Paperback: 165 INR/$19.02

My Rating: 4.6/5

On the eve of the club elections @ Delhi Turf Club, a hunky personal trainer is found asphyxiated to death. ACP Bhavani Singh arrives at the crime scene and soon begins to unfold a mystery where all Delhi’s elite who are the members of this centuries-old club are major suspects.

What I liked about the book:

  • Despite being a romcom and humour writer, Anuja Chauhan has done a splendid job in weaving a crime and mystery story that keeps you hooked.
  • The side commentary on hyper-nationalism and the current political climate is deftly handled. It never overpowers the story yet gets the point across.
  • It is the perfect representation of Delhi’s social class division bringing out the differences in lifestyle, upbringing, and behavior between the elite and the working class.
  • The quintessential writing style of Anuja Chauhan manages to make you laugh one moment and steal your breath the very next. The hilarious Hinglish dialogues and the eclectic bunch of characters are highly amusing to read and get familiar with.
  • Despite being light and breezy, the book sheds light on serious issues like addiction, mental illness, physical disability, and even feminism.
  • I pride myself on being able to correctly guess the culprit/murderer in 90% of crime thrillers, but this one stumped me completely. Not only was I wrong in guessing whodunit, but I was also left speechless at how it came about. The end reveal scene which has a very Agatha Christie feel to it, goes from one shocking revelation to another and quite a few of them leave us gasping.

What I did not like about the book:

  • The book could definitely have been 100-150 pages shorter in length. At many points, the too-much-detailing and the elongation of the suspense felt frustrating.
  • There were a few loopholes in the way the investigation was carried out.

Quotable quotes:

  • It’s always awkward to act naturally in front of somebody you’ve just been gossiping about
  • You’re not doing the department any favour by being honest. You’re just doing your job.
  • No human being is superior to another. All are equal.
  • Building up a business from scratch for the past sixteen years, I’ve learnt that people don’t always mean what they say
  • Beauty has the power to refine. When people are surrounded by everything aesthetic, they begin to have a genuine ,civilised exchange of thoughts and ideas.
  • Even the crudest minds can be sensitised and refined by consistent exposure to beauty, kindness and yogic meditation.
  • Calling any toota-foota old thing an antique is just being pretentious.
  • It’s surprising how little we know our closest friends.
  • This is just a typical mindset. When people’s good days end we should discard them as if they’re past-their-expiry-date vegetables.
  • Shit happens to everybody,that doesn’t mean you develop a drug habit. You’re supposed to suck it up, and soldier on, and not become bitter.
  • The rich are permitted their pretty little lies.
  • The police exists to protect everybody, not just VIPs
  • Hatred can power a man with superhuman strength.
  • Everything is really simple if you want it to be.

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