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Of Closets and Skeletons and Other Crime Stories by Kaivalya Ramnath 

Blurb (as on Amazon):

Eight stories concerned with the why, rather than the who, of crime.

Perfect crime: From writing crime to being part of one, an author discovers what it takes to commit the perfect crime.

Demons: A witness to a crime flees the scene, only to be forced to confront her personal demons.

Whose life is it anyway?: A lawyer sets out to discover who’s been poisoning her.

Of closets and skeletons: A coming-of-age story that quickly takes a sinister turn.

Poison pill: A hostile takeover is the least of the problems facing this family-run pharma business.

… and other stories.

Dive into the twisted minds of some of the most compelling characters that fiction has to offer in these quirky mysteries.

Genre: Fiction/Crime Thriller/Short Stories

Pages: 92

Format: Kindle eBook/Paperback


  • Kindle ebook: 99 INR/$2.99
  • Paperback (available only on Amazon India): 225 INR

My rating: 4.7/5

A compilation of eight stories of crime that make us look at the grey side of the wrongs rather than the complete black and white we’re used to. Each story is a reflection of society and our inner demons.

What I liked about the book:

  •  The uniqueness of each story is its biggest USP.
  • The nature of the plots, the crimes committed and the way the characters deal with everything, stay with you long after you’ve finished reading.
  • While the stories are those of crime, and the supposed wrongdoings or misdeeds, the stories also don a socially conscious attitude towards certain important issues of our time. Most of the stories bring to light several pressing social issues, right from Islamophobia to domestic violence, and from toxic masculinity to homophobia. The best part is that the stories cover them in very convincing ways, enabling them to organically carry the plots forward.
  • The writing is quite unique for a crime fiction collection. Firstly, all of them are in the first-person narrative, so we read about the crimes from the culprit’s PoV in most cases. Then there are lines in between where the author mentions leaving a review for the book and how life as a crime thriller writer is. These make the reading very personal and refreshing.
  • Though it is hard to pick a favorite and one can’t probably love all of them, I don’t think you will dislike any of them if you don’t get judgmental.
  • Some of these stories play with the mind while others have typical crime scenes of violence and gore. This makes the collection a combo pack of crime and psychological thrillers.

What I did not like about the book:

  • The stories could have been a bit crisper. That could’ve better maintained the thrill or tension in the plots. The pacing felt a little slow and the unfolding of the events in a few stories could have been sped up. But nevertheless, they do manage to keep you hooked.
  • Some of the stories leave us wanting for more, and the endings don’t seem as exciting as the others.

Quotable quotes:

  • You need to have a good memory and an orderly mind to dabble in the trade of lying.
  • Just because you don’t like what you’re hearing, doesn’t mean it’s not the truth.
  • What would-be murderers wanted most, apart from committing the crime, was also to get away with it.
  • Most people have an incredibly hard time believing that their loved ones are capable of any wrongdoing.
  • It’s nice to remind yourself every once in a little while that you have admirers about you.
  • Greed and envy can draw a person to do the most uncharacteristic things.
  • Making tasty food requires a bit of disarray.
  • If you’re the kind who likes surprises, life is right up your alley.
  • Because there’s the truth and there’s each person’s version of it.

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