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Juni Dagger: Murders in Meraupatnam Paperback – Import, 20 Sep 2017
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PRAISE FOR THE BOOK A food-loving detective…a devious killer…and surprises galore—all elements of an appetizing murder mystery!—SALIL DESAI, LEADING CRIME AUTHOR
About the Author
Sixteen-year-old Arjun Chandra Kathpalia is an accomplished piano player and a photographer from Delhi. His works have featured in online photography magazines. He is also a gamer, a computer buff, a graphic designer and a gourmand. This is his first novel.
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The story is an interesting tale of crime and murders and a detective who loves food. Food is always in his mind. He eats to think. He eats to celebrate. He eats to explore new culinary joints. He eats just like that. He doesn’t need a reason to eat but he finds a way to settle the bill and escaped smartly.
Juni is canny, smart and foodie and does things at his own pace. He doesn’t follow any rule except the rule he sat not to betray or disrespect the food. He is good at what he does and he must find the mastermind of all the killings because now he is the next target of Veron; a mysterious man. His assistants, Monroe; a French man and Cameron; a Ninja girl aids him in joining the piece of the mystery and solving the puzzle.
the greatest thing about a thriller I feel is pace- the pace reaches a crescendo, it fills the heart of the readers with great thoughts of the climax- and grip. for if you cannot grip the reader, they would gradually loose interest in your story. and that is what is the problem in this book. the author fails to manage the food loving attitude of the detective along with the mystery for you find they both do not match.
but as the author is only 16 years old, i feel he will improve more for sure.
But, the first half speaks of a food-loving detective named as Juni Dagger who is invited by the mayor of meruapatnam to solve a case and to catch the culprit and this creates a hook for the readers to remain attached to the book.
the language is simple and the narration is crisp. the chapters are short just like dan brown’s narration which makes the book a page-turning one.
The book starts by setting the scenes and ends with a beautiful last chapter which ties up all the threads of the story and even with an amazing epilogue which adds up more to the intense romance of Juni and Cameron.
the book keeps you riveted till the end and I am sure you cannot put it down until the end page.
places like the offices, cafes, food venues and other houses even create a great location idea.
the characters are even very-well etched out. the character whom I cheered to succeed was Reeva. there’s a bit of romance, heartbreak and a lot of politics. the author has made the book such a “masterpiece” that there is not even a single dull moment in the whole book.
overall the book is a perfect tapestry of thriller and food love, would recommend the book to all thriller lovers- read it as a child has written it- and to food lovers even.
Title is catchy & has a nice ring to it.
Plot is set in the lanes of Meraupatnam. Though the place is known for its crimes, but the way it has been presented. You'll ignore the negative amenities & aspects, set out for the amendments on a positive note. Setting is good & readers often embark in a journey of adventure which involves food, life, action, deciding what to do in life & many other aspects.
The book is slow paced, but funny upto a great extent. It involves so many humorous moment, packed with a pinch of salt, pepper & lots of laughter.
It also invokes murder, thriller, suspense, guns, games, twists & turns, epistles, epestomes, riddles, puzzles to be solved. Though I expected a bit more of these.
I would recommend this to the young ones. But it wouldn't harm even the old minds out there. Overall, a simple read!
With real characters and by giving the sidekicks equal importance, the plot turns out to be intriguing and entertaining as well. Juni Dagger acts as the cornerstone of the story. With exemplary vocabulary and intelligent mind-mapping of events, the author has done a fabulous job.
The story is new and the writing is impressive. With simple yet impactful language, the author has successfully reached out to the hearts of the readers. The storyline is strong and the characterization of Juni further adds on to the advantage.
Best wishes to the author!
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