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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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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!
The one star is only for the author who is writing at the age of 16. Content wise it is bore. One should not mix food and murder. Every page is only on food - what to eat, when to eat, where to eat, how much to eat, etc., etc. The essence of the murders is completely lost in the bargain. The actual murder part is hardly a few pages. This could be a 25-30 page short story in a magazine and not a 150 page drag on eating habits.
A detective story.
A devious plan.
A celebrated but fun-loving, foodie detective.
A port town Meraupatnam.
And a story with an equal measure of comedy and surprise.
All of these combined will give you the talented young author Arjun Chandra Kathpalia’s first book ‘Juni Dagger: Murders in Meraupatnam’. Even though the book is supposed to be a murder mystery by the cover and name, when you start reading it, you realize it is a unique combination of gastronomy, thrill and fun!
The port town of Meraupatnam is a quiet French country town, very different from rest of the Indian subcontinent, as diverse people resided there. However, the peace of this beautiful little coastal town was disturbed, when one by one, the residents of the posh Dormeth lane started getting killed, mysteriously, by unidentified snipers
As a result, the mayor was left with no choice but to call in the celebrated detective Juni Dagger to solve this mystery and catch the brilliant brains behind these murders.
Dagger is cunning, smart and a foodie and does things at his own pace. He doesn’t follow any rule (not even the one where every famous detective has his/her own assistant) except the rule he sat not to betray or disrespect the food. Unlike the famous detectives like Sherlock Holmes and Hercule Poirot, he appoints new assistant for each case and does not have a permanent one. 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; the mysterious mastermind behind all of these killings. 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 ending of the book is stunning, surprising, jaw-dropping and something which one would not have even guessed, making it a perfect mystery altogether. Like it’s said, ‘It is a perfect murder mystery with a generous side of comedy.’
Written in easy, simple and swift language, Murders in Meraupatnam stands out because of its uniqueness and a simple charm that has the capability to attract readers towards it. But at the same time, it becames a little difficult to keep up with the erratic character of Juni Dagger, with all his trips to different restaurants and his hunger. This was the first time I was reading a murder mystery with a side of humor to it and I mentally applauded the writer to have the courage to write something like this. However, the constant back and forth of catching the killer and then landing up again at the same restaurant to eat a new dish became a bit exhausting for me.
Juni Dagger’s plot is very unique and the twists of the story have the potential to keep you hooked till the end. The book is a promising start in Kathpalia’s establishment as a writer. However, it may turn opposite for some the readers as well, especially for the people who love mystery in its pure form. But as I said, Juni Dagger is a very unique book, which may not be everybody’s cup of tea, but can be picked up on a relaxing day where one would only like to experience something unique and simple at the same time. An interesting tale of crime and murders, and a detective who loves food, this story is the perfect light read for people who have just completed their heavy reads.