- Paperback: 248 pages
- Publisher: Rupa & Co (1 February 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 8129119544
- ISBN-13: 978-8129119544
- Package Dimensions: 19.6 x 13 x 1 cm
- Average Customer Review: 2 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,23,326 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
A Mysterious Death at Sainik Farms Paperback – 1 Feb 2012
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About the Author
Rukmini Anandani has been a mathematician, an accountant, a journalist, a photographer and an activist. As a journalist, she has worked with the Bangkok Post, India Today, The Sunday Mail and The Indian Express. Her freelance photographs have appeared in many publications including The Illustrated Weekly and The Week. Her first short story, 'Wanted: A Wife' was published in The Patriot. She has lived in many places, including Beirut, Bristol and Ethiopia. She currently lives in Delhi.
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Ugrasen is a successful man and demands that his children meet his ideals of success. He is also domineering and rather stubborn, believing that he knows what is best for his adult children and is constantly pressuring them to do as he demands. This sets up the mystery rather nicely since he has ruffled quite a few feathers and caused his family to be frustrated with his high-handedness.
Unlike most Indian mystery novels, this one relies more on observations rather than interrogations and hence, make the material less verbose.The writing at times appears contrived (She' from the Lucknow branch of my mother's family). The mystery, however is not tight and it is quite likely that you will be able to guess the killer much before the climax. The number of characters pile up and almost all of them come under scanner for being accused of murder. The relationship specially that of Ugrasen and his wife borders on soap-opera melodrama and his relationship with a nubile assistant is stretched beyond means.
There are interesting portions which keeps you glued though the journey does get bumpy. The detailing of the house and their personal lives is done at length and takes you to the center of action. The fact that murder investigation is triggered by an adolescent girl is cute in itself though lends less credence.
I am going with generous 3/5 for Rukmani Anandani's 'A Mysterious death at Sainik Farms'. It is not the best murder mystery you will read this year, but it keeps you just that bit interested. With more interesting central protagonist detective, this book could have been a more rewarding read. In its present form, its a one time read.
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