An interesting setting for a murder mystery. There are glimpses of the customs and life in those times. Some of the character names remind one of other similar sounding names that we have seen in history
The First Aryan is essentially a whodunnit. Unlike Agatha Christie’s stories that happen mostly in some remote house or a train or a cruise liner, this story covers a broad landscape in Vedic times. It is not just about a series of murders, it imagines the socio-political dimensions of these acts. People from all classes - Brahmins, Kshatriyas, Merchants and Servants are victims as well as suspects. There is a war, there are spies, gambling houses, prostitutes, diplomats and everything that we see in today’s world. It is a gripping story told in an engaging way. Tremendous amount of effort and research seems to have gone in.
Was a bit apprehensive since the story is set in Vedic times. But the story is presented in an amazingly simple fashion and gives you feel for how the times would have been. Through the narration, there are lots of leads and misleads, which keep you engaged. In the end, the narration of the motive behind each murder is simply outstanding. Must read.