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Book Review: An Autograph for Anjali by Sundari Venkatraman

Disclaimer: I was the beta reader for this book and my review of this book is based on the overall development of the book between then and now. The review is my honest opinion of this book and does not involve any monetary transactions.


Sundari Venkatraman


Jayant Mathur is found murdered in his bed, shot at point-blank range with his own revolver. Though she’s extremely disturbed by his death, Jayant’s wife Anjali is way more upset about something else. Who stands to gain by killing the multi-millionaire businessman?
Parth Bhardwaj is a friend and neighbour of the Mathurs, although he appears more than a friend to Anjali while he’s also on good terms with her son Arjun who lives and studies in the UK. What role does he play in Anjali’s life? Jayant’s relatives are curious to know.
Jayant’s brother-in-law Rana is convinced that Parth and Anjali are the murderers. But Inspector Phadke has his own doubts about this theory. In comes Samrat, the private detective who appears as quiet as a mouse. Will he be able to find the murderer?

My Review

And my favorite romance author is back with her another gripping story of romance, second chances, and murder.

All of Sundari’s stories are not just great romances but also conveyors of strong social messages. This one has the usual elements, no doubt about it, but this time Sundari has peppered her romance with a little bit of mystery, thus ensuring that an already unputdownable book becomes all the more tempting.

Sundari knows her stuff. As a beta-reader for two of her books, and a reader even otherwise, I’ve seen the attention Sundari pays to every single detail. She knows her language, she knows her story, and she knows her characters. She shies away from unnecessarily complicating the story or the language she uses.

The story starts with the murder of Jayant Mathur. He is survived by his wife Anjali and son Arjun. Not to forget his sisters and their husbands, who are the hungry hounds in the story. While the police are on the trail to catch the murderer, the story focuses on what this murder does to Anjali’s life.

Sundari, in AAFA, brings to light the old phrase that all that shines is not gold. Anjali Mathur’s life is the perfect example of it. Like all her heroines, Anjali is real and could’ve have been someone that quite a few of us would know. Like all her heroes, Parth is the man who makes you go  weak in your knees. And the whodunnit angle, a perfect addition to an already sizzling combination. Arjun’s character is a little too sweet, but then his and Anjali’s relationship is as adorable as can get.

Don’t confuse this to be a mystery read; while laced with the element of mystery, the story really focuses on a woman in a lifeless marriage, her struggles, and how she copes up with the mysterious murder of her husband.

A decent comfort read, this is another one of those books that can give you good company while you travel or laze around on a warm afternoon!

My Rating

I’m going to give this book a 4/5.

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In 2014, Sundari self-published The Malhotra Bride (2nd Edition); Meghna; The Runaway Bridegroom; Flaming Sun Collection 1: Happily Ever Afters From India (Box Set) and Matches Made In Heaven (a collection of romantic short stories).
2015 brought yet another opportunity. Readomania came forward to traditionally publish this book – The Madras Affair – a mature romance set in Madras.
An Autograph for Anjali, a romance with a touch of suspense, is also a self-published novel. Going a step further, the author has published the paperback version through Notion Press.

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One thought on “Book Review: An Autograph for Anjali by Sundari Venkatraman

  1. Thank you so much Nikita Jhanglani 😀
    for the Beta Read and the awesome review. I am so glad that you enjoy reading my books

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