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My first thought of this book was that this was going to a desi version of Sherlock Holmes. Plus two stories together in less than 200 pages sounded intriguing. I wanted to see how the author will manage to build enough suspense and then solve the mystery in a flourishing climax.
And I signed up for reviewing this one!
Vikram Rana does not disappoint you. Neither does the author. Mostly. The first case is the murder of a rich socialite. For Vikram’s first case an independent investigator, the said socialite’s brother-in-law hires him. The case is shown to progress smoothly; the twists and turns are subtle, but good enough to keep you guessing. The same goes for the second story too, which is about the murder of a rich businessman, known for his crooked ways.
The climaxes aren’t flourishing but you get the thrill that one expects from a thriller, so the book isn’t disappointing on even that front. The coolest part about this book is Vikram and his love for food. Add a health-freak wife to this equation and you have humor at its best!
However, I wished enough attention was paid to the editing. The editing and the grammar were a bit laxed, hampering the effect of the book.
Overall, a decent book by a debut author.
I give this book a 4/5.