Showing posts from October, 2011

The All Bengali Crime Detectives

Rating: 3/5

Title: The All Bengali Crime Detectives
Author: Suparna Chatterjee
Genre: Fiction, Mystery, Detective
Pages: 180
Publisher: Rupa & Company
ISBN-13: 9788129117823

I saw the cover of this book, read the summary and found it interesting enough to invest in it. I am truly happy that I did. This is the author’s first book and the story goes like this.

A theft takes place in a neighborhood in Calcutta. Four retired people, including an ex-high court judge, investigate the crime. How the crime is solved makes the rest of the story. But is also has loads of description about the neighborhood and the people of the city. Giving readers glimpses of the Bengali way of life, the book breezes through the story. The author being born and brought up in Calcutta succeeds in portraying an appealing and interesting picture about the spirit of the city. The crime takes place during “Durga Pujo” which gives the author the opportunity to explain the traditional way in which the festivities go abo…

The Rozabel Line

Rating: 3.5/5

Title: The Rozabel Line
Author: Ashwin Sanghi
Genre: Fiction, Suspense, Thriller
Pages: 346
Publisher: Westland
ISBN-13: 9789381626825

This is Ashwin Sanghi’s first book. It was first published in 2007 under the pseudonym Shawn Haigins which is in fact an anagram of the author’s name itself. Due to its bestseller status for a long time, it was revised and published under the author’s original name in 2008 and 2010.

The story is about the Rozabel Line or rather the expedition of finding it. It exists in Kashmir, India and is supposedly Jesus’ tomb. A line in the summary behind the book says, “Spanning between centuries and continents” and is quite true to its meaning. I’m not getting down to details on purpose for this book because I believe the pleasure lies in digging them out on your own!

The story begins in London where a professor’s severed head is found in a box inside a library. As a result, the journey begins to find not only the killer but also the astonishing truth th…