I usually don’t do book reviews on this blog, but I was pleasantly surprised when I got this mail from Sharath wanting me to do the review of his second novel (Banquet on the Dead), I happily agreed.
In our spare time, we always look to read something interesting, and not all of us like those sugary and soupy love stories. So here is a murder mystery from Sharath Komarraju, published by Westland. His first novel ‘Murder in Amravati’ was thoroughly loved by the readers.
Banquet on the Dead is the story of Kauveriamma, 80 year old rich lady found dead in the well of her own house, a lady who was so scared of water that she used to fear bathing also. When such a lady is found dead in the well, questions are bound to be raised.. what was she doing there, and with whom was she? The whole story revolves around the mystery of murder or suicide?
Interesting plot with twists at the right places. Though the pace is a bit slow, but there is enough to keep you interested. The partnership of the inspector Nagarjun and Hamid Pasha, ex-criminal 15 yrs ago now a detective is really interesting to read and keeps the reader attached to the story. The way these two explore the whole family of Kauveriamma, three sons, one daughter, the grandchildren, and Dr. Koteshwar Rao who takes an interest in getting the mystery of death solved is very interesting.
The story unwinds keeping the readers guessing who the murderer was as everyone comes under suspicion and has a motive; the character of Karuna, one of her granddaughter is beautiful written showing her shrewdness.
Some descriptions could have been omitted, but there can always be two opinions about that. Overall, a thrilling experience as once you start reading, there’s no stopping till you end the novel. Thumbs up from my side.
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