Saturday, January 21, 2017

Review: An Old-Fashioned Mystery

An Old-Fashioned Mystery An Old-Fashioned Mystery by Runa Fairleigh
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

A post-modern look at the genre of mystery. I was getting mighty tired of it, till I read the last part, and that quite redeemed the entire book for me.

First Line: "'This chutney tastes a bit off to me,' the major said.

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Review: Shares in Murder

Shares in Murder Shares in Murder by Judah Waten
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

An impressive police procedural with a twist in the end. The police men investigating the murder of a woman, the reporters covering the case, the criminals associated with the case, all want to have their pound of flesh from the murder. Realistic and gritty.

First Line: The telephone rang before dawn and woke Inspector Stewart Brummel from an enjoyable dream.

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Sunday, January 15, 2017

A Baker's Dozen: Unknown Authors 2017

I purchased a number of books from the World Book Fair at Delhi. Predictably, a majority of them were crime/ mysteries. Some of the authors and books, I had heard about but never read but there were quite a few totally unfamiliar to me. Have you read these books or authors? What do you think of them?


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Friday, January 13, 2017

Changes in the new year...

A new year has dawned and it is time for some changes, starting with the look. And from now on, I'll only be posting about those books on this blog that I really want to talk about. For the rest of my reading, it is going to be a couple of lines on goodreads.

Here's wishing you all a very Happy Lohri.

Thursday, January 12, 2017

First Read of 2017: Biography of Bhagat Singh by M.M. Juneja

My last read of 2016 was the Complete Tribunal Proceedings of the Lahore Conspiracy Case that had revolutionary Sukhdev's remarks in the margins. I am glad that the first book that I read in 2017 is about Sukhdev's closest friend: Bhagat Singh.

M.M. Juneja's biography of India's most famous martyr doesn't add much to all that has been written about Bhagat Singh down the ages but has one or two interesting chapters like Bhagat's love for books (he was never without one) or the reminiscences by his compatriots who remembered him as a fun-loving youngster.


Publication Details: Hissar: Modern Publishers, 2008
Pages: 208
Source: JNUL [954.035092 J953 Bi]

Reading Challenge: Birth Year 2017

One of the challenges that I am excited to have back is the Birth Year Reading Challenge in which we celebrate the birthyear of either ourselves or a loved one by reading the books published in that particular year.

This time round, I am honouring my absolutely wonderful bhuaji (paternal aunt) who recently celebrated her 84th b'day.  So 1933, it is. And some of the books that I might read (not pledging myself to them though):

1. Down and Out in London and Paris by George Orwell.
2. Hag's Nook by J.D. Carr
3. Flush: A Biography by Virginia Woolf
4. Lost Horizons by James Hilton
5. The Hog's Back Mystery by Freeman Wills Crofts

But then I might not read any of the above :) and just read In Quest of the Ashes by my-favourite-cricketer-of-all-time- Douglas Jardine.

 If you too want to celebrate a loved one's birthday, you can light the candles on the cake over here @Hotchpot Cafe.

And yes, everybody  gets a return-gift too.  Our hostess, J.G., is very-very generous.

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Reading Challenge: Full House

Excited to join the Full House challenge, once again this year. Here's what our gracious hostess Kathryn @ Book Date has to say about the challenge: "Complete the card below.  You can do it in any order you wish.  You are allowed "one free exchange", if there is something on the square you really dislike you may change it to something of your choice. Once you have played this free choice that is it. Mention the exchange in the final summary post."

 This is going to be tough for me as I have hardly ever read a Western nor do I have any idea about a 2017 release. But hey that's what a challenge is all about, right?