Friday, 10 November 2017

Book Review- Murder in Paharganj by Kulpreet Yadav

War does not end anything. It just sets the stage for next war.
- Pg 231

Vicks Menon, an investigative reporter seems to have his life falling apart. He has lost his job with a leading newspaper and his relationship with his girlfriend Tonya is on the rocks due to his alcoholism. His friend’s call about a murder of a white woman in a hotel in Paharganj seems like one of the many happening in the capital till Vicks notices important people taking interest in this murder. Vicks quickly realises that this case could get him his job back. What he does not realize is that in the pursuit of a good story he will become the target for both the police and the woman’s killer.

For Jalaluddin, who is now Jamie, life is all about the cardinal pleasures and killing people is just another chore. Though he genuinely regretted killing Sherry Bing in that hotel in Delhi whom he had fallen in love with, he knew it was a collateral damage for a larger reason. Having Vicks Menon on his trail hardly bothered him due to his confidence in his skills. However, he soon realised that he had significantly underestimated Vicks as just another reporter.

So how does a murder mystery keep you interested when the murdered in revealed in the first half itself? It does that through a perfectly timed storyline induced with just the right amount of surprises at the right places. The characterisation is realistic and simple which helps. The plot is not unique but treated very intelligently to create interest and offer intrigue. However, it became extremely predictable towards the end but having invested time and efforts, it made sense to finish it. All in all, a good and a quick read.

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About the Author: An Amazon No. 1 bestselling novelist and motivational speaker, Kulpreet Yadav is the Founder-Editor of Open Road Review, an international literary magazine that has published over 300 writers from 24 countries in the last five years. As a Creative Writing Mentor, Kulpreet has conducted numerous workshops for aspiring writers in India. Kulpreet's motivational and training workshops are a unique combination of creativity, communication, leadership & entertainment that has benefited thousands of working professionals and students at premier institutions and global corporate brands. A product of the Naval Officer�s Academy, Kulpreet quit his job of a mariner as a Commandant with the Indian Coast Guard on 1 Jan 2014, to pursue his passion of writing and speaking. Shortlisted in several literary contests, his stories and essays have appeared in numerous publications in India and abroad.

I received a free copy of this book from Flipkart in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.

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