Bhrigu Mahesh, PhD: The Return of Damayanti – Book Review

Author: Nisha Singh

Paperback: 450 Pages

Publisher: Partridge India (15 March 2017)

Language: English

Genre: Mystery

ISBN-13: 9781482888997

About The Book:

On his second adventure, Bhrigu Mahesh is called to help by a hapless, retired clerk named Nataraj Bhakti, who thinks he is being haunted by the spirit of his dead wife. As he investigates, the mystery deepens and takes a sinister turn. A woman gets brutally murdered, and the great detective faces the challenge to either catch the killer or risk the destruction of many innocent lives.

About The Author:

Nisha Singh is a crime fiction enthusiast who has written short stories for National Print Magazine and has contributed to a variety of online publications. Nisha is a prolific reader and writer and her stories have surprising endings. Nisha resides in Uttar Pradesh, India.

My Take:

This genre is usually the one not tried by many authors specially by Indian authors. Where the market is abound with chick-lit romance, this book offers something like breath of fresh air  to the authors wanting to read something different. This book when offered by Blogadda for a review I was more than interested to see what it had to offer, the genre being my favourite of all time. Though the book is second in the series, but the first time readers won’t be able to feel the difference. There is enough characterization provided so as to make the reader comfortable.

All the characters of the story are described at length. The vivid description given by the author paints the exact character in the mind of the reader. It is not only the character but the surrounding that are described in a very articulate manner in the words of Protagonist’s friend Sutte. The relatable approach and sarcastic remarks of Sutte makes him closer to the reader as a human being while the protagonist Bhrigu Mahesh surprises the readers with his out of the box theories and often leaves the reader speechless with his sharp observation. The duo however is likely to remind you of Holmes and Watson, because of the striking similarities. Similarly there are other characters which slowly grows on the reader as the story  progresses.

The story itself is however seems slow to start and takes time to pace up. In the start it somehow feels a stretch as it fails to bind the user with quick series of events. However, going deeper into the story, the reader may find himself glued to it, courtesy the turn of events. The book opens with quite an intriguing prologue followed by multiple parts and chapter where the story begins to develop. The description that allows user to imagine the scene as it is, also holds the story from progressing faster than it could have. Moreover, since tiniest of details are already mentioned, little is left to the reader’s imagination. Within its pages, it explores about village life, marriage and religion. But as expected from the mysteries and thrillers, the book do ends on a surprise. With a few editing slips here and there, the book is a pleasant read.

Bottom line: One time Recommended for Mystery lovers.

 My Rating:

3/5

Scale of Rating: 1– Ignore It!! 2-Don’t Touch It!! 3-One Time Read!! 4-Add To Your TBR!! 5-Read it NOW!!!


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