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Murder in Mumbai: A Dutton Guilt Edged Mystery [Kindle Edition]

K. D. Calamur
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From NPR editor Krishnadev Calamur comes an engrossing murder mystery set in the heart of the new India.

Mumbai, India: a city of beauty and squalor, old and new, wealth and poverty, honest work and deep corruption… and inevitable target of scandal and condemnation if Inspector Vijay Gaikwad doesn’t solve the murder of American businesswoman Liz Barton, and quickly. Just as invested is newspaper reporter Jay Ganesh, looking for the one big story to repair his once-prestigious reputation. Both men soon discover, however, that the case is as difficult to navigate as Mumbai’s infamous traffic. From her cheating husband to the billionaire industrialist with whom she was “close”; from her jealous colleague to the environmentalist protesting her company, Barton was not short on potential enemies… and nor are they short on lies. But the pressure is on for Gaikwad, the family man trying to do right on an often unscrupulous force, to place the blame on someone, anyone, and Jay is determined to be the first with the scoop—no matter how deadly.


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  • File Size: 728 KB
  • Print Length: 184 pages
  • Publisher: Dutton (July 17, 2012)
  • Sold by: Penguin Group (USA) LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007FEPP4K
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4.0 out of 5 stars The setting is the real star of this mystery July 25, 2012
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In a strange way, Murder in Mumbai reminds me of William X. Kienzle's The Rosary Murders. A cop and a reporter compete--and at times co-operate--to solve a murder in their gritty city against a backdrop of changing religious hierarchy. Except in The Rosary Murders, the city is Detroit in the 1970's, the religious hierarchy is the Catholic church, and the culture is reeling from the recent civil rights movement and Vatican reform. In Murder in Mumbai, the city is Mumbai, India, the hierarchy is the caste system, and the culture is shifting as it adjusts to the new Mumbai in what was once the old Bombay. The movie version might star Frieda Pinto rather than Donald Sutherland but I could definitely see it as a gritty police drama.

Though Murder in Mumbai is short (it comes in at just 169 pages on my Kobo, including introductory pages) I felt I really got a sense of life in the fast-paced and ever-changing city of Mumbai. The murder mystery storyline was accessible and relatively easy to follow, though, like The Waterman's Daughter, the real star of the novel was the setting itself.

For more reviews, please visit my blog, CozyLittleBookJournal.

Disclaimer: I received a digital galley of this book free from the publisher from NetGalley. I was not obliged to write a favourable review, or even any review at all. The opinions expressed are strictly my own.
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Murder in Mumbai is a police procedural -- or maybe a journalist procedural -- set in modern Mumbai. Two men burglarizing an apartment find a body in a trunk. Inexplicably, they decide to dispose of the body in a garbage dump rather than leaving it where they found it. The dead woman was the CEO of a corporation. Among the murder suspects are the woman's unfaithful husband, a ruthless competitor, and a subordinate whose career benefited from the woman's death.

The best murder mysteries plant clues that give the reader a chance to solve the murder. Krishnadev Calamur makes a clumsy attempt to do so, but given that the improbable motive for the murder isn't revealed until the closing pages, a reader spotting the murderer will be relying on guesswork rather than detective skills. Still, the straightforward plot is moderately interesting.

The same cannot be said of the novel's characters. The two central characters are stereotypes. Inspector Vijay Gaikwad is the honest cop surrounded by corruption and bureaucracy. Jay Ganesh is the fiercely dedicated crime reporter, a veteran print journalist who complains that the new kids at the paper don't know how to write. His investigation provides Gaikwad with the break he needs to solve the murder. But for their enjoyment of chai tea and biscuits, the two characters might as well be Americans. They are thin and unoriginal, lacking in personality.

Calamur strives to be profound in his observations of evolving Mumbai and insightful in his comments about human nature but rarely rises above the obvious. Gaikwad's supposed pride in the self-confidence of modern women in Mumbai seems more like the author's commentary on a changing country than a realistic character trait.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Fast Paced Quick Read September 19, 2012
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The overall plot was interesting. The descriptions about the setting, classes, its customs and traditions, I have to admit, felt like I was reading a textbook. That isn't necessarily bad, I felt like I learned some things. I found myself skipping through some of the descriptions , as I felt like it was repetitive information. I admired the integrity and honesty of the main characters Gaikwad and Ganesh on their journey to solve the mystery of who murdered Liz Barton, not willing to just come up with an answer, but wanted to come up with the right answer. I would have liked them to have more personality though. I had no idea who the murderer was, and couldn't even guess. At the end, it's like "Ohhh, now I get it." There were motives for her murder presented through the story, but the actual motive wasn't revealed until the end.
It definitely wasn't a waste of time, but I didn't find it to be exceptional.
I was given this book for free in exchange for a review.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Murder in Mumbai August 6, 2012
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Murder in Mumbai
by Krishnadev Calamur

This is a straightforward, old fashioned, who done it murder mystery which I thoroughly enjoyed! Calamur has written a good story set in modern day India. He makes you feel that you are really there with his descriptions of the sights, sounds and smell of the town.

The story opens when two robbers literally fall over a dead female body in the apartment that they are going to rob and decide that their best of course of action is to dispose of the body because, after all who would believe that they didn't kill her. Of course, to complicate matters, the body is that of a western female who happens to be the CEO of an important company. So they take matters into hand and dispose of the body where they think that surely it will never be found. The gods, and India's weather, are against them. So the story begins. An honest cop, a disgraced journalist, a jaded environmentalist, and some guilt ridden crooks make for a wonderful story line.

Calamur has developed his characters beautifully. Yes, there is corruption in the Indian police force, but that is not so unusual in India is it ? Gaikwad, the police investigator is doing the best that he can with a system that he cannot change and in the process garners respect from his peers and with that comes an ability to solve a crime. Gaikwad does it the old fashioned way, through dogged, hard police work. It's interesting that the procedure to solve crime does not change from country to country.

Jay Ganesh the disgraced journalist is working at the equivalent of the The Enquirer because he exposed corruption and would not back down. He is determined to get back in the game of real news reporting and with help to and from Gaikwad manages to do that.
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3.0 out of 5 stars old fashioned murder mystery
Liked this book, reminds me of some old Hindi courtroom dramas like Victoria 203. The author writes with great tone. Read more
Published 17 months ago by SALIL JOSHI
5.0 out of 5 stars A fast paced book
I read the book avidly and could not wait to find out Who Did It. It moves at a fast pace and keeps you enthral led. Go for it.
Published 19 months ago by Dr. Nanditha Kriwhna
4.0 out of 5 stars Good read
This being the first mystery book this author has written it was a good read. This story takes place in Mumbai,India it is both beautiful and slum-like. Read more
Published 21 months ago by druidgirl
5.0 out of 5 stars Murder in Mumbai
Krishna Dev Calamur has a genuine story telling gift. I read Murder in Mumbai in one sitting. It was too good a mystery to put down till I found out who murdered Mrs Barton. Read more
Published on October 28, 2012 by Dilara
4.0 out of 5 stars Lovely whodunnit in Indian setting
NPR editor Krishnadev Calamur comes an engrossing murder mystery set in the heart of the new India, Mumbai to be precise. Read more
Published on September 2, 2012 by Henk-Jan van der Klis
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent debut novel by K. D. Calamur
After reading mystery series based in cities around the world, I was delighted to find a whodunit - Murder in Mumbai - based in my home city of Bombay/Mumbai. Read more
Published on August 8, 2012 by RTinDC
5.0 out of 5 stars So good I read it on my iPhone
Murder in Mumbai is one of those books you would have kept in your back pocket for a few days: easy to get sucked into, characters you either hate or love (and some both), and... Read more
Published on August 7, 2012 by HBL
5.0 out of 5 stars Fast-paced, engrossing, well-written
This is a truly wonderful mystery novel: a fast-paced, engrossing page-turner, filled with wonderful characters and set in a gorgeously vibrant and insanely frenetic Mumbai. K.D. Read more
Published on August 7, 2012 by KHK
5.0 out of 5 stars Hard to put down suspense.
Krishnadev's debut novel is hard to put down once you get started. Very interesting cast of characters. Read more
Published on July 29, 2012 by Y. M. Matcheswala
4.0 out of 5 stars Murder in Mumbai
Murder in Mumbai is a racy whodunit. It starts with the murder of a foreigner - Liz Barton and follows two parallel investigations. Read more
Published on July 19, 2012 by Harini Calamur
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