I love to travel, but between work, kids and a perpetually strapped bank account, there are some areas of the world that I can only visit vicariously. I would love to visit India, but it's probably not going to happen any time soon. The most wonderful thing about this book is that I really did feel that I was taking a brief vacation in an Indian village. Misra's descriptions made me feel as if I were there and gave me insight into a different culture.
This book will definitely appeal to those who like cozy mysteries, where the pace is a bit slower. That's not my usual genre, although I veer over there occasionally, and there were a few times where I felt the story needed to move more quickly. I also enjoyed the characters, especially Rani, who is nicely developed and engaging. I felt that some of the background characters were a bit flat, but it could be that they seemed less vivid against the very nicely elaborated setting. Otherwise, the book is well-written and carefully edited.
All in all, I enjoyed my weekend trip to India and look forward to other works by Ms. Misra!