- File Size: 769 KB
- Print Length: 184 pages
- Publisher: Dutton (July 17, 2012)
- Publication Date: July 17, 2012
- Sold by: Penguin Group (USA) LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B007FEPP4K
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Not Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #978,705 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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.Read more ›
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.
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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.
The author, who grew up there, seems to have a love and hate relationship not with his country, but with the city where the action of this book takes place:
"Anyone who's lived in Mumbai will understand this: You love it; you hate it; you loathe it; you embrace it."
Well, the two main characters here, Inspector Vijay Gaikwad and journalist Jay Ganesh, seem to share these feelings. They love their city, but they hate its wealth and its poverty, the never-ending traffic jams, the way that the system operates and the fact that no two people are the same under the sun.
For instance, we learn, that if a foreigner or a rich man gets murdered there's an outcry in the press and the politicians lean heavily on the shoulders of the cops and want instant results, while if a poor man is killed he hardly gets a mention in the broadsheets or the radio.
The victim in this case is not only rich, but a foreigner as well. Her name is Liz Barton and she's the CEO of a mining company. Who killed her and why? The truth is that she did have a lot of enemies: an environmentalist, a man who's been left behind in order for her to take the position that was meant for him in the company, a husband who's unhappy and unfaithful, and probably an opponent from some other company.
Gaikwad is ordered to investigate the case, but in order to do that maybe he just has to cut a deal with the devil. Who's that? None other than Jay Ganesh.Read more ›
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
If you're fond of murder mysteries set in India, this one is a good, fast read. Excellent vacation book.Published 26 days ago by Amrita Anna Sanyal
Liked this book, reminds me of some old Hindi courtroom dramas like Victoria 203. The author writes with great tone. Read morePublished on December 12, 2013 by SALIL JOSHI
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 on October 13, 2013 by Dr. Nanditha Kriwhna
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 morePublished on September 1, 2013 by druidgirl
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 morePublished on October 28, 2012 by Dilara
NPR editor Krishnadev Calamur comes an engrossing murder mystery set in the heart of the new India, Mumbai to be precise. Read morePublished on September 2, 2012 by Henk-Jan van der Klis
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 morePublished on August 8, 2012 by RTinDC
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 morePublished on August 7, 2012 by HBL
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 morePublished on August 7, 2012 by KHK