Author: Salil Desai
Genre: Murder Mystery- Thriller
When I first read the blurb, I was expecting it to be just another crime patrol episode in a book format. But to my surprise, this book is much beyond that. As the name suggests, Three and a Half Murders is a murder mystery. Find out what I think about it, below!
Two corpses…a woman lying dead on her bed, a man hanging from the ceiling fan. A suicide note cum murder confession. And a name…Shaunak Sodhi. When the case comes their way, Senior Inspector Saralkar has just been diagnosed with hypertension and PSI Motkar is busy with rehearsals of an amateur play.
What appears at first to be a commonplace crime by a debt-ridden, cuckolded husband, who has killed his unfaithful wife and then hung himself, soon begins to unfold as a baffling mystery.
As clues point to a seven-year-old unsolved murder in Bangalore and other leads emerge closer home, Saralkar and Motkar find themselves investigating shady secrets, bitter grudges, fishy land deals, carnal desires, the dead woman Anushka Doshi’s sinister obsession with past life regression and her husband’s links to a suspicious, small-time god-man, Rangdev Baba. And then, suddenly, the murderer resurfaces and yet another life is in grave danger…
Can Saralkar and Motkar get to the bottom of an unimaginably shocking motive and stop the malevolent killer from committing the fourth murder…?
What is it about?
Two dead bodies are found in an apartment, one is hanging from the fan, and another body is of a woman whose face has been damaged with Acid. They are identified to be a couple named Mr and Mrs. Doshi.
The only piece of information is a note written by Mr. Doshi claiming to have killed his wife and himself for certain reasons.
Simple case, isn’t it? Well, nothing is as it seems, when Inspector Saralkar enters the scene to crack the case along with his accomplice, PSI Motkar. And thus begins the thrilling journey of unravelling the mystery.
Three and Half Murders is one of the best books to have come out this year. It kept me glued to it right from the first page itself. The narration is fantastic. It seems as if the writer has done lot of work on plot, characterization and narration before beginning to write the book. The pace of the book is perfect, fast enough yet not jumpy. The broody bad ass Saralkar to Brave yet timid in front of the boss, PSI Motkar, all were well defined characters. Their chemistry is amazingly written, with genuine Humour. I really enjoyed when Saralkar grilled poor Motkar with sarcastic retorts every now and then.
I was expecting the story to loose it’s grip after the beginning chapters, like most of the thrillers do. But this book surprised me. The tension, the curiosity, the suspense just builds up with every chapter! Also, what makes this book a success is its Dangerous and scary antagonist.
The Climax was totally unpredictable, and was definitely satisfying.
What I didn’t like:
Ummm…let me think…ummm…
This book deserves to be on the chart of Best-Sellers. Its dark, witty, full of shocking twists and is peppered with enough doses of humour to keep you totally entertained. Once you finish the book, you’ll surely become a fan of Inspector Saralkar!
There are two more books written by Author Salil Desai in Inspector Saralkar series. And after reading this book, I am certain that I am going to read the other books too. Buy this book if you want to thrill yourself and want to read a story which will play with your mind.
Plot: 4.5/ 5 Stars
Narration: 4.5/ 5 Stars
Entertainment: 5/ 5 Stars
Characters: 4.5/ 5 Stars
Cover: 4/ 5 Stars
LazyScoop Rating: 4.5/ 5 stars
Three and a Half Murders, absolutely recommended by TheLazyScoop!
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