Three and a half Murders By Salil Desai Book Review.

Author: Salil Desai

Pages: 328

Publishers: Fingerprint!

Genre: Murder Mystery- Thriller

Price: 162/-

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!


Blurb
:

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. 


LazyScoop Review:



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…


LazyScoop Verdict:

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! 



You can buy this book by clicking here at a discounted price.

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The Highway Man by J. Alchem Review. 

​Author: J. Alchem

Publication date: 12th May, 2017

Length: 68 Pages

What is it about? 

The whole world is upside down. People are walking in the sky with the ground moving above their heads. And the reason is simple; a bestselling author is in love. But why the whole world is inverted? What’s so special about this love? Or worse?

A man throws his masculine brain and heart aside and fixes a feminine one there. And the reason is simple; he wants to live the life of his lover, for 24 hours. But why does he want to do that? What’s the need?

A man, neatly dressed in a suit, is playing with his bowler hat, on a highway at dawn. And the reason is simple; he needs a lift. But why does he need a lift? What’s his purpose?


LazyScoop Review:
The Highway man is a collection of beautiful, and amazing stories. Beautiful because the writer has written it in an enticing way. The language, the words, overall naration flows smoothly. I liked the variety of tales, each one is of a different genre. First one is intriguing, and unexpected Twist. Second one, Is Romantic and the Third one is Philosophical. 
The book has three short stories titled Catherine, Sidzy for a day, and The Highway Man which is also the title of the book. Read on to know what I think about each of the story. 


Catherine
:

 This is a story of Dr.Rusenvelt, Who encounters a mysterious case one day about his favourite author. What happens when a Writer falls in love with a fictional character of his own book? The narration of the story is smooth and flowy and has a shocking climax to it. I really loved the concept of this story.

Sidzy, for a day: 

This is a perfect romantic story about Jihan and Sidzy. They both are characters which anyone on this planet would love to have in their life. Sidzy is a charming girl who doesn’t take the love shown on her for granted, especially because of her past. Jihaan is a man, who knows how to care and love his girl. It’s a story which surely will touch the romantic chords of the readers.

The Highway Man

This story is full of twists. A man who lost his wife, his son who hasn’t been able to come out of trauma. Until, a man comes in their life to change it completely. I am not going to say the protagonist’s name, that’s also a twist here. This definitely is the best story among the three, its emotional and engaging. Its sprinkled with some philosophy as well, which would definitely stay with you after you finish the book. 

LazyScoop Verdict:

Overall The Highway man is an interesting book with engaging stories written with heartfelt emotions. Read it if you like reading short stories and want to have a quick one hour read. 

Ratings:


Cover
: 4/5 Stars


Plot of all stories: 
4/5 stars


Narrative
: 4/5 Stars


Characters
– 3.5/5 Stars


Entertainment
: 3.5/5 Stars


Overall Rating: 3.5/5 Stars


The Highway Man, recommended by LazyScoop if you want to read Short Stories with twists! 


You can buy this ebook by clicking on this link at just Rs. 49/-