Archive for the ‘Mystery’ Category


Checking Up On Love

Review of Love On The Rocks; Ismita Tandon Dhanker; Penguin 2011; Rs 150; pp 211

– Shana Susan Ninan

Let’s start the review by declaring that Ismita’s Love On The Rocks is Indian Book Reviews’ Best Read Of The Month – April. It is a new concept that we thought of having, after having come across this brilliant novel. The title that makes use of a pun is only one of the many things that’ll attract you to read the book. The red edge colouring brought back fond memories to my mind – of the times when I used to dust up classics from my parents’ collection and read on lazy afternoons.

Drawing heavily from her own life’s experiences, Ismita’s debut novel is a twist of romance, murder and mystery.

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Rating: 7.3/10 (7 votes cast)

For The Cross and The Sword

Review of God’s Spy; Juan Gómez-Jurado; pp 358

– Shana Susan Ninan

There are books that make you happy; and there are books that make you sad. Then there are books, by the time you reach the last page, makes you happy and sad! Juan Gómez-Jurado’s debut novel, God’s Spy, translated into English from Spanish by James Graham, is one such book. When I was reading the last two paragraphs of the book, I was sad that such a brilliantly-plotted book was over! But I was also happy at how brilliantly the book was plotted. It is set in the Vatican of 2005, while the world was mourning the passing away of Pope John Paul II. If that was not enough, a cardinal ends up brutally mutilated and murdered in the middle of the holiest countries in the world, right inside a cathedral.

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Rating: 5.0/10 (2 votes cast)