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Barnabas – Bombay’s First Private Detective by Sangeeta Nambiar [Blogadda Review]
Recently got selected in an Review Program by Blogadda and they chose to send me this book name called Barnabas. I was quite intrigued by the name itself and the cover was interesting too. So I started reading the book and it is a lovely book. It is quite an impressive work by the author. It appealed more like a coffee table book which you can read even when you are you are travelling to work or maybe just in the metro. The usage of language is lucid and the author has definitely made a point by demonstrated strong vocabulary skills. Cutting the long short I enjoyed this book.
Readers who follow the mystery genre very closely may not expect any surprises you must have come across certain other works which have a similar beginning and ending but Sangeeta Nambiar has definitely made an great attempt and for that she is highly appreciated. She might have to spend a lil more time on the characterization as I found some moments to be loosely knitted.
British India. The summer of 1942. Bombay. From the leafy lanes of Wodehouse Road, a British woman goes missing from her home. Her husband Thomas Stanton, wants to keep the police out of the loop, and thus calls in Bombay’s first Private Detective, Barnabas Mehta. The son of a cook, Barnabas, has been brought up under the tutelage of his father’s employer, Francis Curtis, and knows the ways of the British. But that isn’t enough to solve the mystery for him. His search for Rose leads him to the bylanes of Girgaum where he finds a murder to solve and webs of deceit to traverse. Who would murder Rose so brutally? Family secrets and the machinations of an evil mind – they are all there for Barnabas Mehta to unveil!
The story revolves around the characters Rose Stanton – An English Lady ,her Husband :Thomas Stanton – a shipping magnate. Francis Curtis: A respectable English man Chetan Mehta : Francis’cook Barnabas: Chetan’s son. The characters are so well etched out. There are certain characters who are not found during most of the reading in the book but still their characters come out so strong in the end.Every single character has been given due importance and every character comes to life as you flip the pages.The characters portrayed seem so real that they can actually be visualized.
The story revolves around Rose Stanton the protagonist and her tragic end after she ends up leaving her abusive husband .She has something in her mind when she preplans her escape from the Stanton household with the help of her maid. Surprisingly the plan fails and Rose Stanton is found dead.How?Who did it ? What was the motive? Thrilling and Engrossing to the core.This book keeps you guessing th e murderer till the end and you are going to end up guessing wrong. I even tried going to the last page trying to know who the murdered was but I had to come back and read the entire stuff to know the culprit behind the cold blooded murder.
It is a fun read if you are looking for a light read.