Mehboob Murderer by Nupur Anand

“Life is not always a Bollywood movie.Ignorance is not always bliss.But then, the price of death was too much to pay for it.”

#blurb: On a rainy September night, six people are gunned down mercilessly in an old Parsi café in Mumbai. The mass murder at café Mehboob, located barely a few hundred metres from the police station, and Right next to one of the busiest Railway stations in Mumbai, jolts the city out of its complacence. The media immediately swings into action, while political pressure mounts on the police force to nab the mass murderer. With everyone eager to place the blame of the murders on a madman in a bid to have the case dismissed swiftly, the headstrong Inspector intekhaab Abbas is determined to get to the bottom of the murders. On probing the lives of the victims, he stumbles upon a heady cocktail of love, lust, jealousy, betrayal, rage, longing, misery and ecstasy. Mehboob murderer, nupur Anand’s debut novel, unravels a stunning truth neither the police nor the reader is prepared for.

Author: Nupur Anand

Publisher: Om Books International

Pages: 282

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My Review: 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟/5

Six people have been shot down at Café Mehboob in Mumbai. While the police suspects it as the work of a madman, the lead officer appointed  to this case i.e, Abbas, is against the popular belief and feels there is something more deep which leaded to this mass murder. They have to solve the case within two weeks or it may hamper their jobs. The public won’t forgive them if they don’t arrest the murderer within the given time. When a background check is done on all the victims it comes up that all of them have a dark past thus leading to several suspects. But all the suspects has an alibi. Abbas is working hard to find the killer  even though his love life is going through a rough patch. Although they come up with several leads, Abbas decides to follow up on the one which has been neglected the most. And what he finds next shocks him to the core. Who is the mehboob murderer? Grab the book to find out.

The book is well written with a gripping plot which keeps you guessing till the end. It is filled with twists and turns which will amaze you. Moreover the background stories of the victims make you question humanity. They are so heinous and disturbing and leave you feeling miserable. The characters are well casted and my favourite is Abbas, a intelligent and dedicated policeman. The language used is simple and easily understandable. It is fast paced and can be finished in a single sitting. If you are a sucker for murder mystery just like me then you are in for a great treat. Also it being the debut book of the author, she surely deserves all the appreciation for weaving such a great suspense. I recommend this to everyone out there. P.S the story finishes off with a cliffhanger and I really happy to know that there are talks of a second part.

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So-Called Love Story by Nitin Kumar and Diksha Gupta

#blurb: Some relationships unmask the harsh reality of a love story. It is one of those love stories, which one should certainly Retrospect being in a relationship or while getting into a new one. This is the story of Vivek who finds virali as the best gift ever and falls in love with her. Their relationship builds up smoothly till the halfway but then, there come some catastrophic decisions in their lives which make them fall apart eventually. Notwithstanding, the shattered souls do not come to an end as every story has two faces. The destiny brings a seraph to spill out the other side of the story. The unexpected facets and reasons behind all the cracks and crunches of their relationship get revealed layer by layer, which completely change their schools of thought about each other. Let’s unfold the journey of transformation of a love story into a so-called love story

Author: Nitin Kumar and Diksha Gupta

Publisher: Redgrab Books

Pages: 184

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My Review: 🌟🌟🌟/5

Vivek falls in love with Virali the very first day he sees her. He finds his eyes always looking for her wherever he goes. Finally he plays a trick and makes Virali call him. They start talking and she develops a liking for him. But when Vivek eventually proposes, she gets startled and starts avoiding him. Siddharth, Vivek’s friend meddles in between organizing a surprise meetup where she finally confesses her love for Vivek. But the love story doen’t end there. As days pass by various problems occur and Vivek assumes his girlfriend is hiding things from him and flirting with others online. Differences grow between them and Vivek feels heartbroken and cheated. The real shock comes to him when Virali decides to leave the city without patching up things with Vivek, leaving him downhearted and dejected. But everything turns upside down when Vivek finds Virali talking to Siddharth in a café while holding hands. Vivek decides to forget about the girl who betrayed him and moves to Delhi. But it is not the end yet. Virali’s side of the story is yet to be heard. So if you want to know what Virali has to say then pick up the book. The book is an easy read and can be finished within few hours. It conveys the fact that misunderstanding and lack of communication can often destroy a beautiful relation. When in love we need to understand each other and respect each other’s opinion. The relation should not become suffocating where the other partner tries to control your life. We should provide each other their own space instead of making their life revolve around ourselves. It was a good story but the writing style could have been better moreover I didn’t like the end but maybe that’s what life is, we eventually tend to forgive the ones we love the most. If you are a beginner trying out on romance genre then give this book a shot.

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Urban Lights by Vishal Anand

#burb: Everyone tells a story. Some inside their own head. Few to the whole world. Urban lights is a collection of poignant and heart-warming stories of various people and their lives. Loss or gain, love or pain, joy or sorrow, these are slices of lives that leave an enduring impression on their souls. Stories, which if untold will render the characters anguished. Written by Vishal Anand after the huge success of 37 plus grace marks and emotions Unplugged, urban lights takes you on a breezy journey. A journey of simple souls. A journey of simple emotions. A journey of simple affairs. And, the journey assures to feel good.

Author : Vishal Anand

Publisher: Redgrab Books

Pages: 160

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My Review: 🌟🌟🌟🌟/5

The book is a collection of sixteen short stories which explores various facets of human lives. The stories are deep, meaningful and leaves a profound impact on you. It is a fast read and can be finished within few hours. The language used is simple and easily understandable. The stories are inspired from our day to day lives and it feels like at some point or the other you have met each of the characters in your everyday life. The stories make you think and question your life choices.We often behave rudely or don’t pay attention to our closed ones who love us immensely and don’t deserve these kind of behaviour. We forget to be thankful for what we have and instead want more and more.We forget that all of us have the capability to achieve our dreams only if we believe in ourselves.

In the day to day hustle we often overlook the simple things but if we take our time and observe then we will find ourselves surrounded by the characters from the book, a misunderstood boy, a mother trying to prove herself, a failed businessman trying to revive his company, a man without shelter disowned by his son, a person in love and many more. The author’s writing style is praiseworthy and doesn’t let the readers get bored for a single second. A soon as I finished one story I was already looking forward to read the next one. These stories amuse you and make you think. It portrays the emotions of love, sorrow, pain and hardships. It is a beautiful collection and if you are looking to read something simple yet enthralling then don’t forget to pick up this book next time.

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Forever Is Not Enough by Reecha Agarwal Goyal

“If my happiness revolves around you,my biggest fear revolves around you too”

#blurb: “Life is what happens when you are busy making other plans.” –Lennon. Meet anay and Rhea, the college Sweethearts who promise to be together in, through and for life, blissfully unaware about life’s plan for them. Witness this saga of the deeply-in-love couple that embarks on the journey of ‘forever’ with beautiful dreams about their future together. But sometimes, forever is not long enough! Inspired by a true incident, this is a story of love, hope, strength, determination and perseverance.

Author: Reecha Agarwal Goyal

Publisher: Redgrab Books

Pages: 164

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My Review: 🌟🌟🌟🌟.5/5

The story revolves around Anay and Rhea. Rhea is a simple and naïve girl studying in a management college where Anay is her senior. They meet during a debate competition and gradually fall in love. At first Rhea is shy and not sure about her feelings but Anay wins her with his love. With time Anay graduates and moves into a time. When Rhea viits her family during a vacation her mom realizes that Rhea’s health is deteriorating and foces her into visiting a doctor. After performing various tests the doctor inform them that Rhea is suffering from lymphoma, a type of cancer. When Anay comes to know about it his world comes crashing. Will Rhea survive?Will Anay and Rhea be able to live a happy life? Pick up the book to find out.

It is a beautiful story which depicts the strength of love. Anay is the perfect partner anyone can wish for. His love for Rhea is unexplainable. The way he fought for her with the most deadliest disease, provided her with immense strength and took care of her during the most difficult times prove his unconditional love. He was in love with her soul not her physical appearance. He found his happiness in her smile. This is one of those books which broke me completely. Made me realise the importance of love in or life. Sometimes we fight with our partners over silly things but don’t realize that there are couples in the world who are fighting with more deadlier things just to stay with each other. I cried my eyes out while reading this book, I can’t explain what an emotional journey it was. You have got to read this book once to understand the emotions. The way author has depicted their relationship is ethereal. They lived for each other. Though the end of the book is devastating but totally worth your time.

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The Devotion Of Suspect X by Keigo Higashino

Sometimes, all you had to do was exist in order to be someone’s saviour.

#blurb: Yasuko lives a quiet life, a good mother to her only child.But her ex-husband appears at her door without warning one evening, her comfortable world is shattered.

When detective Kusanagi of the Tokyo Police tries to place together the events of that night, he finds himself confronted by the most puzzling, mysterious circumstances he has ever investigated.Nothing quite makes sense..

Author: Keigo Higashino

Pages: 448

Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group

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My Review: 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟/5

Ishigami is a high school maths teacher living next door to Yasuko who is a single mom trying hard to provide well for her daughter Misato. Yasuko works in a small lunch shop to earn her living where Ishigami visits everyday to get his lunchbox. But her life takes a drastic turn when her ex husband Togashi turns up unexpectedly. He demands her up to patch up things or else he won’t leave them alone. But what Togashi didn’t expect is that meeting them would end his life. Moreover Ishigami, the brilliant mathematician also gets involved in the murder. When the detectives try to solve the case they face severe hurdles in finding a suspect. Everyone connected seems to have an alibi for that evening. What exactly happened that evening? How come there are no clues linking to any suspect? To find more about the ultimate coverup grab this book as soon as possible.

It is a brilliantly written fast paced thriller which is going to blow your mind. This is not a typical murder mystery where you don’t know the killer until the last page but it is the one where you know the killer from the very beginning but the way the coverup was done will leave you astounded. There are lots of misleading evidence, everything seems to be a setup, everyone has an alibi,if not for the brilliant physicist Yukawa the true story would never be discovered. The police are being played by a genius man who has answer to every problem. He is two steps ahead of the police and has planned everything accordingly. It is a total roller coaster ride with unexceptional twists and turn. Just read this book. Trust me, you won’t be disappointed.

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And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie

In the midst of life, we are in death.”

#blurb: 1939. Europe teeters on the brink of war. Ten strangers are invited to Soldier Island, an isolated rock near the Devon coast. Cut off from the mainland, with their generous hosts Mr and Mrs U.N. Owen mysteriously absent, they are each accused of a terrible crime. When one of the party dies suddenly they realise they may be harbouring a murderer among their number.
The 10 strangers include a reckless playboy, a troubled Harley Street doctor, a formidable judge, an uncouth detective, an unscrupulous mercenary, a God-fearing spinster, two restless servants, a highly decorated general and an anxious secretary. One by one they are picked off. Who will survive? And who is the killer? Copies of an ominous nursery rhyme hang in each room, the murders mimicking the awful fates of its ‘Ten Little Soldier Boys’.

Author: Agatha Christie

Publisher: Harper Collins

Pages: 256

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My Review: 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟/5

Ten people from various spheres of life are invited to an island called Soldier Island by an unknown person named Mr. Owen. The mystery begins when the hosts don’t show up and one after another guests starts getting murdered. Initially the others thought that the deaths were either accident or suicides but the chain of dead bodies proves them wrong. After searching the whole island for any other suspect the party assumes that someone within them has to be the murderer. Moreover their ties with the mainland are completely cut off and so they are not able to get any help from outside. The weird thing is the relation of the death to the nursery poem hung in their bedroom. Was there a madman operating between them? Or is it the job of a mysterious outsider? Who is the murderer? Pick up the book to get the answers to these questions.

It is a fast paced psychological thriller which keeps you hooked till the end. The story is filled with twists and turns and there is never a dull moment. It is another brilliant work of Agatha Christie which will not fail to amaze you. The plot is well developed with an excellent cast of characters. All your assumptions are going to fail you and be prepared to be shocked at the end. The way she wrote the character of the murderer is really exceptional. I have read her several works but without a doubt this has to be my favourite. If you are a great mystery buff like me then you may guess one or two things about the murderer correctly like I did but nevertheless the ending will leave you dumbfounded. So what are you waiting for?Pick up this book immediately.

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They Go To Sleep by Saugata Chakraborty

#blurb: A young widow of a drug overdose victim disappears from Goa. Three years later, a British National claims to know her whereabouts minutes before departing for London Heathrow. The Police of two states is pressed into a joint manhunt. ‘They Go to Sleep’ is a racy thriller on police procedure and criminal psychology.

In the year 2043, when nobody sends a letter anymore, an unlikely candidate decides to write about his springtime memories that are soon going to be erased. When his identity gets revealed, the impact on several individuals and the society at large assumes epic proportions. ‘A Man of Letters’ is a science fiction with humane emotions at its core.

A promising poet meets his muse on board a train. They share a captivating conversation but forget to ask each other’s name. Will they be able to meet again in an Indian metro? ‘What’s In a Name?’ is a humorous look at everything Bengali: gossip, fish, cutlets and the Kolkata Book Fair.

These three stories are joined by nine equally exhilarating tales of ordinary people and the choices that they make under extraordinary circumstances. The compilation will surely compel the readers to keep their midnight lamps burning

Author: Saugata Chakraborty

Publisher: Notion Press

Pages: 116

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My Review: 🌟🌟🌟🌟/5

It is an anthology of 12 short stories filled with twists and turns. The book is fast paced and not more than half an hour is needed to finish a story. These are short twisted tales which will put your grey cells to work. The writer has wonderfully built the suspense in such few pages which is really commendable. The title of the book depicts the name of the first short story ‘They Go To Sleep’. Also the black cover gives you the hint of the nature of most of the stories which are dark and intriguing at the same time. The plot of the stories is based in Kolkata and doesn’t fail to keep you engaged. Two of my favourite stories from the book are Six Days, Seven Lives and The Short Lives of Shazia Sultana. Both the stories are intriguing and beautifully portrayed. Some of the plots are needed to be read very carefully to solve the underlying mystery.
Overall it was a good read which will keep you engaged for a few hours. If you are into crime and mysteries and looking for some short stories of the same genre and then you can surely go for this book. It is difficult to develop a suspense story within few pages but the author has done the job beautifully which deserves appreciation. Each of the stories has a different tone thus avoiding it to become a monotonous read. The characters are well casted and the setting is well described. If you are ready to dive into some short and mysterious stories then don’t forget to pick up this book.

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