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Behind the Scenes: A Vikram Rana Mystery (Vikram Rana Mystery Series) Kindle Edition
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The book oozes charm and humour and reminded me of The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency and the M Pamplemousse stories. The setting is exotic, to me, and the characters different in that many of them are Bollywood movie stars. I enjoyed the relationships between the characters, though some were necessarily strained. I didn’t like the fact that the last 10% of the book is a taster for another novel. I dislike, and never read, bonus material as it pads out the book. A link and the produce description is enough. The book itself, however, is a really enjoyable story.
Behind The Scenes captures the sights, sounds and flavours of India very well, helped by the fact that Vikram appreciates good food. I also know that the author is a big fan of Agatha Christie and in true Christie fashion, the denouement is played out when Vikram assembles the range of suspects to deliver his findings. With many twists and turns, this was a satisfying read.
The twists and turns are always a great surprise. The biggest twist was impossible to guess.
I'm sure that readers of Agatha Christie will approve of this novel.
I have particularly enjoyed the location set in India, a country I know very little about, but having read this author's three books, I now know a lot more and would like to visit; but to stay away from the murderers. The consistent food offered through this story sounds most inviting.
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At the time where novels, books and in some sense the current neo literature morphed into fantasy based heroic techie adventures or on contemporary romance, social, religious, faction, biopic route, this book provides a soft and calming experience which is different from the main stream, typically can make readers ruminate an era in the past (probably 70's and 80's) where these type of story telling was prevalent - it is not to say "an old wine in new bottle" rather to say " a new way of story telling with legacy and charm of the past"
The book oozes charm and humour and reminded me of The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency and the M Pamplemousse stories. The setting is exotic, to me, and the characters different in that many of them are Bollywood-style movie stars. I enjoyed the relationships between the characters, though some were necessarily strained. I didn’t like the fact that the last 10% of the book is a taster for another novel. I dislike, and never read, bonus material as it pads out the book. A link and the produce description is enough. The book itself, however, is a really enjoyable story.
She has a talent for building up amazing plots and penning them down efficiently.
This book reminded me of my old school days, when Nancy Drew, Famous Five, and Hardy Boys were always on my head. I won't be surprised if someone added Vikram Rana to this list.
He's turning out to be my favorite investigator, less for his skills and more for his realistic personality.
The book starts off with the murder of a famous actor in the Bengali film industry, it revolves around the shadows of this entertainment industry. Stardom to downfall and love to hate.
Things look so simple at the surface, but so tangled up once you try to dig out information. Vikram Rana's amazing analytical skills surprise me. He's such a genius!
There are brief description of locations where the story is based in, mostly Darjeeling and Kolkata, and a lot of food talk, it tantalizes a reader's senses, giving them a feel of being present in the story. The author knows how to involve her readers well!
My overall experience was great, and I genuinely enjoy reading the Vikram Rana series. I would recommend it big time, the best part is that this is a book for all age groups.