Devika Singh, a Nurse by profession is a beautiful, single woman whom nobody likes, she is thoroughly immoral, vile and vicious, and she is found murdered in her home and thus starts our journey along with SP Vishwanath Sharma to unravel the different layers of mystery. As Sharma along with his assistant Rawat starts to investigate the murder, it becomes clear that there may be many suspects involved in this murder mystery, as everyone hates Devika and has a plausible motive for killing her.
“There is a Smile of Love And there is a Smile of Deceit And there is a Smile of Smiles In which these two Smiles meet’
– The Smile, William Blake
We follow Sharma and his assistant from chapter to chapter collecting clues and motives, piecing the life of Devika that was.
‘Tied to Deceit by Neena H. Brar’ is a Whodunit Novel, The story is set in 1974 in a beautiful town of Himachal Pradesh called Sanover. It has all the classic elements of Murder Mystery. The story flows smoothly, unfolding many mysteries and scattering clues with each character and chapter. As a reader, you start gathering your own clues and try to solve the mystery on your own…Mulling the clues in your head, long after you have done reading the book for the day. Final few chapters were amazingly done!!! Completely threw me off and I was left in shock.
The book has all the spices a Mystery book needs, Extra Marital Affairs, Greed, Blackmail, lies, Deceit and secrets, intricately woven into the story. But it’s not your everyday Mystery book, it has its own rhythm on which it plays on.
As a debut Novel, Author Neena H. Brar has done a very good job of weaving the complex characters intricately into the story. The book keeps you on edge till the very end and has a very logical end to the mystery. It is written in a simple and engrossing language.
Let’s talk about what I liked about this book:
- Very diverse characters yet they flowed in harmony with the Book. The Author did an excellent job of detailing her characters.
- As I am a fan of Crime Fiction and a bigger fan of detectives in them. I instantly fell in love with SP Sharma’s character. He is Calm, compassionate, persevering and an observer’.
- And of course the story!!! Author detailed the story very minutely, adding layers of different shades the story.
A must-read for every Crime fiction Fan!!!
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About the Author
Neena H. Brar lives in Edmonton, Canada with her husband, two children, a highly energetic German Shepherd, and a lifetime collection of her favorite books. A hermit at heart, she’s a permissive mother, a reluctant housekeeper, a superb cook, and a hard-core reader. Tied to Deceit is her debut novel.
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