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The Reluctant Detective

Author: MANRAL KIRAN
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Language: English
Length: 184 Pages
Publisher: Westland
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The Reluctant Detective is about a typical Mumbai suburban housewife bored with the routine life, looking for a purpose in life beyond shopping and kitty lunches. Through the book, the author sends a message to her readers that one must not get involved in matters beyond his/her limits.

Summary Of The Book

Kay, or Kanan Mehra, is a suburban housewife of about 30 years of age. She is a young mother, who is very curious about things that she should be avoiding at any cost. When she finds a couple of quick successive murders taking place in her neighborhood, her curiosity gets the better of her and she makes a team with Runa, her nosy neighbour and detective friend, in an attempt to find the murderers. The story also has a hilarious overtone. The author also tries to convey a message through her book: one should involve in the matters of others, especially those that are not in his/her line of duty.

Through The Reluctant Detective, the author Kiran Manral attempts to capture the suburban lifestyle lead by a mother and a wife in Mumbai.

The book received mixed reviews from its readers.

About Kiran Manral

Kiran Manral was born and bought up in Mumbai. She is a literature honours student and began her career as a copywriter, moved into advertising, journalism and presently freelancing on various assignments and works as Creative Director with Karma Communications.

Kiran Manral’s blogs have made it to Labnol’s list of India’s top blogs. In 2005, she started blogging. For helping victims post the 26/11 disaster, she founded a volunteer network, India Helps. Her works include long-term rehabilitation of 13/7 Mumbai bomb blast victims and 26/11 Mumbai terror attack victims. Manral was among the core team that initiated and ran the Violence Against Women Awareness Month and Child Sexual Abuse Awareness Month April 2011, which were very well received.

Specifications of The Reluctant Detective (Paperback)

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Author MANRAL KIRAN
Book Details
Publisher Westland
Publication Year 2011
ISBN-13 9789381626115
ISBN-10 9381626115
Language English
Binding Paperback
Number of Pages 184 Pages
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27 Jan 2012
Read a magazine instead

Lacks purpose. Characters are poorly developed. Laughable plot. Waste of money. Read 'anything' else but this.
One wonders why is the book dealing with murder in the first place lest murders hv become uninteresting themselves. I can't recall any murder plot worse than this

86% of 35 users found this review helpful.
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10 Feb 2012
Not worth the time

It is an extremely boring and trite book, with poorly etched characters and a barely there plot. I found little reason to root for the central character,and couldn't care less about her or her neighbors' shenanigans.

94% of 18 users found this review helpful.
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24 Mar 2012
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very boring

I would not recommend this book to anyone. Its fails to create interest. A waste of time and a waste of money. There is no story in this book. Just a woman blabbering and all.
Don't waste your money. It is not a murder mystery that will glue you to the book. But if you have nothing else to do, you can read it just to know how middle-aged women think (of course we all know that).

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13 Mar 2012
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THE BORING DETECTIVE

This is neither a mystery novel nor a humourous read.. Both seem forced. After reading a few reviews here i bought it but they were really misleading. The idea however was really interesting that is why I bought it in the first place.

You can give it a pass for sure. wont recommend..

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05 Feb 2012
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womens writing - and good humour

this is a good, funny read, that makes one laugh out loud at places. the packaging with murder mysteries and detective fiction only makes the reader pick up the book with unrealisitc expectations that are later not met. this is not about detection. its abt being a suburban mother in a condo, and her life. please pick up the book expecting humour, not murder mystery. and then you will enjoy it.

58% of 12 users found this review helpful.

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12 Oct 2012
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You'd be better off staying away!

Mediocre writing, terrible plot, flimsy characterisations - all in all a really boring book. I wonder why it falls under the 'bestsellers' category on Flipkart. You'd rather just stay away from this one. Not worth it. (View complete review)

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25 Sep 2012
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Do not purchase - Worse read

Flipkart showed it in best-seller category. (and infact at that time there were around 5 reviews with 4-5 start rating - which is pathetic)

Being a fan of murder mystery stories, I straight away ordered it online.

I finished the book in the anticipation of something interesting coming next page...
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26 Jul 2012
Value your time and money. Don't squander them on this book

I had very high hopes from this book as the title was very catchy and the author was getting loads and loads of opportunity to promote it at specially organized readings and on get togethers and ofcourse on social media.

But alas, the book has no story or plot to it. What is worse is that the wr...
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24 Mar 2012
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very boring

I would not recommend this book to anyone. Its fails to create interest. A waste of time and a waste of money. There is no story in this book. Just a woman blabbering and all.
Don't waste your money. It is not a murder mystery that will glue you to the book. But if you have nothing else to do, yo...
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