Banquet on the Dead

    Banquet on the Dead  (English, Paperback, Sharath Komarraju)

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    • Language: English
    • Binding: Paperback
    • Publisher: Westland
    • ISBN: 9789381626986, 9381626987
    • Edition: 2012
    • Pages: 276
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    Kauveramma loved life. She was terrified of water. So why was her body found floating gruesomely, hair fanned out, limbs outspread, in the well of the family compound? Her sons, daughter, grandchildren-some of them resident, others far-flung-assemble at her death with expressions ranging from composed or confused to those of outright maniacal grief. Things don't quite fit, and one of them demands an investigation into the mysterious drowning.

    Enter a policeman, Inspector Valmiki Nagarajan, and a charming rogue, Hamid Pasha. The latter is an elderly Muslim and a reformed criminal who spouts ghazals, has exquisite manners, and it's clear he's the brains of the two. He and the policeman regard each other with reluctant admiration and gruff affection. They have been on opposite sides of the law and clashed in the past, and that has formed an unstated bond. The duo interrogates each member of the family and staff in turn, unearthing secrets of their past, and calculating the degrees of their love, hatred or loyalty to Kauveramma-and each other. As it happens, everyone had something to gain from Kauveramma's banishment from their lives.
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    • Publication Year
      • 2012
    • Author
      • Sharath Komarraju
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    Banquet on the Dead - Superb "Put me to sleep" kinda book!

    This is a story about a mother who is killed by her son and daughter-in-law for the sake of her wealth. The on the face of it, it appear to be a suicide but the inspector and his consultant are not convinced.

    The book has 275 pages of which, the first 250 are spent in thinking about the crime and wondering who might have done it. Then all of a sudden in the last 25 pages the crime is solved.

    On a good day I felt sleepy after reading just 2 pages - highly recommended as a "put me to sleep" b...

    Valmiki Nayak

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    26 Jul, 2014

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    Interesting story!

    Fairly good plot, decently paced, good writing style and well etched characters make this book a fairly good read. The plot is well executed though the overall motive behind the crime might be a disappointment. The family feud with spicy drama keeps the story interesting; so does the small puzzle pieces that keep cropping up now and then. Overall a good read with a story line better than the debut novel.

    Kirti Nemani

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    28 Dec, 2012


    Murder in the family

    A worthwhile read. Author is talented, story is entertaining, characters are interesting but editing and publishing house have made very unforgivable mistakes. Does not have enough cohesion in the story line, but a good murder mystery nonetheless.

    Abha Thapliyal

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    19 Dec, 2012


    A good read

    Suddenly when 'Talaash' had made murder mysteries oh-so-cool again, Sharath's book is definitely one of the better books that has hit the market.

    An engaging murder mystery that could have become a true clutter breaker had the characterization been stronger and if few loose ends were tied up.

    Nevertheless, Sharath can definitely rest a proud man for bringing about a good page-turner, in the face of the increasing trash that is coming our way in the guise of Indian fiction.

    Good job, Sharath!


    Certified Buyer

    18 Dec, 2012


    A must read mystery

    Banquet on the Dead is a well-crafted mystery and Sharath has succeeded in keeping the suspense till the very end. I was able to identify the killer in his first novel, but in the second one (Banquet on the dead), I couldn't though I tried hard to keep guessing the killer. His writing style is good and is much better than many of the best seller writers. I hope to read more of his works in the coming years. I recommend Banquet on the Dead - a must read mystery, if you like mysteries.

    Resmi Jaimon

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    11 Dec, 2012


    Interesting attempt

    The book is well written and compares favorably against most recent English books written by Indians. Don't expect a Agatha Christie or Conan Doyle here. But a decent whodunit type of book with a fresh new detective 'Hamid Pasha'. Puzzle is well woven. Definitely recommend readers to buy and read it to encourage Indian writers in English and to encourage publishers to supports works other than campus romances.

    The Fool

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    2 Dec, 2012


    A Disappointing Mystery!

    I picked up this book with a lot of expectations but it didn't manage to impress me.

    The writing was good, characters were fine (though clearly muddled about their loyalties. Most of them were blabbermouths, incriminating each other unnecessarily.) The plot left a lot to be desired and mysteries are all about cleverly woven plots. It seemed like a bad imitation of an Agatha Christie novel. The ending was unsatisfactory. It was a motiveless murder, I felt. Hamid Pasha's character only had He...


    Certified Buyer

    28 Nov, 2012


    Brilliant stuff!

    like the last book by Sharath this book is very engaging !! while reading it i thought at least this time i will suspect the culprit.. but all efforts in vain as the brand new king of murder mysteries defeated me again.. the end is absolutely unexpected.. the plot takes some time to build up ..u have to be patient initially.. and the result is just marvellous and awe inspiring.. great book and a must read ... lastly fantastic service flipkart!!

    aradhana pathak

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    16 Nov, 2012


    A must read novel for mystery lovers

    Sharath's writing is very stylish writing. A must read novel for mystery lovers. The plot is elegant. The story keeps the reader to make guesses about the murderer. The end is brilliant. Detective Pasha is classy. Anything more will be a spoiler. Thumbs up!


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    14 Nov, 2012

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