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The Reluctant Detective (English, Paperback, Manral Kiran)

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The Reluctant Detective  (English, Paperback, Manral Kiran)

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100 Ratings & 27 Reviews
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Highlights
  • Language: English
  • Binding: Paperback
  • Publisher: Westland
  • Genre: Fiction
  • ISBN: 9789381626115, 9789381626115
  • Pages: 180
Description

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.

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Book Details
Imprint
  • Westland Limited
Dimensions
Height
  • 198 mm
Length
  • 129 mm
Weight
  • 200 gr
Ratings & Reviews
2.2
100 Ratings &
27 Reviews
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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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Sidharth Saurabh

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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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Pooja

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Mar, 2012

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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.
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Malvika Gupta

Feb, 2012

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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
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Satnaresh B

Jan, 2012

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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 writing is extremely affected and pretentious. I will definitely not recommend the book to anyone even if they had money to burn.
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Tortured reader - Anvita Sinha

Jul, 2012

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Immensely Readable

From the first page of the book you tumble into the life of a suburban stay-at-home mother, a lady who can obsess about brands, footwear etc. I have never come upon a page written about the seemingly complex art of applying nail polish! It had me in giggles. This lady Kay is the last person to have seen a woman just before she was killed, and then is the first to discover another murdered person's body. Does that change her life? No! Does that make her venture out of her comfortable coco...
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Ritu Lalit

Feb, 2012

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Not a reluctant read :)

a 30 something lady, running behind her 5 yr old and jogging everyday morning to shed those extra kilos (and those are the ones which never go right?) who is sometimes trying to suppress the career woman that she was at one point of time and other times trying to ignore people who ask her to go back to work..Its a story of many women these days. A story that I could relate to and its story written in characteristic Kiran style (if u read her fantastic blog you'll know what I am talking about...
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Monika Manchanda

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Feb, 2012

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A Lighthearted Murder Mystery

The Reluctant Detective is a very enjoyable read. I was reluctant to read this cause I knew this was not the usual murder mystery novel. However, it was very refreshing and unique. Kiran Manral's is a wonderful narrator. Her attention to detail is amazing and the characters are well described. Especially the characters of Kay Mehra and Runa the private eye! It is a humorous story. If you have a good imagination, you will feel its happening in your neighborhood. Bottom line is, It's a really ...
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Prashant Kunnath

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Feb, 2012

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fun!

people tend to judge books by the covers and as such i was reluctant to pick up this one. that shoe is hideous and somehow not quite the kay we come to know and love...also why make such obviously lady like covers. scares the boys away! but making my excuses loudly that i was picking it up for my wife to no one in particular at the checkout counter..i made my purchase and am super glad i did! this is a truly delightful cappuccino of a book! frothy with a kick...and a little addictive... more ...
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robert

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.
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nidhi arora

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Feb, 2012

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