Murder in the Monastery by Barun Chanda- Review


Book Name          - Murder in the Monastery
 Author                 - Barun Chanda
 Publisher              - Rupa Publications
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Review

If we should judge a book by its title, this is it. Murder in the Monastery is what the title says. The whole plot revolves around a Buddhist Monastery and the murder its circumstances revolve around it.

Avinash Roy, a detective takes a break from his career and visits a hill station in Sikkim to stay at a secluded monastery. With his identity undercover, Mr. Roy lives there in peace and solitude with a reconnected relationship with his wife. But no longer does the peace stay with him and he is sucked into the mysteries surrounding the monastery. Little did he know that he will have to investigate a murder there. Who is murdered and will Avinash find the killer?

The book takes the readers to a different zone of intellect. The serene calm ambiance of the monastery is not lost to the readers. Despite the murder, the author successfully sustained the mood of the monastery in the psyche of the readers. The characters aren't given time to develop. Despite the lack of space, the characters don't fail to appeal to the readers, which in itself is the USP of the book. The mystery is sustained quite well and without too many suspects and a complicated plot, the author has managed to pull off the suspense well.

The book reminds me of Agatha Christie, wherein the murder takes place in a simple plot but creates ample suspense.

Verdict

Simple plot and good suspense

Scenario:   4 /5
Narration: 4/5
Character:  4/5
Entertainment Quotient: 4/5

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