Book Reviews

Book Review: Urmila – by Pervin Saket

Urmila by Parvin Saket

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Urmila by Pervin Saket is a lovely read that appeals on many levels.

Having recently read Kavita Kane’s book about Urmila, I appreciated the parallels Pervin loosely draws between her heroine and Lakshman’s wife in the Indian legend.

But this is a different story. More urban. More contemporary.

It’s fundamentally the tale of a girl from a middle-class Maharashtrian family living in crowded, cosmopolitan Mumbai. She marries into a wealthy family, cares for her elderly parents-in-law, and craves the love and affection of her rather detached husband.

What sets it apart is the author’s skill in turning this rather mundane tale into a masterpiece. One that takes an egg-whisk to your feelings, stirs up emotion and gets under your skin.

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The Murder of Roger Ackroyd – Hercule Poirot

The Murder of Roger Ackroyd - Hercule Poirot by Agatha Christie

Agatha Christie’s ‘The Murder of Roger Ackroyd’ – a Hercule Poirot mystery… 

A county squire is found dead in his study, a Tunisian dagger buried in his neck – and suddenly it turns out that many people had wanted him dead!

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A Book Review of The Murder of Roger Ackroyd… by The Victim:

I’m Roger Ackroyd – and someone murdered me.

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Christmas Adventure – Hercule Poirot

The Adventure of the Christmas Pudding - Hercule Poirot

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A prank turns into misfortune. As a young girl lies in the snow, who in the Christmas party could be a murderer?

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A Book Review of Christmas Adventure… by the murder victim:

My name is Nancy Cardell.

I’m at Aunt Emily’s with seven other friends for Christmas. And a funny old man with his curious egg-shaped head, fierce moustache and piercing emerald-green eyes.

“It is my business to know things,” he says.

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The Murder On The Links – Hercule Poirot

The Murder On The Links - Hercule Poirot by Agatha Christie

Agatha Christie’s ‘The Murder on the Links’ – a Hercule Poirot mystery… 

A man lies dead in a shallow open grave, stabbed in the back with a letter opener… and too many people are suspected of killing him.

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A Book Review of The Murder On The Links… by Hercule Poirot:

I, Hercule Poirot, was nearly led astray by complexity.

But I was not satisfied.

And that’s what solved the mystery.

Let’s begin at the beginning…

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The Mysterious Affair at Styles – Hercule Poirot

The Mysterious Affair at Styles - An Hercule Poirot Mystery

Agatha Christie’s ‘The Mysterious Affair at Styles’ – a Hercule Poirot mystery… 

An old lady dies alone inside her locked room – and everyone is a suspect!

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A Book Review of The Mysterious Affair At Styles… by The Murderer:

I (almost) got away with murder.

I mean, it was brilliantly planned. I managed to frame everyone as a potential culprit. And if it hadn’t been for that funny man with an egg-shaped head, I would have got away scot free.

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