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Happily Murdered Review

Saturday, October 18, 2014


Gulab Sarin, the radiant new daughter-in-law of the influential Mehta family dies mysteriously on the very next night of her wedding. The murder is an inside job, the police is certain. It could be anyone, the adulterous husband, conniving in-laws, jealous friend and the love struck ex-fiancé.
With an aim to save themselves, and incriminate others, it is not love before these suspects turn into amateur detectives, hunting for clues and delving into hidden secrets only they can unearth. They coerce, pry and blackmail in an attempt to get to the bottom of this mystery.
Will one of these nine unlikely sleuths finally unravel the mystery behind Gulab’s death and avenge it? Or will the truth die as viciously as Gulab?

With the murder of Gulab Sarin on the very night of her wedding, suspicions arise against nine of the inhabitants of the Mehta household, where Gulab was married into. With all the suspects having valid enough motives to gain from the murder, they take the matter into their own hands, conducting amateur investigations to try and unmask Gulab’s murderer, in order to protect their own skin, targeting each other, before the inspector handles it his own way.
As the story makes a progress, each character’s relationship with the victim, their history with her, the reasons and finally the forces for them being a possible suspect are wonderfully slipped in. And by the time all stories have been narrated, the reader is arrested into a cobweb of the theories of the crime. As they move forward by leaps and bounds, it recoils them back only to find themselves further struck in.
There’s a lot more to it than just a murder mystery.

PROS
Well-crafted plot and story line keep the reader hooked up till the very end.
Wonderful and detailed characterization of quite a mass in a smooth and effective manner. (I really loved watching Tina play the amusing detective.)
A few typos here and there but wonderful narration.
Title and cover were just perfect for the story. A blood seeping from under a bridal dress on a spotless background truly indicates being murdered on the day a girl’s dream comes true.

I couldn’t really find any cons in the story but I do have a few suggestions to the author for there’s always a scope for improvement. And though every reader has his/her own perceptions, I really felt a need of these:
Loved the voice of the writer and so had much expectations in the matter of writing style, specifically. Most of it was well penned but she missed a few gaps midway. Some of the dialogues were a bit flimsy.
Also, I wonder why Gulab came up with her soliloquy in the middle of her murder investigation, narrating her entire story, beginning from her childhood, to… emm... nobody. Had there been a linkage in some form or the other, the beginning would have averted a dubiety. But this in no way implies that it wasn’t any good.  For, her past was the reason of why she has been ‘happily murdered’.