Book Review: Barnabas

About the author:
Sangeeta Nambiar is a playwright and theatre director with a background in television and films. She has worked extensively in Delhi and Mumbai, writing, directing and producing for Indian television. In 2001, she moved to Singapore and began to explore her love for theatre. She has written and directed five plays and is currently working on her first feature film.

Introduction to the book:
British India, the summer of 1942, Bombay. From the leafy lanes of Wodehouse Road a British woman goes missing from her home. Her husband, Thomas Stanton, wants to keep the police out of the loop and thus calls in Bombay’s first Private Detective, Barnabas Mehta. But that isn’t enough to solve the mystery for him. His search for Rose leads him to the bylanes of Girgaum where he finds a murder to solve and webs of deceit to traverse. Who would murder Rose so brutality? Family secrets and the machinations of an evil mind – they are all there for Barnabas Mehta to unveil!

Overview and Analysis:
The book has a narrative that flows very easily and rhythmically. Although the story line is quite predictable, yet the plot keeps the reader get along very well. The book is successful in arousing the curiosity in you to know the end just like it is with detective serials. ‘Barnabas’ gives you a feel of old-time detective serials.
The writer’s experience of the theatre also adds to the interesting narrative. Even in the often obvious state of affairs there is a dose of surprises and revelations too.
A very positive aspect of the simple and creative style of writing of Nambiar is that each and every character has been carved out very carefully. None of them has been neglected.
The book definitely serves to be a good read.

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