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There is a Nancy Drew inside each of us and amateur sleuthing is somewhat of a secret dream for many, and Debaleena Majumdar’s A Marketplace for Murder taps into that urge.
I have always loved sinking my teeth into a good old murder mystery and am a huge Agatha Christie fan. So, when I came across this book A Marketplace for Murder by Debaleena Majumdar, I was thrilled at the chance to read another whodunit.
An ordinary working mother Leena finds that her friend and cook go missing one day. Will she be able to find them, and unravel what happened without losing everything she holds dear, including her life?
The main character of the book is Leena, who is a business reporter managing her work and her family. She is endearingly clumsy and inept at housework – something I could readily identify with. In fact, the best part about this book is that you can relate to most of the characters you will read about – be it Mahesh, the archeologist husband, or the elderly couple Mr. and Mrs. Basu, whose world is overturned by a tragedy yet they still manage to be involved in community activities, or the cook with ambition, who wants to own his own restaurant someday.
As you read the book, you will probably find yourself nodding or shaking your head as some character does something you instantly recognize.
An important aspect that this book addresses is a very common and rising problem in today’s society – that of finance companies coming up like mushrooms and offering easy loans to people. Not all of these companies are honest, and some may be out to swindle hardworking people who have a dream. So, beware of anyone offering an easy loan, and do your research about any company that you plan to take a loan from. You should also be very careful what you are signing and if possible, involve a lawyer to help you understand all the terms and conditions.
Another aspect is that of identity theft. It is so easy nowadays to hack into someone’s online identity and then freeze that person out of his or her own accounts! It is downright scary. When you read this book, you instantly realize that, and if you do, you should take proper precautions in your life with your data, to make sure that it does not happen.
The book has its own set of twists and turns, but sometimes it does lose a bit of pace, and if you do not pay attention, you can get a little lost. Despite this, Debaleena has done an admirable job of writing a good murder mystery and keeping the question of “Who is it?” alive throughout the book.
This is a book that is ideal to take with you on a trip, while you are waiting at the doctor’s or if you just want to while away a few pleasant hours, immersed in the thrill of solving a mystery. Not too lengthy, and not too short, A Marketplace for Murder makes for a good read and some time well spent!
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