Review: Bhoot Bhavish Bartaman

Bhoot Bhavish Bartaman by Mehool Parehh

Name: Bhoot Bhavish Bartaman

Genre: Mystery thriller

Publication Date: 15th January, 2020

Publication House: Leadstart Publishing Pvt Ltd

Source: Publishing House

A beautiful woman is found brutally murdered in her bed. The usual suspects are arrested by the Police until an odd-ball amateur sleuth starts to investigate. Something about the murder does not sit right with him. To start with, the victim – Rupali, a regular housewife living in marital bliss. But is that the truth? Why would someone murder her and why did she meet such a gruesome end? Who, in reality, was she? Introducing Major Bartaman Bhowmick, Southern Command of the Indian Army. Peace-time army life and supportive seniors allow Major Bhowmick to indulge in his hobby and passion – crime detection. His sharp investigative talents are highly valued by his cousin, an ACP in Pune. Robin Chowdhury is a city crime reporter, whose combination of keen intellect, attractive looks and affinity for all things tech, makes her a great sidekick for the Major. This book is as much about Rupali’s astounding story as her murder and Major Bhowmick and Robin’s investigation into the murder with its surprising conclusion.

What I liked:
~the writing style, which was very simple ~the switch in the time which kept my interest.
~Rupali’s story, how and what she became…I mean it’s amazing to know how a murderer’s life was but a victim’s life and what led her to being murdered is amazing.
~the climax 
Now for what I didn’t like:
~the pace, it was so slow
~extra unnecessary details of Bollywood, banks and partnerships
~the characters weren’t sketched properly ~no great thrill 
In short, the plot was good, so was the writing style, story and all. The cover reminded me greatly of Agatha Christie’s books and as there was a tagline of “A Bartaman mystery” I suspect more books.

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