Title: Tied to Deceit
Author: Neena H. Brar
remarkable whodunit that’s as sharp as it is concise.” – Kirkus Reviews
Tied to Deceit is selected by Kirkus for their “18 Great Indie Books Worth Discovering” list.
On a drizzly August morning, the inhabitants of the hill town of Sanover, Himachal Pradesh, wake up to the shocking news of the murder of the exquisite, secretive, malicious, and thoroughly immoral Devika Singh.
As Superintendent of Police Vishwanath Sharma begins to sift through the hidden secrets of Devika Singh’s life, it becomes evident that everyone who knew her seems to have a clear-cut motive for killing her.
Faced with the investigation of a crime that appears to have as many suspects as there are motives, Vishwanath Sharma probes the sinister web spun around a tangle of lies and deception.
An intriguing murder mystery focused around the murder of manipulative yet powerful Devika Singh. To rise to power, she had stepped on a lot of people meaning that a majority of people don’t like her. In the investigation of who could’ve killed her, nearly everyone is a suspect. As the police start to decode the mystery of her death, they spiral into the depths of her life, learning her every secret.
The setting of rural India in the 1970’s made this unlike any of the other murder mysteries that I’ve read before. The suspense of which person could’ve been the killer kept me on the edge of my seat because every character was a possibility. They all had rich backstories which made the writing even more compelling.
All in all, the killer was not the person I had suspected it to be.
If you’re a fan of slowburn murder mystery/suspense novels, this is the perfect read for you.