Genre: Murder Mystery
Read: Jun 2019
On a rainy September night, six people are gunned down mercilessly in an old Parsi cafe in Mumbai. The mass murder at Cafe Mehboob, located barely a few hundred meters from the police station, and right next to one of the busiest railway stations in Mumbai, jolts the city out of its complacence. The media immediately swings into action, while political pressure mounts on the police force to nab the murderer.
With everyone eager to place the blame of the murders on a madman in a bid to have the case dismissed swiftly, the headstrong inspector Intekhaab Abbas is determined to get to the bottom of the murders. On probing the lives of the victims, he stumbles upon a heady cocktail of love, lust, jealousy, betrayal, rage, longing, misery and ecstasy.
Mehboob Murderer, Nupur Anand’s debut novel, unravels a stunning truth neither the police nor the reader is prepared for.
Mehboob Murderer is the debut novel of Nupur Anand, and can I say what an amazing work she has done.
As the name suggests, the book is a murder mystery of six people in Cafe Mehboob. And till the end, I couldn’t have guessed the murderer in the story.🤫
What I found remarkable was such intrinsic details at each point. Be it the background story of the victims, the details of any place people visited or the emotions they felt, it was all thorough and thought through.
The book brought back so many memories of Mumbai. When I was reading the names of so many places I visited when I was living there, it made me nostalgic to the core.
And another amazing thing is that it got me out of a month long book slump. Murder mysteries always work like a charm for book slumps.
I love the starting line of the book. “The old car was giving me trouble again”…so simple, yet capturing attention. Slowly entering us into the world this book captured.
The title of the book is definitely intriguing. I just feel that the team could have done a better work on the book cover.
Mehboob Murderer by Nupur Anand gets 4.5 out of 5 stars from me.