Sunday, October 6, 2013

#30 : Dead Man's Alibi by Mita Jain : A Review


BOOK TITLE: Dead Man's Alibi
AUTHOR: Mita Jain
GENRE: Fiction - Thriller
FORMAT: Digital (PDF)
HOW I GOT THIS BOOK: The Writer contacted me via Goodreads PM and sent me a digital copy.
Never having read a mystery book by an Indian writer, I was a little apprehensive when the writer mailed me her book. I really had to battle all the prejudices I had. Not that I don't like Indian writers, but there are few works by the so called writers which is a sheer disgrace to Indian literary history. I don't want to point out names as I am sure every fellow bibliophile must have gone through the same experience at some point of time.
The book truly surprised me. For someone who isn't exactly a seasoned novelist, the writer has done a pretty decent job.
The protagonist, Jay Gandhi is a criminal lawyer with many enemies. His father is supposedly the inventor of a time machine along with the story's villain Dr.Suborto and another Japanese scientist.
One fine night, his father's corpse lands in Jay's house. His father was supposed to be dead 20 years back in a fire “accident” (Yeah. Twist there! I am not revealing that.) The investigating officer, Rathi “Anna” kicks up quite a storm by calling the press and making a through show before discussing his suspicions with Jay.
What I really liked about the book:
The surprise element. The writer did a good job of keeping the plot alive.
What I felt could have been better:
The writer describes Jay to be a chauvinist. But she doesn't provide adequate proof for that (Come on! He lost his dream after all. No wonder he walked away like that. Any guy would! )
The “Science” part of the book. Tachyons?! Come on. Not many people would know that unless they are Physics buffs. She simply presumes the readers are either “knowledgeable” enough to know what that is or they are patient enough to Google it. Patience is a virtue my dear friend! Just one line describing what it is would have done the trick.
Overall, it was neat, well written with a good story line.
VERDICT: I'd recommend it to anyone who wants to read a not so lengthy yet good Scientific Mystery book
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Mita was born in India, and spent her childhood there. She clearly remembers how her love for reading and writing grew. It was "Oliver Twist" by Charles Dickens which drew her into the world of reading and writing. She was about ten years of age when she started penning poetry. As she grew, her dreams changed too. But one thing that never changed was her love for art and writing.

PRICE: Rs. 50

Note : This review was first posted in Readers' Muse


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