Murder in Seven Acts

By Kalpana Swaminathan

Untitled‘Wait!’Lalli’s voice rang out. ‘You’re here for news, so let me give it to you. Last evening some of you watched me drag the body of Parikshit Joshi from the fire. I was too late. He was dead already. You will read in the papers tomorrow that his blood was full of a drug that made him lose his balance and fall into the flames.’

Since Kalpana Swaminathan’s first whodunit, The Page 3 Murders, was published ten years ago, Lalli—stylish, sixty and silver-haired—has been one of the most memorable detectives in Indian fiction. Lalli returns in this brilliant page-turner, a collection of seven stories, to solve some of the strangest, most complex cases of her career.

Upcountry Tales: Further Stories from the Heart of India

By Mark Tully

UntitledHeart of India. Set in UP in the mid and late 1980s, this is a brilliant collection—marked by warmth, wisdom, wit and an effortless understanding of the social and political realities of life in the villages of northern India at a time of change that preceded the economic liberalization of 1991.

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