Book Review – Golden Age of Mysteries

A series to pay tribute to the golden age mystery authors, by attempting to provide reviews on some of their books which I highly admire. Golden age of mysteries is generally defined by that period where the mystery stories had a central, strong puzzle plot and the detective/police/amateur investigator goes through all the clues, the suspects and finally solves the mystery (murder/theft/disappearance). More often than not, the big “reveal” is in a closed setting with all the suspects around. Readers then express, “Oh, that was so clever, I did not see this coming”! Authors from UK and USA generally dominated this period.
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Book :
Case of William Smith
Author: Patricia Wentworth (UK)
Original Year of Publication : 1948
About the Author: Patricia Wentworth (born Dora Amy Elles) was a British crime fiction writer, born in Mussoorie, Uttarakhand, India (then the British Raj). Wentworth wrote a series of 32 crime novels in the classic whodunit style, featuring Miss Maud Silver, a retired governess and teacher who becomes a professional private detective, in London, England. Miss Silver works closely with Scotland Yard, especially Inspector Frank Abbott, and is fond of quoting the poet Tennyson. Source : Wikipedia
Plot: This is a story of a man who goes off to war, is injured, and loses his memory. He is called, ‘William Smith’ by everyone and eventually comes home from the concentration camp with a new talent: carving toy animals and birds for children. But actually, who was William Smith? And why were few people so horrified to see him? For many years, William had worked as a woodcarver for the local toyshop, ignorant of his true identity. So when he took his work to Evesleys Ltd, why was his life in danger?
Suspense: This is a very smooth flowing story with many interesting and strong characters. The pace of the story is fast and full of interesting plot points. The memory loss angle is handled expertly, and the reader is always curious to know the real identity of William Smith. Though it is not a major surprise as to who is behind all the attempts to kill William Smith, still Wentworth paints the story with vivid descriptions of places and events. Especially strong is her description of colors throughout the story, be it for clothes or objects. I do wish that there could have been a few more twists and turns in the storyline, in some places it was more of a straight novel than a mystery one.
Climax: At the finale of the novel, the story sort of slopes downwards with no major twists or turns. Still, I would say, this is a nice read and Wentworth manages to hold the attention of the reader by the sheer beauty of her prose and writing style, more than the actual mystery of the story.
My Rating and Recommendation: 3.5/5. Recommended for readers who like a descriptive light mystery with interesting characters. Not recommended for readers who like deep, suspenseful and classic mystery plots.
About the Reviewer :
Born and brought up in New Delhi, Abhishek Goswami did his graduation in Science from the Delhi University and later on did PGDBA in HR. He has 17 years of work experience in reputed MNC firms and is currently working in Gurgaon. He has a keen interest in reading suspense/mystery books and mythological fiction. He has won the “Top 100 Inspiring Authors” and “Swami Vivekanand Seva Youth Guild” award for his first book, “The Lonely Drummer and Other Poems”. His poems have been a part of Asian Literary Society and United by Ink anthologies and also published in newspapers like The Hans India and News Now. Available as free shipping on Amazon, Flipkart and Notionpress.com

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Book Review : Golden Age of Mysteries (1920-55)

A series to pay tribute to the golden age mystery authors, by attempting to provide reviews on some of their books which I highly admire. Golden age of mysteries is generally defined by that period where the mystery stories had a central, strong puzzle plot and the detective/police/amateur investigator goes through all the clues, the suspects and finally solves the mystery (murder/theft/disappearance). More often than not, the big “reveal” is in a closed setting with all the suspects around. Readers then express, “Oh, that was so clever, I did not see this coming”! Authors from UK and USA generally dominated this period.

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Book : Footsteps in the Dark
Author: Georgette Heyer (UK)
Original Year of Publication : 1932

About the Author: Georgette Heyer was an English historical romance and detective fiction novelist. A best-selling author, Heyer’s writing career saw her produce works from a variety of genres; in total she published 32 novels in the romance genre, 6 historical novels, 4 contemporary novels, and 12 in the detective fiction genre. Her 12 detective novels were published between 1932 and 1953. Source : Wikipedia

Plot: The Priory, a ramshackle old house, is the perfect setting for a much-needed holiday for siblings Peter, Celia, Margaret and Charles (Celia’s husband), who have inherited it from their uncle. Left empty for years as even their deceased uncle chose to live in a different house, far away from this property. Locals claims that a ghost haunts that place. But when a murder victim is discovered, the siblings begin to fear that the ghostly rumors are true and they are not alone after all! But traditionally ghosts don’t commit murder. With a killer on the loose, will they find themselves the next victims or will they uncover the truth in time? Does the key to the crime lie in the realm of the supernatural or is there an earthlier cause?

Suspense: Throughout the story, Heyer maintains a very humorous touch in her dialogs and the flow of the story is very smooth. Especially the interactions between the village locals and the main protagonists are very funny and full of wit. The list of suspects is not very large, still Heyer manages to confuse the readers as to who is the real culprit. There is an eerie feeling in some chapters and the locale is very beautifully painted by the writer’s carefully chosen words. Some scenes in the story were bit more melodramatic than normal.

Climax: At the finale of the novel, Heyer does manage to pull put a trick or two, with a few secret passages and what not in the story. Still, the climax is a good one, though I was very close to pointing out the right murderer. An entertaining read overall.

Rating and Recommendation: 3/5. Highly recommended for readers who like cozy mysteries, humorous and sarcastic dialogs in between and a slow but enjoyable read. Not recommended for readers who like fast thrillers and gadgets etc..

About the Reviewer : 
Born and brought up in New Delhi, Abhishek Goswami did his graduation in Science from the Delhi University and later on did PGDBA in HR. He has 17 years of work experience in reputed MNC firms and is currently working in Gurgaon. He has a keen interest in reading suspense/mystery books and mythological fiction. He has won 
the “Top 100 Inspiring Authors” and “Swami Vivekanand Seva Youth Guild” award for his first book, “The Lonely Drummer and Other Poems”. His poems have been a part of Asian Literary Society and United by Ink anthologies and also published in newspapers like The Hans India and News Now. Available as free shipping on AmazonFlipkart andNotionpress.com

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Book Review : The French Powder Mystery

Reviewed by – Abhishek Goswami

Golden Age of Mysteries (1920-55)
A series to pay tribute to the golden age mystery authors, by attempting to provide reviews on some of their books which I highly admire. Golden age of mysteries is generally defined by that period where the mystery stories had a central, strong puzzle plot and the detective/police/amateur investigator goes through all the clues, the suspects and finally solves the mystery (murder/theft/disappearance). More often than not, the big “reveal” is in a closed setting with all the suspects around. Readers then express, “Oh, that was so clever, I did not see this coming”! Authors from UK and USA generally dominated this period.
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Book : The French Powder Mystery
Author: Ellery Queen (USA)
Original Year of Publication : 1930

About the Author: Ellery Queen is a crime fiction pseudonym created in 1929 by Frederic Dannay and Manfred Bennington Lee, and later used by other authors under Dannay and Lee’s supervision. Dannay and Lee’s main fictional character, whom they also named Ellery Queen, is a mystery writer in New York City who helps his police inspector father solve baffling murders. Most of the more than thirty novels and several short story collections in which Ellery Queen appeared as a character were written by Dannay and Lee and were among the most popular American mysteries published between 1929 and 1971. Source : Wikipedia
Plot: The story centers around the French department store in New York city, where a woman is found dead, tumbling on the floor from a wooden bed whose features are being demonstrated to the customers. The case is then investigated by Inspector Richard Queen and his son Ellery. While investigating the upper story apartment of the owner, Ellery is perplexed by an odd assortment of clues, including not only bloodstains but grains of fingerprint powder and an unusual assortment of books. Also, an ashtray full of half-smoked cigarettes might be important along with how the shoes are kept. The suspects include the wealthy victim’s family and friends, some employees of the store, and possible members of a drug ring.
Suspense: Throughout the story, E.Q maintain a high level of suspense by giving the readers various clues and building a sense of apprehension and excitement, along with many red-herrings. The dialogues between the characters are sometimes quite witty and interesting. Though a few chapters do lack pace, especially when the Inspector and Ellery interview the suspects, but the pace is quickened up when newer facts emerge, especially the time tables of all the store employees and how Ellery deduces important facts by applying sound logic and reason to the case. Just before the climax, the authors put a “Challenge to the Reader”, stating that the reader should be able to solve the case now with all the given facts. But, can the reader do it? I certainly could not.
Climax: At the finale of the novel, Ellery does a detailed piece of deduction by creating a list of conditions that the murderer must meet (involving, among other things, the possession of keys). He clears all suspects except one, whose identity is revealed in the last line of the novel, bringing a satisfying and entertaining end to the story.

My Rating and Recommendation: 4/5. Highly recommended for readers who like mysteries by Agatha Christie, John Dickson Carr and Ngaio Marsh. Not recommended for readers who are more into hard-boiled crime thrillers where action and chase is paramount, leaving little to the grey cells. This book provides lot of scope for readers to figure out the clues and will be liked by those who prefer the puzzle and it’s resolution as the most important component in a mystery story.

About the Reviewer : 
Born and brought up in New Delhi, Abhishek Goswami did his graduation in Science from the Delhi University and later on did PGDBA in HR. He has 17 years of work experience in reputed MNC firms and is currently working in Gurgaon. He has a keen interest in reading suspense/mystery books and mythological fiction. He has won 
the “Top 100 Inspiring Authors” and “Swami Vivekanand Seva Youth Guild” award for his first book, “The Lonely Drummer and Other Poems”. His poems have been a part of Asian Literary Society and United by Ink anthologies and also published in newspapers like The Hans India and News Now. Available as free shipping on AmazonFlipkart andNotionpress.com

Book Review – ‘The Ineligible Millionaire’. Author – Tarun Varshney

Book Review Written by Puneet Ghai

Book – The Ineligible Millionaire

Author – Tarun VarshneyP

Format – Paperback

Language – English

Publisher – Invincible Publishers

I ordered ” The Ineligible Millionaire ” book on my friend’s recommendation. When I sat down to read, was able to finish it in one go! From 1st chapter only it grabs the attention.

It’s a 5-starrer book, let’s figure it out why?

1. Toil – Any first Book needs a great toil from the Author as well as the publisher, so any book which goes on the anvil and is finally published, deserves the first Star.

2. Presentation – A Book which on the very first instance catches your eye with its cover, back and a quick go through. Thus, the second Star.

3. Engrossing – Keeps you absorbed, you live inside the plot. It relates to any person and (s)he will definitely feel inside the Book’s plot. Will keep your mind occupied and your heart engaged throughout. Thus, this Book earns the 3rd Star.

4. Versatile – The Book presents a versatile character from a Fiction to a Self Help Motivational Book. Thus, earns the 4th Star.

5. Bollywood – Can be definitely further fine tuned into a Bollywood Movie script 😉 So, the 5th and the final Star.

Each one of us at least once in our lifetime suffer with a dissonance where our mind resonates with questions about our Future: ‘Do I have a Destiny?’, this Book will definitely touch your life.

A good read along with a fresh story, and value for money.

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Review Article by: Puneet Ghai

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A Journey to Java

Written By – Ankita Chakraborty (Author of “ Memoirs of Java: From an Indian Perspective” )

This is a non-fiction book based on my experiences on Java Island of Indonesia. So, what motivates me to write about my experiences? The answer is very simple, the immense love and care, that I had received from the people of Indonesia. I was a student of International Relation with South East Asia as my special area of interest; from there I had learned more about culture and tradition of South East Asian countries. It came as blessings when I had got selected for scholarship from the Indonesian Ministry of Culture and Education to study and explore culture of Indonesia, I also feel proud to represent India and Her culture among the other nations of the world.

I used to live in a city called Semarang and used to study in UNNES (the State University of Semarang). During my stay in Semarang, I had explored a lot of Javanese culture, cuisines and tradition. It is very interesting to note that we had shared similar cultural linkages, the Ramayana and Mahabharata connects us.Central Java consisted of many ruins of ancient temples dedicated to Shiva, Durga, Arjuna etc. Central Java is itself fascinating consisting of beautiful landscapes, volcanic mountains, stunning waterfalls along with the rich culture and mouth-watering cuisines.

My book has covered some of my experiences in Java Island, which describes the love of Indonesian people to the Indian people, mainly because of the popularity of our Bollywood movies there. One can find that in every single household, small roadside shop, our daily soaps are telecasted. They are very much interested in our culture like saree, bindi, mehendi, jewelleries, sindoor etc. They are also very curious about our food like roti or our spices. I feel lucky that I got enough time to mix with the people and receive their love. Everyone I went,people received me with warm welcome as I am from land of Shah Rukh Khan, every people can sing our Bollywood song, even the small school kids, who sometimes used to come to me to take my ‘autographs’. They make me feel like celebrity at every point of time. The most popular Bollywood song that people of Indonesia love is ‘Tum Hii Ho’ from movie Aaashiqui 2 and everyone sing with full enthusiasm and correct lyrics. The other popular Bollywood track is ‘Kuch Kuch Hota Hain’. People adore Arijit Singh’s songs too much in Indonesia.  Because of the popularity of Bollywood movies and songs there, they treat Indians like a star. My book is full of many such incidences that I had experiences during my one year stay in Indonesia.

The book covers many other incidents, cuisines, travel, lifestyles and my experiences in Indonesia. It was full of fun, with lots of adventures along with my visit to different parts of Java as guests either from ministry or from private institutions to represent my country, to explore Indonesia culture, and to get a lot of memories. One year in Indonesia, gives me lots of friends, lots of memories, push me beyond my comfort zone in trying new adventures in life and also to represent my country as well as promote goodwill between two nations.

I am grateful that I received awards at ‘The Indian Awaz’ , ‘100 inspiring authors of India’ and I wish goodwill and more connectivity between the people of India and South East Asia.

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Book Review – “Infinity” Author – Minal Arora

Book Review Written by Kirti Dixit

Book – Infinity

Author – Minal Arora

Page – 232

Format – Paperback

Language – English

Publisher – Prabhat Prakashan

INFiNITY has touched the heart and lives of many by now. One can find some amazing feedbacks from people who have experienced healing effects of this book on social media & amazon. Many people reckon this book has changed their perspective towards life & growth for good. I have personally experienced some very deep shifts in my consciousness as I read through some topics in this book. I felt it answered some questions which I never knew I wanted to ask.

The writing style is simple & each topic is weaved in a rhythm where in a very subtle way, one starts getting connected to their higher consciousness as they understand each concept of human life from that higher perspective. The energy of the book is such that one starts to feel the flow of what she has written. Minal Arora uses examples from her client case studies to explain deep concepts like loss, grief, control, ego, surrender, rejection, hatred etc. Some examples also reveal how past life & childhood memories can impact one’s life & relationships and create unwarranted experiences. Each example is unique reflection of the spirit of life within and they are so relatable that it is hard to keep the book away once one starts reading it.

INFiNITY starts with a deep, touching conversation with the planet earth along with the introduction of creation of elements. Along with this, it also dwells into the aspect of our creation and how the Earth supports us in our growth. One can feel the intense emotions that Earth feels right after her creation and the journey through the book then slowly allows the reader to imbibe those emotions & through it the reader’s consciousness dissolves into eternal love. It allows one to recognize the eternal connection each one of us have with love & with the source or this universe. I felt this recognition itself that there is a whole universe supporting us always, is extremely empowering.

Minal Arora – Author of “Infinity”

I have yet to come across a simpler, yet, more profound understanding of consciousness. The concepts of time, creation, the mind, subconscious mind, body, disease, food, money, relationships, growth and destiny are elucidated in a way that is eye-opening. How we experience what we experience, why we experience all that we experience on the earth, how does our spirit impact our physical life here, how disease is born out of emotions, how looking into the deeper aspects of our being aligns us with our spirit and how this alignment makes us one with the divine, what is healing, how does it happen…almost everything that we are inquisitive about in these times is present in this book. 

Times are changing. We are recognizing that wellness is not only about a healthy body but also about healthy mind & balanced emotions. Infinity brings forth valuable insights to raise consciousness of those who are ready. It can serve has an inimitable tool for one to heal their mind & body and experience true wellness. Life is a challenge only when we obstruct the flow of our spirit in some way. Once we allow, the universe flows through us and all we experience is love in the very aspect that looked like a challenge.

Infinity – Book Cover Page

This knowledge is needed by everyone who feels stuck, who wants to know the mystical side of life, who wants to understand the flow of energy in our routine lives, who want to create harmonious relationships, who want to address their growth or abundance conflicts, who want to heal their body & those who want to become calmer & joyous within.

This text is a preamble to a new dimension of self & this universe which is accessible to anyone who is open & ready for complete transformation. I am not surprised that Minal Arora has won the award for 100 most inspiring authors of India by the Indian Awaz. I feel this book is a revolution and I wish it reaches each heart that is seeking love!

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Website: www.pastlifeconnection.com

Review Article by: Kirti Dixit NarangD

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Journey of a 16 years old boy as a successful author

Written By – Yash Tiwari (Author of “A Celebration in Tribulation” )

I’m Yash Tiwari, 16 Years Old Published Novelist and Researcher from Kanpur.

I am the published author of my Debut Novel, – “A Celebration In Tribulation”, a Youngest Research Paper presenter at International Conferences, Kanpur’s Youngest Novelist, and much more. I have been nominated among “100 Inspiring Authors of India” by the organisation The Indian Awaz ™. I aspires to become a global influence and inspiration in the near future. As reported on various Reputed media platforms, I wrote my Novel within a record time of just 22 days.

It is the first time when someone has authored a fictional book on the unspoken “Creutzfeldt Jakob Disease”, let alone at such a young age.

My Debut Novel has been featured on International as well as National News Platforms, like Outlook, India Today, Dainik Jagran, Amar Ujala, The Week, Hindustan, The Hans India, Rashtriya Sahara, and a dozen of other reputed titles.

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I am currently studying in 12th standard, in United Public School, Kanpur.

I presented two of my Research-Papers at two respective International Conferences in the year 2018, one of which was organized by the University of Lucknow, while the other conference was held at the Jagran Institute of Management (UGC Approved). I was also awarded a Special-Award for being the Youngest Paper-Presenter at one of the conference.

I made a Documentary-Short Film all by himself at the age of 13, titled “Tut Ankh Amun – By Yash Tiwari” which can be watched on YouTube.

My poem, “The Scourge Of War” has been published in Asian Literary Society’s Anthology on World Peace, along with the poets from 12 Different Countries. I believe that World Peace is surely the call of the hour.

Being elected as the Head-Boy of his school, I am supposed to maintain a proper balance between my studies and the school-related activities and events. I love to participate in literary and cultural competitions, like debates, dramatics, etc. I have been the winner of various such events, for which I whole-heartedly acknowledges the guidance and support of myfamily as well as my mentors.

Currently living in the city of Kanpur, I aspires to graduate in the field of mass-communication and put in use my achievements and skills for the good of my countrymen.

I have a passion for public-speaking, along with my excellent oratory skills. I believe that a great change can be brought about in this world, not with any form of weaponry or warfare, but just with the help of words.

In my free time, I like to try out new and innovative activities. I also have a passion for drawing pencil-sketches and other forms of paper-and-pencil based artworks. From writing poems and stories, to making visual documentaries (Tut-Ankh-Amun, 2013, Save Water, etc.) and short- movies, I always try to spend his time in productive ways.

Help me, a young budding artist reach up to new heights and inspire all the youngsters to pursue their passions and aims, no matter what the odds are.

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You can reach out to me on my various Social Media Platforms-

Instagram – www.instagram.com/yashthephotographer

Facebook – www.facebook.com/yash.tiwari.56211

Twitter – @YashTiwariACIT

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Mistake no woman should ever make

Written By – Sweta Sureka (Author of “The Closure: Journey to my true self” )

As a child, I used to love reading books and magazines, writing in my journal, and English was my favourite class. However, I had never imagined that one day I would be an author.

My entire journey of writing my debut novel has been extremely enriching and fulfilling. My book “The Closure – Journey to my true self” is the story of a strong woman.

I am Sweta Sureka, residing in Kolkata with my husband and my two children. I am part of a society where happiness of woman is often equated with the happiness of her family. My experience and close observation of the people around me made me believe that once the girls get married their dreams, wishes and aspirations take a back seat. They are made to believe that it is their ultimate responsibility to just take care of the family. Their wings are clipped and they don’t even get to know what it is like to fly high in the sky.

Being a woman myself I strongly felt that this issue should be addressed. Each one of us is responsible for our own happiness. We have to take charge of our lives even if it means going against the set norms and standards of the society. In my book, the protagonist Aarti finally gathers the courage to face those who have done wrong to her and live a life of her dreams. She is an inspiration for many of us.

Through my book I just want to convey one message that we get only one life to live. So, it is up to us what we make out of it. Have the courage, face the world and craft your own destiny. No one can stop you from achieving something if you seek it with all your heart and soul.

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And what can be a better medium than a story to convey our thoughts. Recently I have been awarded as the 100 inspiring authors of India by The Indian Awaz for my book “The Closure”.  This is my first book and I hope to write many more in the future.

 

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Spotless

Written By – Arti Rai (Author of “Flares of Love” )

What if we could

every night squeeze

our hearts and hand it to dry

before we get to sleep.

 

You would go away ,

I would be gone too

in guise of babbling lather.

Our sleep would be dreamless.

 

Our sleep would shake midnight flowers

in waltz of ecstasy.

 

You and I would wear

our hearts  every morning ,

all new ,

and walk past each other

as guiltless as dove

flying in the spotless sky!

 

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Have the women left Venus?

Written By – Geet Jalota (Author of “Have the women left Venus?” )

Today, 20 percent of Germany’s corporate boardroom seats belong to women, and in a move that will increase gender diversity, the country passed a law in March instituting boardroom quotas. The law requires that companies have at least 30 percent women in supervisory seats, and German Justice Minister Heiko Maas called it “the greatest contribution to gender equality since women got the vote.” Germany follows in the footsteps of Norway, Spain, France, Iceland, Italy, and Belgium, which all have similar legislation.

While many strategies have been recommended to address the wage gap within companies, Sales force, the cloud-based software company, opted to vanquish it completely by reviewing its payroll and simply adjusting salaries so that all female employees made the same amount as the men in comparable roles. The decision, which was first made public in November, was implemented following the review of 17,000 employees’ salaries and cost the company $3 million.

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