Book Review: The Complete Battles of Hastings - II

We had a curious walk home.
Captain Arthur Hastings OBE, veteran of the First World War and former private secretary to a Member of Parliament, became well-known as Hercule Poirot's trusty sidekick and confidante, the perfect foil for the great detective and his 'little grey cells'. Yet although Agatha Christie wrote 33 novels about her famous Belgian detective, only eight of them actually feature Captain Hastings. Considered to be some of the very best Christie stories, the distinctive Hastings novels are distinguished by being recounted in the first person, just as Dr Watson's were for Holmes. This omnibus brings together the last four Poirot and Hastings novels, including Lord Edgware Dies, The ABC Murders, Dumb Witness and, returning to the scene of his very first novel, Curtain: Poirot's Last Case.

It is an audacity to try reviewing plot, structure, characterizations and languages of time tested novels included in this collection. Instead, here I would try to focus more on the presentation and readability of the collection as a whole to help interested readers. Running over seven hundred and fifty pages, this book is definitely huge in terms of size. However, the font and spacing does not compromise with the legibility, and is absolutely readable. The book has definitely maintained agreeable standards as far as presentation and aesthetics is concerned.

Book Information
Author:Agatha Christie
ISBN:9780007171187
Binding:Paperback
Publisher:Harper Collins
Date of Publication:2004
Number of Pages:Approx 770 with cover


Book Review: The Complete Battles of Hastings - II

A collector's volume. I had received the copy from MySmartPrice. Thank you MySmartPrice for giving me this opportunity. You can buy this book at flipkart  in case you live in India.
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Book Review: Fraudster

If Ramesh was in Delhi the day Subbu died, did he kill Subbu?
There are people who will do anything to silence those who come in their way, who stop at nothing, including murder. A young banker is found dead a day after she deposes before a commission investigating large-scale financial fraud... A doyen of corporate India falls to his death from his south Bombay flat...A high security server room of a multinational accounting firm is hacked, and the hackers aren't just looking for company secrets...Illicit finance, high-stake crimes and vicious manipulation come together in this story of corruption, greed and treachery among corporate India's black sheep.

In this fast-paced book, the author clubs together elements of greed, corruption, illicit and murders - and thus presents a perfect recipe of a successful mystery and thriller. With gripping and a straight forward narrative style, and with hints and red herrings for the mystery fans - Fraudster is a powerful book in this genre. Characters are round and fully fleshed without redundancies. With its straight yet gripping plot and crisp language, the book is definitely going to appeal to readers fond of this genre.

Book Information
Author:R V Raman
ISBN:9789350098004
Binding:Paperback
Publisher:Hachette India
Year of Publication:2014
Number of Pages:Approx 300 with cover


Book Review: Fraudster


Good Read. I had received the review copy from Hachette India. Thank you Hachette India for giving me this opportunity. You can buy this book at Flipkart in case you live in India.
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Book Review: The Last King In India

Although it is gratifying to note the independence of the judiciary, the problem of the king's creditors remained.
The Last King in India is the story of an extraordinary man whose memory still divides opinion sharply today. Somewhere between the two extreme polarized opinions lies a complex character, a man who married over 350 women, who directed theatrical events lasting a month and who built a fairy tale palace in Lucknow. Wajid Ai Shah was written out of the history books after his kingdom was annexed to the Empire in 1856. Some even thought he had been killed during the uprising the following year. But he lived on in Calcutta where he spent the last years of his life trying to recreate his lost paradise.

This book is a powerful retracing of the story of his life based on original documents from Indian and British archives and meetings with his descendants. While most well researched biographies tend towards the more dense and scholarly format, this book did surpass the limitation and is highly readable biography of Nawab Wajid Ali Shah. Written in a strong and vivid narrative style, this is a fascinating and insightful portrait of the character and deserves to be present in the library of every individual who is interested in the life of the Nawab.

Book Information
Author:Rosie Llewellyn-Jones
ISBN:9788184005493
Binding:Hardcover
Publisher:Random House India
Year of Publication:2014
Number of Pages:Approx 350 with cover


Book Review: The Last King In India

Insightful and absolutely readable. I had received the review copy from Random House India. Thank you Random House India for giving me this opportunity. You can buy this book at Flipkart in case you live in India.

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