Title: The Curse of Anuganga

Author Harini Srinivasan

Publication: TreeShade Books

No. of Pages: 296

Blurb: (as in goodreads)

Circa 403 C.E. India. In the thriving city of Nanivardhana, lives Shaunaka, a young man who yearns to go to Pataliputra to see the world and make his fortune. But he is forced to join his father’s jewellery making business and soon finds himself in the workshop a job in which his heart clearly did not lie. Thankfully, along comes distraction in the form of two extravagant weddings royal nuptials at the palace and another wedding at the extravagant corner house in the Buddhist quarter of the city. This house, known for its opulence and sheer size, is owned by Vinayashura, an affluent trader fabled to have mysteriously deep connections to the royal family. Shaunaka is given the charge to work on the bride’s jewellery at the corner house, but instead of the mundane task at hand, a morbid sight awaits the trader’s wife’s bloodcurdling screams bring Shaunaka to Vinayashura’s bedroom where he is found murdered and lying in a pool of blood! Who killed Vinayashura? Why? Shaunaka finds himself at the heart of the mystery and his logic and keen observation skills land him the duty of assisting the head of police to solve this murder. 

Why do I recommend this book?

I got the book as a part of the review program in Outset.

This book is one of the best historical fictions I have ever read. This is a classic cat and mouse chase with a lot of palace intricacies and a spotlight to Gupta dynasty.

First of all hats off to the author for writing this book based on very less research material. Needless to say, the book is well researched and compiled. It amazes me to read the culture of ancient people and their lifestyle is woven with true facts.

The second reason why I recommend this book is, it is written with one of the unique backstories which give us insight to a different time period. The writing is flawless and the characters are well developed and relatable.

Another thing I liked about the book is its writing style and the plot. The author used the right words at the right time. As this book is a murder mystery, the suspense is alive till the end of the book. The author made the reader to bite nails in anticipation. I was guessing and second-guessing the characters linked with the murder.

Coming to the negatives, I didn’t like the name of the book. I actually didn’t think it went appropriate with the story but that is purely my point of view. Also, I felt at some places there were too many descriptions for my taste. Apart from that, I really enjoyed the book.

Overall, its a treat to read and I highly recommend this book for all the historical fiction and murder mystery lovers.

My Rating: 4.7/5

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