My copies reached me last night and I've been surreptitiously dipping into one ever since (surreptitious because I have an Italian exam tomorrow and should really be studying). It's that kind of a book, you see. Easy to read, fast in its pace and drawing you further, deeper in even as you tell yourself you really need to get back to those other things you should be doing.
Evie has posted a review already, while Itchy has not only posted a review but also an interview with the author. Like Evie, I agree with the characterisation -- the characters are quirky and egaging but above all they are convincing. And along with Itchy I attest to its pace. Thus far there have already been two murders, an Unknown in a Velvet Smoking Jacket and a two policemen going by the nicknames of Sweaty and Swarthy. Oh, and the heroine has managed to muss up her nail polish too.
The book dances between genres, so to speak. It is ostensibly the story of how Kay Mehra found herself ferreting out the truth behind mysterious murders in her neighbourhood but it is also the story of the fears and ambitions of a housewife in her mid-30s. From her fake branded footwear to her all too human reaction when faced with an unknown corpse, Kay connects to something within us, reminding us despite her exaggerations of somebody we all know and love.
This is not my review (because I haven't finished reading it at the time of posting!) but I will write a review eventually. Till then, to know what other readers are saying as well as to find out where and how you can get a copy for yourself, click on the badge (image) above or go directly to the site.
(Note to Kiran: Evie and I were at Starmark yesterday evening and we asked for the book. They hadn't received their stocks yet but some enthusiasts had already placed orders. Exciting times!)