HOUSE OF SPIES by Daniel Silva

Daniel Silva’s latest book in the brilliant Gabriel Allon series takes up where “The Black Widow” left off, though you absolutely do not have to have read the former to enjoy the later. Gabriel, the thoroughly likeable, decent, honourable man who heads up the Israeli Secret Service has unfinished business… Continue reading

A VENETIAN RECKONING by DONNA LEON

I had owned up here, publicly, in a review a couple of weeks ago about having only recently discovered the wonderful Commissario Brunetti series, written by the talented Donna Leon.  Having got addicted, I am now binge-reading this series of gripping detective novels, set in Venice.  Catching up on the… Continue reading

THE ANONYMOUS VENETIAN by Donna Leon

At times, it’s almost embarrassing how late I come to some parties. Like the Donna Leon party. How on earth did I miss Ms Leon’s utterly wonderful detective novels, set in Venice?  Where was I all the years that everyone else was reading and raving about Donna Leon’s wonderful writing,… Continue reading

WHISPERINGS FROM BEYOND by Lakshmi Narayan

What an amazing world we live in. You know someone for almost 30 years, and only now discover the hidden, almost-mystical side to them. My Mumbai-based friend Lakshmi Narayan has just published her second book (& here’s a link to my review of her debut novel) and what a revelation… Continue reading

A NECESSARY EVIL by Abir Mukherjee

Reading Abir Mukherjee’s “A Necessary Evil” was a fine balancing act between dying to know what happened next, and dreading the approaching end of the book. This absolute cracker of a novel is a fine and worthy successor to Mr. Mukherjee’s first novel “A Rising Man“, and it is with… Continue reading

HOLY HERBS by Sudhir Ahluwalia

“Holy Herbs Modern connections to ancient plants”   What an erudite and interesting reference book this is. For anyone curious about the history and origins, the uses and the science of herbs and plants, Mr. Ahluwalia’s book is one to refer to. With many years of his career spent in… Continue reading

A RISING MAN by Abir Mukherjee

What a fabulous book “A Rising Man” is. And what a prodigiously talented writer Mr. Mukherjee is.  A murder mystery set in Calcutta in 1919, this is an absorbing page-turner from the very word go. From the first moment you meet the narrator, Captain Sam Wyndham and his endearing deputy,… Continue reading

BLACK WATER LILIES by Michel Bussi

What a bewitchingly clever book Michel Bussi’s “Black Water Lilies” is, the original page turner if ever there was one, and a book that keeps you guessing right until the final sentence. It is also a book that is virtually impossible to review without spoiling everything for those who still… Continue reading