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The Bangalore Detectives Club

By: Harini Nagendra
Narrated by: Soneela Nankani
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Publisher's Summary

The first in a charming, joyful cozy crime series set in 1920s Bangalore, featuring sari-wearing detective Kaveri and her husband, Ramu. Perfect for fans of Alexander McCall Smith’s The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency.

When clever, headstrong Kaveri moves to Bangalore to marry handsome young doctor Ramu, she’s resigned herself to a quiet life.

But that all changes the night of the party at the Century Club, where she escapes to the garden for some peace and quiet—and instead spots an uninvited guest in the shadows. Half an hour later, the party turns into a murder scene.

When a vulnerable woman is connected to the crime, Kaveri becomes determined to save her and launches a private investigation to find the killer, tracing his steps from an illustrious brothel to an Englishman’s mansion. She soon finds that sleuthing in a sari isn’t as hard as it seems when you have a talent for mathematics, a head for logic, and a doctor for a husband…

And she’s going to need them all as the case leads her deeper into a hotbed of danger, sedition, and intrigue in Bangalore’s darkest alleyways.

©2022 Harini Nagendra (P)2022 Blackstone Publishing

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Intriguing start to a new series

Loved the characters and the setting, thought the actual mystery was a bit lackluster. Will plan to read/listen to the second outing (this is clearly the start of a series) in hopes that the crafting of the whodunit portion lives up to the rest of the package.

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Just wonderful audiobook!

This was so much fun. The characters are in chanting. The story is wondrous in a very gentle way. It explores life in the 1920s but it still has a very modern day feel to it. I adore the narrator too! I can’t wait for the next one and I don’t see that very often.

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I would have returned this

I could not get into this book at all. This got terrific reviews and I was expecting more than a kind of Indian Nancy Drew Girl Detective story.

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Good concept, poor execution

I was looking forward to a mystery set in pre-partition India, but the writing was often cliched in a way that grated on my ears. The novel made much of the rigid class, caste, and gender roles of the time, but also created too many exceptions for the main young woman amateur detective character, to the point where things seemed unreal.

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Great new series!

I enjoyed the characters, the story, and the narrator! Thank you Audible for the recommendation!

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Historical and entertaining

The story was not complex but inviting. It gives you a picturesque of the era and time especially for women and colonization

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Entirely Enjoyable

The Bangalore Detectives Club is absolutely charming and the performance of Soneela Nankani is pitch perfect. All of the primary characters seem dimensional and interesting, as does the historical setting. The plot is well executed and while I guessed the murderer early on that did not distract from my enjoyment of the book at all. My only question is about the prologue which, in my opinion, was completely unnecessary. This is obviously the first book in a series and I await the next one with great anticipation.

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Fun and interesting

While the writing in some places was a little awkward, the story was fun, and the myriad characters made for an interesting mystery. (Though I had identified the murderer pretty early on, just lacking a motive.) There’s nothing too surprising about the book, things unfold rather as expected for a book of this genre. But it was interesting to read about the rising unrest in the country, as the Indians led by Gandhi sought to oust the British. There were many pointed remarks about the racism, as well as the disparities in the Indian caste system and the plight of women in such a toxic patriarchy. But these were passing moments, just adding some veracity to the story, but not distracting from it. Overall, I enjoyed the book a great deal.

The narrator was quite good, too. Very easy to listen to.

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Very entertaining book

Well written, descriptions of life in India come alive. Characters are believable. I hope there will be sequels featuring these mat likable characters.

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good read but a bit predictable

I listened to this whole book in a little over a day. I really loved the descriptions and characters, but in the end it was a bit predictable. but I really hope that this becomes a series!

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