Top 10 Mystery Books of 2016 – India

 

Reading is one of the most enticing and wholesome hobbies one could ever choose. While books promise one the solitude and insight, they take you to another world through the web of stories spun by the writers. Especially with mystery books, the setting, plot, and stories take painstaking efforts and brainstorming, the end result fills the reader with intrigue, fascination and a desire to unravel the book and the essence of it. But choosing a good mystery book becomes tricky especially when there are so many new authors getting their works published every day and the fiction industry booming so swiftly. Here we present to you an exclusive collection of the top 10 mystery novels that you should definitely give a good read.

 

A Change of Heart

With a romantic backdrop and an emotional tinge, this book is more than what meets the eye. Revolving around a doctor working in a cruise ship, Dr. Nikhil Joshi who tries to come to terms with his wife’s murder by drinking away at the cruise bar, he comes across the woman who receives his wife’s heart via a transplant procedure, Jess Koirala. Jess tells him that she can see his wife’s ghost and while Nikhil wants to believe her so he can get to see his lost wife one more time, the dark secrets lying with Jess are capable of destroying these two and while the plot turns into a rollercoaster ride with uncontrollable events happening at every step, the question remains, should Nikhil control his grief and emotions and stop trusting everyone he comes across?

Read it For:
The gripping turn of events along with the emotional angle makes this book an interesting read. As the events unfold, the plot becomes even more gripping and one is curious to unravel the mystery and the sinister aura revolving around the lives of the protagonist.
Don't Read it For:
The storyline is sad and heartbreaking.
What makes this book stand out?:
The packaging of this book suggests an emotional and romantic setting but as you start exploring the pages, you realize you’re in for a surprise. The entire setting of this story is unpredictable and interesting.

Michelangelo’s Ghost

With an eclectic combination of history and suspense, Michelangelo’s Ghost revolves around a historian, Jaya Jones who embarks onto different adventures to find historical relics and treasures. This is a multiple book series and the fourth book in the series with interesting characterization and also has a killer ghost governing the plot. The ghost while leading to shocking revelations and manuscripts leading to a location called the Park of Monsters leads the protagonist through an eerie path while keeping a good hint of history and influences from the renaissance period into the storyline.

Read it For:
An exhilarating and uncanny journey towards historical figures and the stories and angles linked to them is what this book is about. If history and art interest you, and you have a taste for the paranormal, do pick this one up from the shelves.
Don't Read it For:
If history was always drab for you, try another novel as this one is written by a person highly influenced by cultural anthropology and history.
What makes this book stand out?:
The plot is extremely spellbinding and this book is the best out of all the four books in the series.

A Mother’s Secret

A macabre tale about a woman whose mother and infant son die in a brief span of time and how she comes across some dark secrets and a photograph of a young boy and a huge mansion in her mother’s belongings with diaries and photographs. This novel revolves around Jaya’s quest for the truth while she is embroiled in a mixture of grief and shock.

Read it For:
This book explores the clandestine and secretive lives of women and their tales of longing and separation.
Don't Read it For:
This book is extremely gripping yet heartbreaking.
What makes this book stand out?:
This book is a poignant tale on complex family relationships and women. Renita never fails to write gripping accounts of women and their twisted lives.

Death Under The Deodars

Based in the hills of Uttarakhand, Ruskin Bond’s story revolves around an old woman with a sweet disposition who get embroiled in murders, scandals and ruckus in post British Indian times. With the hills as a backdrop, the mystic element is high here and Bond never fails to impress with his interesting style of writing.

Read it For:
A spooky, sinister tale of murder and adventure in the hills involving an amicable woman is a must read.
Don't Read it For:
There’s really nothing to miss here. This one is a must read.
What makes this book stand out?:
While this book has a typical hilly backdrop, the contrast between the sweet lady and her intriguing encounters with murders and other influences makes this a gripping read. Plus, the incredible storytelling abilities of Ruskin Bond make this a must read.
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Simply Nanju

This is basically a children themed mystery book set in a school for kids with special needs. The tale is simple, thought provoking, significant and humorous. Kind of reminds you of those blame game stories where everyone keeps wondering who did the deed. But Simply Nanju takes you through a different perspective while sending off an important message.

Read it For:
This is a heart touching tale of special kids and the mystery surrounding them.
Don't Read it For:
The plot may be too simple for some.
What makes this book stand out?:
This book has a setting different from others yet the style and plot is extremely relatable while giving readers a significant message in the end.

Mr Iyer Goes To War

Taking cue from Don Quixote, this book revolves around a Tamil Brahmin who lives in an old age home, and one day has this revelation about being an incarnation of Bhima from Mahabharata. He embarks on this adventure to make this world a better place to live in, with his accomplice Bencho, exploring Uttar Pradesh, the ghats in Varanasi and the corrupt bureaucrats and politicians, trying to salvage the world from evil. The book is crisp, humorous and gripping.

Read it For:
The humour and pathos in this book are expressed with aplomb.
Don't Read it For:
By the second half of the book, the humour is substituted by a mundane narrative which kind of breaks the momentum.
What makes this book stand out?:
The imagery, the backdrop of quintessential Uttar Pradesh and the righteousness of Mr. Iyer make this a must read.

Dead In A Mumbai Minute

This is an investigative tale of a murder and the book revolves around a private detective working for a state of the art detective agency entrusted with the task of unraveling the murder mystery of an assistant to a Bollywood starlet and the various events and her inferences derived from the same. Read on to find out if Reema Ray managed to nab the culprit.

Read it For:
If women centric detective series and Agatha Christie inspired literature is your thing, do give this a read.
Don't Read it For:
If masala bollywood mysteries are not your cup of tea, you might want to avoid this one.
What makes this book stand out?:
The spellbinding tale of Bollywood high profile murders coupled with a women centric storyline makes this a must read.

A Nice Quiet Holiday

This is a book based in a quaint Himalayan town where an AIDS report leads to alienation of a high profile criminal lawyer from his village and leads further to the murder of the person who drafted this report. Read on to see how the events unfurl while everyone looks for the real murderer.

Read it For:
An exciting tale of crime and intrigue.
Don't Read it For:
If you’re looking for an extraordinary piece of mystery, this may be a little too mediocre for you.
What makes this book stand out?:
The interesting turn of events and excellent writing style of the author.

Families at home

The story revolves around a high profile family with a case of suicide which actually turns out to be a murder. How the Additional Commissioner of Police unravels this case in the midst of connections and money with Delhi as the backdrop is the essence of this book.

Read it For:
This is a harrowing tale of money vs conscience and truth vs lies.
Don't Read it For:
This is a hearbreaking take on the twisted nature of families and the already depressing scenario of justice in this country.
What makes this book stand out?:
The extremely personalized treatment of the characters makes this an interesting read.

Shiva Trilogy

Perhaps the most interesting pieces of literature covering the life journey of Lord Shiva this trilogy consists of 'The Immortals of Meluha', 'The Secret of the Naga' and 'The Oath of the Vayupurtas'. There’s mythology, history, intrigue, and adventure all combined into one.

Read it For:
The life and times of Lord Shiva have always generated curiosity and interest in people and this trilogy captures that and packages it into something extremely mystifying and gripping.
Don't Read it For:
This is an honest tale of a humanized God and if religious inferences upset you, you might want to avoid this one.
What makes this book stand out?:
Portrayal of Lord Shiva and his journey as something of a voyage and not a mythological tale but an interesting compilation of events and challenges is what makes this book stand out.

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