Hello Everybody I am doing a blog tour for Neena.H.Brar’s book TIED TO DECEIT which is a thriller .I thank Shalini for giving me this opportunity.
Neena H. Brar lives in Edmonton, Canada with her husband, two children, a highly energetic German Shepherd, and a lifetime collection of her favorite books.
A hermit at heart, she’s a permissive mother, a reluctant housekeeper, a superb cook, and a hard-core reader.
Tied to Deceit is her debut novel.
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Gayathri Bardwaj was married to Rajindra baradway younger son of the rich Bardwaj family. Rajindra Bardwaj was a doctor by occupation and had a hospital named Lifeline .After 4 years of their marriage Gayathri understood that her husband was no more loyal to her but she knew that the women with whom he had affairs were just mere relief of his boredom. After 10 years of hope for a child she understood that she was not destined for motherhood. She did not break her marriage in spite of these reasons as she loved the power of her husband’s money and the status it had given her. Rajindra Bardwaj considered Rudra bardwaj, son of Rajindar’s elder brother as the heir of his property which was not acceptable by Gayathri.
One day someone sends Gayathri a message that her husband is going to meet someone in his personal villa. Initially Gayathri tries to ignore it but she latter goes to the villa and finds her husband Rajindra baradwaj’s close relationship with Devika singh a women who was half his age and an employee in his hospital, she gets devastated. 9 days after this incident Devika Singh gets murdered in her apartment. The rest of the story is about how Mr Viswanath sharma the investigating officer with his subordinates Arjun Rawat and Jigesh Diwaker solves the case and finds the murderer.
The best thing which I found out about this book was the detailed description which took me back to 1974 and helped me feel the beauty of Sanover in Himachal Pradesh. Every place and house were so well described in the book. But too much description had slowed down the pace of the book which brought down my excitement to know what might have happened next. As investigation goes on number of characters in the book goes on increasing and I had turn some pages back to find who was who as I forgot the names of some characters. Coming to the characters I loved the character of Devika ,if her character wasn’t complicated the investigation would not be interesting . I loved Viswanath sharma’s analysis on every person and situation. Author Neena has done and good job by leaving no loose ends and has given every character its importance except for one or two. Though the number of characters were more the author has done a splendid job by connecting all of them by the time the murderer was revealed making the final twist interesting.
On a drizzly August morning, the inhabitants of the hill town of Sanover, Himachal Pradesh, wake up to the shocking news of the murder of the exquisite, secretive, malicious, and thoroughly immoral Devika Singh.
As Superintendent of Police Vishwanath Sharma begins to sift through the hidden secrets of Devika Singh’s life, it becomes evident that everyone who knew her seems to have a clear-cut motive for killing her.
Faced with the investigation of a crime that appears to have as many suspects as there are motives, Vishwanath Sharma probes the sinister web spun around a tangle of lies and deception.
Praise for Tied to Deceit:
“A remarkable whodunit that’s as sharp as it is concise.
Brar enhances her taut murder mystery with an engaging setting that effectively incorporates the local culture. The smart, believable denouement will have readers looking forward to Brar’s next endeavor.”
“A literary mystery saga that includes far more depth and psychological and cultural insights than your typical murder mystery’s scenario.”
-D. Donovan, Midwest Book Review
A SHORT EXCERPT FROM TIED TO DECEIT:
Dr. Rajinder Bhardwaj, the owner and the head physician at Lifeline Hospital, Sanover, had showered after his brisk morning walk and joined his wife for an early morning tea. Gayatri Bhardwaj sat with her second cup of ginger tea on her favourite old, worn, woven chair on the verandah which overlooked their front garden: a tapestry of blooming carnations, marigolds, roses, and chrysanthemums. She longed for a clear, bright day and the dazzling blue sky of summer.
It was her favourite spot to sit in the mornings; a place from where she could witness the brilliant dawn streaking half of the sky coral; raindrops soaking everything wet during the monsoon; specks of silvery snow falling from the sky during winter. She could take in everything from the serene mountain peaks and the forest to their house—its roof, windowpanes, and the pebbled driveway that snaked its way criss-cross toward the outside big iron gate. She would sit there until Dr. Bhardwaj joined her after his daily ritual of a brisk morning walk.
They had done this for years despite the changing seasons and the changing equation of their marital relationship. They had spent endless mornings of their initial married years there, when their hearts were still giddy with the feeling of young love, and they would talk about everything and nothing. She’d been a bride at barely twenty, young and naive. He’d been ten years her senior, already on the way to establishing himself as a successful physician, the younger son of a landlord aristocratic family with old wealth. He had swept her off her feet then, and was all charm and charisma but then the magic slowly diminished and finally died due to his secret betrayals over time. Thousands of little resentments had replaced the early warmth. But their hearts, although heavy with bitterness and anger at the failed expectations, had gotten used to the solace of each other’s company that often comes with years of living together, and they never stopped performing this morning ritual of their married life.