‘THE CROWS OF AGRA’ – AN INSIGHT

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TITLE: THE CROWS OF AGRA – A Birbal Mystery
AUTHOR: SHARATH KOMARRAJU
PUBLISHER: AMAZING READS
GENRE: FICTION (MURDER MYSTERY)

THE BOOK

In the words of the author: Maybe ‘a murder mystery with historical flavour’ …….. Maybe just ‘murder mystery’ is better still.

But why ‘The Crows of Agra?’ That too is part of the mystery.

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The year is 1562 A.D.


Just into his twentieth year, Akbar readies himself to emerge from behind the veil and stake his claim to the Mughal throne.


But the figure of his regent, Bairam Khan, looms large in his path. After an exchange of blows and wits, Bairam Khan is subdued. Akbar forgives him, and forces upon him a pilgrimage to Mecca. On the eve of his departure, Bairam Khan is found murdered in his chamber.


With the help of Mahesh Das — a Brahmin who Akbar has befriended — Akbar must find out who killed Bairam Khan. But in the insidious Mughal court — a hotbed of intrigue and suspicion — danger lurks at every step. One false step could cost them their lives.


ME THINKS

PLOT: Wonderful and gripping the story revolves around the murder of Bairam Khan father figure to Akbar and the Regent of Agra on the eve of his departure to the Holy city of Mecca. Mahesh Das, a new entrant in Akbar’s life is entrusted the task of finding the murderer. Now starts the story full of twists and turns, intrigue and back stabbing. Each of the suspects is open about their animosity towards the Regent; each of them would wish him dead. Then who did it? To know that one has to read till the end. I loved the climax.


In short, this one is a typical whodunit story.


However if one is to see the story in its historical perspective, one is sure to find certain anomalies like the ladies of the royal family entertaining men other than family members in their private chambers and that too unveiled. But then the author has taken bail in the beginning itself by making it known that he has taken certain liberties with the characterization and known facts of how the Mughals lived to fulfill the demands of the tale. He requests that the reader focus more on the story than on the historicity.


CHARACTERIZATION: The characters are well etched with all their imperfections. The only thing I missed in particular was Mahesh Das’s typical sense of humour one that is he is acclaimed for in history. That would have added spice to the story.


LANGUAGE: Simple and easy to understand. However there are a few typos and grammatical errors that need to be taken care of before the book goes into reprint.


PACE: Perfect.

VERDICT


An enjoyable and light read, I give the book a 4 on a scale of 5.

 

BUT BEFORE I WRAP UP

A few sentences about the author

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Sharath Komarraju is an author of fiction and nonfiction. An Ex- software engineer Sharath is now into writing writes full-time. To know more about Sharath’s books click HERE


To catch up him on his blog click HERE

 


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BUYING LINKS

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Disclaimer

This is not a paid review. I was provided a copy of the book almost free by the Author in exchange for an honest review.

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