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Book Review: The Billionaire’s Funeral by Elijah Brahms




Paperback: 264 pages
Publisher: HarperCollins India
Language: English
ISBN-10: 9353570115
ISBN-13: 978-9353570118


A nameless and faceless stalker out to get at you can spell more trouble than a foe you know. While you know the motive of the known one, and can plan your strategy to take on the same, you find yourself helpless before the nameless/ faceless one. Identifying him/ her and understanding the motive is like searching in murky waters. Billionaire investor Chad Cohen our protagonist, suddenly one day finds himself confronted with one such foe. With all except one credit card being declined, his personal stocks being sold without his knowledge, and the Company he painstakingly built suddenly take a thorough thrashing at the stock markets, Chad who has always complimented himself for being in control of any situation, finds himself at his wits end. Added to this he suddenly finds himself on the wrong side of the law without any reason or rhyme. More shock awaits him in the form of a red corner Interpol look out notice and the realization that his passport is forged. His sanity and reputation at stake, Chad turns to the one man who can salvage him from the mess, his friend and business partner Michael Cole. But then is Mike trustworthy? Doesn’t he have a motive to drive Chad out of business? Well to know more about this, and the trials and tribulations that Chad faces in a matter of around a week, you will have to pick up this intense, racy thriller by Elijah Brahms.

Gripping to the core, The Billionaire’s Funeral is a warning of sorts to all out there of the dangers lurking in the dark corners of the digital world. With the world swiftly moving over to a paperless regime and plastic money replacing more and more transactions, just a click by the one out to destroy you, can make you sweat as never before. More than losing your money what else can worry you-an identity crisis, right? Well that’s what The Billionaire’s Funeral is all about. Just one genius is needed to ‘wipe’ you off the face of the earth and make life hell for you.

Laced with some insights into Chad Cohen’s early life in the form of short chapters interspersed here and there, The Billionaire’s Funeral also sees a transformation of sorts taking place, it sees how life’s vagaries can bring upon self- realization, open eyes knowingly kept closed/ diverted and bring the prodigal son home to reality.

Wonderfully narrated and with characters deeply etched giving no room for complaint, The Billionaire’s Funeral is a thriller-par-excellence that did not allow me to put it off even for a second, till the last word was read.

The book definitely scores a perfect five.


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Received a copy of the book from WritersMelon as part of their Book Review Programme, in exchange for an honest review. The thoughts, opinions & feelings expressed here are therefore, my own and have not been influenced by either the author or the publishing house in any manner.


Book Review: Unlawful Justice



TITLE: Unlawful Justice
AUTHOR: Vish Dhamija
PUBLISHER: Harper Collins India
GENRE: Fiction (Mystery)
ISBN: 978-9352644162



Baby, the sixteen-year-old daughter of the Diwan family’s household help, has been raped and brutalized. Vansh Diwan, a criminal lawyer, finds himself torn between a shot at justice for the girl and a very powerful client. He cannot bring himself to proceed at the risk of all that he has secured for his family. His wife Priti, distraught and devastated at her husband’s decision, turns to an old friend for help.

Akash Hingorani, top criminal lawyer and best friend to Priti and Vansh, must step up. He is Baby’s last chance. But things quickly unravel as Akash’s probe into the rape suddenly turns into a murder investigation. A powerful legal thriller that moves breathlessly from crime scene to courtroom to homes to lay bare the difference between law and justice.


Cleverly crafted and captivating, the story takes us on a whirlwind journey of a courtroom drama where a battle for ‘justice’ is being fought, justice for one who himself was the perpetrator of a heinous act. Money and muscle power are used to try and circumvent justice. Two loving sous find their relationship on the verge of a breakdown and a minor lives a trauma one that is sure to leave scars deep and dirty.

The twists, the turns all look simple and straight on the surface. The first crime is an open and shut case where the perpetrator is known to the reader and is identified by the police within hours of the crime. What one just needs to know is what fate awaits him. Will justice be delivered or will he escape given that one of the best criminal lawyers is ready to fight it out for him at the risk of losing his family and all that he holds dear? But what comes as a surprise is the second crime one which leaves everyone baffled. The perpetrator of this one is too clever for the arms of the law to catch him/ her.

So what happens?

Packed with drama, emotional outbursts, camaraderie and an exciting insight into a legal battle, the story takes an interesting turn only to leave us stunned in the end. The climax is one that one may hardly foresee.

The characters are well developed and one can easily relate to their actions, reactions, mental agony, outbursts, etc.

Language is simple, crisp, lucid and devoid of heavy legal jargon such that are hard to digest. Hence it is easy for even a layman to enjoy the courtroom scenes which are of course the highlight of this book.


Enjoyable, engrossing and engulfing, the book is definitely a must read thriller. I’ll give it a 4 on a scale of 5.


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Book Review: The Colours of Passion



TITLE: The Colours of Passion: Unravelling dark secrets behind the limelight
AUTHOR: Sourabh Mukherjee
PUBLISHER: Readomania
GENRE: Fiction ( Crime Thriller)
ISBN: 9789385854453



Within days of her fairy-tale wedding with Manav Chauhan, Hiya Sen, the reigning queen of Tollywood, is brutally raped and murdered. As ACP Agni Mitra investigates into the high-profile murder, he meets Neha Awasthi, with whom Manav broke his engagement to marry Hiya, Neha’s father Deepak Awasthi, who was eyeing business benefits through the alliance, Mayank Kapoor, an alcoholic model and Rituja Bose, the diva who had reigned over Tollywood over the past decade. When two more murders connected with the case make headlines, it’s time for Agni to find answers to perplexing questions and unveil shocking truths.

The Colours of Passion breezes through Kolkata’s glamorous world of industrialists, movie stars, models and fashion designers laced with drug addiction and illicit liaisons, with a heart-wrenching tragedy at its core.


Plot/ Story-line: Guess, guess, guess….. only to realize in the end that all your calculations were wrong and the master plotter and his/ her motive was something you had not foreseen. Cleverly crafted, ‘The Colours of Passion’ is a murder mystery thriller that engulfs you making it literally impossible for you to put it down till you read the last line. The murder, the motive, the suspects, efforts to unravel the mystery and the final truth make for an engrossing read.

The twists and turns coupled with the sleuthing activities of ACP Agni and Inspector Arya take one through a maze of activity, activity that sets one’s brain working to fit pieces of the puzzle in the right slot to complete it. In short, the story challenges the sleuth in the reader.

While I loved the twists and turns and the plot and sub-plots what turned out to be the icing on the cake was the climax. Never in my wildest dream would I have thought that the story would take such an unpredictable turn and that I believe sums up the success of the book.

Characterization: The characters are well developed and come across as normal human beings packed with the good and the bad i.e. they are easily relatable. While ACP Agni is level headed and mature as should be a distinguished cop, actress Rituja is an attention seeker, a woman jealous of her competitor, and why not, after all it is the lure of the silver screen that has enticed her. The very thought of someone taking her place can make her insane. The other characters too help take the story forward smoothly either as suspects or as persons in the know-how of secrets dark and disturbing.

Language: Simple, crisp and lucid. The author has been able use imagery to create an air of suspense. Words flow smoothly and emotions find expression thus making the book a veritable treat.

Pace: The pace is perfect, neither slow nor too fast. It is steady and smooth.


The editing wowed me and I was not surprised.

Know why?

I could not have expected anything else from ‘The House of Readomania.’ They truly are one of the best in the Industry. Book after book that leaves their desk speak volumes of their sense of perfection and mastery in the field of editing. This exactly is the reason why I have no two thoughts while picking up their books provided the genre is to my liking and the blurb appeals to my senses.


A nail-biting thriller with a twist that will leave you shaking your head in disbelief ( not because it’s unrealistic but because you’d have hardly ever thought on those lines), I’ll give this a 5 on a scale of 5.


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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.



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.


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.


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



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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

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BOOK REVIEW: Operation India One


TITLE: Operation India One
AUTHOR: Shiv Kumar
PUBLISHER: Om Books International
GENRE: Fiction (Mystery- Adventure- Thriller)



The cover design with a man in battle fatigues holding a gun and the title i.e. ‘Operation India One’ depicted in the tricolor is enough to make one realize that this one has got something to do with the Nation’s security. It fits the story-line.


Operation India One

Dedicated police officer, ACP Gautam Dhaliwal, takes it upon himself to root out the MAF, a major Naxal organization based in the remote village of Bhagatpur, Bihar, as part of the central government backed, ‘Operation India One’. As his investigations on the ground progress, however, he uncovers behind the official facade of development that he had set out to defend, an ugly nexus of unscrupulous politicians, bureaucrats and businessmen feeding off the oppression of the underprivileged. Torn between his commitment to the Indian State and the sympathy he begins to feel for the miserable plight of the people of the area and the supposed terrorists fighting for them, an agonized ACP Dhaliwal is forced to rethink his earlier views on the meaning of one’s responsibility towards one’s fellow countrymen.



Plot: Wonderful and realistic. Deals with a socio-economic topic and the Naxalite menace. One can easily relate with the emotions of the displaced those whose land is acquired for developmental purposes, their agony and anger on not being given adequate compensation or being rehabilitated properly, the apathy of the State towards these poor beings and how muscle-power often forces simpletons to take up arms. ‘Operation India One’ also gives us an insight into the dirty politics played by politicians just to feed their ego, at the expense of the safety of the common man, the security forces and the Nation.

Language: Language is simple, crisp and lucid.


Story: Inspite of having a wonderful plot I felt there was something missing in the book or should I say it felt incomplete. That feeling of satisfaction that one feels after having read a fast paced action- packed thriller or a mind- boggling mystery was missing.

Characterization: A little under- developed. A story especially a thriller, is complete only when the characters are able to connect with the reader. Here that was sadly missing. I also felt that the Swamiji could have been given a bigger role in the story to make it more interesting.


Overall a simple read which one can finish in just one sitting I give this 3 on a scale of 5.



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A commercial tax officer in Government of Bihar(India), Shiv Kumar was previously an engineer in BHEL(A government of India Undertaking). A voracious reader and passionate writer, Mr. Shiv Kumar is interested in subjects that provide an insight into issues concerning contemporary Indian Society. He is also fond of travelogues, thrillers and crime fiction.

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