The latest novel in the acclaimed Bangalore Detectives Club series finds amateur sleuth Kaveri Murthy uncovering a new murder during the blood moon eclipse.
When new bride Kaveri Murthy reluctantly agrees to investigate a minor crime to please her domineering mother-in-law—during the blood moon eclipse, no less—she doesn’t expect, once again, to stumble upon a murder.
With anti-British sentiment on the rise, a charismatic religious leader growing in influence, and the fight for women’s suffrage gaining steam, Bangalore is turning out to be a far more dangerous and treacherous place than Kaveri ever imagined—and everyone’s motives are suspect.
Together with the Bangalore Detectives Club—a mixed bag of street urchins, nosy neighbours, an ex-prostitute, and a policeman’s wife—Kaveri once again sleuths in her sari and hunts for clues in her beloved 1920s Ford.
But when her life is suddenly put in danger, Kaveri realizes that she might be getting uncomfortably close to the truth. So she must now draw on her wits and find the killer . . . before they find her.
Praise for Murder Under a Red Moon:
“Superb… Assured pacing matches equally assured prose, and Nagendra brings the political tensions of India’s colonial period to life without overwhelming the crafty whodunit plot. Fans of Abir Mukherjee’s Wyndham and Banerjee novels will find much to like.”
—Publishers Weekly, Starred Review
“The Bangalore Detectives Club… stood out for its sparkling writing, sound plotting and historical research… I’m pleased to report that its follow-up, Murder Under A Red Moon, exceeds all my expectations.”
—New York Times Book Review
“Should you be on the market for a new literary detective, you’d be hard pressed to find one more charming than Kaveri Murthy… It’s a pleasure to enter Kaveri’s clever mind, and Nagendra wraps the story in a message of women’s empowerment.”
“A fast paced and engaging story… cozy mystery readers will find much to love in the adventures of the indomitable detective.”
“This charming historical cosy mystery delivers on its promise. The combination of delicious descriptions of lunches and teas, the rhythm of small-town life in a sleepy Bangalore, a dangerous antagonist, and Kaveri’s attempts to think through and make sense of the larger political and social issues roiling 1920s India make for a satisfying read.”