Murder in Seven Acts: Lalli Mysteries
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Lalli, retired policewoman, intrepid detective, collects curiosities… that inevitably lead to murder.
The curiosity of murder unfolds in seven acts.
Since Kalpana Swaminathan’s first whodunit was published over ten years ago, Lalli—sixty and silver-haired and tough as nails—has been one of the most memorable detectives in Indian fiction. Lalli returns in this brilliant page-turner, a collection of seven stories, to solve some of the strangest, most complex cases of her career.
The opening act, in which a face keeps reappearing until a crime committed long ago is revealed, is followed by a murder that could be hypothetical—or a reality (Lalli turns to Schrodinger’s Cat to find out). In the third act in this unfolding drama, Lalli and Sita are invited to a book-burning which turns out to be murder most foul. And Lalli turns her skills to the world of high fashion when Sita sits next to a serial killer on a bus—but was he killer or victim?
The aptly named Sucide Point in Bombay’s suburbs, leads Lalli to a suicide that turns out to be something far more sinister. And an innocuous desk ornament is the clue to a crime most artistically executed. Finally, for connoisseurs of fiction, the curtains come down with a threnody for lost love.
Kalpana Swaminathan lives in Mumbai, a few streets away from her detective Lalli. Since Cryptic Death (1997), Lalli has appeared in six novels, the most recent being Greenlight (2017). Her other novels include Ambrosia for Afters, Bougainvillea House and Venus Crossing, which won the Crossword Fiction Award in 2009.Kalpana also writes with Ishrat Syed as Kalpish Ratna. Their most recent work of non-fiction is The Secret Life of Zika Virus (2017).