Book Review: Murder in the Chowdhury Palace by Sharmishtha Shenoy
Orphaned in her childhood, Durga has always longed for wealth and security.She finds it all when she marries debnaryan Chowdhury, heir to an immense, multi-crore estate. But there is a curse on the family, due to which the first-born of each genration dies young.When her father-in-law Birendrnath dies unexpectedly, durga and debnaryan come down to the ancestral home, near kolkata. The Moment durga enters her new palatial home, she crosses a threshold of terror. She loses her husband within a month of her marriage and inherits the estate.Family and friends believe that debnaryan died due to the curse on the Chowdhury family.But is it really her bad luck that debu died? Was debnaryan’s death an accident? everyone in her new family and the neighborhood appear to be sympathetic. yet, most of them have a motive to kill her. Is she now on the murder’s radar? Or is she the master of the game?
My Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Mysteries are intriguing when they talk less about violence and more about suspense. Murder in the Chowdhury Palace is one such fascinating mystery novel that will take you inside the pool of suspense as you go on reading it.
The author’s writing style is hypnotizing. When the protagonist Durga narrates the scenes and sequences one by one, I felt like I am sitting opposite her and listening to the whole story instead of reading it.
The cob-web of suspense was built meticulously without losing the plot. Chapter by chapter, the story was gripping my senses and transporting them inside the Chowdhury Palace.
Sharmishtha Shenoy has combined curiosity with fear in equal proportions. These two factors have kept the reader’s graph of anticipation to rise steeply.
Every terrible moment like Durga & Debu visiting the haunted house, Debu’s death, the fire in the professor’s cottage gave me goosebumps. The author very well knows how to keep the reader hooked as it was difficult until the last chapter to decode the murderer. With every narrative, the finger of my suspicion kept swinging from one character to another.
The twist when Nag re-entered the story made it more appealing. It was tempting to get intimate with every character especially Manoj, Ellora, Kumud, and Totona.
I read this book at the time when everyone is locked inside their home. I can bet nothing can be more pleasurable than having such a gripping story 📖 alongside in this quarantine period.
Murder in the Chowdhury Palace 📘 is for everyone. For a novice in the field of reading, this is the best book to develop the reading habit. For an avid reader, you can’t stop till you lift off the curtain from the suspense 🗡️. It is so intriguing.
Reading this book is like enjoying your favorite ice-cream 🍦🍨 in the 🥵 sultry weather.
Hurry up! Read it before I shall be tempted to reveal the suspense 🤓.