Tuesday, November 24, 2020

Book Review: Kiss of Salt by Smita Bhattacharya


Title: Kiss of Salt
Series: Darya Nandkarni's Misadventures #1
Author: Smita Bhattacharya
Genre: Mystery; Thriller
Publication Date: July 30, 2019
Publisher: Rumour Books

It was crazy really, for Darya to think she could have some peace and quiet at Heliconia Lane. Yes, it was located in a beautiful corner of South Goa—by the beach, no less—but after her Aunt Farideh disappeared twenty years ago—from this very place—nothing has been the same again. And now her uncle was dead under bizarre circumstances as were two of the neighbours on his street.

What was happening? Was there a murderer on the loose? Why were people dying? Was it connected to her aunt’s disappearance in some way?

And most importantly, was Darya going to be next?

A cozy, Agatha Christie-style whodunnit, Kiss of Salt introduces Darya Nandkarni, an amateur, and accidental detective, who is clever, spirited, resourceful, yet troubled and vulnerable. Her adventures will make you laugh, cry, gape, and marvel, and you won't be able to put down the book until you've solved the mystery along with her in the beautiful side-streets of Goa. 

*A Thank you to the author for gifting me this book. This is my honest and unbiased review*


Hello Fellow Readers,

I love myself a good cozy mystery with a strong female protagonist and with Kiss of Salt I got exactly that. Darya was a great character, I do admit that at first I did not connect with her right away and was a little worried that I wouldn't. However, the more I read and got to know Darya, the more I started to enjoy her narration and attitude. Darya is a strong woman who has just got out of a tough relationship and just wanted to get her life together, of course things don't go according to plan and she is caught up and sucked into a mystery. 

I did guess who the culprit was right away, which was due to clues that Bhattacharya sprinkled in, they were mixed in very well and if you don't pay attention you can skip right past them. I also guessed a couple of other details but was still taken aback by the ending and how everything played out which I appreciated. Bhattacharya is a good writer, who turned some cliche elements into a fresh and creative story. Kiss of Salt reads more like a classic mystery than the newer cozy mysteries I'm used to which makes it feel unique.

Overall, a good mystery for anyone who enjoys being taken by surprise.

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