Having read a dystopian thriller very recently, I had thought of not reading another quite so soon. I had felt that the particular genre was not to my liking. But something about this book appealed to me, and I began to read it. I guess it was the blurb, or maybe even the word “Cleansweep” in the title.
Short stories capture my attention in a different way from novels. While I love reading the novel length books, there is a certain charm about short stories that I like. It tries to tell a lot in a very short span, and to do it well is an art, I feel. This collection brings thirteen short stories, a mix of both fictional and real life inspired.
There are few authors I can never tire reading. J K Rowling, Lee Child, Khaled Hosseini, Arthur Conan Doyle… and then there’s Agatha Christie. I discovered the beauty of crime fiction through Sherlock Holmes, but it was (and still is) Agatha Christie who continues to keep me hooked to that genre. Over the years, I’ve read and collected most of her works, and I was delighted when a book club I’m a part of decided on this book for its Book of the Month.
Crime fiction is a genre that’s very interesting for me. To go along with the plot and try to solve it along with the detective in the story, that’s fun. I’ve heard Agatha Christie called as the Queen of Crime, and in an earlier review, I’ve agreed with it as well. Her books are very interesting to read, and I’ve reread many and felt that the interest still holds. Of the many detectives she has created, Hercule Poirot is the one I’ve read most. This book marked my first foray into the Miss Marple series.
Fantasy as a genre is quite appealing. It takes us into a world that’s concocted by the author, with magic and magical creatures etc. It’s a wonderful way to get away from reality almost completely. To take Indian mythology and kind of mix it with life and make it into a fantasy novel, I felt that that novel would be interesting. It was the main reason I wanted to read the book The Secret Mantra by Chaitra KR.