Can a crime fiction be a light read? At times it can. This was one such instance. I found another book of this series, but thought I ought to start with this one, the first of the series, so I get an idea of the main characters.
Crime fiction is a genre many writers seem to be attempting these days in Indian writing in English. This book came my way quite unexpectedly, and looking at the cover design, I never thought I would read it. As it turns out, it helped break a reading block that had been holding me back for a while.
When it comes to favorite detectives, I think Sherlock Holmes would rank high for most (if not all) crime fiction lovers. The Hound of the Baskervilles is one of my favorites. I have read this once before, a long time back, so thought it time for a reread.
Just when I was thinking an author cannot surprise me more, this book comes along. Quaint English villages weren’t enough for murder mysteries, perhaps, so Dame Agatha Christie goes a step further with this… a crime fiction in ancient Egypt.
Reading the prologue, one wonders if this novel is a mystery, a thriller or a courtroom drama. The defendant in the case is Dr. Paige Taylor, accused of killing a patient to gain a lot of money. The prosecution wants her to get the death sentence. The only person who seems to believe in Paige’s innocence is her fiance. Will the defence attorney be able to give the jury reasonable doubt and prove Paige’s innocence? Or is she really guilty?