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Tulip Season: A Mitra Basu Mystery

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A missing domestic-violence counselor. A wealthy and callous husband. A dangerous romance. Kareena Sinha, an Indian-American domestic-violence counselor, disappears from her Seattle home. When the police dismiss suspicions that she herself was a victim of spousal abuse, her best friend, Mitra Basu, a young landscape designer, resolves to find her. Mitra's search reveals gl...more
Paperback, 246 pages
Published May 6th 2012 by Booktrope Editions (first published April 19th 2012)
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The best part of this book was the language of gardening and the descriptions of working with plants and the earth. At almost every turn there is another metaphor for the way pieces of the mystery are hidden, or the way the sky functions as a way to dramatize how a mood can change. The book’s themes were highlighted by watching Mitra care for her plants, how she observed the way they grow or die, regenerate or wilt depending on other factors.

The themes of friendship and betrayal were also broug...more
How does a gardener from Wallingford get herself involved in a missing person case steeped in mystery, murder, and international intrigue? The answer lies within Bharti Kirchner’s latest novel, Tulip Season, the first in a series of Mitra Basu Mysteries.

Mitra Basu is a 29 year-old Calcutta-born, Wallingford-based landscape designer who discovers that her dearest friend, Kareena Sinha, has gone missing. As she tries to get to the bottom of Kareena’s mysterious disappearance, she discovers a lot o...more
Back to My Roots

Mitra Basu expects foul play when her best friend, Karenna, goes missing. Mitra begins to wonder what could have become of her best friend and why her husband Adi is not looking for her. Mitra realizes that as an Indian-American domestic violence counselor, Kareena could be the victim of an angry husband. It is possible that she was by some twist of fate a domestic abuse victim herself running from her husband. Many things cross her mind as she works to find her best friend and s...more
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Mitra Basu, a gardener/freelance writer by trade, is of Indian heritage, making her life in Seattle after leaving her home country. She's best friends with Kareena, a counselor for victims of domestic violence, who's married to Adi, an IT Software company owner. She's also cultivated a friendship with an older woman, to whom she affectionately looks as her stand-in grandmother.

When Kareena suddenly disappears without a word and without a hint as...more
Started this book this morning and had an overwhelming feeling that I'd already read this. Saddened by that thought, but then I started prowling around to see whether I really had read this and discovered that I probably am recalling the short story version of it in a collective of Seattle authors, Seattle Noir.


Finished this book a few minutes ago. Mitra, a landscape gardener in Seattle is worried about her best friend Kareen's disappearance. Kareen is a domestic violence counselor and her...more
Debra Daniels-zeller
Kareena, a domestic abuse couselor disappears and her friend Mitra is desperate to find her. Did Kareena's husband kill her? Or was it someone else? Turns out the story is more complex than who killed Kareena, and that's what kept me reading this great mystery by Bharti Kirchner. Love and betrayal--my two favorite ingredients in good stories. What I really liked about this book was the strengths of the main character--who wouldn't want a friend like Mitra who went to so much trouble to solve the...more
Patsy Cardwell
Definitely a dud. Glad it was free. I finished it just because I hate not to to finish a book once I start it but it was a struggle all the way through. Just didn't get it. Didn't understand or even enjoy reading about this culture. Could not recommend it.
The fast pace writing style at first put me off, but I quickly became drawn in to the life of Mitra Basu. I really enjoyed the glimpses into Indian culture and language during her search for her best friend. Although a single volume, I feel like I have read a much longer book. Ms. Kirchner fills her pages with action and feeling. For mystery lovers like me it is a "fun" romp through a veiled underworld that speaks to issues that everyday people are still struggling with. I really liked Mitra. Sh...more
Arleen Williams
Summer's upon us here in the Pacific Northwest, and Bharti Kirchner's given us another wonderful book to kick off the season. I'm not usually a reader of mysteries, but Tulip Season is beautifully layered with enough color and culture to keep me turning the pages. Pick this one up for a great read!
Not a typical mystery, because there isn't a death early on, but mostly it works.
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Bharti Kirchner is the author of nine books—five critically acclaimed novels and four cookbooks and hundreds of short pieces for magazines and newspapers. Her fifth novel (a mystery this time), Tulip Season: A Mitra Basu Mystery is due out in 2012.

Her earlier novels include Pastries: A Novel of Desserts and Discoveries, Darjeeling, Sharmila’s Book, and Shiva Dancing.

Bharti has written for Food &...more
More about Bharti Kirchner...
Darjeeling: A Novel Pastries: A Novel of Desserts and Discoveries Sharmila's Book Shiva Dancing The Bold Vegetarian: 150 Inspired International Recipes

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