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Under the Eye of Kali (Anita Ray #1)

3.28  ·  Rating Details ·  32 Ratings  ·  10 Reviews
Trouble befalls two American tourists staying at the cozy seaside Hotel Delite in southern India. Helping her aunt Meena run the place, photographer and gallery owner Anita Ray is drawn into the mystery. The victims, both women, were nurses, one of whom admitted to smuggling black market medical supplies across the border to those in need. Now one of them is dead, the othe ...more
Hardcover, 273 pages
Published May 19th 2010 by Five Star (ME) (first published 2010)
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Kameel Nasr
Nov 30, 2016 Kameel Nasr rated it it was amazing
The last TV show “Local Authors with Kameel Nasr,” I had the pleasure of interviewing Susan Oliskew, a tall, dignified blond who fell in love with India in her youth and writes mysteries based in India.
I had met Susan on a couple of occasions, and I bought her first book in the India cozy mystery series. I could tell right away that she was an experienced writer. In fact, she told me on the show that she had begun writing as a child, and before the India mystery series, which featured a feisty
M. White
Jul 31, 2016 M. White rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Set in southern India, with an Indian-American young woman as protagonist, this is a well-written and fascinating look into daily life in India and into the conflict between 'the old ways' and the new generation. It is obvious the author is familiar with and fond of this area -- her descriptions are spot-on -- and it is easy to become totally enmeshed in Anita's world as you read. There is definitely a mystery to be solved, but for me that took second place to the marvelously drawn pictures of d ...more
Jul 15, 2010 Susan rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery-india
Half American Anita Ray helps her traditional aunt Meena run her hotel in a tourist area in Kerala. They're entertaining a number of Americans when one is taken sick with something more than food poisoning, and another disappears. Even the other tourists put it down to bad karma, but Anita wants to know what happened, and why it all seems to be connected to a man who made reservations at the hotel last year and never turned up. Meena is acting oddly, too, and seems to have a mysterious objection ...more
Oct 12, 2016 Jason rated it it was amazing
A gorgeous setting, beautifully drawn characters, and an intriguing mystery gets this series off to a glorious start. Anita's need to know pushes her further and further into the mystery that spreads from America, Southern India, Thailand and Burma (Myanmar). The descriptions of ceremonies, locations and food (oh the food), add wonderful details, that lead the reader on the twisted road to this mysteries solution. I'm now going to binge read the next three books in this series!
Feb 26, 2012 Bellewitch66 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As an initiated Daughter of Kali, through, I am always on the look out for new (to me) titles on Her.
This book not only fed that, it gave me a new genre of Cozy Mysteries to explore.

I don't think the author is of Indian origin, but she got so much of that correct... The family structures, village and neighborhood web of relationship.

I spent a very enjoyable weekend with this book, and I look forward to finding more in this series!
Apr 22, 2012 Carrie rated it really liked it
An interesting mystery about a young woman who helps her aunt run a hotel in India, and what happens when a tourist goes missing there. The writing really set the stage; the India Oleksiw describes is fascinating.
Apr 01, 2010 Patty rated it it was ok
I was looking forward to this one, and will keep an eye out for a second one, but overall this one did not move me and I was counting pages til the end. OK atmosphere, OK characters, OK mystery... just an OK book. Nothing more.
Aug 20, 2012 Turi rated it liked it
Great mystery set in Kerala, India. Now I want to go to this wonderful sounding beach! I will definitely read her next "Anita Ray" mystery.
Feb 12, 2013 Georgene rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery
Interesting in what the book reveals about the culture of southern India. The mystery part was a bit overblown.
Tessa in Mid-Michigan
Jul 30, 2012 Tessa in Mid-Michigan rated it it was ok
Shelves: mysteries
Not terribly well written, but kept my attention enough to finish. Enjoyed the Keralan setting and culture. The ending was laugh-out-loud funny. Probably going to read the next one. 2.5 stars
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