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Murder in Amaravati

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Padmavati, the village hostess's body is found in a sacred chamber of the Kali temple. Men wanted her; women hated her; while some men wanted to keep their liaisons hidden.
But who had the motive, the means and opportunity to kill her?
Padmavati charged by the hour - her laughs, her understanding, her empathy, her advice - everything was available only in return for payment,
Paperback, First, 209 pages
Published March 2012 by Amaryllis
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Riju Ganguly
Jul 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
This one was a fascinating read on all counts. First, we come across the murder. Then we get to know the stratified society of a small town, and various characters inhabiting that landscape. All these are described using rich language laden with red-herrings. Then we accompany the designated investigator who seems to have nabbed the murderer neatly. But then a completely different scenario emerges through the prime suspect.
And even then, the game doesn’t get over.
This story is definitely one of
Feb 25, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: murder-mystery
Murder in Amaravati written by Sharath Komarraju a Banglore-based IT specialist is a well crafted murder mystery. The entire plot keeps the reader guessing on who might be the culprit. Though it is a fictional story sharath has managed to make Amaravati and the river Krishna seem very real.You would love to read some beautiful Telugu names like Krishna Shastri, Annapurna, Vyshnavi , Seetaramaiah, Padmavati and Satyam followed by Gaaru after each name in the English novel after so many days.

The s
Surendra Nath
Apr 20, 2016 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Every fan of Murder Mysteries
I read this book in about 2 days, one of my best speeds. Yes, it’s an interesting, unputdownable book. It’s not fast paced but there is intrigue and suspense that holds the readers’ attention. The author manages to tag everyone as a suspect, convincingly, until the last chapter. All characters appeared to have strong motivations to have killed her.

Another interesting part I found was that though the victim was of low moral character, Komarraju has whipped up good sympathy and liking for her. It
Apr 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Note : This review is up in my blog Book and Ink

A proper mystery should be savored slowly like the famous South Indian filter coffee – The first sip will hit you like a tornado and simply would keep getting intense. The last sip would leave you intoxicated and floating in heaven – this story to me was just like that. From a true-blue filter coffee lover, this is the maximum compliment that can be doled out.

The village hostess is found murdered and body is sprawled in the sanctum sanctorum of th
Manjri Gopalan
Oct 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
'Murder in Amaravati' is a fast-paced, well written, nail-biting murder mystery. I started reading the book at around 11.30 in the night. I was extremely tired after a long day at work and intended to read only a few pages before going to sleep. But as soon as I started, the book grabbed my full attention. I could not keep down the book and almost finished 40% in the first sitting. The entire plot is quite interesting and it keeps the reader guessing on who would be the murderer till the end.

Uday Kanth
May 01, 2014 rated it really liked it
Wow what an exhilarating read!!

Was really pleased to see a very good book set in rural Andhra. The premise is intriguing enough. A prostitute is found dead one morning inside a temple with the whodunnit angle uncomfortably looming on the horizon. She apparently has got links to many of the village men, a lot of them who do seem to have a motive to see her dead. How then is the case solved? Led by head constable Venkat Reddy, this book takes you on a suspense-filled ride through the varied human
Oct 04, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2012
I finished this book in one sitting over a couple of hours. It is an easy and, very impressively, a rather well-written read. I am impressed that we, finally, have an Indian author (from an unconventional writing background) who knows and remembers High School grammar! :) The plot is fairly simple- the village prostitute is found dead inside the sanctum Santorum of the village Kali temple. No one wants her death investigated, as most of the villagers are relieved that she is dead. However, the p ...more
Veena Soujanya
Dec 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: sharath, thriller
"Murder in Amravathi" is yet another mind blowing work from Sharath. In fact this is his first book which was long listed for Common wealth Book Prize 2013. I would call this a masterpiece of all his works. The plot, the characters and the suspense is well etched and the best is its pace. It is one of those books which you cannot put down till the end. The author carefully weaved the story, placing every character under suspicion. You get engrossed in the mystery and start investigating along wi ...more
Jul 09, 2016 rated it really liked it
Very well written. It is a proper mystery which keeps you guessing till the end. One thing which I liked the most about this is the way the author treated each character. Looking forward to read more of Sharath.
Kushal D murthy
Apr 26, 2015 rated it really liked it
Good one. Engaging and good twists. I must say the author will outsmart you. Try it out.
Lost  In Thoughts
Sep 30, 2020 rated it really liked it
I started reading the book of the month which was murder in Amravati. I really love a murder mystery and wanted to come out of the mainstream murder mystery novels. I had my Goodreads account where I stumbled upon this book and did my background research about it. Well, long story short. I loved the book.

The setting of the book is the village of Amravati gives us a brief introduction to the temple and ancient tree. The book is based on the murder of a village hostess, Padmavati. She lies at the
Madhu Thaloor
Apr 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was through reading a couple of books that I didn't really enjoy when I thought of this author who had written dozens of books, mostly on mythology. I wrote to him and asked him which amongst his books he would recommend to a person unfamiliar with his works, that is not mythology related. He suggested a couple, along with this one.

Murder in Amaravati is an engaging book, written with very relatable characters set in southern India. Like any murder mystery, this one too has a predictability e
Aparajita Shorey
May 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
As the title tells you, this novel by first time author Sharath Komarraju revolves around a murder in Amaravati, a village on the bank of river Krishna in Andhra Pradesh. The victim is Padmavati, the village hostess. Her body is discovered in the locked temple of Kali, which situated next to the old banyan tree of the village.

The protagonist is head constable Venkat Reddy who has been handling petty crimes till now and now finds himself facing the dilemma whether to dismiss the case as suicide o
Sonali Dabade
Feb 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing
[Honest rating: 4.5 stars]

[Possible spoilers ahead!]

The reason I keep going back to read Sharath Komarraju’s books is his exceptional description skills. His words have a knack of transporting you into the scene almost immediately. His wonderful insights into the workings of the mind, especially a woman’s, leave me spellbound. At one place, he says, “She wondered if it was the woman inside her that made her worry so. Did she always have to have something to think about, something to fret and bro
Vijayshree Menon
Oct 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is the first murder mystery that I read from author's work. His plot and creation of setting is really good. Each character had distinct voices . In terms of the plot, it was tight and gripping. No loose ends. The reason I rated it 4 was that while I liked the twist in the story, I felt the means seemed a liitle unrealistic. However, On the whole as a reader, I traveled to Amaravati and seemed to live in the little village. ...more
Jul 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
One word - Amazing! It has been a long, long, long time since I've been caught up in such a riveting mystery. I felt this one to be on the similar lines of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes mysteries. I liked the way the village life has been portrayed and the hierarchies inside every village. It was a complete mystery even towards the end - unexpected twist! Beautiful. Definitely worth reading! ...more
Batting the Eyelid means Ok!

The title of the novel attracted me to read it. Sharath's use of vocabulary is highly appreciated in comparison to the plot of the novel.
Author's detective imagination can certainly improve as ans when he pens more of similar plots.
Sreejith K R
Apr 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
It started slow... but as it progressed I really liked reading it.
Sneha Nanavati
Jan 22, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A classic murder mystery close set in local town and a pure delight to read. Characters feel nostalgic and the setting is very exciting!
Sai Rama
May 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
An excellent murder mystery with excellent ending setup and based in Rural Andhra Pradesh. One of the best South Indian Murder mysteries I Can Dare say
Jul 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ebook
Light reading.. Loved the climax..
Sep 09, 2019 rated it liked it
A whodunit story where you have several suspects and the actual killer becomes known at the end.Story starts a little slow but picks up pace gradually and ends up quite well. Twists and turns were not too many but plot had decent and enjoyable twists. Some part of it was predictable but I guess all in all it was a worth reading murder suspense.
Character building was real and good except that of constable trying to trace the culprit all of his own similar to a private detective, which seems a li
Rekha Rajgopal
Oct 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
Good writing, crisp and to the point.

The book is devoid of flab.

The plot is good and the suspense is good but the twist in the tale is too darned good.

Nov 26, 2019 rated it liked it
The ending was pretty surprising however the intention of the murderer is not clearly defined. The story telling went flat halfway. Also, Shekhar trying to adopt Padmawati didn't seem plausible. ...more
Akash Mashalkar
Feb 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Feb 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
A good read! Kept me engrossed and guessing till the end.
Mayur Navadia
Jun 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
I like the last part of book!!!
Evan Ames
Jul 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Good mysteries have many. Twist

In the manner of the greats, we get little hints but never put the puzzle together. It is refreshing as to who figures it out.
M.Sai Sreelekha
Nov 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Amazing!!! A great murder mystery

Amazing thriller story with a great twist, which is unpredictable. A good read for people, who like mystery thriller genre.
Jun 25, 2020 rated it it was ok
The story is fine. But the language is not beautiful. Also the insights into human nature or society or geography are not very moving. The language is ok. There are no phrases that sound beautiful. An ok book for easy time pass. I didn’t really learn anything new from this book nor did I feel much pleasure.
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Sharath Komarraju is an author of fiction and nonfiction based in Bangalore, India. Once a software engineer, now he writes for a living, and on lazy days he watches cricket and talks to his wife (often at the same time).

His most popular work to date is the Hastinapur series, in which he speaks into the silences of the Mahabharata story through the epic's many women characters.

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