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Barnabas - Bombay's First Private Detective

3.3  ·  Rating details ·  23 Ratings  ·  9 Reviews
British India. The summer of 1942. Bombay. From the leafy lanes of Wodehouse Road, a British woman goes missing from her home. Her husband Thomas Stanton, wants to keep the police out of the loop, and thus calls in Bombay’s first Private Detective, Barnabas Mehta. Barnabas, the son of a cook, has been brought up under the tutelage of his father’s employer, Francis Curtis, ...more
Paperback, 246 pages
Published June 2012 by Westland
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Sohini Banerjee
Jul 26, 2012 rated it liked it
i have given a 3 star to this book (actually a 3.5) because I found it to be a rather enjoyable read. The first few pages are a slight drab, but then on, the book is fast paced and rather interesting.

However, if you are an Agatha Christie fan or have read enough mystery books till date, then guessing the culprit by the middle of the book, would not be rocket science. Also, I believe that Sangeeta Nambiar was greatly inspired by Christie herself, and her protagonist, Barnabas is largely modeled o
Reshmi Kurup
Dec 28, 2012 rated it liked it
As far as the genre goes, the writer has done full justice to the story. A very good blend of situation and twists that keeps the reader hooked up to the book.A must read for every thriller fan. Besides the simple language, its in itself a very good read due to the unique story line.

Other than the thriller sense, the books gives an insight into the other face of British India. Rather than the general negative persona assigned to whites then ruling the country, Barnabas lets us know the better,
Rishi Prakash
Oct 26, 2015 rated it really liked it
I had picked this book randomly at a book fare after checking the rating on goodreads itself! I started this book with a lower expectation and was pleasantly surprised when it turned out good :-)

Setting her novel in the pre-independence times, roughly around the Quit India Movement, Nambiar has created a character called Barnabas C. Mehta, who, quite obviously, is the lead of her eponymous novel - Barnabas, Bombay's First Private Detective which is also printed on his visiting card and makes a
Samyuktha jayaprakash
Sep 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
A well written set in early 40s Mumbai. Once a twin pops up the ending isn't hard to get. However this is a book more about the travel than the journey. Would love to read more mystery books set in India.
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Sathya Narayanan
Sep 04, 2015 rated it really liked it
Amazing read. A perfect detective fiction with twists and turns. No wonder Sangeeta is a film-maker. She makes us relive the era of freedom struggle in 1940's and in the middle tells us a story about how the Bombay's First Private Detective becomes a perfect professional. Sangeeta also gives us an insight about how some Englishmen made India theirs and lived as a English through skin and an Indian from within. The book reveals that they too had feelings for Indians and wanted India to be free fr ...more
Oct 14, 2015 rated it liked it
It's a good book for a person who is starting his journey in the world suspense novels. It was fun though, to imagine 1940's Bomabay. The characters are etched well. And the relation between Francis Kaka and Barnabas is beautiful.
Archana Tanwar
Nov 02, 2015 rated it it was ok
although d plot was predictable d narration was gud enough to keep me hooked it d end.
Ankul Barar
Oct 12, 2012 rated it really liked it
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