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Banquet on the Dead

3.55  ·  Rating details ·  76 ratings  ·  16 reviews
Kauveramma loved life. She was terrified of water. So why was her body found floating gruesomely, hair fanned out, limbs outspread, in the well of the family compound? Her sons, daughter, grandchildren-some of them resident, others far-flung-assemble at her death with expressions ranging from composed or confused to those of outright maniacal grief. Things don't quite fit, ...more
Paperback, 276 pages
Published October 2012 by Westland
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Jairam Mohan
Aug 14, 2014 rated it really liked it
This is not one of your 'sit on the edge of your seat' or 'bite your nails' kind of murder mystery, but belongs more to the genre of an Agatha Christie and Miss Marple genre of murder mysteries. A purely domestic affair in which the victim seems to have more than a few enemies within her immediate family of sons, daughters, grandsons, granddaughters, daughters-in-law and more and the crime is an 'inside job'.

The main protagonists in the form of ex-criminal Hamid Pasha and his old nemesis turned
Veena Soujanya
Jun 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
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I always feel Sharat's forte is mystery and his books never negate that sentiment. Banquet on the Dead is one of his well-written mysteries which never allows you to put it down. It is a breezy read which you can finish in 2 to 3 hr window enjoying all the way. The fact that the characters and the locations mentioned are close to my native, the book further engaged me. Though initially, the author brings in too many characters without any proper introduction, as the story progresses you get well ...more
Dec 18, 2012 rated it liked it
Sharath’s book is an engaging murder mystery set inside an ancestral house in Hanamkonda, a small town somewhere near Hyderabad. The book traces how the seemingly complicated case is eventually solved by the cop-and-reformed-criminal-duo of Inspector Nagarajan and Hamid Pasha. Kauveramma, a wealthy matriarch with a supposedly profound love for life, was found dead in the neglected family well. The closed case was reopened due glaring inconsistencies - the old matriarch was terrified of water, th ...more
Minu Ganesh
Oct 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is the second book of the author I have read. I like his narrative so much. It is simple to read and apt for beginners. I absolutely loved the way the story unfolds and the murderer is unpredictable. The author made sure that I don't put the book down unless and until I complete reading it ...more
Amit Gupta
Jun 14, 2015 rated it liked it
Kauveramma, the matriarch of a prominent family, falls into a well and drowns. The only curious detail is that there was no water in her lungs. Kauveramma was terrified of water, which raises the question of what she was doing at the well at the time of death and the possibility of foul play. Detective Pasha and Inspector Nagarajan’s investigation begins with a series of interviews with Kauveramma’s sons and daughters.

What makes the novel stand out is an almost Agatha Christie-sh kind of investi
Sheza 'Shez'
Dec 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Completely blown away by the author's ability to make a seemingly simple open and shut murder case so complex and clever. I especially enjoyed the character of Hamid Pasha, whose wit and intelligence were a great balance to the more straightforward thinking of Inspector Nagarajan, who was definitely still quite smart on his own. The author has a great talent for not only thinking outside the box but also for making us ask different questions than from those we normally would. We were given an in ...more
Aravind M (Honest reviews and promoter)
True to the nature of the books written by Sharath, this one too, has you at your wits end from chapter 1 . Although I normally prefer the adventure or the mystery tales than the whodunit stories, but this one takes the cake as far as Indian books of late are concerned. This is of course like the stories read in many of Agatha Christie novels, this one too is a similar read. I guessed the culprit at about 3/4 of the book. Thoroughly enjoyed the read and the story had fantastic description of the ...more
Vinay Leo
Jan 31, 2013 rated it liked it
A classic “whodunnit” mystery, with the character of the victim, the suspects and the detectives sketched quite beautifully, and even the execution of the murder to be in somewhat unexpected manner. One part jars the reader if he/she is paying attention to what he’s reading, rather than being just enthralled by the plot till that point, and the motive, though obvious to the most part is still not iron-clad. Masala sprinkled throughout the plot helps keep the reader’s attention hooked, but I find ...more
Arvind Yerram
Dec 25, 2016 rated it liked it
About the author shows that this is the 2nd book for Sharath. Certainly a good book for a beginner. I liked the book more for the reason of the plot being setup in the area I was born and spent my childhood. Book certainly brings some memories of grannies place and the areas mentioned.
Plot as such has been narrated in a simple and plain english and author purposefully avoided usage of high grammer.
A death case of an octagenarian already closed as a suicide is reopened based on the request by h
Vikas Datta
Aug 17, 2014 rated it really liked it
Brilliant... a most captivating murder mystery set in a nearly dysfunctional family setting and featuring a pair of the most incongruous detectives possible - but the staid policeman is mostly overshadowed by the genteel ex-criminal. Hoping to see a return of the duo - confining them to just one book would be a waste of a valuable resource
Robin Lord
“Banquet on the Dead” is an absorbing, enjoyable and finely tuned puzzle. In this, his second book, Komarraju avoids much of the gratuity and formula of many murder mysteries and has the maturity to retain the aspects of the genre that are worth keeping.

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Anwesha Bose
Sep 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing
It is of course always a pleasure to read a well planned, faultless murder mystery. Banquet on the Dead helped me in relishing such a pleasure perfectly!

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Dec 01, 2012 rated it really liked it
It is a decent whodunit type of book. Reasonable premise with puzzle woven decently. If you are looking for some fresh writing, do try it out. But don't compare it with Agatha Christie or Conan Doyle. They are masters of the trade and it would take a lot for someone to even come close to them. ...more
Aug 02, 2016 rated it it was ok
The book in dead is intriguing. So many suspects keep you hooked. It also is well written. But Why did the murder happen is not quite clear. It was a murder is just not enough.
Oct 10, 2016 rated it liked it
Good story but too many characters.
Would have been easy to understand if there was a family tree diagram.
Mar 19, 2015 rated it liked it
Unsatisfactory read overall. The murder is explained but no reasons given.
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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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