‘It is the season of serial murders in Meraupatnam’
Juni Dagger: Murders in Meraupatnam
By- Arjun Chandra Kathpalia
Publisher- Rupa Publications
My rating- 4/5
‘Catch me if you can or die while you can’
‘A foodie detective who rarely pays for his food’
Juni Dagger, a foodie detective who rarely pays for his food, has been invited to Meraupatnam to solve a serial murder mystery. He has been invited here by the mayor of Meraupatnam, Jacques Lebon.
Meraupatnam is a coastal town. It is in India but not like India. It is more like a French Colony. Most of its inhabitants are Anglo-Indian. It is a nice and beautiful town to live. It is with cheerful surroundings and restaurants with various delicious delicacies.
But the situations in Meraupatnam are not good in last few months. The town is shaken by one after another serial sniper killings by unknown Assassins. The VIPs of Dormeth lane are their main target. They have succeeded in killing 6 VIPs yet.
But now Juni Dagger has taken the matter in his hands. He is a Detective with a great reputation. He proved himself the moment he put his foot on the land of Meraupatnam by saving the life of one Mr.Crow from a sniper bullet. He slowly becomes famous in the whole Meraupatnam. He also saves the life of a few persons from being killed by a Sniper Bullet. He also saves the whole group of VIPs from being mass-killed with the help of his sharp eyes and mind. He caught a person with a bomb in a meeting of VIPs, gathered for an auction in the town hall, just 5 minutes before it would blast.
But these things are not doing and he has to catch the main mastermind, whom he has named as the Veron. He gets clues after clues but each time hits a dead end.
He is assisted by 2 persons. First, Hugo Monroe, an assistant appointed by the Mayor for him. He is an excellent cook and cooks various French delicacies for Juni Dagger. Second, Cameron, whom he met by accident. She is also a detective and requested to Juni Dagger to include her in his investigation team. Juni Dagger accepted her proposal and now the ‘Three Musketeers’ are working together to solve this complex mystery. Sometimes, he is also assisted by Randy, who is a close friend of the Mayor and a big Cruciverbalist. He is an amateur detective and loves to put his nose in other detectives’ works. That is why he also stuck with Juni Dagger.
Between this all mess, Juni enjoys the various food varieties offered in the restaurants of Meraupatnam. His Favourites include Shawruma, Pies, Sandwiches, Pizzas and Prawn food items. But he rarely pays for them and for it, he is quite infamous in the whole town of Meraupatnam. Whenever he visits a restaurant, he eats a lot, finds a stranger, invites him to eat something and flies from the place with some excuses like Washroom.
A year passes but Juni Dagger fails to solve the mystery. Now he starts losing the trust of the people of Meraupatnam. He tries his best but the fate is against him this time. Every time when he catches an assassin, he either suicides or refuses to open his mouth in any way. The biggest problem is that he doesn’t even know the reason behind this murders. But he doesn’t lose hope and keep trying.
The culprit leaves behind riddles but Juni fails in solving them either. There is no link between the murders and everything is getting more complicated by time.
At last, after a year, he succeeds in putting everything together and to form a link. And now his quest for catching the culprit begins.
The path to solving the mystery is very complex and dangerous. But he is determined to solve the case and catch the culprit.
Juni faces a stunning revelation which shakes him from inside. But it also acts as an aid in his quest. Finally, he lays a trap for the culprit. but what takes place after it is stunning and breath-taking.
The story is a mixture of thrill, crime, humor, intelligence, and mystery. It has also a bit of romance in it. The best thing about the story is that it will carry you in bewilderment throughout the story but the last few chapters will leave you gasping for breath. The story is well written and a masterpiece. A very nice debut novel by Arjun Chandra Kathpalia.
Details about the author-
16-year-old Arhun Chandra Kathpalia is an accomplished piano player and a photographer from Delhi. His photographs have been featured in online photography magazines. He is also a gamer, a computer buff, a graphic designer and a gourmand. It is his debut novel.
Details about the Publication-
Rupa Publications is leading publication in not only India but in the whole world. It is an Indian publishing company based in Kolkata which was founded in 1936 by D. Mehra at College Street in Calcutta. It publishes bestselling books by famous authors including Ruskin Bond, Ravi Subramanian, Chetan Bhagat, etc.
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