Author Archives: Nirmala

The Division Bell Mystery by Ellen Wilkinson

It has been a while since I last read a Vintage Crime novel, so I decided to get back on track with Ellen Wilkinson’s The Division Bell Mystery. The Division Bell Mystery is the second novel I read this year written by a politician (the first being Operation Heartbreak by Duff Cooper), and Wilkinson’s mystery […]

Cat Stories: The Price by Neil Gaiman

Next up in Cat Stories is The Black Cat by Edgar Allan Poe, but I couldn’t bring myself to finish reading it. I stopped at page 3 after the story’s drunkard cat owner started mutilating his cat – it’s cringe-worthy! I haven’t read stories by Poe before, and now I feel like he is a […]

Sweet Little Lies by Caz Frear

Sweet Little Lies has been on several most anticipated summer reading lists, so I was very excited to read it. It has an intriguing premise too. Cat Kinsella is a police detective based in London who seems to be somewhat stuck in her life. During a family visit to Ireland when Cat was eight-years-old, Maryanne […]

Cat Stories: Ming’s Biggest Prey by Patricia Highsmith

Eons ago I read Patricia Highsmith’s The Talented Mr. Ripley which I quite enjoyed it, and Ming’s Biggest Prey reminded me of it – for it sort of a cat thriller! Ming is the name of Elaine’s beloved cat. To Ming, Elaine is the only tolerable human in this whole wide world. Ming has valid […]

Meet Me At The Museum by Anne Youngson

Tina Hopgood is a woman in her sixties, married to Edward, a farmer in East Angelia in England. The day after her best friend Bella died, Tina writes a letter to Professor P. V. Glob, a Danish archaeologist who evacuated the Tollund Man. Tina had been a classmate of Glob’s daughter, and one of the […]

Cat Stories: Broomsticks by Walter de la Mare

Walter de la Mare failed to captivate me with her Broomsticks. After I saw the title, I had a bad feeling about it – I thought it is going to be a story where the cat gets abused! But it wasn’t anything like that. Sam, Miss. Chauncey’s cat was actually spoiled with love – she […]

Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman

I don’t know how to describe Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine – I’m at a loss for words. It is such a lovely book, and I don’t think I can do justice to it. But I shall try my best, so bear with me! The novel’s protagonist Eleanor Oliphant is a very interesting woman. She […]

Cat Stories: The Cat by Mary E. Wilkins Freeman

Some people shouldn’t own cats or any pets for that matter. The owner of the cat in Mary E. Wilkins Freeman’s story is one such person. The Cat begins in the dead of winter, and the cat’s owner – an old man – had left his mountain hut and gone to the village to escape […]

She Was the Quiet One by Michele Campbell

Bel and Rose Enright are twin sisters, but they couldn’t be more different from each other. Bel takes after their mom, so she is a dreamer and a stunner who turns heads around wherever she goes. Next to Bel, Rose is just plain looking, but what she lacks in looks, she makes up for with […]

Cat Stories: The Cat That Walked By Himself by Rudyard Kipling

Kipling’s The Cat That Walked By Himself examines the relationship cats have with humans. The story is set in the stone age – the wild man has met the wild woman, and she has set him straight! They now live in a cave picked by the woman and have a fire at the back of […]

Three Things About Elsie by Joanna Cannon

Three Things About Elsie received rave reviews when it was first published in the UK at the beginning of this year. A lot of readers across the pond wanted to see it in the Women’s Prize for Fiction shortlist, although, unfortunately, it didn’t make it. But in any case, their gushing praises were enough to […]

Cat Stories: Cats Will Be Cats by P. G. Wodehouse

Saki’s Tobermory is followed by another hilarious tale in Cat Stories. In Cats Will Be Cats, Webster is the name of Theodore’s cat. Before leaving for Africa to take up his new responsibilities as the Bishop at See of Bongo-Bongo, Theodore places his beloved cat under the care of Lancelot, his nephew who is an […]

Tin Man by Sarah Winman

Shortlisted for Costa Novel Award in 2017, Sarah Winman’s Tin Man tells the story of Ellis and Michael. The two of them were 12 years old when they met for the first time. Michael had just moved in with Mabel, his grandmother, and Ellis, who is Mabel’s neighbor becomes friends with him instantly. Both boys […]

Cat Stories: Tobermory by Saki

I haven’t read stories by Saki before, so Tobermory is my first. In Tobermory, Lady Blemley has invited Mr. Cornelius Appin for a house-party. Lady Blemley doesn’t personally know Appin – someone had told her he is a clever man, so that’s is how he ended up getting invited. But at the party, his cleverness […]

Goodbye, Vitamin by Rachel Khong

Rachel Khong’s debut novel Goodbye, Vitamin tells the story of the thirty-year-old Ruth who is back at her parents’ home after avoiding them for ages. Ruth’s father, a well-known history professor, is suffering from Alzheimer’s, and upon her mother’s request, Ruth decides to stay with them for a year to help take care of her […]