Murder in San Felice


Author: Chandralekha Mehta

9788189884857 | PB | pp. 180 | 2011 | Zubaan Books

Murder in San Felice by Chandralekha Mehta is a mystery novel set in the wealthy neighbourhood of San Felice. There was a murder. Can they pin the suspect?

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This sparkling debut mystery brings readers into the glitz, the gossip, and all varieties of backstabbing of San Felice’s wealthy elite.

Count Jorge was a fabulously wealthy, devastatingly good-looking socialite, a leading figure in the South American city of San Felice. When he is found brutally stabbed to death, it soon becomes clear that ‘polite’ society in San Felice is anything but.

Is the murder linked to the Indian Ambassador, himself a victim of blackmail? Why is his wife, whom he suspects of having an affair with the Count, so apparently unaffected by his death? Who is the young man with the honey-coloured hair who takes the news so terribly? As for the Commissioner of Police, he is trying to decide which discovery is the more problematic: the corpse lying on the bed, or the Ambassador’s daughter’s riding boots lying underneath it.

Intrigue and murder are afoot as the list of suspects mount–and so too may the body count…

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About the Author

The author and her sisters grew up in Allahabad where her uncle, Jawaharlal Nehru, and parents were at the very core of the Indian national struggle for independence from British rule. While still in her teens she was arrested during the Quit India Movement and held without trial. She worked for the National Herald. After her marriage to a diplomat, Ashok Mehta, she lived in a number of countries and continued writing for newspapers and journals. This is her first novel.


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