Reviews?

Now there is a word that stirs up controversy. But as a writer I ‘m delighted when people I know send me an email saying they loved the book. I often reply saying please post it on Amazon too if you can. Some are not able to as they are not Amazon customers, some have not bought enough to use that facility. This morning I thought I’ll copy and paste all the reviews I have on my Amazon site for ‘Murder at the Mela’, as a thank you to those who have taken the trouble to post their views. I do know some of them but not all, and that makes me happy. My heart is lifted to hear the words, ‘It’s a proper whodunnit,’ ‘I couldn’t guess who killed Nadia.’ ‘When is the next Patel book coming out?’ Ten reviews in four week of the book launch? That is good and I have received some more positive reviews in the emails. Thank you dear readers that is what matters at the end of the day.

 Murder at the Mela

Not only is this an intriguing murder story with all sorts of red herrings it introduces us to a new Glasgow detective and informs us about the many and varied cultures in Glasgow. (Ann M)

 A gripping read with compassion even for the murderer

Although the novel is in many ways a classic police procedural with plenty of false trails and a plot to hold you gripped to the end, its real distinction is not only the insight it gives into the many different strands in Glasgow’s South Asian community and the highly believable account of the slow, methodical nature of police procedures, but its compassion for all the characters, including the murderer. The novel ends on a cliffhanger (in the personal relationships of the leading character DC Patel) and I hope there will be a sequel. (Anne Clarke)

interesting combination of crime and culture

A beautifully written book with thoughtful depiction of some real issues in Glasgow. I was hooked to the end trying to decipher who the killer was. The tension caused by Patel and Usma’s relationship really had me rooting for them, so with a cliffhanger like that I can only hope we’ll get to see Patel again.(Heather)

 
 A Cracking Story – with many a twist!

I really enjoyed this book and loved all the local references. Through the telling of a cracking crime story, it also brought to the forefront the issues facing the Glasgow’s Asian communities. A good read and educational – I’m looking forward to the sequel. (S.G)

 First Asian Scot detective at his best!

Glasgow’s new DI Alok Patel in this debut ‘whodunnit’ is gripping and tender in equal measure. An intriguing tale that gives the reader an insight into Asian communities in our midst. Kept me hooked till the last page. (Mr. X)

Crime meets culture

A crime story packed with cultural information and conflict with a backdrop of what has become an iconic annual event in Glasgow. What’s not to like? Beautifully descriptive.(Alison C Hughes)

 DI Patel: a new Glasgow detective

A beautifully depicted life of an Asian -Scottish detective – his trials and successes at work and at home. I’m looking forward to the next one! (Palo Stickland)

 Good read – new detective to follow

Murder at the Mela is based around Glasgow and a new Detective Inspector is investigating a murder. Lots of interesting characters provide a good read. (Ishbel Anderson)


 Interesting combination of crime and culture

A quick-paced crime-thriller that gave the reader insight into Scottish and Indian culture side by side. The book kept you guessing to the end who Nadia’s killer was as we see all sides that Glasgow has to offer. (atn)

A gripping and enticing read

A beautifully written book with thoughtful depiction of some real issues in Glasgow. I was hooked to the end trying to decipher who the killer was. The tension caused by Patel and Usma’s relationship really had me rooting for them, so with a cliffhanger like that I can only hope we’ll get to see Patel again.( Heather)

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