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A Death in the Himalayas

Nominated | Book Awards 2020 | Creative Writing in English (Fiction & Poetry)

A Death in the Himalayas

Why would anyone kill a well-meaning foreigner like Clare Watson in a quiet neighbourhood in the foothills of the Himalayas?

Full Title: A Death in the Himalayas: A Neville Wadia Mystery

Author: Udayan Mukherjee
Publisher: Pan Macmillan

Award Category: Creative Writing in English (Fiction & Poetry)
About the Book: 

Why would anyone kill a well-meaning foreigner like Clare Watson in a quiet neighbourhood in the foothills of the Himalayas?

Yes, Clare was a fearless woman. But why would she venture into the dark forest after sundown knowing it fully well as leopard habitat?

When a celebrity author-activist is found battered in a Himalayan forest spring, the event resounds internationally. India jumps into headlines once again as a country that is unsafe for women. Closer home, the tragedy divides the sleepy village into gentle folk who mourn the dreadful passing of their dear friend and the motivated elite who believe she was begging for trouble.

As Neville Wadia picks his way through the blood-splattered hills of Birtola, he begins to unpack the deadly truth that killed Clare, only to realize there are other tender lives at stake.

What kind of killer is at work here: a jealous lover, a dejected husband, a sharp land grabber, a wily politician or a disgruntled local?

Tense and atmospheric, A DEATH IN THE HIMALAYAS is a mesmerizing mystery about the little-known intimacies of an idyllic locale.

About the Author: 

Udayan Mukherjee was born in Calcutta. He had a two-decade-long career as a television anchor and editor and continues to be an occasional commentator and newspaper columnist. He divides his time between the Uttarakhand Himalayas and Mumbai. He is the author of the novel Dark Circles. This is his second novel.


‘If you have been desperate for an Indian mystery novel that is written very well, just dive into this. And rejoice, it is the start of a series. This racy, elegant murder mystery is of a higher quality and more honest than many so-called literary novels.’
Manu Joseph

Former journalist and television anchor Udayan Mukherjee’s second novel, A Death in the Himalayas, ably flexes its farms by juggling native and racial politics in the fictional hill village of Birtola… A Death in the Himalayas stands up well as a murder mystery, its final reveal a tasty twist on the minor details Mukherjee serves along the way. More than that the novel is quietly informative and wise about what it wants the reader to ponder, learn and eventually, question.

Mukherjee’s writing, within the Indian mystery genre, has the potential to be seminal. It is of tremendous assurance to know this is to be a series. Mukherjee’s detective remains unique, a heady blend of both Poirot and Sherlock.
Hindustan Times

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