Murder in Mumbai by K.D. Calamur (Netgalley ARC) begins when two burglars discover a dead body and in a panic, decide to dispose of it themselves. When the body is eventually discovered, Inspector Vijay Gaikwad and journalist Jay Ganesh approach the case from different vantage points.
Some of the most interesting parts of the novel have to do with the contrasts and conditions of Bombay/Mumbai. The novel is very short and the characters don't seem fully developed. I found it difficult to care much about the victim as she remained a bit of a cipher, but I did enjoy some of the details about Mumbai.
E-book from Netgalley/Penguin.
Fiction. Mystery. 2012. print version: 184 pages.
The White Forest by Adam McOmber is a little bit Gothic, a little bit Supernatural, and a lot less than I hoped for. Jane Silverlake has an unusual gift: she can see the souls of man-made objects. (?)
Largely separated from society in her father's crumbling mansion, Jane has two close friends, Maddy and Nathan. When Nathan goes missing, Jane and Maddy believe his disappearance has something to do with Ariston Day's cult following.
The blurb sounded interesting, but the novel failed to really capture my interest or concern for the characters.
Netgalley ARC e-book.
Fiction. Gothic/Mystery. 2012. print version: 320 pages.