6 detective fiction books you need to read


Are you a voracious reader who tends to choose books whose stories revolve around investigations, murders and secrets? We offer you a list of detective novels that you will have a hard time putting down:

LEGAL FICTION by Chandan Pandey

Recommended by: Kiran Manral, author of The Reluctant Detective Kitty Party Murder

“I recommend Legal Fiction by Chandan Pandey, translated by Bharatbhooshan Tiwari. A disappearance of a university professor and a young student in a small town in northern India, the police refusing to press charges for disappearance, the religious, community and political who define all that is now commonplace in India today. This brilliant crime thriller is also just as much an existential thriller.

THE COUNTERFEIT by Bhaswar Mukherji

Recommended by: Aloke Lal, author of Murder in the Bylanes

“Bhaswar Mukherji’s The Forger: Abdul Karim Telgi and the Stamp Scam is a book that I highly recommend. This is a painstakingly documented account of the notorious paper stamp scam that hit the country at the turn of the century. The prose is simple and effective. It is a useful introduction to understanding the flaws in our criminal justice system.

INVITATION TO DIE by Tanusree Podar

Recommended by: Kanchana Banerjee, author of eye on you

“The story and the characters remind me of Agatha Christie, Miss Marple and the stories. Quiet, sleepy town. A murder takes place and there is one person in the community — the detective — trying to solve the crime. These days, crime stories are all about dark, gritty acts. It doesn’t have to be like that.

DIRTY WOMEN by Madhumita Bhattacharya

Recommended by: Damyanti Biswas, author of The blue bar

“Among the novels published lately, I would recommend Madhumita Bhattacharya’s nuanced and searing feminist crime novel, dirty women. It’s about loss, memories and motherhood. Compelling characters, immersive storytelling, and a pacing that won’t let you put the book down until you finish it.


Recommended by: Richa S. Mukherjee, author of Kanpur Khoofiya Pvt. ltd.

“This book takes you to deep and dark places. It’s as much about love and loss as it is about secrets, betrayals and amorphous terrors that grip us and make us question everything. It elicits an interesting mix of emotions.


Recommended by: K. Hari Kumar, author of India’s most haunted

Dead men tell stories is the memoir of a famous forensic surgeon, Dr. B. Umadathan, also known as Sherlock Holmes of Kerala. The forensic surgeon talks about some of the most puzzling cases of his career in this memoir, and goes into depth and detail. If detective stories and true crimes are your thing, then I would recommend this book.


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