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Kareena Sinha, an Indian-American domestic-violence counselor, disappears from her Seattle home. When the police dismiss suspicions that she herself was a victim of spousal abuse, her best friend, Mitra Basu, a young landscape designer, resolves to find her. Mitra's search reveals glimpses of a secret life involving her friend and a Bollywood actor of ill repute. Following the trail, Mitra...
Kareena Sinha, an Indian-American domestic-violence counselor, disappears from her Seattle home. When the police dismiss suspicions that she herself was a victim of spousal abuse, her best friend, Mitra Basu, a young landscape designer, resolves to find her. Mitra's search reveals glimpses of a secret life involving her friend and a Bollywood actor of ill repute. Following the trail, Mitra is lured back to India where she uncovers the actor's ties to the Mumbai underworld and his financial difficulties - leading her into a web of life-threatening intrigue where Mitra can't be sure of Kareena's safety or her own.
"Mitra is gunpowder chutney to the mystery genre, her adventures a hot refreshing blast of sumptuous storytelling. Bharti Kirchner has once again conquered another literary field. Highly Addictive."
-- Skye Moody, Author of the mystery novel Three Bags Full
"Tulip Season is an evocative taste of Seattle's darker side."
-- Cara Black, Author of the mystery novel Murder at the Lanterne Rouge
"A multi-layered mystery, Tulip Season, is carefully crafted.
-- Curt Colbert, Co-author of the upcoming mystery novel Dial 'C' for Chihuahua
Posted January 27, 2013
Mitra Basu expects foul play when her best friend, Karenna, goes missing. Mitra begins to wonder what could have become of her best friend and why her husband Adi is not looking for her. Mitra realizes that as an Indian-American domestic violence counselor, Kareena could be the victim of an angry husband. It is possible that she was by some twist of fate a domestic abuse victim herself running from her husband. Many things cross her mind as she works to find her best friend and she begins to come across other surprises, including clues linking her friend to a shady Bollywood actor. Mitra's search brings her back to her childhood home of India and she learns more of the actor’s dark world and financial troubles. Will Mitra be able to locate her friend and get her to see the danger she is in before it is too late?
While I enjoyed the story line of “Tulip Season” and felt that the author, Bharti Kirchner, had a way with words, using her words to paint a picture, I found that the book was slow in the beginning. It took a lot of restarts for me to get into the story line. Towards the end, where the story line picked up, I was able to really enjoy the mystery. But then everything went too fast and I felt like I was missing part of the story. Where the story started to climax, it would've worked better to have a wordier story line, yet still not as wordy as the beginning 3/4 of the book. I would recommend this mystery to others who can get past the overly descriptive first half of the book and latch onto the story. I normally love extensive explanation, but, at times, I felt as if I was reading words to fill a page.
Reviewed by: Lashonda
Posted August 1, 2012
Tulip Season: A Mitra Basu Mystery by Bharti Kirchner takes you along for a ride with it's star Mitra as she searches for her missing best friend. Unlike most "mystery" books out there, this book has a true realism about it that makes you feel like you are in the story. Not prone to romantic/typical mystery notions, Bharti Kirchner has written a story that introduces you easily into Indian culture as well as keeps you on your toes as you read along to find the "end" to the mysterious disappearance of Mitra's friend.
I found the story idea/plot to be a great choice, but at times was a little confused by the descriptions, the excessive look into the culture and the lack of "mystery". Not typical, yet not a bad book. It was very educational (surprising) and gave me a new look into a culture I am fairly familiar with. As far as a mystery, detective or sleuth book - it was mediocre at best. The mystery to me was easily solved and the book itself was much more about the main character and her daily life, past and how she dealt with her upbringing and ethnic culture.
Bharti Kirchner does indeed have a great way with words and makes excellent descriptions of locations and scenes. Her writing is simple yet not without finesse. I see potential in her writing as she hones her story development skills in coming books. I do look forward to reading her again in the future and see where she takes this character Mitra Basu.
Posted June 15, 2012
Bharti Kirchner's heroine Mitra Basu is an adventurous young landscape designer who won't let the concerns of family and friends stop her from investigating the disappearance of her dear friend, Kareena. Her queries take her through her current home, Seattle and as far as her native home of India. Kirchner writes a lush and vivid tale full of the images and tastes of India and the Pacific Northwest. I was tantalized - will there be a sequel?Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.