Mysterious screaming heard in the decrepit stairway of a suburban housing complex, evidence of domestic abuse, a suicide case that may just turn out to be cold-blooded murder, thefts involving wedding gifts as well as hefty chunks of cash, and a mounting body count. It is hard to imagine this material being milked for laughs and yet, that is exactly what Kiran Manral, author of The Kitty Party Murder deftly manages to do with oodles of warmth and wit to spare. Her last book was the haunting Missing: Presumed Dead which was a disturbing study of the bottomless despair that those afflicted with mental illnesses suffer from which in turn traps victims and their loved ones in an endless spiral of self – destruction and grief. Manral’s latest offering on the other hand is replete with delightful humour guaranteed to leave you laughing up a storm.
are humourists critically and criminally underrated? The world itself does not
offer much by way of good cheer which is the all the more reason we need books,
movies and just about anything else that makes us laugh ourselves silly and
feel gloriously alive. The Kitty Party Murder is just the thing to make the
pandemic – induced blues go away, forcibly driven back by gales of raucous
laughter that is totally worth making your family members and dogs wonder if
you are utterly and irredeemably nuts.
Mehra aka Kay, who formerly graced the pages of Manral’s The Reluctant Detective, is a thirty – something housewife who
wouldn’t mind some excitement in her life just as long as it does not disrupt
her routine which features lunching with the ladies, shopping, deferring
working out, mediating disputes between her domestic help and dealing with her
adorable son whom she refers to as the brat and the workaholic spouse. Like the
very best of comic fiction, Kay’s world is funny, filled with snark, biting
observations about human nature, occasionally dark and entirely enthralling.