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The Astral Alibi

The Astral Alibi, June 2006
Stellar Investigations Detective Agency
by Manjiri Prabhu

Bantam
Featuring: Sonia Samarth
384 pages
ISBN: 0440241731
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"Beautifully detailed mystery with exotic locale."

Fresh Fiction Review

The Astral Alibi
Manjiri Prabhu

Reviewed by Vicky Gilpin
Posted June 13, 2006

Mystery Private Eye

Sonia Samarth of the Stellar Investigations Detective Agency in Pune, India, uses a combination of general and unorthodox methods to solve crimes. Not only does she have a keen sense of observation, she also uses knowledge from intricate astrological charts of those involved in the situations. As well as working on a number of intriguing cases, Sonia has to deal with her conflicted feelings about a handsome journalist and a fiendish jewel thief.

Almost anthological in form with a strong major plotline, THE ASTRAL ALIBI is a joy to read because of the detailed characters and beautiful flavor of India.

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SUMMARY

If you like your crime in a foreign clime, join Sonia Samarth and her Stellar Investigations Detective Agency as she confronts a rash of baffling misdeeds plaguing the city of Pune, India-and solving them as only she can, with a unique combination of traditional Indian wisdom, modern- day detection, and ancient astrology. Complete with authentic horoscopes...

After a slow start to the New Year, Sonia's crime-solving services are in high demand. There's the bride whose arranged marriage may include murderous in-laws, the theatrical team whose death scene was no act, and the deceptively happy couple whose stars foretell domestic danger. Good thing Sonia has her opinionated assistant, Jatin, to help - except that even he may be caught up in the unlawful fray. Fortunately, it takes more than a few misguided souls - not to mention a preposterous proposal from the world's most notorious diamond thief - to rattle this yoga-practicing, astrologically inspired sleuth.


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