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She s tried very hard to create another Feluda Sherlock Holmes While some stories were interesting, she couldn t do justice to the era the stories are set in The book makes for a nice, short read in between two heavy reads. (((DOWNLOAD EPUB))) ↞ The Eighth Guest and other Muzaffar Jang Mysteries (Muzaffar Jang, #2) ↿ It Is The Year Muzaffar Jang That Rare Creature In Shahjahan S Dilli, An Aristocrat With Friends In Low Places Is Recovering From Injuries Sustained During His Recent Adventures Involving Two Mysterious Englishmen And Some Reprehensible Activities Against The Imperial ExchequerMuzzaffar S Bruised Shoulder Has Yet To Heal When He Finds Himself Catapulted Into A Series Of Mysteries An Elephant In The Royal Elephant Stables Goes Berserk And Kills Its Mahout Or Does It A Scholarly Nobleman But, Oh, Such A Pompous Bore Is Left A Very Puzzling Legacy By His Father An Artist At The Imperial Atelier Is Found Murdered Next To One Of His WorksMuzaffar Must Pit His Wits Against Treacherous Noblemen And Scheming Traders, Greedy Villagers, And Lovelorn Men And Women But Who Knows Before The Year Is Out, Muzaffar May Just Meet His Match Lovely writing that transports you to Dilli of the 1650s, engaging mysteries that are smartly solved by the very attractive Muzaffar Jang Would love to read of this guy I am no connoisseur of mystery stories, but these are a ton of fun Enjoyable depictions of upper class life in Mughal Delhi. The volume one of Muzaffar Jang s adventures inevitably led to the necessary investigation of the sequel The book is a collection of a series of anecdotes from the Mughal maverick nobleman , spilling into different households in the Mughal empire where some crime was committed The taut writing pushes you to the next page effortlessly, to meander through the bylanes of Dilli, route to Ajmer, around wells in Sarais along the grand trunk road and the royal stables As before the author s familiarity with this terrain is impeccable with large and small morsels of historical data, architectural description and details of erstwhile noblemen and hakims strewn intelligently across the canvas The plot thickens and it is time to get a copy of the next one It is always a delight to read homespun stories, for me especially the ones that are set in Delhi The Eight Guest by Madhulika Liddle is the second book from the author that I read last week And I am in sheer love with Muzaffar Jang and his escapades A sharp mind with a devil lies in details attitude, Jang for me now is homegrown Sherlock Holmes.The Eighth Guest is a collection of 10 short stories, so twisted in nature that only Muzaffar Jang can solve the mystery lying in them The Eighth Guest opens with the story of The Missing Corpse Muzaffar Jang is lying on a cot, reviving from the injuries of the last case he solved, the one involving the Englishman s cameo Now Muzaffar must help Ibrahim Hussain, a well known face in court who fears that a murder was committed in his house, which involves one of his close relatives as the culprit.The dead body is missing, and there is only blood in Hussain Sahab s Qutb Khana the library Hussain Sahab is a bibliophile, and the murderer has struck his weakness The only thing he has left is a chest full of tattered and torn books like a wolf has used his paws to tear them apart Hussain Sahab thinks that his brother Zafar has committed the crime, as they recently had a fight over his expenses and inheritance.But Muzaffar knows that things are not as simple as they look And in the end, when he solves the case, you will fall in love with Jang and his sharp mind And yes, the devil did lie in details only Jang only had to listen to everyone patiently and not miss anything, something that I deeply admire about this After the story of The Missing Corpse , The Eighth Guest starts building up into a collection of stories so rich in entertainment that you cannot keep it down One by one, every story comes up with a delicious twist which pulls your mind into the vortex of Muzaffar s intellect It s like eating your favorite dish, you can t have enough of it Muzaffar Jang in The Eights Guest also makes us come across the Mughal culture He is like a window to the past of Delhi, where baoli s exist, royal elephants fight for the entertainment of others, people reciting Saadi, including him in their daily lives It s a world which never fails to fascinate any reader And that s what makes Jang series a great read for me Out of The Eighth Guest, my favorite stories were The Pachydermal Puzzle, The Bequeathed Garden and One Night in Winter.But I have a small problem with the theme story, The Eight Guest I was able to guess who the murderer culprit was Only a minute little thing, but yes bothered me a lot But then when I carried on with other stories in The Eight Guest, I was mesmerized as always.All in all, The Eight Guest and Other Muzaffar Jang Mysteries is a book that you can pick up anytime when you feel like working your brain on some delicious twists Or if you feel like visiting the old world Mughal charm. Now don t take me wrong, I felt incomplete at the end of the book I adore the writing and clearly Muzaffar is one of those rare characters whom you love to see again and again But the whole of short stories doesnt sit well with this book I hope Madhulika can delve into the character and bring out the best The book is cleverly written in terms of the mysteries involved and how well he saves the day or solves it I loved the wry humor in the book.Waiting for More to read on Muzaffar Jang mysteries.. The plots were set at the time of Mughal Era The thought is excellent Description of the architectures,gardens, characters made me travel in my own imagination of Mughals The crime and the way it happened were nicely woven through words Issue lies in the resolution of the mystery Climax of each story was predictive It should not be ended how it was ended So at the end, the search for the truth takes an unsatisfactory turn. Read this immediately after the author s first book The Englishman s Cameo Not much to add about the writing style and setting both of which I like.Muzzafar Jung has matured as a detective in this book, and is self assured The setting is as nice as the first book The plots for the stories, while simple are varied I liked them enough to go for her third book. 3.5 but only because I m not a fan of short stories I really enjoy madhulika liddle s work Really good descriptions and so surprised she s not a historian herself Fully intend to pick up the rest of her series