Crime novels are so intricate : Madhumita Bhattacharyya, Bengaluru-based author
Updated on: 11 Jun 2016
Madhumita Bhattacharyya says the genre lets one explore so many aspects of life — love, morality, money
After Calcutta (The Masala Murder) and Mumbai (Dead in a Mumbai Minute) crime buster Reema Ray is in Goa. Madhumita Bhattacharyya's third book in the trilogy, Goa Undercover (Pan Macmillan India) sees Reema involved in a conspiracy of epic proportions, which she solves ably supported by her dishy boss Shayak and old associate Terrence. The 36-year-old Bengaluru-based author speaks of her special Goa, never saying never and the agony and ecstasy of YouTube. Excerpts.
When we last spoke, you said you envisioned the Reema story in three parts. So is Goa Undercover the concluding part of the series?
This is definitely the conclusion of the story arch I had originally planned. I am satisfied that it has been told. The book I am currently working on is not a Reema title. But so much depends on the readers. Should I say that yes, this is definitely the last? Only to eat my hat down the line? If J.K. Rowling can do it, who am I to resist popular demand? (One can only hope, after all!)
From The Masala Murder to Goa Undercover, the tone has got progressively darker... Comment.
The Masala Murder had a small-time-small-crime vibe, and from there, as Reema grows in strength, her universe undergoes a shift. For me, the series has always been about Reema. If she isn't growing, adapting, changing, fighting, there is no story.
The book has MI 5, drug busts, new age gurus, illegal mining, bomb blasts — the whole nine yards. Did you at any time feel overwhelmed by detail?