The Murder of Sonia Raikkonen – my thoughts

murder of soniaAuthor – Salil Desai

Blurb –

Late one November night, the mutilated corpse of a young Finnish tourist is found in a public garden in Pune. It looks like a case of brutal rape and murder, but Senior Inspector Saralkar and PSI Motkar find themselves probing further….delving deeper.

Standing virtually clueless, except for a single white sandal found on the scene of the crime, the policemen duo start looking for suspects.

Things get murkier when Saralkar’s old friend and colleague, Inspector Patange, seeks his help to establish the identity of another murder victim – an old man found by a wooded hillside on the outskirts of Pune. Not only do the old man’s injuries match the wounds inflicted on the Finnish girl, but he is also found wearing the other white sandal.

As Saralkar and Motkar struggle to find the link that connects the two murders, nothing is what it seems….The emerging truth seems far more dangerous and the motive far more bizarre! Who murdered Sonia , and why? The truth will chill you to the bone!

My thoughts – This book is in the 2nd one in the Inspector Saralkar series. I have not read the earlier one but had read quite a few good reviews about it in the blogging community. So when I was offered to review a copy of the 2nd one in the series, by Fingerprint Publishing (the publishers), I agreed.

As I had earlier confessed, I am going through a reading slump and hence taking a lot of time to finish a book. Same happened with this one. Nevertheless I managed to finish it and the mystery factor was one boost for me to keep going back to it. Towards the end I even carried the book to my office to find out who murdered Sonia Raikkonen. 😛

Sonia Raikkonen, a Finnish national, is found brutally murdered in a park in Pune, nearby to the hotel she had put up. Senior Inspector Saralkar & PSI Motkar, in-charge of the homicide department, has only a missing white sandal as a clue to find the murderer. The suspects range from Sonia’s boyfriend to her cab driver to someone mysterious who has been threatening Sonia. Soon the reader is transported to a roller coaster ride of twists & turns, armed with some convincing detailed police procedures. If not the murderer, the motive behind the murder will definitely surprise the reader. And the discussion at the end between both the policemen about the motive leaves the readers with thoughts to ponder upon.

The author has done a commendable job with the plot & has carved out his hero with real life personality, making him quite believable and the same applies for all the other secondary characters too. It seems a lot of thought has been given to each one of them. The story is good paced and definitely holds the interest of the reader.

Final words – A good read, nothing too complex, if you are looking for something in this genre. 🙂


  1. The book was sent to me by Fingerprint Publishing & the opinions expressed here are my own and unbiased.
  2. Image & blurb has been taken from Goodreads
  3. This review is linked to my Indian Quills Challenge, 2015 target& Goodreads Reading Challenge, 2015.


  1. Seems to be an interesting read. Murder mysteries by Indian authors have disappointed me so far. Still looking for a one that will leave an impact on me.

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