The debut novel of Neena H Brar is a murder mystery that will rise up to all your expectations. It is a wonderful book you will never regret reading. Let us get into the details of the book.


On a drizzly August morning, the inhabitants of the hill town of Sanover, Himachal Pradesh, wake up to the shocking news of the murder of the exquisite, secretive, malicious, and thoroughly immoral Devika Singh.

As Superintendent of Police Vishwanath Sharma begins to sift through the hidden secrets of Devika Singh’s life, it becomes evident that everyone who knew her seems to have a clear-cut motive for killing her.

Faced with the investigation of a crime that appears to have as many suspects as there are motives, Vishwanath Sharma probes the sinister web spun around a tangle of lies and deception.


One among the brilliant murder mysteries I have read in the recent times. Though it needs some patience to finish the novel, it is worth the precious time of a curious reader.

Character development is such a beauty throughout the book. Author has explained every minute details about the appearance and gestures of characters. It literally feels like the character is right in front of your eyes.

The suspense have been dragged till the end which keeps the reader engaged throughout the read. You will never get bored at any point of time. It needs huge thoughtfulness to weave murder mysteries and Neena had done her homework very well in this book.

The interesting part in the story was that, Devika, the woman who was murdered is portrayed as a ‘not so good’ lady by almost all the people who knew her. This attitude confused the police to a great extent and they had to suspect all of them because of their negative opinions about the dead lady. It is also very interesting to see how a single clue leads to an entirely different story about people.

Do Consider this in any of your weekend reads. You will enjoy it for sure ☺️.

Praise for Tied to Deceit:

“A remarkable whodunit that’s as sharp as it is concise.

Brar enhances her taut murder mystery with an engaging setting that effectively incorporates the local culture. The smart, believable denouement will have readers looking forward to Brar’s next endeavor.”

-Kirkus Reviews

“A literary mystery saga that includes far more depth and psychological and cultural insights than your typical murder mystery’s scenario.”

-D. Donovan, Midwest Book Review

My Rating

4.5/5 stars

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Neena H Brar:

Neena H. Brar lives in Edmonton, Canada with her husband, two children, a highly energetic German Shepherd, and a lifetime collection of her favorite books.

A hermit at heart, she’s a permissive mother, a reluctant housekeeper, a superb cook, and a hard-core reader.

Tied to Deceit is her debut novel.

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