Book Review: Tied to Deceit by Neena H. Brar

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Big Thanks to Shalini @ Digital Reads Blog Tours for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Shalini has been super helpful with helping me set up this tour since I have been having technical and unexpected health problems! I appreciate you girl! I want to apologize to the author and Shalini for my Tour being late. I had an unexpected major health concern arise. Thanks so much for your understanding and professionalism, Shalini! All views and opinions of sorts on this book are my own. Hope everyone has a great weekend! All of my reviews are posted also on, Amazon, Twitter and LinkedIn @ minimum.

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Book Reviews by Dani




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.

Thoughts and Quotes

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



Dr. Rajinder Bhardwaj, the owner and the head physician at Lifeline Hospital, Sanover, had showered after his brisk morning walk and joined his wife for an early morning tea. Gayatri Bhardwaj sat with her second cup of ginger tea on her favourite old, worn, woven chair on the verandah which overlooked their front garden: a tapestry of blooming carnations, marigolds, roses, and chrysanthemums. She longed for a clear, bright day and the dazzling blue sky of summer.

It was her favourite spot to sit in the mornings; a place from where she could witness the brilliant dawn streaking half of the sky coral; raindrops soaking everything wet during the monsoon; specks of silvery snow falling from the sky during winter. She could take in everything from the serene mountain peaks and the forest to their house—its roof, windowpanes, and the pebbled driveway that snaked its way criss-cross toward the outside big iron gate. She would sit there until Dr. Bhardwaj joined her after his daily ritual of a brisk morning walk.

They had done this for years despite the changing seasons and the changing equation of their marital relationship. They had spent endless mornings of their initial married years there, when their hearts were still giddy with the feeling of young love, and they would talk about everything and nothing. She’d been a bride at barely twenty, young and naive. He’d been ten years her senior, already on the way to

establishing himself as a successful physician, the younger son of a landlord aristocratic family with old wealth. He had swept her off her feet then, and was all charm and charisma but then the magic slowly diminished and finally died due to his secret betrayals over time. Thousands of little resentments had replaced the early warmth. But their hearts, although heavy with bitterness and anger at the failed expectations, had gotten used to the solace of each other’s company that often comes with years of living together, and they never stopped performing this morning ritual of their married life.


I loved this book and was surprised to read that this was a debut from the author. I am so thankful that my friend Shalini shared and recommended this book to me because she was right, it was quite the thriller! When reading this novel at certain points I wasn’t sure who was doing what and I have been pretty good with reading mysteries lately and figuring it all out ahead of time. For me, this novel was a great page turner and I highly recommend this book to anyone who loves a good whodunit!


About the Author (1)

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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38 Comments on “Book Review: Tied to Deceit by Neena H. Brar

  1. Nice to have a ‘whodunnit’ mystery set in India for a change. The change of the usual locations (as in western countries and cities) opens up lots of possibilities.
    Best wishes, Pete. xx

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  2. As always this was a lovely review. I have seen this one make an appearance over on quite a number of blogs already, and I like these kinds of stories. However as I still have quite a number of these type of stories on my to read list, I’m for a change going to give it a pass. Still loved your review though (but of course that should not come as a suprise lol). Happy to see you writing posts again sweety. Have a great sunday 😘

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      • Erm…really don’t quite understand this one. I have not read your book, and the only reason that I am not adding it is because my to read list is already enormously full with a lot of books. Which doesn’t in any way mean that I disrespect you as a writer. Truly did not mean to offend you, and if I did I am truly sorry for that.

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        • hahahah no no I’m not offended at all. I actually had a good laugh because your comment keeps popping up everywhere I go:) Finally couldn’t help but say something. I pressed ‘post comment’ too soon…wanted to add smileys. Without the smileys, it came out a bit harsh. You don’t have to say sorry. As a hard core reader myself I get you:)

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          • Phew, glad to hear it. I really was worried there for a second, as offending people is pretty much the last thing I want to do😊 Good luck with the rest of the tour and of course your book! 😀😀

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            • Thank you so much:) With today’s advanced technology and this social media thing, it doesn’t take a lot to offend people. So, yes I understand your concern. Please don’t worry about offending me. Best of luck for your blog as well!

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  3. Thanks, Dani for the lovely review. As a new author, book reviews, especially 4 & 5 star ones like yours never fails to bring a smile to my face. Writing, essentially, is a lonely process and good reviews make up for all that we authors lose during our writing journey. I hope you get well soon.

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