Book Review: The Wrath of Shiva by Susan Oleksiw

The Wrath of ShivaThe Wrath of Shiva
An Anita Ray Mystery
Susan Oleksiw
Five Star, July 2012
ISBN 978-1-4328-2591-1

What does a cousin gone missing on her way from the airport, a maidservant who keeps falling into trances, and a grandmother whose sacred antiques are disappearing have in common? For one thing, they have Anita Ray, half Indian-half American, who not only suffers from overwhelming curiosity, but an innate sense of  honesty.

Set in Kerala, South India, this mystery plays out in a gentle manner. No murders haunt one, although a maidservant does get bopped over the head. The story is all about family, from Anita, to her elderly grandmother, her Aunt Meena, to the missing cousin Surya. Oh, yes, and greed, which seems to prevail in society the world over.

While the mystery in this story may not be strong, the people are, and the exotic setting gives the western reader a taste of both old and new India. Fascinating stuff in a well-told novel.

Reviewed by Carol Crigger, December 2012.
Author of Three Seconds to Thunder.