Bulbul Sharma is the author of five collections of short stories, a novel, three books for children and a work of non-fiction. Her books have been translated into several languages. She lives in New Delhi and Goa.
The tranquillity at the Happy Home for the Aged is shattered when a body is found hanging in the garden. The inhabitants of the home are first perplexed, then decide to come together to solve the murder that has suddenly brought the violence of the world into their Goan arcadia. Each of them - reflective Rosie, sharp-tongued Prema, analytical Devan, action-man Cyrilo and artistic Yuri - bring different skills to the task of unravelling the crime. Their investigation is watched over by gentle, pretty Maria, the owner of the home, and Leela, their observant housekeeper. Set in the lush landscape of Goa, where tourists flock from all over the world, where the rich set come to play, bringing in their wake fortune-hunters and other predators, the cast of possible murderers is infinite. But patiently, and with flashes of inspiration, the unlikely detectives follow the clues and in doing so emerge from the isolated and separate worlds they had inhabited for so long.