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Book Launch , The Shrine of Death

Dubai-based author, Divya Kumar will be launching her debut novel, ‘The Shrine of Death’ at the Writer’s Forum in the Sharjah International Book Fair at 5 p.m. on November 3, 2018. She will be in conversation with the acclaimed poet and author Anuradha Vijayakrishnan at the event.

‘The Shrine of Death’, published by Bloomsbury India, was released in India in April 2018 to glowing reviews by the press and readers alike. The launch event at the SIBF 2018 marks the book’s arrival in the UAE, where it will be distributed by Jashanmal Books, and will shortly be available at leading bookstores.

About ‘The Shrine of Death’

The book is a fast-paced thriller set in the world of idol theft, and has a heady mix of crime, mystery, romance and the paranormal.

It tells the story of Prabha Sinha, an IT professional in Chennai, who is plunged into a murky world of idol theft, murder, and betrayal after she gets a mysterious phone call one night from her old friend Sneha Pillai. As she races to find answers before the people she loves get hurt, she seeks the help of Jai Vadehra, a troubled young man with a tragic past, and DSP Gerard Ratnaraj of the Idol Wing, CID, whom she can’t help but be drawn to. Their search takes them from Chennai’s newsrooms and universities to the abandoned sepulchral shrine of a Chola queen in the heartland of Tamil Nadu, and nothing, and no one, is as they seem …

About the Author:

Divya Kumar is a journalist, writer and blogger, currently based in Dubai. She spent her early 20s studying and working in the U.S., dabbling in web-design and media studies, before settling down to a career in journalism. After returning to India, she joined The Hindu in Chennai, writing for The Hindu Metroplus, covering mainly the book and art beat, before taking a break for the birth of her first child. She then began to work on her first novel, while continuing to freelance as a feature writer and columnist for The Hindu. She has also been blogging for close to a decade. Divya is a voracious reader of fiction of all sorts, and a classically-trained singer-songwriter.

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