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Season of Sacrifice - Bharti Kirchner's thrilling debut

Season of Sacrifice

By Bharti Kirchner

Severn House

Mystery & Thrillers

Pub Date 01 Sep 2017


Wow! Season of Sacrifice is an incredible mystery. It knocked me off my feet and left me considering the questions it poses long after I finished. I will definitely be the first in line for the next Maya Mallick mystery.

A trip to the bakery ends in tragedy when Maya witnesses a gathering where two women shrouded in white set themselves aflame - one a good friend of Maya’s. At first it looks like a suicide in protest of the Chinese occupation of Tibet, but Maya is suspicious. Sylvie, an accomplished malaria researcher was never politically involved. Neither was the other young woman, a maker of traditional Indian sweets. The police are disdainful, but Maya feels it is important to look deeper, particularly when Ivan, Maya’s boyfriend, a fellow researcher, seems little affected. What is the connection between Sylvie’s work, the successful vaccine trial and her death? In digging deeper into the conspiracy, Maya swiftly puts herself in deadly peril.

Season of Sacrifice is a fascinating mystery with an intelligent and capable lead. It possesses a unique Anglo-Asian flavor and provides a different cultural perspective. I absolutely loved this mystery and highly recommend it.

5 / 5

I received a copy of Season of Sacrifice from the publisher and in exchange for an honest review.



Introducing feisty Asian-American private investigator Maya Mallick in the first of an intriguing new mystery series.

During a morning stroll in Seattle’s Green Lake district, Maya Mallick is horrified to see two young women, shrouded in white, set themselves ablaze in front of the temporary residence of the visiting Chinese foreign minister. She’s even more shocked to recognize one of them: Sylvie Burton, a brilliant Tibetan-American biomedical scientist, who is the adopted sister of Maya’s best friend.

An onlooker informs her that the two women are martyrs, protesting the Chinese occupation of Tibet. Yet Maya has a nagging suspicion that all is not as it seems. With so much to live for, why would Sylvie wish to end her life in this horrific way?

As Maya gets closer to the shocking truth, she finds her own life on the line.

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