12 May, 2021

Kalpana Swaminathan

The author on her third Lalli mystery, the Monochrome Madonna

Kalpana Swaminathan

Which facet of life does the crime in this book revolve around?

It’s a thriller about truth in relationships—how much is revealed and concealed.

How is the title related to Raphael’s Sistine Madonna?

It’s about a print of Raphael’s Sistine Madonna, but in my book, it’s all in one colour that makes it mysterious.

How does detective Lalli evolve in this book?

Lalli is more into crime happening in the four walls of the house. This time she investigates a very puzzling case which she calls ‘pure crime’—a crime without motive.

Your books reveal different facets of Bombay. What about this one?

The Gardener’s Song and The Page Three Murders engaged more with this. Though the story is set in Bombay, the Monochrome Madonna does not deal with a particular aspect.

How does the crime scenario and thus crime fiction vary across the...

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