MARISSA DE LUNA...
After taking a career break in 2007 to travel Marissa spent time in the place where she grew up, Goa. Inspired by the culture and the people Marissa decided to put pen to paper and started writing.
Snatching an hour here and there she managed to complete her first Manuscript in 2010. Since moving to Oxford, Marissa has published several contemporary fiction books including the popular cosy crime Chupplejeep Mystery series set in rural Goa. Her latest series, published by Bloodhound Books, follows amateur detective Shilpa Solanki as she solves crime in South Devon.
Marissa continues to work on a series of light-hearted detective novels set in rural Goa. Having spent some time visiting the village where her father grew up and inspired by the local rural charm of life there, Marissa created Detective Chupplejeep.
Under the Coconut Tree is the first novel in the series where we are introduced to characters you will fall in love with. There is the all knowing and seeing Granny Murthi; Sanjog, the local loan shark; Bilal the bread wallah, and of course Detective Chupplejeep who fancies himself as his favourite on screen detective Poirot. Together the characters and intricate description of the villiages will transport you to rural Goa.
Other books in the series include The Body in the Bath, Jackpot Jetty and Miramar Monsoon.
"A thoroughly enjoyable whodunnit with a lovingly crafted and completely believable setting in a Goan village. The undercurrent of humour and clear love of the environment and ways of Goa lead to a feeling of greater coherence than the author's previous books. The result is a very natural, fluid story that unfolds at a good pace and with enough suspects and twists to keep you guessing until the reveal."
Marissa is currently working on a cosy crime series set in Devon and published by Bloodhound Books.
A Slice of Murder is the first book in the series which follows occasion cake maker, Shilpa Solanki as she investigates terrible crime committed in the sleepy village of Otter's Reach.
Shilpa Solanki has recently moved to Devon after inheriting her uncle’s house. Her first commission is to cater for Mason and Harriet’s glamorous engagement, a grand party on the social calendar, but just hours later Mason is found brutally murdered.
Mason’s killer attended the party and Shilpa finds herself a key witness. Amidst her growing order list, and her overbearing mother’s desire to find Shilpa a suitable husband, Shilpa starts her own investigation. In doing so she puts herself in danger and unearths a mystery closer to home.
... Earlier pieces of Marissa de Luna's work include...