Sri Lanka’s First Sleuth Cozy Mystery Amateur Available In Paperback


The first publication for young adult and adult readers by Gratiaen Prize and State Literary Prize nominee Nadishka Aloysius hit libraries in September with the release of The body in the paddy field. The story is set in Ratnapura and follows the life of two spirited detectives who prove that women can overcome social prejudice while solving a crime.

Kiyama Fernando, fleeing a failed marriage, visits his good friend Vinodhini Dias in a small town. When the body of a local teacher is found abandoned in a paddy field and her friend becomes the prime suspect in her murder, Kiyama concludes that the only way to help her friend is to solve the murder in front of the police. As their investigation leads them from a paddy field to a rubber plantation, a gambling den, and a school, the two friends realize that nothing is as it seems.

In true comfy mystery fashion, the book is quick and humorous, has no sex, foul language, or violence, and features a cast of quirky characters that include a shrewd money lender, a boisterous cook, and a handsome landowner.

The book received 5-star reviews on Amazon.

“Each character was well designed and came to life on the pages.”

“This detective story made me read until late at night! As each suspect was slowly eliminated, I was surprised to find an unexpected villain. Easy and enjoyable reading.

The book cost Rs. 1,200 is only available from the author via Facebook (@NadishkaAloysiusBooks), Instagram (@nadishkaaloysiusbooks) and email [email protected] due to the current pandemic.

NADISHKA ALOYSIUS is a teacher, actor and author of 12 books. Ravana’s daughter was nominated for the Gratiaen Prize in 2019 and the State Literary Prize in 2020, Ronan’s dinosaur was nominated for the State Literary Prize in 2019, and Roo the little red tuk tuk was a finalist for the International Wishing Shelf Book Award in 2019. This Easter Sunday is the only children’s book of Catholic fiction written about the Easter attack of 2019.


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