Favorite Indian Detectives – Raya Ray by Sonia Chatterjee

Disclaimer – This bibliophile blogger is also an author and I made my debut with the Detective thriller ‘Deal of Death’ last year. While writing the favorite Indian Detective series, it was quite difficult to choose seven Detectives amidst many that I had read. But the intention was to keep it personal and so I blogged about only those who I had grown to love. This series saw some great responses from authors like Manreet Sodhi Someshwar, Bhaskar Chattopadhyay, and Swati Kaushal. Not to forget, even Anita Nair had liked my tweet about her Detective. But the 8th Detective is a character created from my brain and heart. So how could I not let it be a part of my favorites list! Despite the risk of making this post sound like a bit of self-promotion, I felt that there couldn’t be a better way to make some announcements with respect to the lady sleuth who created quite a furor with her entry.

Who –

Raya Ray

Creator –

Sonia Chatterjee

Novels in the series –

Deal of Death

About the Detective –

Raya Ray by Sonia Chatterjee
Raya Ray by Sonia Chatterjee

Raya Ray, an ex-marketing honcho had been dealing with loss when a chance to help her Banker husband, Krishanu Banerjee, marked her debut as a Private Investigator in Kolkata. Raya had been handling mundane cases until she lands in Munshiganj in response to a call for assistance from the sister of her house-help.

Raya, who is well-aware of her need to get fit to keep up to her professional needs rarely has any second thoughts while ordering pastries and sweets. She is sharp and analytical while cracking mysteries. During the course of the case, she is often found to seek closure of her wounds through the happenings in her clients’ life. In the world of investigation dominated by men around her, Raya is here to smash gender stereotypes chasing chases criminals and solving cases.

Raya’s journey –

I wrote ‘Deal of Death’ as part of the Blogchatter E-book carnival in 2018. It was one of the first books to reach the download limit of 600 on the Blogchatter platform and it continued being in the ‘out of stock’ status until recently. The book opened to rave reviews and the recent review on the blog Vartika’s diary goes to prove how much this novella is popular even today. The Goodreads rating of the book has been at a consistent 4.59 for more than a year now.

For the past few months, I have received multiple queries related to the sequel that I had announced about working on. Honestly, I have two manuscripts ready with me that unfortunately, didn’t live up to my expectations from Raya’s next. So I have kept them aside and started working on a new plot. I hope to introduce Raya in her second novel through a bigger traditional launch next year. In the meanwhile, quite a few of the readers came back asking me for the Amazon link of ‘Deal of Death’. So, after a gap of 16 months, it gives me immense pleasure to announce that the book is going live soon.

Deal of Death_Sonia Chatterjee
Deal of Death Book cover


The details of the launch dates and Amazon link for the purchase will be announced on my blog and social media pages. So please subscribe to my blog and follow me on FB/Twitter/Instagram to stay updated.

You can check out the reviews of ‘deal of Death’ on my Goodreads page and the previous trailer of the book on my Youtube channel.

I am taking my blog to the next level with Blogchatter’s #MyFriendAlexa

This is the last post in my ‘Favorite Indian Detectives’ series. You can check my first post on Feluda, the second post on Mehrunisa, the third post on Vish Puri, the fourth post on Byomkesh, the fifth post on Inspector Gowda, the sixth post on Janardan Maity and the seventh post on Niki Marwah.

© Sonia Chatterjee and soniasmusings.com, (2017-2019). Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this site’s author and/or owner is strictly prohibited.

Author: Sonia Chatterjee

Who am I? An erstwhile banker turned blogger/writer/author. Any qualifications? A Post-Graduate degree in Chemistry followed by a second Post-Graduate Diploma in Management. I completed a one-year MFA in creative writing course from the Writer's Village University, U.S. in Dec 2020. Though I must admit that I am still trying to figure out how and when I can connect all these dots. Have I done any real work? If two years in market research, six years in banking as a branch head, three-plus years of blogging, writing, and publishing a book can be considered as real work, then yes! Where do I live? After spending life like a nomad for sixteen years in Delhi, Bangalore & Mysore, I am back to where it all started from - Kolkata. My favorite things - Books, coffee, travel, food, and my five-year-old son. What is this blog about? Through Sonia's musings, I intend to explore writing in various genres, create social awareness, spread laughter, and give words to emotions. Anything for readers? You can check out my book 'Deal of Death' on Amazon Kindle. If you like fast-paced thrillers, this Detective fiction introducing the woman sleuth, Raya Ray could turn out to be your perfect weekend read.

5 thoughts on “Favorite Indian Detectives – Raya Ray by Sonia Chatterjee”

  1. Congratulations Sonia. I have to read this one! I am so happy that the book is going to be out! I thoroughly enjoyed your posts during Alexa. Read all of them but this by far has been the best. All the best to you and many thanks for all the help during Alexa!


  2. Awesome and many congratulations. I am sure Raya Ray is going to rock forever 🙂
    It has been such a delight reading your posts and i definitely plan to lay my hands on your book once it is available on Amazon.
    Hope to see the sequel soon too 🙂

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  3. I just loved that you have written about Raya Roy in your series. She is your brainchild, how could you leave her alone? It’s really great to see you have created a character, for me it’s a great thing.. more power to you, more power to Raya Roy.. best wishes Sonia Di 🙂


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