Bharti Kirchner

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Tulip Season: A Mitra Basu Mystery

Darjeeling: A Novel

Pastries: A Novel of Desserts and Discoveries

Siva Dancing: A Novel

My Works

Season of sacrifice: A Maya Mallick Mystery
Praise for Season:
“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.” (Five-star review by Crittermom in NetGalley and GoodReads)

“Readers will look forward to seeing more of the astute Maya.” (Publisher’s Weekly)

“Novelist and cookbook author Kirchner (Goddess of Fire, 2016, etc.) infuses her overcomplicated debut mystery with all the flavors and scents of India.” (Kirkus Reviews)
“A current political issue is highlighted in this gripping private investigator novel.” (Breakaway Reviewers)
“This was an interesting mystery! It delved into some relevant political context as background for motives, which drew in the reader. Looking forward to more of PI Maya Mallick!” (Krystal in GoodReads)

Tulip Season: A Mitra Basu Mystery
A missing domestic-violence counselor. A wealthy and callous husband. A dangerous romance.
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Kareena Sinha, an Indian-American domestic-violence counselor, disappears from her Seattle home. When the police dismiss suspicions that she herself was a victim of spousal abuse, her best friend, Mitra Basu, a young landscape designer, resolves to find her. Mitra’s search reveals glimpses of a secret life involving her friend and a Bollywood actor of ill repute. Following the trail, Mitra is lured back to India where she uncovers the actor’s ties to the Mumbai underworld and his financial difficulties – landing her into a web of life-threatening intrigue where Mitra can’t be sure of Kareena’s safety or her own.


“Mitra is gunpowder chutney to the mystery genre, her adventures a hot refreshing blast of sumptuous storytelling. Bharti Kirchner has once again conquered another literary field. HighlyAddictive. Skye Moody, Author of the mystery Three Bags Full

"An evocative look at Seattle's darker side." Cara Black, author of the mystery novel, Murder at the Lanterne Rouge.

"A multi-layered mystery. Lovely and compelling." Curt Colbert, co-author of the upcoming mystery novel, Dial ‘C’ for Chihuahua.

Darjeeling: A Novel
Set in the mountainous tea plantations of Darjeeling, India and in New York, DARJEELING is the story of two sisters long separated by their love for an idealistic young revolutionary man. This is a complex novel about family, exile, sisterly relations, and how one incident can haunt a person for the rest of their lives.

Pastries: A Novel of Desserts and Discoveries
Sunya, a young America woman, is the head baker and owner of Pastries Café. The success of her beloved bakery is put in jeopardy when a chain bakery threatens to open down the street from her, and when she discovers she has lost her touch for baking. How will she rediscover her jest for work and life?

Sharmila's Book
American woman travels to India for an arranged marriage.

Shiva Dancing: A Novel
Unfolding against a vivid canvas of intersecting cultures and passions, spiced with the richness and grace of Indian tradition, this wry and literary debut novel follows a spirited woman in her search for her place in the world.

Selected Works

Published in September 2017. First in the series, set in Seattle, it tells the story of a young, brilliant, dedicated scientist who dies in a violent street protest, leaving behind her questions for a new sleuth to solve. “Readers will look forward to seeing more of the astute Maya.” (Publisher’s Weekly)
Released in 2016. Set in 17-Century India, the story of a village girl who becomes one of the most prominent women in India.
"Engrossing," The Seattle Times . Click
Sweeping family saga, about forbidden love and family honor (Sensual...suspenseful, Kirkus Reviews)
Sharmila, an American woman, travels to India for an arranged marriage. ("Smart, swift, and funny" -- Kirkus Reviews)
A spirited woman takes a fascinating journey of self-discovery (Finely crafted - Publisher’s Weekly)
A talented pastry chef rediscovers her love for life. (Witty. sensitive, elegant .. San Francisco Chronicle)