Miss Timmins’ School For Girls by Nayana Currimbhoy

1974.  After a scandal that disgraced her family, Charulata Apte, almost twenty-one, travels to Miss Timmins’ School For Girls in Panchgani.  While teaching Shakespeare to the privileged Indian girls, where she is drawn to the charismatic fellow teacher Moira who teaches her what freedom really can be like.

When one night a body is found near the school, fingers are pointing at Charu.  Three of the students take on the task of trying to solve the murder to show the true innocence of their teacher.

Panchgani is nestled at middle of five hills in the Sahyādri mountain ranges

There is a setting here that appealed to me….  a remote area of India (one honestly, I had never heard of before), a young teacher trying to start over and make meaning of her life, and a murder that sets the stage for something more.

What I appreciated about the book was how author Nayana Currimbhoy brought to me a main character in Charu who did not like herself much.  She has a past she has tried to leave behind.  Her shyness and low self-esteem are heart breaking, yet enter Moira, who breathes life into this painful shell of a girl. 

It is after the murder that you really start to see Charu come into herself. 

The murder wasnt the attention grabber of the book I was thinking it would be.  If you read this for yourself you will find it to be more of a “plot builder.”  While I like the big “Holy cow!  What just happened???”. moments in books… this fit with the flow of the book.

I have said before that I struggle with books with loads of characters and this book does have many.  I personally prefer books where I get to know a handful of characters well, then many characters sort of, and I tend to spend time thinking of who they are, and backtracking in the book to see if they are they the one that _____________. 

In the end, while an interesting read, it was over stuffed with information that made me wonder if it would not have been better served as a two or three book series to give the reader a chance to really ease into a book that has great potential of hitting a home run.

I received this book as part of a TLC Book Tour


20 thoughts on “Miss Timmins’ School For Girls by Nayana Currimbhoy

  1. Sounds like it could be interesting content, for sure! Frustrating, though, when it feels like the author felt the need to keep all the info in the book (rather than spread it out or just take it out).

  2. Every review I read of this book seems to say that it’s a mixed bag. I’m wondering if I would react that same way towards it. Thanks for the review.

  3. I’m like you…I only want a handful of people to think and care about…I have this one on my Kindle through NetGalley…now I’m wondering if I want to invest the time to read it.

  4. I just threw this book into my beach bag for this afternoon – I’m a stop on the tour in July. I’ve read a few quick, action-packed books, so I think I may be in a good place for a novel I can sink my teeth into. We’ll see!

  5. I found this book too hard to read and last night decided to just give up-it was rather disjointed and choppy for my taste.

  6. I’ve seen quite a few people who had the same sense of “just a bit too much or too many”. Like you, I’ve found myself backtracking in some books just to make certain I know which character I’m reading about. I still have this one on my wishlist, though!

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