Match-fixing in Cricket has existed as long as the game itself. A triad of shepherds had to step in and protect the honour and name of the game. However with that backdrop, romance is one of the themes in this novel that is set between India and England. Cricket Maiden opens in Bangalore, India during the colonial era of England ruling India. It is a story of one great Sport and Romance. A young English cricketer is caught up in a match-fixing chaos, which with the help of the ‘guardians’ of cricket, the Shepherd’s Triad, he successfully squashes the plot to lose a match against the amateur’s team. He tragically loses his fiancée at the hands of the aggrieved team mates and the bookmaker.
Fast forward 200 years later, a similar scene in England and the game is threatened by the same scandal of match-fixing. Murder, attempted murders, romance and a search that takes the heroes and heroine from Europe to India under the mysterious watch of the ‘cricket maiden’ and the Shepherd’s Triad. The police, together with one of the richest families in England, work tirelessly to solve the murder of the Cricket coach. The search for clues and answers send them across continents. A female fashion journalist who happened to be at the match, standing in for a colleague, where the murder took place, accidentally becomes a target for the killer. Landon, an aggrieved ex-policeman, is called in to assist with the case and becomes enamoured to the female journo. He steps in to coach the amateurs as well as put a new team together after the death of the coach. The amateur team’s best player is set off against the Professional team’s best player, with a Bollywood actress at the centre of their contention. She has been given to marry the professional arrogant player but her heart belongs with the underdog and she is torn on what to do as the wedding date draws closer.
Through this novel, Algenes, weaves a tale of romance, heroism and exposes the dark side of the game of cricket. Cricket has become the richest game and India has taken over as the custodian of this game from England. Algenes’ love for cricket comes through every page as he takes you through wicket losses and wins. The hero, Landon, finds love again after a tragic loss and walks off into the sunset with his love. The underdog cricketer marries the rich Bollywood actress. All is well that ends well. Cricket Maiden is a heart warming read.
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Romance, Love, School, Hate, Friends, Death, Friendship, Drama, Family, High, Life, Fiction, Girl, Teen, Boy, Pain, Vampire, Abuse, Fantasy, Best, Hurt, Marriage, Kiss, Young, Lust, Humor, Mystery, Betrayal, Adult, Relationships, New, Secrets, College, Story, Vampires