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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (600 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Tarquin Hall Narrator: Sam Dastor Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Vish Puri Mysteries Release Date:
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Dubbed “a wonderfully engaging PI” (London Times), Tarquin Hall’s irresistible protagonist Vish Puri has become an international favorite through a series that “splendidly evokes the color and bustle of Delhi and the tang of contemporary India” (Seattle Times). Now the gormandizing, spectacularly mustachioed sleuth finds himself facing down his greatest fears in an explosive case involving the Indian and Pakistani mafias.

When the elderly father of a top Pakistani cricketer playing in the multimillion-dollar Indian Premier League dies during a postmatch dinner, it’s not a simple case of Delhi Belly. His butter chicken has been poisoned. To solve the case, Puri must penetrate the region’s organized crime, following a trail that leads deep into Pakistan—the country in which many members of the PI’s family were massacred during the 1947 partition of India. The last piece of the puzzle, however, turns up closer to home when Puri learns of the one person who can identify the killer. Unfortunately it is the one woman in the world with whom he has sworn never to work: his Mummy-ji.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Outstanding third mystery…Well drawn, colorful characters bolster a whodunit sure to appeal to those who enjoy a dash of humor with their crime.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “Hall has a gift for conveying the rich stew of competing cultures in contemporary India with a wonderful economy of image…Hall presents a complex hero in a complex country with a great deal of history, humor, and panache.”

    Booklist (starred review)

  • “A wry whodunit, with recipes.”


  • “Vish’s third outing continues the tradition of Hall’s lively franchise.”

    Kirkus Reviews

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Max | 2/2/2014

    " What I really liked about this book was the colorful language and the descriptions of the way of life. The author does his part to reconcile irreconcilable differences between peoples and nations in this story. He is also very timely (Feb 2013) in the book's expose on the treatment of women. Mr. Hall provides a little knowledge that goes a long way. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Lili Alaniz | 1/7/2014

    " This book was a nice treat. The plot was well put together and it definitely kept me interested. Even so, I was not on the verge of my seat when the detective finally unraveled the mystery/crime. It was rather anticlimactic and although the author did an excellent job weaving in historical events, there was no excitement in the ending. Nonetheless I would still recommend because although not a nail bitter, it was a definite good read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Patty | 1/3/2014

    " I adore Vish Puri. Can't wait for the next one. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Megan | 12/24/2013

    " I was lucky enough to win a copy of this book via First Reads and thoroughly enjoyed it. As a bonus, the third installment of the Vish Puri cases includes some delicious-looking recipes at the end of the book, which I can't wait to try! What a great addition since my mouth is often watering as I read about the tasty treats Vish Puri (or should I say "Chubby?"):) eats. I really enjoyed this one, as the 1947 Partition played a key role in the main case...as did Vish's Mummy. I think Vish would have to admit that maybe, just maybe, mummies are cut out for detective work, after all. The primary case requires Vish to travel to Pakistan...but the decision about whether he will make the trip is almost as much of a mystery as who killed Faheem Khan. As was the case previously, Vish is working on two cases with the help of his resourceful crew and the outcomes of both cases are not revealed until the final chapters. The minor case seems more lighthearted on the surface but when the motive is revealed, the reader sees that it has deeper meanings. I've really enjoyed being introduced to this series -- the writing is "tip-top," I love the setting and reading about various issues India is dealing with, and the characters are quite likeable. Thanks to First Reads again for the opportunity to read the latest Vish Puri case! "

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