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3.00132434575734 out of 53.00132434575734 out of 53.00132434575734 out of 53.00132434575734 out of 53.00132434575734 out of 5 3.00 (1,261 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: June 2010 ISBN: 9781482979541
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Dr. Suresh Jha, best known for unmasking fraudulent swamis and godmen, dies in a fit of giggles at his morning yoga class when goddess Kali appears from the mist and plunges a sword into his chest. The case is a first in the “annals of crime,” according to Vish Puri, head of Delhi’s Most Private Investigators. Puri and his team of unstoppable undercover operatives must travel from Delhi’s Shadipur slum, home of India’s ancestral magicians, to the holy city of Haridwar on the Ganges.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Hall writes amusing mysteries…[his] affectionate humor is embedded with barbs.” 

    New York Times Book Review

  • “[A] funny, entertaining novel... The characters—including members of Puri’s complicated family—are splendid, and it’s a joy to read.”

    Times (London)

  • “Delightful…Hall splendidly evokes the color and bustle of Delhi streets and the tang of contemporary India.”

    Seattle Times

  • “Warm and entertaining.”

    Denver Post

  • “Modern India, in all its colorful squalor, provides a vivid backdrop for this well-crafted whodunit.” 

    Buffalo News

  • “Hall has an unerring ear for the vagaries of Indian English, the Indian penchant for punning acronyms, peculiarly Indian problems...and an obvious affection for India, warts and all.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “Narrator Sam Dastor slips in and out of Indian accents that represent all classes, castes, and personalities.…He’s hilarious as Puri’s Mummy-ji and his wife, Rumpi, attempt to solve a crime and appropriately precise as Puri himself, the man of a thousand opinions. This is the second book in a winning series.”

    AudioFile

  • “As tasty as Puri’s favorite aloo parantha.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award

Listener Opinions

  • 4.666666 out of 54.666666 out of 54.666666 out of 54.666666 out of 54.666666 out of 5 NLangham | 11/1/2016

    " I am a huge fan of the Vish Puri series. "Chubbie" is a wonderfully flawed detective in Delhi. The mysteries are very good, but what I really appreciate is the colorful, corrupt, oh-so-different-from-my-world glimpse into modern life in Delhi. Also, the dialogue with all its idioms is constantly amusing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Linda | 2/8/2014

    " I really enjoy this series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lynne Ward | 2/6/2014

    " I really like reading Tarquin Hall, - an glimpse of Indian life that I would never have had. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 marymurtz | 2/5/2014

    " Another fun read in this series. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Murghi | 2/4/2014

    " See "The Case of the Missing Servant". Love these books. I had the pleasure of listening to this one on an audiobook (while in the emergency room awaiting an appendectomy!) Lovely. Now my only problem is that I don't have any "Kitty Party" to go to. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carrie | 1/25/2014

    " Surely this is my newest favorite series. Detectives, India, ashrams,intrigue... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Spuddie | 1/24/2014

    " Another excellent entry, with a skillful reader and another wacky story featuring the "Most Private Detective" Vish Puri and his hilariously-named staff (Facecream, Tubelight, Handbrake etc.) in Delhi, India. I very much look forward to the next release! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jose Bakker | 1/16/2014

    " A fun mystery set in India. Vishi Puri and his operatives who all have great nicknames are pressed into service to investigate the strange murder of a man by a "miracle apparation". "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marilyn | 1/16/2014

    " Great Book because it was fun and informative of Indian language and life. I liked this one and the other one on my list. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Emma | 12/23/2013

    " I love Vish Puri, Most Private Investigator. I love the language, the smashed up English and Punjabi slang. Great mystery, good plot twists, priceless characters. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jo-Lane Birkigt | 12/18/2013

    " quite enjoyable, light, easy read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Mandira | 11/23/2013

    " For a non-Indian to capture the cultural nuances in such details is worthy of applaud but I wonder will the essence be lost on the non-indian reader? The story turned a bit too bollywoodish for me- Godmen, crazy TV networks, kitty parties... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ellen McGinnis | 9/27/2013

    " Just discovered this author! Fun, readable, light and just right for bedtime reading or a stolen hour on a weekend. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Eileen | 9/23/2013

    " Enjoyable story that also serves to evoke Delhi for the non-Indian reader. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joanray04 | 9/17/2013

    " This was a fun read, full of the atmosphere, characters, smells and sounds of India. I could almost feel like I was in New Delhi, and I loved the characters. It was drolly funny, which I really appreciate, too. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Emily | 6/9/2013

    " Now I just want to go to India and eat. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ruth | 9/22/2012

    " Good. Fun quick read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nishant | 9/15/2012

    " Enormously enjoyable from someone who totally gets India! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jlbutler55 | 1/28/2012

    " I simply loved this book! Can't wait for #3! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mary Stevens | 11/24/2011

    " Clever story line about a prominent Rationalist who is slain by the goddess Kali in plain sight in a public park. Lots about popular belief in miracles and Hindu deities as well as the techniques magicians use. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jason | 11/14/2011

    " Vish Puri and his colorful cohorts are such fun. A cozy set in India, with an intriguing mystery, colorful characters, Indian history and lots of food-really what could be better? "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carla | 11/6/2011

    " This was pretty fun! This is a detective series set in India. It was fun to read all about the ins and outs of life in New Delhi as Vish Puri solved the murder mystery. There were some fun little side plots, too. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laurie | 11/6/2011

    " Book 2 from the files of India's Most Private Detective, Vish Puri. As he investigates the death by supposed supernatural forces of a non-believer professor, Puri needs all his disguises & wits. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Neil | 8/20/2011

    " I'm totally hooked on this character, so I'm incapable of being rational. This one is a tad on the melodramatic side, perhaps, and possibly a little overcomplicated? Who cares....I'll go on buying them as long as Hall keeps writing them! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Darla | 5/3/2011

    " Both the first and second books in this series of fairly lighthearted mysteries were fun to read. I particularly enjoyed the descriptions of India and the fact that the author includes a short glossary at the end of the book that gives definitions for some of the Indian words used. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marion | 5/2/2011

    " Listened to audio version. Very enjoyable and an interesting commentary on religion, science and secular knowledges competing in India. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Mandira | 5/1/2011

    " For a non-Indian to capture the cultural nuances in such details is worthy of applaud but I wonder will the essence be lost on the non-indian reader? The story turned a bit too bollywoodish for me- Godmen, crazy TV networks, kitty parties... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 LeslieVA | 4/16/2011

    " Cute cozy mystery, but definitely not as good as the first. Still worth keeping an eye out for a third in the series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sulochana | 4/14/2011

    " Another fun Vish puri novel. Characters are starting to grow on me now - hope to see more! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Tracy | 4/1/2011

    " First book, loved it. This one was a big yawn. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 H.s. | 3/9/2011

    " This easy style is growing on me. Thought this book even had more humor -which is appropriate! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joan | 3/7/2011

    " This is the second in the Vish Puri series and a fun read. Good mystery and another wonderful trip into life in New Delhi. Also good was that my Kindle version noted a glossary of Indian terms at the end of the book rather than me having to find it after I finished the book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Terrie | 2/28/2011

    " Enjoyable, educational and a number of surprising twists "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sonja | 2/10/2011

    " I enjoyed the rich cultural experience of this book. It wasn't a page turner for me, but worth finishing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Eileen | 1/29/2011

    " Enjoyable story that also serves to evoke Delhi for the non-Indian reader. "

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