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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (2,513 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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Meet Vish Puri, India’s most private investigator. Portly, persistent, and unmistakably Punjabi, he cuts a determined swathe through modern India’s swindlers, cheats, and murderers. In hot and dusty Delhi, where call centers and malls are changing the ancient fabric of Indian life, Puri’s main work comes from screening prospective marriage partners, a job once the preserve of aunties and family priests. But when an honest public litigator is accused of murdering his maidservant, it takes all of Puri’s resources to investigate. 

How will he trace the fate of the girl, known only as Mary, in a population of more than one billion? Who is taking pot shots at him and his prize chilli plants? And why is his widowed “Mummy-ji” attempting to play sleuth when everyone knows Mummies are not detectives? With his team of undercover operatives—Tubelight, Flush, and Facecream—Puri ingeniously combines modern techniques with principles of detection established in India more than two thousand years ago, long before “that Johnny-come-lately” Sherlock Holmes donned his Deerstalker. The search for Mary takes him to the desert oasis of Jaipur and the remote mines of Jharkhand. From his well-heeled Gymkhana Club to the slums where the servant classes live, Puri’s adventures reveal modern India in all its seething complexity.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Entertaining…Hall combines an insider’s insight with the eclectic eye of a good foreign correspondent…. The very opposite of the ‘exoticism’ of which this kind of fiction is often accused. Instead of escaping into ‘another world,’ western readers are encouraged to see an unflattering reflection of their own values and desires.”

    Financial Times

  • “Great fun—a seething slice of the sub-continent.”

    Times (London)

  • “A first novel set in Delhi that offers penetrating insights into the new India.”

    New York Times

  • “India, captured in all its pungent, vivid glory, fascinates almost as much as the crime itself.”

    Entertainment Weekly

  • “In addition to having created a marvelous literary personage in Puri…Hall has a fine grasp of the nuances of north Indian life and lingo, as well as an in-depth knowledge in a wide range of subjects.”

    India Today

  • “Tarquin Hall is a distinguished journalist and has no problem marshalling details to create a sense of what everyday life is like in Delhi: the smell of chat and kachoris seems to waft from the page, as indeed does the stench of political corruption.”

    Daily Telegraph

  • “The debut of what promises to be an outstanding series… The novel is dense with atmosphere, creating a delightful mix of the exotic and familiar… An excellent, delightfully humorous mystery with an unforgettable cast of characters, The Case of the Missing Servant immediately joins the No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency as representing the best in international cozies.”

    Booklist (starred review)

  • Selected for the July 2009 Indie Next List
  • A New York Times Notable Book for Crime Fiction

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Nan | 2/15/2014

    " Good mystery. Light. Interesting to learn a bit about India. Good for commuting. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Sue T | 2/14/2014

    " I really wanted to like this one, but it just didn't gel. A large part of the problem for me was the extremely poor sentence structure. I expected it in the dialogue, having worked with a large number of people from the Indian sub-continent. However, it was extremely off-putting in the narrative. There were several places where I had to re-read sentences multiple times and still had no clue what the author was trying to say. I expected much better considering the author is a journalist. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Carolyn | 2/12/2014

    " I liked this book very much. I prefer this author to Alexander McCall Smith, by a wide margin. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Tomi-Ann | 2/12/2014

    " Vish Puri is India's "Most Private Detective." I'm glad this is the first in a series, because that way I know there will be more to enjoy. Easy, fun reading, but with the added bonus that you learn about the minutae of the lives of Jains, Hindus, Muslims, Sikhs and even the native Adivasis of India. "

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