Tarquin Hall's detective reminds me of a more down-to-earth Hercule Poirot. He's confident and to the point with suspects like Poirot, but unlike the Frenchman, he's human enough to have a wife and kids. I enjoy the fact that his wife and her mom solve mysteries on their own. This is much to Puri's discontent as head of household and as a private investigator, however banal and domestic are their mysteries. Their story lines are concerned more with the household and social network as is customary for Indian women.
God-men are everywhere, not just in India.. I appreciated the broader aspect of the cult of personality religions on which this story sheds light.
This is a light, easy to listen while driving story. It ranks fairly highly of those books I've listened to, but I am such an avid reader and listener - with at least four books going at all times - that I could only rank order those that I really disliked.
The characters are well-drawn. It is not an tension filled type of mystery, but that is likely not the goal of the author anyway. It's very much a character driven tale.
The reader does such an excellent job with all of the characters it's hard to pick.
This book has a lot of humor in it, and I did find myself chuckling as I tooled to and from work.
I have only read or listened to two of these novels. I have thoroughly enjoyed both. Not really heavy, but you can't help liking and smiling at all the characters. Narration is great too.
Immigration lawyer in Kansas City. I like Character driven dramas, fantasy (monsters, magic and witches oh my!) and coming of age stories. Favs include: The Book Thief, The Game of Throne series, Harry Potter Series, Dresden Files, Nightside series, anything by Neil Gaimen, 100 Years of Solitude.
This book was a joy to listen to. The Narrator was excellent, the Delhi Accents were charming, the story was fun and intriguing. Most excellent choice!!
Have to admit, early on in this book, some of the accents were annoying me and i wasn't sure i'd finish the book. But eventually, i not only got accustomed to that, but the story kind of grabbed me and i quite enjoyed it. The characters were quirky and fun, with a pretty good mix of personal info blended in with the mystery at hand. Not sure if i'll look for another by the same author, but i might.
We loved this book. It is very funny with memorable characters you wish you knew. The heat of Delhi and the customs of the city and its inhabitants are conveyed well while maintaining the flow of the story.
Also China Miéville, Peter Hamilton, good space-opera, No Zombies, Apocalypses, Women who sigh and go weak at the knees when seeing a man!
This is another in a series of mystery novels that are light and yet complex and twisty enough to satisfy. Filled with the colour of India, I have enjoyed each one I have listened to and certainly think they are worth a credit. I suggest you start with this, as it is even better than The Case of The Missing Servant, Although that was also very good.
Listen while I work, ride, drive & run.
We live in Southeast Asia. Loved learning about the culture.
Hearing the Indian English idiom.
Delightful to hear the subcontinent accents and Indian English.
Yes, we consumed this book.
Already looking forward to hearing all of Tarquin Hall's books.
Was there a producer or a hindi-speaking person in the recording booth? Dastor butchers the most basic hindi words and hilariously mispronounces Indian names. BBC Audio should get some help from their excellent World News staff. Or at least get some tips from Tarquin Hall, who seems far more comfortable with Indian languages than Dastor.