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.
This seemed like a good choice because I am headed off to India for two weeks and I wanted to soak up some atmosphere in advance. The laughing detective was the perfect solution, both murder mystery and social commentary. Vish Puri, his family, and his odd cast of business associates deliver a fast paced tale with non stop twists and turns. The narrator brought the characters alive. I don't want to need Vish Puri while I am in Delhi but it certainly would be fun to meet him.
I am an author and a librarian, and I happily now live in the realm of audio books.
The sequel to The Case of the Missing Servant did not disappoint. Once again, brilliant narrator in the audio version. The story is light. The characters are witty. Interweaving plots are satisfying. Delhi comes alive with these quirky characters. Vish Puri's members of staff are interesting characters. In this episode we learn more about their backgrounds. Plot twists are brilliant. This is my favourite series. The narrator is brilliant and quite engaging.
There are some series where the stories are lightweight but the narration makes them special - the Chet and Bernie series, the No 1 Ladies Detective Agency series, etc. And this is one of them. Sam Dastor is hysterical in his interpretation of the many levels, accents, and preoccupations of Indian society. In this one, the mystery is actually more complex than first thought and Indian traditions of magic play an integral part. I'll be going through the whole series, I'm sure.
Delightful exotic romp.
When the Goddess Kali appears from the sky.
He is the best - so many different Indian accents and voices. The story tended to ramble but even when I was a little lost on the details I still enjoyed listening to the different voices.
I just found it entertaining. It didn't create an emotional response.
I didn't enjoy the story in this one quite as much as The Case of the Missing Servant, but the narration made up for what the story lacked. It was a good mystery, mind you, but with the several story lines I didn't get as caught up in it as with the first one.