This is the third in the wonderful Vish Turi series which continues to evoke the different flavors, (food and otherwise) of India. In this one, Vish’s nephew is part of India’s national cricket team and they are playing in a tournament against the Pakistani team. This is an intense game because India and Pakistan have been enemies since the partition into nations by the British in 1947. But Vish’s nephew and the top Pakistani player are good friends, and Vish finds he must try to withstand his prejudices in order to be courteous to the boy and his father. And then when the Pakistani older man is poisoned during the dinner through a dish of butter chicken which the whole table shared, he must find out how it occurred. This book, a little more serious than the first two, involves tangling with the Pakistan mafia, dealing with illegal betting on cricket games, dealing in blood diamonds, and, most bizarre, a man whose full mustache was stolen. He learns more about his own family’s history in 1947 and 1948 when they were forced to move from the area they lived in which became Pakistan, and, despite his best efforts, his Mummy-Gi is essential in solving the poisoning case. A very good book with information included about the India Pakistan issues.
I enjoyed this one even more than the first two. The primary story covered two countries and two generations. Mommy G played an important role. And the story made great points about British colonialism and Indian-Pakistan relations without being preachy. Great fun!
As always, there are many laugh-out-loud moments in this mystery, but there is also a story from the terrible time of the Indian/Pakistani partition that casts its shadow into the present. Sam Dastor's narration is what really makes this series come alive for me.
I give Hall full credit for creating a mystery that included the tragedies surrounding India's partition and the creation of Pakistan. that is not an easy subject to wade into, but India's most private detective solved the case of the butter chicken murder with his usual dash of humble hubris, yummy food stall snacks and lots of help from his mummy.
These books stray and annoy me sometimes, but i really enjoy the main character (Vishi) and his mix of competence and over-confidence... He's imperfect, and amusingly so. The stories have medium pacing, which feels about right, but some might consider slow. Still, it's a comfortable listen.
I thoroughly enjoy all of the characters and find the story line very engaging. As always, the narrator, Sam Dastor, makes it all come alive with his wonderful accents. The narration is truly value-added to an entertaining story.
The plot keeps you guessing, and the manner of its resolution is made more interesting by the involvement of somewhat peripheral characters, and, of course Vish Puri's intrepid mother.
I have listened to all four of the Vish Puri, Most Private Investigator books and I think that this one is as good as the others. I have found that Tarquin Hall's last two books, including this one, delve into some aspects of Indian society that are more serious, such as some history of the partition and the effects on the individuals who lived through it.
I could have listened to this book without interruption, although it was easy enough to return back to when I did have to stop listening.
As far as I'm concerned, Tarquin Hall and Sam Dastor can team up anytime with a new Vish Puri mystery and I will be there eager to listen to it!
I rarely listen to books more than once, so this question is irrelevant to my review
The story is well crafted, the characters are well drawn and entertaining, and the history relating to the partition of India and Pakistan is very well presented and fascinating and elevates the book from a light hearted romp to a memorable read.
He strikes the right level of enthusiasm and performance without going over the top, except maybe for some of the female characters whose high-pitched, nasal voices get a bit annoying
I did find it difficult to put down
A refreshingly different detective series, perhaps just a bit derivative of The Number One Ladies' Detective Agency series, but different enough to stand on its own. Does for moderm India what TNOLDA does for Botswana, but has a much bigger canvas to paint on.
Probably the best of a highly enjoyable series. Vish Poori is a singular detective, stubborn, idiosyncratic, a tough guy and mama's boy who loves his samosas. He's also very funny and a clever detective to boot.