The delightful second novel in the Mumbai-set Baby Ganesh Detective Agency series.
When the Koh-i-Noor diamond is stolen from an exhibition of the crown jewels, only one man - and his elephant - can crack the case....
For centuries the Koh-i-Noor diamond has set man against man and king against king. Now part of the British Crown Jewels, the priceless gem is a prize that many have killed to possess. So when the Crown Jewels go on display in Mumbai, security is everyone's principal concern. And yet, on the very day Inspector Chopra visits the exhibition, the diamond is stolen from under his nose. The heist is daring and seemingly impossible.
The hunt is on for the culprits. But it soon becomes clear that only one man - and his elephant - can possibly crack this case....
©2016 Vaseem Khan (P)2016 Hodder & Stoughton
I loved book one in this new series and anticipated an engaging follow up to the charming, quirky and very atmospheric story telling. However, book two felt one dimensional, filled with stereotypes, rushed and overly wordy. To me, the relationships and the dialogue seemed wooden. It's a shame because Khan ended book one with so many possibilities for a great new series. I was bored and disappointed and even had trouble staying awake and focused. Not for me.
"Lovely concept - disappointing execution..."
The hook of a detective with a baby elephant as a sidekick is brilliant, but this hasn't been taken advantage of properly. The story is old, cliched and been done to death and sadly this brought nothing new to the table.
Not this genre, but certainly I won't be buying the next Inspector Chopra instalment - I really want to like these books :(
cheesy, cliche and reinforcing stereotypes.
I'd have reworked the entire narrative - The elephant needs to be an integral part of the story, not just a metaphor for India etc. Plus the Inspector needs some development - he's fairly 1D. The story was weak and unimaginative.
This feels rushed and doesn't come close to the first one, which in itself was OK, but I had hoped they would develop - please go back to the drawing board and breathe some new life in to this!
Can thoroughly recommend. A very entertaining tale of daring do with as an extra bonus a gentle but courageous baby elephant
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