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The Case of the Deadly Butter Chicken: Vish Puri, Most Private Investigator, Book 3 | [Tarquin Hall]

The Case of the Deadly Butter Chicken: Vish Puri, Most Private Investigator, Book 3

When the elderly father of a top Pakistani cricketer playing in the multi-million-dollar Indian Premier League dies during a post-match dinner, it’s not a simple case of Delhi Belly. His butter chicken has been poisoned. To solve the case, Puri must penetrate the region’s organized crime, following a trail that leads deep into Pakistan - the country in which many members of the P.I.’s family were massacred during the 1947 partition of India. The last piece of the puzzle, however, turns up closer to home when Puri learns of the one person who can identify the killer. Unfortunately it is the one woman in the world with whom he has sworn never to work: his Mummy-ji.
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Publisher's Summary

Dubbed “a wonderfully engaging P.I.” (The Times, London), Tarquin Hall’s irresistible protagonist Vish Puri has become an international favorite through a series that "splendidly evokes the color and bustle of Delhi and the tang of contemporary India" (The Seattle Times). Now the gormandizing, spectacularly mustachioed sleuth finds himself facing down his greatest fears in an explosive case involving the Indian and Pakistani mafias.

When the elderly father of a top Pakistani cricketer playing in the multi-million-dollar Indian Premier League dies during a post-match dinner, it’s not a simple case of Delhi Belly. His butter chicken has been poisoned. To solve the case, Puri must penetrate the region’s organized crime, following a trail that leads deep into Pakistan - the country in which many members of the P.I.’s family were massacred during the 1947 partition of India. The last piece of the puzzle, however, turns up closer to home when Puri learns of the one person who can identify the killer. Unfortunately it is the one woman in the world with whom he has sworn never to work: his Mummy-ji.

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    Denver York 04-16-15
    Denver York 04-16-15 Member Since 2015
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    "A visit to India"

    Such vivid descriptions, without being too wordy, you feel as if you were there. Narrator does a wonderful job. Superb!

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    John NJ, United States 11-18-14
    John NJ, United States 11-18-14 Member Since 2007
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    "Something good about this series"

    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.

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    Shepard DAVIS, CA, United States 01-17-14
    Shepard DAVIS, CA, United States 01-17-14 Member Since 2014
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    "A good story well read"
    What did you love best about The Case of the Deadly Butter Chicken?

    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.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    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.


    Have you listened to any of Sam Dastor’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    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.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    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!

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    A. Kiss 12-28-13
    A. Kiss 12-28-13
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    "Best Vish Puri case yet"
    Would you listen to The Case of the Deadly Butter Chicken again? Why?

    I rarely listen to books more than once, so this question is irrelevant to my review


    What did you like best about this story?

    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.


    What about Sam Dastor’s performance did you like?

    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


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I did find it difficult to put down


    Any additional comments?

    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.

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    scott 05-06-13
    scott 05-06-13
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    "Makes me want to visit India"

    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.

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    Barbara St Louis, MO, United States 04-18-13
    Barbara St Louis, MO, United States 04-18-13 Member Since 2011
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    "I love Vish Puri mysteries the most!!!!!"
    What did you love best about The Case of the Deadly Butter Chicken?

    I am a Vish Puri fan, and I love this book especially because his "Mummy" plays a big role in solving the mystery, or should I say mysteries...Tarquin Hall is such a good writer-his books are so descriptive, you feel you are experiencing everything with his rich, well-developed characters.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Vish Puri's Mummy-ji is always a favorite character, and she reveals a lot of her past. She was a bold young woman, helping other women during the partition times of the late 1940's. I'll say no more, so as not to give anything away, but I love the fact that she has such a strong story line in The Case of the Deadly Butter Chicken.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I have many favorite scenes in this book; however, I must say that when Vish is left to read his mother's diary, this is my favorite part.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I so thoroughly enjoyed this book! While there are serious topics of murder, a look into the underworld of gambling in India, and the plight of young women, both Hindu and Muslim, in the time of the partition, not to mention Vish Puri's exploration of his feelings as an Indian going to Pakistan, Tarquin Hall provides us with some comic relief in the telling of the "moustache mystery" that Vish has been hired to solve, and the ever present weight issue that Vish's wife seeks to address.


    Any additional comments?

    Please don't stop bringing us Vish Puri mysteries!-That's my comment to the author and to Audible. And the reader is quite excellent, too!

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    Mary 02-19-13
    Mary 02-19-13

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    "Excellent"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Highly recommend. The story is well-written; from all that I can tell it is very authentic. It is a top-notch story that also gives an inside view of contemporary Indian life. The reader was beyond great. The characters are great - I have read the three Vish Puri books and can't wait for the next.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Case of the Deadly Butter Chicken?

    The denouement when All Is Revealed.


    What about Sam Dastor’s performance did you like?

    His acting brought the book to life. The accents were authentic, distinguishable, and consistent. He is one of the best readers I've ever had the pleasure to listen to and was exactly right for this book.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes.


    Any additional comments?

    Great writing, great characters, great setting, great acting.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Karen Grand Isle, VT, United States 02-09-13
    Karen Grand Isle, VT, United States 02-09-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Enjoyable production"
    What did you love best about The Case of the Deadly Butter Chicken?

    I really enjoyed all three of the Vish Puri books. They were not action packed but instead an enjoyable look at the life of this engaging detective. The story was a pleasant one and kept my attention and the narrator really made the characters come to life.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Tarquin Hall? Why or why not?

    This is the third of the series and I have read all three, enjoying every one of them.


    What does Sam Dastor bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    It is always nice to listen to a book that may have language, dialects or names that one wouldn't know how to pronounce if just reading. The narrator gave life to each of the characters and I am sure that I would have no idea how to pronounce many of the names included in the stories.


    Any additional comments?

    For me, Vish Puri is a very similar character to Alexander McCall Smith's Precious Ramotswe. Both are noted detectives with pleasant personalities who solve cases through perseverance and common sense. I look forward to any other books in this series.

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    Shmegege new mexico, usa 01-03-13
    Shmegege new mexico, usa 01-03-13 Member Since 2014

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    "I love this book!"
    Would you listen to The Case of the Deadly Butter Chicken again? Why?

    Not only would I, I already have!


    What other book might you compare The Case of the Deadly Butter Chicken to and why?

    The others in the series. Also, possibly the Birds of East Africa and the Beasts of East Africa.


    Which character – as performed by Sam Dastor – was your favorite?

    Mummy.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It makes me smile & warms my heart. Also very inventive and informative of Indian society & history.


    Any additional comments?

    Can't wait for the next installment!

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    Lesley A. Kemp Folsom, CA, USA 12-07-12
    Lesley A. Kemp Folsom, CA, USA 12-07-12 Member Since 2012

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    "So many Indian words..."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I recommend to listen to this book because of all the Indian words. Enjoyed the story. Had several characters so a bit difficult to keep track of everyone. Great descriptions of India. The reader did a fabulous job with the Indian accent.


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