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The Case of the Deadly Butter Chicken Audiobook

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

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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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    Kathleen Minneapolis, MN, USA 08-26-12
    Kathleen Minneapolis, MN, USA 08-26-12
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    "Wonderful series about India"

    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.

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    tarreshea 05-04-16
    tarreshea 05-04-16
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    "Funny, fancy, and foodie"

    Started off a little slow, but ended strong! Great read. Funny and informative walk through Indian food.

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    Jennifer L. Wilson Clinton, MS 02-21-16
    Jennifer L. Wilson Clinton, MS 02-21-16 Member Since 2013

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    "Fun with History and Politics."

    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!

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    Robin 01-10-16
    Robin 01-10-16
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    "Some serious elements with the humor"

    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.

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    Nonny Mouse 07-02-15
    Nonny Mouse 07-02-15
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    "simply wonderful"

    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.

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    Denver York 04-16-15
    Denver York 04-16-15 Member Since 2016
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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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