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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A great, fun and entertaining way to learn about the culture of modern India, its challenges, its energy, passion for cricket and gambling and other mores of various social classes in a very class-based and extended family network structured society. In this particular novel, you also pick up some vivid, disturbing, but important to understand history of the founding of India and the almost immediate religion and political power civil war that led to the creation of Pakistan. That backstory to the novel's primary plot line makes the pervasive history of fear, hatred and mistrust that impacts the entire region's politics and foreign affairs perspectives comprehensible, if not understandable in terms of the leaders of both countries inability to overcome or at least mitigate in terms of the education of both countries citizens. But this is not a history book. It is a fast-paced fun detective sotry ride.
Mr. Hall has created an engaging, enjoyable lead protagonist in Vishi Puri. Puri has an endearing portfolio of personal foibles, but yet has the expected hero detective wit, sharp tactics, supporting resources and core observational cleverness to inevitable prevail. This story also highlight's our hero's fundamental toughness and unflappability in facing danger. All unfolds using a witty dialog based story telling style that is throughly enjoyable in all three outings to to date. I am sure the author worked hard to craft the book, but a listener also senses it was created with a sense of fun, but with an achieved goal of entertaining and teaching, without preaching.
Some of the secondary characters are perhaps a bit less well drawn in terms of sometimes caricaturist mannerism (shooting for more humor - and effectively), and it makes them a far amount less memorably when you've finished the book. A noticeable exception is detective Puri's mother, who gets a starring supporting role in this story.
The reader did a commendable job on the accents, though the female roles seemed to blend together more than the men's.
I had read the first of these books, which I liked very much, and I have to report that listening to them is a far richer experience. The mystery plots are strong, the details of life in New Delhi are often startling, but the narration is amazing! You'll never believe that so many voices can come out of one person! These books are humorous, insightful, and intriguing. I can't recommend them strongly enough.
This particular story has many revelations about the characters' perceptions of Pakistan, the daily experience during Partition, and a modern-day murder plot thrown in to boot. I've been waiting for this book to come out ever since listening to The Man Who Died Laughing, and now I can't wait for the next one.
Kudos to Tarquin Hall and Sam Dastor! These are my favorite Audible books.
Great match for Dastor's narrating skills and this fun mystery book. It's a delightful series, that'll give you some laughs and insight into the culture as well.
I just love this series, it is so funny: The characters, the setting, the descriptions of the food, the language and customs all bring the sights smells and sounds of India alive to the listener. Also there are some very real and interesting observations about the dilemmas and difficulties faced by modern Indian society. The narrator is spot on. I can't wait for the next installment!
The entire series is great, but book 3 is by far the best. The characters are complex, flawed and lovable. Lots of cultural and historic background related to Delhi, Punjab and India.
I really like the reading of Mummy Ji's diary.
The scene at the second cricket match where the killer is exposed.
A quirky detective story in the British tradition set in India, more precisely in Punjab.
Love this series!!
Getting more info about some of the other characters.
He does a great job with different voices for each character . . . hopefully he'll also read for all future episodes.
Here's another new P.I. - this time from India.
Been waiting for the release of this . . . after listening to the previous two books . . . I was very pleased with this latest addition and I'm looking forward to a long relationship with these characters.
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