In hot and dusty Delhi, Puri's main work comes from screening prospective marriage partners, a job once the preserve of aunties and family priests. But when an honest public litigator is accused of murdering his maidservant, it takes all of Puri's resources to investigate. How will he trace the fate of the girl, known only as Mary, in a population of more than one billion? Who is taking pot shots at him and his prize chilli plants? And why is his widowed "Mummy-ji" attempting to play sleuth when everyone knows Mummies are not detectives? With his team of undercover operatives--Tubelight, Flush, and Facecream--Puri ingeniously combines modern techniques with principles of detection established in India more than 2000 years ago - long before "that Johnny-come-lately" Sherlock Holmes donned his Deerstalker.
From his well-heeled Gymkhana Club to the slums where the servant classes live, Puri's adventures reveal modern India in all its seething complexity.
©2009 Sacred Cow Media Ltd.; (P)2009 BBC Audio
Love books! Classics and lighter fiction, mysteries (not too violent please :-). And selective non-fiction--whatever takes my fancy.
One of my all time favorites for series.
No--but it moves at a good pace, and Vish Puri, India's 'Most private investigator" (AKA Chubby to his unimpressed family) is so funny -- as well as a good mystery--that I never want to miss one single word of it.
Sam Dastor is always perfect--and I love listening to him. For instance, as a 180 away from comedy--he has done a magnificent job narrating "Passage To India". He is wonderful no matter what he reads.
This is a jolly good book, and a delightful series. There are so few (beside this one, his first, there are so far only "The Case of the Deadly Butter Chicken" and "The Man Who Died Laughing").
I think these books are rich with insights and observations about human behaviors, humor, and -- oh yes, always a very good mystery to solve! I just wish this clever duo (Hall-Dastor) had many more! Please do yourself a favor and read this (and the others). You will be charmed (or at least, I was). Highly recommend.
I just couldn't keep my mind from wandering, then had to go back and listen to it again, and again.. To me, the story lines were blurry and undefined. I had a hard time following, of course, I may have missed a bit while my mind was elsewhere! And, too many characters, I kept mixing them up.
The description of the culture and people was terrific, though. I felt as if I was right there, and could see, feel and smell India. And, perhaps understand them a bit more as well.
The narration was great. His accents were wonderful and the pace was just right.
I'd say the series has potential, but I suppose, I need a bit more definition in my plots and investigations.
the characters!!! They're painted so vivid and given such distinct personalities, it was easy to follow and enjoy.
I love the main character. I like how he nicknames all his operatives. He gives the impression that he's not too smart, but he sneaks up on them with all of the answers.
It's difficult to get all the different accents and voices in your head when you read. I like how they didn't all sound the same.
it made me laugh off and on.
I love the narrator and the subject material. The author offers a wonderful picture of Indian life and social intricacies. While the plot and action can be somewhat formulaic, I love the formula! Sam Dastor is a genius narrator with great accents, timing, and pace. I am now listening to all Tarquin Hall and Sam Dastor recordings.
I enjoyed this book very much. The complexity is on a par with Christie. Since it is set in India one has a chance to learn a little about that country's culture.
Narrator is excellent...I will look for more of his narrations. Accents were delightful.
His ability to distinguish different characters with very believable voices and accents.
These novels (with
I am an author and a librarian, and I happily now live in the realm of audio books.
Narrator Sam Dastor completely changed my viewpoint on audio books. Because of him, I no longer look for a book to be read to me. I look for a book to be performed for me. Dastor makes a well-written book come alive with characters you really get to know and care about. The narrator does an admirable job of bringing every character to life. They all have distinctly different personalities because of his voice. In audio books I usually find women's voices sound fake, but Dastor slipped in and out of women's voices with great credibility. Peppered with humour and tension, the story of the missing servant unfolds in vivid descriptions of Delhi, Jaipur and other places in India. I enjoyed the Hindi words sprinkled in the story, and felt like they added another layer to the story for people who know some Hindi. This is quite an enjoyable book, and yet the author calls attention to social issues like the abuse of servants, arranged marriages and rape without being heavy handed or didactic. Listeners get the message. In my book, this is my pick of the year 2016. It's a great way to end the year.
I really enjoyed this light-hearted mystery, and the narration was superb. The characters are likeable and portrayed with humour and sympathy. The story conveys affection and understanding of the contemporary Indian culture and way of life, which could only be attained by someone who spent a lot of time there. This is the first book in the series, and I look forward to reading others.
While the mystery itself was fairly obvious, I enjoyed the characters and the plot. What made this different from many other similar stories was the setting in India; I enjoyed learning about the culture and the caste system.
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