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The Case of the Missing Servant | [Tarquin Hall]

The Case of the Missing Servant

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?
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Publisher's Summary

Meet Vish Puri, India's most private investigator. Portly, persistent and unmistakably Punjabi, he cuts a determined swathe through modern India's swindlers, cheats and murderers.

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

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    Nancy St Charles, MO, United States 01-06-13
    Nancy St Charles, MO, United States 01-06-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Ok, but not great"

    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.

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    Dinah J. Stoffregen Arlington, TX United States 08-20-12
    Dinah J. Stoffregen Arlington, TX United States 08-20-12 Member Since 2008

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    "Entertaining and keeps you hooked."
    What did you love best about The Case of the Missing Servant?

    the characters!!! They're painted so vivid and given such distinct personalities, it was easy to follow and enjoy.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    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.


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

    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.


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

    it made me laugh off and on.


    Any additional comments?

    loved it

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    Carmen K Hudson 05-29-12
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    "Entertaining and enlightening"

    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.

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    Judith Davis, CA, United States 03-27-12
    Judith Davis, CA, United States 03-27-12 Member Since 2006
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    "Great Mystery"

    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.

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    "Wonderfully entertaining"
    What made the experience of listening to The Case of the Missing Servant the most enjoyable?

    Narrator is excellent...I will look for more of his narrations. Accents were delightful.


    What about Sam Dastor’s performance did you like?

    His ability to distinguish different characters with very believable voices and accents.


    Any additional comments?

    These novels (with

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    Alain Salt Lake City, UT, United States 07-19-11
    Alain Salt Lake City, UT, United States 07-19-11
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    "Few books are this fun to listen to"

    This book is just perfect. It's one of the best listens, & I've been an audible member for 4 years or more. I also got the other Vish Puri mystery & love it as well. I sure hope there are more in the works. Never been to India, but I feel I'm there when I listen to these books.

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    Robin 04-18-15
    Robin 04-18-15
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    "As Mummy would say "Sooo funny!""

    The narration really makes this book stand out, with the distinctive accents and mannerisms of the Indian characters. If you like the Number One Ladies Detective Agency series, you will probably enjoy this as well. I laughed aloud many times as the detective, nicknamed Chubby, who is helped out by his mother, always called Mummy, defies the unending bureaucracy and hidebound traditions of India.

    I did wonder whether Indians would find some of the characters and situations to be stereotypes but I was too busy having a good time to think about that long. Sam Dastor was excellent and I'll be listening to as many more books in this series as I can find.

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    lindam@islands.vi 02-10-15
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    "Lots of fun."

    Enjoyed the many voices and a "taste of India ". Good descriptions, very colorful characters. The author actually lives in Delhi.

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    Rochelle Toledo, Ohio, US 02-07-15
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    Throughly well written. Characters like these I would love to keep reading about. I even would watch both a Bollywood and Hollywood films based on these stories.

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    slkygrl Swamp Yankee 01-25-15
    slkygrl Swamp Yankee 01-25-15 Member Since 2006

    Also China Miéville, Peter Hamilton, good space-opera, No Zombies, Apocalypses, Women who sigh and go weak at the knees when seeing a man!

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    "What great fun, Na?"

    This is a fabulously narrated (I truly despise bad or overdone Indian voices, even Indian narrators are guilty of this..as if everyone comes from within 100 miles of Bombay, may the Gods help us!), and incredibly funny detective novel. It also happens to be by one of the sneakier mystery writers I've had the pleasure of reading in a while. While being a fun read, there is just enough suspense and surprise to keep it going, as you try to separate the good guys from the bad, which isn't always possible considering the state of India's justice system, which is pretty well represented here-hint- think $$$$.
    Well worth a credit!

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