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The Case of the Missing Servant Audiobook

The Case of the Missing Servant

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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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    Kathi 03-10-13
    Kathi 03-10-13 Member Since 2010

    Love books! Classics and lighter fiction, mysteries (not too violent please :-). And selective non-fiction--whatever takes my fancy.

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    "Sam Dastor & Tarquin Hall = PERFECT BOOKS!"
    Where does The Case of the Missing Servant rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    One of my all time favorites for series.


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

    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.


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

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

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    Nancy St Charles, MO, United States 01-06-13
    Nancy St Charles, MO, United States 01-06-13 Member Since 2016
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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

    dj

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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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    Kindle Customer julia felix 03-21-12

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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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    Isia 08-10-16
    Isia 08-10-16
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    "LOVED THE STORY AND THE NARRATION"

    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.

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    Jami VICTOR, NY, United States 06-15-16
    Jami VICTOR, NY, United States 06-15-16 Member Since 2013
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    "Interesting Setting"

    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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    Andrew Visalia, US, Canada 04-23-16
    Andrew Visalia, US, Canada 04-23-16 Member Since 2010
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    Great story. Twists and turns keep it moving. The characters and very entertaining. Fantastic narratiom. An all around good read.

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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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