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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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    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

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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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 Aptos, CA, United States 03-27-12
    Judith Aptos, 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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    Joan 01-25-15
    Joan 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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    Lauren Bergold 12-23-14 Member Since 2014
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    "fans of inspector ghote will probably love this"
    If you’ve listened to books by Tarquin Hall before, how does this one compare?

    this is my first book by tarquin hall, and while i cannot imagine tearing through the whole series back to back, i do find myself still thinking about vish puri and the employees of the "most private detective agency", so i will probably listen to the next one eventually. i loved the modern-day delhi setting, the mystery was just the right-level of complicated to keep me guessing, and sam dastor made every character come alive.


    Any additional comments?

    i liked vish puri, but i *LOVED* the character of mummy-ji... a series based on her adventures would be irresistible! :)

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    Kakwata 12-11-14
    Kakwata 12-11-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Doesn't take itself too seriously"
    Where does The Case of the Missing Servant rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Pretty high up there


    What did you like best about this story?

    It was such an easy listen, but it also raised some serious issues to reflect upon.
    Great story, lovely twists and turns,


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

    haven't ever listened to him before, but loved his accents, his voice, his pace, perfect!


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    definitely, had some late nights becuase of this book


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    Karen 01-26-14
    Karen 01-26-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Delightful listen"

    Words cannot express how much I love the Vish Puri series, especially on audiobook. The characters are charming, the mysteries are interesting, and the narration is very well done. Highly recommend this series of audiobooks...

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    Slartibartfarse United States 10-02-13
    Slartibartfarse United States 10-02-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Needs a reader with basic understanding of Hindi"
    What made the experience of listening to The Case of the Missing Servant the most enjoyable?

    Tarquin Hall brings a journalist's eye for details in his skewering of the Indian ruling class.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Sam Dastor?

    Somebody who doesn’t mispronounce every alternate Indian word. This isn’t to say Dastor is a bad performer, but his obvious discomfort with Indian words clashes with Hall’s writing, which is all about the real Delhi experience.


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