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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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    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
    Rochelle Toledo, Ohio, US 02-07-15 Member Since 2010
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    "Highly Entertaining!"

    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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    Joan Swamp Yankee 01-25-15
    Joan 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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    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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    Karen 01-26-14
    Karen 01-26-14 Member Since 2016
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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
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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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    mondol@mit.edu 09-10-13 Member Since 2008
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    "Hugely entertaing especially Delhi details"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Case of the Missing Servant to be better than the print version?

    Sam Dastor's voicing is great, his accents are spot on, except for the stray character who is supposed to have an American influenced accent. I especially loved his female "Auntie" delivery.


    Which character – as performed by Sam Dastor – was your favorite?

    Mummy is a classic "Auntie type". Sam does a beautiful job inflecting his voice to convey the submissive words and delivery backed up by the character's knowledge that she will get her way.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Punjabi Sherlock with his Jan Path irregulars.


    Any additional comments?

    I really enjoyed the characters in this evocative rendition of modern South Delhi using the detective novel as a vehicle.

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    Claude Lambert Savannah, USA 08-18-13
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    "The perfect voice for an excellent book"
    What did you love best about The Case of the Missing Servant?

    It has the smells, the noises and the characters of India. Travel in your armchair! It is a mystery, good clean fun and entertaining. For once, here comes a PI who is a good family man. It is almost unheard of in literature.


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

    The hero is a PI of modern times in India, so he can use scientific tools when needed. However, he prefers to use his own contacts and spies rather than DNA. It allows the reader to meet a multitude of fascinating characters. The book is a lot of fun.


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

    There are of course Indian names of people and meal courses. I bought the audio because I was curious to hear the pronunciation. Dastor, however, proved to be much more: a delight. He changes voice with the different characters, he reads extremely well, the rhythm is perfect. The Indo-British accent he produces is wonderful within the book, and you will want to cook your own curry while listening to this. I intend to buy the audio of everything he is willing to read.


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

    It is a long book. It will take a long week-end of leisure.


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    ann NORTHPORT, NY, United States 05-02-13
    ann NORTHPORT, NY, United States 05-02-13 Member Since 2016
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    "mystery, fun to listen, experience Indian culture"
    If you could sum up The Case of the Missing Servant in three words, what would they be?

    Humor, mystery, culture


    What did you like best about this story?

    I was introduced to India through a fun and interesting mystery. I often laughed out loud, and the characters are well developed and memorable.


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    john CHARLOTTE, NC, United States 12-06-12
    john CHARLOTTE, NC, United States 12-06-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Indie Sleuth Triumphs"

    Fun and absorbing read. This series will be a joy to those who wish a good glimpse of modern India as well.

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