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The Perfect Murder | [H.R.F. Keating]

The Perfect Murder

It is Inspector Ghote's bad luck to be landed with the case of the perfect murder at the start of his career with the Bombay Police, for in this most baffling of crimes there is the cunning and important tycoon Lala Varde to contend with. And as if this were not enough, he finds himself having to investigate the mysterious theft of one rupee from the desk of yet another Very Important Person, the Minister of Police Affairs and the Arts.
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It is Inspector Ghote's bad luck to be landed with the case of the perfect murder at the start of his career with the Bombay Police, for in this most baffling of crimes there is the cunning and important tycoon Lala Varde to contend with. And as if this were not enough, he finds himself having to investigate the mysterious theft of one rupee from the desk of yet another Very Important Person, the Minister of Police Affairs and the Arts. "If people would only behave in a simple, reasonable, logical way," sighs the Inspector as he struggles through the quagmires of incompetence and corruption to solve these curious crimes.

©1964 H.R.F. Keating; (P)1995 Blackstone Audiobooks

What the Critics Say

"The main character, Lala Varde, speaks in rhyme, which Davidson portrays splendidly in an Indian accent." (AudioFile)

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    Anne Yellowknife, Northwest Terr, Canada 06-03-06
    Anne Yellowknife, Northwest Terr, Canada 06-03-06 Member Since 2002
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    "An Inspector Ghote novel"

    I was happily introduced to Inspector Ghote in the pages of Alfred Hitchcock and Ellery Queen Mystery Magazines, so decided to try this title. Glad I did - the characterization was hilarious and the challenges and frustrations faced by Inspector Ghote evoked my sympathy. Although the story line lagged in places, and the solving of the mystery involved listening to a few fruitless conversations in the story, it was definitely an enjoyable journey to get to the solution. And the narration was excellent! I would recommend this listen if you are in the mood for trying something a little out of the usual.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Tim Takoma Park, MD, USA 07-01-06
    Tim Takoma Park, MD, USA 07-01-06 Member Since 2004
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    "Tedious"

    This is a wordy and overwritten book of very little mystery, with a narrator who makes a singsong attempt at Indian accents that makes them all sound the same. Its redeeming qualities are a somewhat endearing detective and some local color prose. But they're not enough to rescue the book.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Diane PLACERVILLE, CA, United States 02-06-12
    Diane PLACERVILLE, CA, United States 02-06-12 Member Since 2006
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    "Very Silly Story"

    I was looking for a new detective series to listen to and thought I would give this one a try. The story was just silly and the characters are flimsy and quite stereotypical. Worse yet is the narrator. Very annoying, especially the Swedish UNESCO character. I felt I was being yelled at through most of the story. This was the first in the series, there are quite a few, so maybe they get better. I recommend skipping this one.

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