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In the gripping new Baby Ganesh Agency novel, Inspector Chopra and his elephant sidekick investigate the death of one of Mumbai's wealthiest citizens, a murder with ramifications for its poorest.

The Parsees are among the oldest, most secretive and most influential communities in the city: respected, envied and sometimes feared.

When prominent industrialist Cyrus Zorabian is murdered on holy ground, his body dumped inside a Tower of Silence - where the Parsee dead are consumed by vultures - the police dismiss it as a random killing. But his daughter is unconvinced.

Chopra, uneasy at entering this world of power and privilege, is soon plagued by doubts about the case.

But murder is murder. And in Mumbai, wealth and corruption go in hand in hand, inextricably linking the lives of both high and low....

©2019 Vaseem Khan (P)2019 Hodder & Stoughton Limited

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Best Ever

The narrator is absolutely the BOMB! He does an amazing job distinguishing between the different characters. He reads dramatically, when Ganesh touches something with his trunk you can feel it.

The author excelled in this story with amazing characters, catheter man, Mr. Poop, corpse bearers, and the vultures. One of my favorite scenes was when Chopra wakes up his partner who had fallen asleep on his desk. You just have to read/listen to it . . ,chicken bones flying.

I wish they would make this a tv series.

Great mystery! Great characters!

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Entertaining

Once again Chopra and Ganesh investigate a death that was incorrectly solved by the police. If you like procedural police investigation stories you will love this book You may also enjoy learning tons of information about India. This is a fascinating series.

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Don’t want to hear about poop, vultures and rats in India . Gross. Disappointed, liked Ganesh the elephant.l

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Awesome Well Written Mystery

This was such a great mystery! Chopra and the rest of the characters were really a delight to read about and the mystery itself was very well written and heartfelt. The only thing that bothered me was that I am now caught up with the series and I can only hope the author planning on writing more soon. The narrator did an amazing job as always. I highly recommend it!

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Great atmosphere

I’ve always loved these books in part because of the atmosphere—the places, the food, the history—it’s an amazing escape, especially this year when I feel like my world isn’t any larger than my back garden. There were some good twists too and I didn’t guess who the murderer was, even though the whole thing hung together logically.

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Loved it!

Best one yet in the series! I have seen the Towers of Silence in Mumbai and remember seeing the vultures circling above it. This story added so much more depth of understanding to that experience and was so intriguing!

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Love the audio

I have always loved this authors books. I cherish all of his characters especially Poppy and Ganesh. This is the first time I’ve listened to a book by this author and I absolutely must applaud whoever chose the reader. He is the perfect vehicle for this story. Bravo!

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the 5th is the best of this series

Loved it. It is a page-turner and features a vivid description of contemporary India.

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Great series. Just okay book.

My husband and I greatly enjoyed the first two books in the Baby Ganesh series, so were delighted when a new installment became available. Unfortunately, there are only glimpses of what was best about the other books. Chopra’s wife Poppy is irrepressible as ever, on a new campaign to change Mumbai’s centuries old bathroom habits. The usual cast of characters all make an appearance. Sadly, the baby elephant does not feature as prominently as he once did and the comic relief is barely enough to balance the macabre nature of the story. Definitely the weakest storyline of all the books. The performance was also oddly stilted with strange long pauses in the middle of sentences as though the reader kept losing his place.

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Laughed aloud

I very much enjoyed this book, finding myself laughing aloud at some of the visual images, especially the “poo to loo!” I also loved learning about cultures I knew little to nothing about.

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  • Mrs Judy Allan
  • 01-22-20

Wonderful narration of a fascinating story

I so enjoyed this production. The narrators Indian accent gave authenticity, humour and depth to the story.,
Khan has done an admirable and accessible job of tying together the threads of ancient India, the Raj and modern times in Mumbai.
As the daughter of an ex Colonialist, there was much that resonated with my snippets of oral memory.
I just loved it!
When do we get a movie??!!

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  • Dee
  • 04-05-21

Excellent!

Excellent plot! Fantastic reader who brought the story to life, what a brilliant narration! I hope he does more readings!

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  • L Wates
  • 02-09-20

A good successor to previous books

I look forward to Khan's books and this did not disappoint. I would have liked a bit more of Ganesh in it - he is more in the background this time, although (as expected) saves the day at some point. I wasn't sure about the narration at first but got into it. Overall an enjoyable listen.

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  • Edwin B.
  • 09-29-19

A thoroughly interesting story

You are drawn into another world of different cultures that live in Mumbai and the lives of the characters that not only interweave in a gripping story but enrich the listener. The elephant is loveable and believable, the Inspector honest and genuine. His values and thoughts run through his novels which are brought to life by the voice of the reader and are joy to listen to.

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  • Anjakaisu
  • 09-07-19

Superb

There is nothing about this book that I don’t like. When I listen to the book I am transported to India. The narrator is superb. Each character has an individual voice and provides depth and sincerity. When he speaks about the small elephant I can feel his character and it always makes me smile.
I can’t recommend this book/series enough. One of my favourite authors.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 09-01-19

This has been a really enjoyable book. wonderful

I have had previous books by this author but this has been the best one

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  • Simone
  • 08-31-19

Best Chopra yet !

a really intriguing and interesting plot dealing with the unusual topic of excarnation and Parsi tradition. great characterisation . very well read.

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  • Valerie Bayliss
  • 08-21-19

Up to his usual high standard

Enjoyed this latest audiobook with clear narration which added to the enjoyment. Only four stars as it was just a bit too detailed for me - I am squeamish - about the Parsee way of death. I enjoy this series, is it not too complicated but still tells a rattling good yarn.