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The Case of the Deadly Butter Chicken Audiobook

The Case of the Deadly Butter Chicken: Vish Puri, Most Private Investigator, Book 3

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Publisher's Summary

Dubbed “a wonderfully engaging P.I.” (The Times, London), Tarquin Hall’s irresistible protagonist Vish Puri has become an international favorite through a series that "splendidly evokes the color and bustle of Delhi and the tang of contemporary India" (The Seattle Times). Now the gormandizing, spectacularly mustachioed sleuth finds himself facing down his greatest fears in an explosive case involving the Indian and Pakistani mafias.

When the elderly father of a top Pakistani cricketer playing in the multi-million-dollar Indian Premier League dies during a post-match dinner, it’s not a simple case of Delhi Belly. His butter chicken has been poisoned. To solve the case, Puri must penetrate the region’s organized crime, following a trail that leads deep into Pakistan - the country in which many members of the P.I.’s family were massacred during the 1947 partition of India. The last piece of the puzzle, however, turns up closer to home when Puri learns of the one person who can identify the killer. Unfortunately it is the one woman in the world with whom he has sworn never to work: his Mummy-ji.

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    Sarah BOERNE, TX, United States 02-29-16
    Sarah BOERNE, TX, United States 02-29-16 Member Since 2013
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    "Plot very complex, narration wonderful!"

    I found the book a little confusing - there were two main cases going from the start and listening to it in short sittings mainly while driving it was hard to keep up with who was who and who was doing what. The mystery was not as intriguing as in the first book of this series.

    Still I enjoy Sam Daster's narration so much I would listen to anything he does.

    As with all Tarquin Hall's books I have listened to I learned much about India and its conditions and history. I highly recommend this book to anyone who likes to hear about India and enjoys multiple Indian accents.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Rosemary CHESAPEAKE, VA, United States 08-29-13
    Rosemary CHESAPEAKE, VA, United States 08-29-13 Member Since 2009
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    "wonderful character development"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Third book in the Vish Puri series, this story further develops the characters and reveals the surprising and inspiring past of "Mummy G". The book combines humor, intrigue, and social commentary in a truly unique and entertaining style. The narration is expertly performed and artfully captures the personalities of each character.


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

    Yes, having gotten to know the characters from the previous two novels, it was exciting to see how each person dealt with their situations.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I particularly liked the scene where Puri predicted the palys in the cricket match.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The recollection of Mummy G attempting to rescue a poor girl from a life of slavery.


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    Robin 01-10-16
    Robin 01-10-16
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    "Some serious elements with the humor"

    As always, there are many laugh-out-loud moments in this mystery, but there is also a story from the terrible time of the Indian/Pakistani partition that casts its shadow into the present. Sam Dastor's narration is what really makes this series come alive for me.

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    Reese Lanay 05-04-16
    Reese Lanay 05-04-16
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    "Funny, fancy, and foodie"

    Started off a little slow, but ended strong! Great read. Funny and informative walk through Indian food.

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    Jennifer L. Wilson 02-21-16 Member Since 2013
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    "Fun with History and Politics."

    I enjoyed this one even more than the first two. The primary story covered two countries and two generations. Mommy G played an important role. And the story made great points about British colonialism and Indian-Pakistan relations without being preachy. Great fun!

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    Nonny Mouse 07-02-15
    Nonny Mouse 07-02-15
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    "simply wonderful"

    I give Hall full credit for creating a mystery that included the tragedies surrounding India's partition and the creation of Pakistan. that is not an easy subject to wade into, but India's most private detective solved the case of the butter chicken murder with his usual dash of humble hubris, yummy food stall snacks and lots of help from his mummy.

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    Denver York 04-16-15
    Denver York 04-16-15 Member Since 2016
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    "A visit to India"

    Such vivid descriptions, without being too wordy, you feel as if you were there. Narrator does a wonderful job. Superb!

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    John NJ, United States 11-18-14
    John NJ, United States 11-18-14 Member Since 2007
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    "Something good about this series"

    These books stray and annoy me sometimes, but i really enjoy the main character (Vishi) and his mix of competence and over-confidence... He's imperfect, and amusingly so. The stories have medium pacing, which feels about right, but some might consider slow. Still, it's a comfortable listen.

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    Shepard DAVIS, CA, United States 01-17-14
    Shepard DAVIS, CA, United States 01-17-14 Member Since 2014
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    "A good story well read"
    What did you love best about The Case of the Deadly Butter Chicken?

    I thoroughly enjoy all of the characters and find the story line very engaging. As always, the narrator, Sam Dastor, makes it all come alive with his wonderful accents. The narration is truly value-added to an entertaining story.


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

    The plot keeps you guessing, and the manner of its resolution is made more interesting by the involvement of somewhat peripheral characters, and, of course Vish Puri's intrepid mother.


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

    I have listened to all four of the Vish Puri, Most Private Investigator books and I think that this one is as good as the others. I have found that Tarquin Hall's last two books, including this one, delve into some aspects of Indian society that are more serious, such as some history of the partition and the effects on the individuals who lived through it.


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

    I could have listened to this book without interruption, although it was easy enough to return back to when I did have to stop listening.


    Any additional comments?

    As far as I'm concerned, Tarquin Hall and Sam Dastor can team up anytime with a new Vish Puri mystery and I will be there eager to listen to it!

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    A. Kiss 12-28-13
    A. Kiss 12-28-13
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    "Best Vish Puri case yet"
    Would you listen to The Case of the Deadly Butter Chicken again? Why?

    I rarely listen to books more than once, so this question is irrelevant to my review


    What did you like best about this story?

    The story is well crafted, the characters are well drawn and entertaining, and the history relating to the partition of India and Pakistan is very well presented and fascinating and elevates the book from a light hearted romp to a memorable read.


    What about Sam Dastor’s performance did you like?

    He strikes the right level of enthusiasm and performance without going over the top, except maybe for some of the female characters whose high-pitched, nasal voices get a bit annoying


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

    I did find it difficult to put down


    Any additional comments?

    A refreshingly different detective series, perhaps just a bit derivative of The Number One Ladies' Detective Agency series, but different enough to stand on its own. Does for moderm India what TNOLDA does for Botswana, but has a much bigger canvas to paint on.

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