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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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    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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    MsLemon Aptos, CA United States 03-27-12
    MsLemon 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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    Kindle Customer julia felix 03-21-12

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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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    Nitin 02-09-12
    Nitin 02-09-12 Member Since 2005
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    "Wonderful Delhi English and sense of modern India"
    What did you love best about The Case of the Missing Servant?

    The narration is, to put it in the words of Vish Puri, truly first class. Dastor beautifully captures the nuance and rhythms of Delhi English just as Hall captures the details of upper middle class Indian life.


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

    The twists of the plot are engaging, as is Vish Puri.


    Any additional comments?

    Highly recommend for anyone who knows anything of the culture, or indeed anyone who wants to get a charming (and realistically dodgy and corrupt) taste of modern India.

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    Penny Al Ain, UAE 08-07-12
    Penny Al Ain, UAE 08-07-12
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    "India's Sherlock Holmes"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I am currently working in the Middle East and many of the characters seemed very authentic (as well as entertaining).


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Case of the Missing Servant?

    The relationships portrayed in the book were spot on.


    Any additional comments?

    I am planning on purchasing the other books in this series. A very nice listen on the way to work.

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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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    Phyllis 03-07-17
    Phyllis 03-07-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Twists and turns and fun"

    Thoroughly enjoyed my time with the characters, the story and the narrator. Glad to see I will be able to continue in their company with other books in the series.

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    Lisa Jensen 02-23-17
    Lisa Jensen 02-23-17 Member Since 2015
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    "One of my favorite crime series!"

    The Vish Puri adventures are equal parts entertaining, suspenseful, funny, and addicting. Tarquin Hall does a wonderful job describing and giving life and quirks to all of his characters. I own all the books, and enjoyed reading them so much that i purchased them on audible as well. The narrator does all of the character voices so well you don't get bored or confused. Such a fun read and listen.

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    Isia 08-10-16
    Isia 08-10-16
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    "LOVED THE STORY AND THE NARRATION"

    I really enjoyed this light-hearted mystery, and the narration was superb. The characters are likeable and portrayed with humour and sympathy. The story conveys affection and understanding of the contemporary Indian culture and way of life, which could only be attained by someone who spent a lot of time there. This is the first book in the series, and I look forward to reading others.

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