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The Case of the Missing Servant (2009)

by Tarquin Hall

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Series: Vish Puri (1)

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Discussed on the A Good Story is Hard to Find podcast, Episode 63.

http://agoodstoryishardtofind.blogspot.com/2013/07/good-story-063-case-of-missin... ( )
  ScottDDanielson | Oct 15, 2015 |
Fantastic book. ( )
  Books-Alive | Sep 23, 2015 |
Absolutely loved. ( )
  ratastrophe | Aug 2, 2015 |
Interesting for the culture and the characters. It's definitely in the same family as cozy mystery but set in India. The family of characters, I especially liked the lead character's mother, a woman after my own heart, is fun to discover even if the lead character is a bit too pompous and full of himself for my taste.

The plot was a bit too long to unravel and in the end I didn't really 'care' who did it but still I'm curious to see the next title in the series. ( )
  writerlibrarian | Jun 28, 2015 |
This is the "fluffy" book I put aside to read the "more serious" (or better written, or whatever I was thinking) book by Tey.

Lesson learned.

Our hero, Vish Puri, is a very human one. He runs a detective agency in Delhi, where things are somewhat different than they might be in the U.S. or the U.K. He takes his company motto, "Confidentiality is our watchword" seriously. He's portly, patient, persistent, and extremely clever.

Although most of Puri's (fondly known as "Chubby") cases come from pre-marriage investigations, he's consulted on other things as well, including possible murders. In this first book of the series, he'w working on a marriage case when he's asked to help a lawyer who's accused of murdering a servant.

On the surface, Hall's book seems a funny take on detectives, much like the Botswana series by McCall-Smith, but don't make the mistake of thinking that they're in the same class. They couldn't be more different.

Although the book is funny enough to make the reader laugh out loud in places, Hall has written with a thinly veiled undercurrent of anger at the corruption, mismanagement, and blindness of the Indian government. This reader enjoyed learning about both the pleasant ambiance of Delhi and the hidden rot in the city.

Most highly recommended to those who like some meat and some humor with their mysteries. ( )
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Watch out Alexander McCall Smith! Here comes the first novel by the highly acclaimed writer Tarquin Hall in an entrancing new mystery series set in India.

The portly Vish Puri is India’s most accomplished detective, at least in his own estimation, and is also the hero of an irresistible new mystery series set in hot, dusty Delhi. Puri’s detective skills are old-fashioned in a Sherlock Holmesian way and a little out of sync with the tempo of the modern city, but Puri is clever and his methods work.

The Case of the Missing Servant shows Puri (“Chubby” to his friends) and his wonderfully nicknamed employees (among them, Handbrake, Flush, and Handcream) hired for two investigations. The first is into the background of a man surprisingly willing to wed a woman her father considers unmarriageable, and the second is into the disappearance six months earlier of a servant to a prominent Punjabi lawyer, a young woman known only as Mary.

The Most Private Investigator novels offer a delicious combination of ingenious stories, brilliant writing, sharp wit, and a vivid, unsentimental picture of contemporary India. And from the first to the last page run an affectionate humour and intelligent insights into both the subtleties of Indian culture and the mysteries of human behaviour.

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A prominent lawyer who asks Puri to find a missing servant is arrested for the young woman's murder when her body is found, requiring complex work by Puri's staff. Meanwhile, he must check out the squeaky-clean fianc of the granddaughter of a revered war hero. And Puri's visiting Mummy-ji undertakes her own search when her son is shot at.… (more)

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