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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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Review: The Case of The Missing Servant by Tarquin Hall. 12/19/2017

You can tell the story was written by a well researcher and a knowledgeable person of India. The book was filled with upscale scenarios, plenty of fiction, humor in the mix, and creative characters. In a series of twist and turns, Tarquin Hall takes the reader through the social life of one of society’s recent climbers of rich people in Delhi who works at a multi-national company.

The story is about Vish Puri, a detective who solves mystery cases. Puri was commissioned to take on a case of Mary, a missing maid who disappeared two months earlier among a few cases he was also working on. Vish has a team of helpers who are by his side twenty-four seven who just happen to have unusual nicknames as Tubelight, Flush, Facecream, and his driver, Handbrake. Vish Puri had a habit of giving people creative names. The detective represents old-fashion values like decency, a good family man who likes spicy food. The story is suspenseful, funny, and with an adventurous read to the end.

There were plenty of subplots so it was a slower read to keep characters and places organized. The author made some of the reading easier by placing an India glossary at the end of the book. I was also captivated by the descriptions of India, traditions, cultures, society, and ancient ruling still being used. ( )
  Juan-banjo | Dec 26, 2017 |
I really enjoyed this one, it was like taking a vacation to a different land, getting immersed in the culture and being shown it all - the good, the bad and the murderous- by a native. Vish Puri, or as I prefer, "Chubby" (his nickname suits him and his love of fine Indian Cuisine).

The best part of the book was the Indian culture, as one who has not as yet visited that county, and being given the ins and outs therein. The mystery itself was fine, but again, I go back to the attitudes and POV of the characters and their India, which for me at least were the biggest part of the novel.
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  lollyletsgo | Aug 10, 2017 |
The hero of this novel, first in a series, may remind you of Agatha Christie's Hercule Poirot, if he was Indian, in contemporary Delhi, had a love of disguises, and was a little too fond of fast food. Vish Puri is a average family man who heads Most Private Investigations, which specializes in running background checks on prospective spouses. However, when an old friend is accused of murdering a servant, Puri takes the case to clear his friend. With his 1999 Super Sleuth Award from the World Federation of Detectives, Puri is sure he is up to the case, in addition to his normal case load. This humorous mystery is full of quirky characters and details of the exotic land of Punjab. Fans of Alexander McCall Smith's No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency series will be delighted. ( )
  ktoonen | Mar 5, 2017 |
Yes, this is yet another mystery series set in a non-Western locale with lots of local color. But this one has a well-constructed plot and seems pretty straightforward about its descriptive accomodations for a Western audience. It's not deep philosophy, but it is smart, funny mystery that provides enough clues to give you a gut instinct for what has happened but not enough to draw all the threads together before the ending. For fans of "local color" mysteries such as M.C. Beaton and McCall Smith, this is a fun series. ( )
  kaitanya64 | Jan 3, 2017 |
This is the first book in the Vish Puri series, and it's the only one that I had not read. It's also the only book that I listened to rather than read. Unfortunately, it was not one of my favorites. I was hoping for more charm in the narration, but the reading was too slow paced for me and I didn't care for some of the female voices.

As usual there were several storylines running concurrently but none of them really grabbed me, and some of them had abrupt, unsatisfying conclusions. However, I did like the picture of life in contemporary India. ( )
  fhudnell | Sep 20, 2016 |
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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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