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The Case of the Missing Servant by Tarquin…

The Case of the Missing Servant (2009)

by Tarquin Hall

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Series: Vish Puri (1)

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The first book in this series introduces us to Vish Puri, lead detective at Most Private Investigators. Vish Puri has worked on a lot of cases through the years, but up until now his main body of work has primarily been in screening prospective partners in advance of arranged marriages. That soon changes following the arrest of a high-profile lawyer who is accused of murdering his maid, Mary. The police say they have witnesses of him dumping the body and Puri's job is to prove the man’s innocence and find the real killer. Puri is supported by a fascinating team of operatives, each with their own background.

I found myself engaged in this books storyline immediately, pulled into the vividly atmospheric descriptions of Delhi. The writing is filled with subtle humor and it was so interesting to get to know Vish and his family- his doting wife Rumpi and his mother, Mummy-Ji, who has some interesting career plans of her own. They, along with Puri’s undercover operatives, Facecream, Tubelight and Flush are a really well-written cast of characters that add a lot of humor to the story.

This is a quick read and an enjoyable book I read to fulfill a challenge. I was pleasantly surprised and would like to try another in the future. ( )
  Olivermagnus | Jan 17, 2016 |
Vish Puri is a private detective in India. he is hired to find out what happened to a servant who disappeared when Ajay Kasliwal, her former boss, is accused of killing her. Puri is also investigating the fiance of a renowned generals grandaughter and trying to figure out who shot at him. I enjoyed this book more than the other one I read in the series. Less boring cricket details and more humor than the third book in the series. ( )
  RachelNF | Jan 15, 2016 |
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 |
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Vish Puri, founder and managing director of Most Private Inbestigators Ltd., sat alone in a room in a guesthouse in Defence Colony, south Delhi, devouring a dozen green chilli pakoras from a greasy takeaway box.
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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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