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The Case of the Missing Servant by Tarquin Hall
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Jun 13, 2010

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bookshelves: audio-book, fiction, mystery-lite-cozy, series
Read from June 13 to 19, 2010

This type of mystery is what I call Mystery-Lite; not much to it, but it goes down easy.

Vish Puri, the Principle of The Most Private Investigator Ltd., is assisted by his crack team of undercover agents with corny nicknames like Handbrake, Facecream and Flush, in solving “The Case of The Missing Servant” (the title just about sums it up), in addition to a smaller case investigating the veracity of a potential husband for another client. The plot is not complicated, nor are the characters and there is little suspense; the real draw to this book is that it is set in modern day India. Tarquin Hall, does a wonderful job of taking the reader on a guided tour through the city streets of Delhi, and India’s countryside and includes information about India’s caste system, their new emerging middle class (thanks in part to Western modernization and call-centers, which Puri is not so sure is all such a good thing), and India’s corrupt government. He also makes the reader hungry with all his descriptions of fragrant and spicy Indian dishes that Puri orders every chance gets (his nickname is Chubby).

I listened to this on audio and really enjoyed the narrator, Sam Dastor, who does an authentic Indian accent and makes the story come alive.

If you are looking for a nice light diversion, set in an unfamiliar place, this is may be the book for you.
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