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The Case of the Man Who Died Laughing by Tarquin Hall
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Aug 29, 10

bookshelves: fiction, india, mystery, religion, the-mystery-of-food, travel
Read in August, 2010

The second in an apparent series of mysteries set in India revolving around the adventures of Vish Puri "most private investigator". There's a fair amount of Poirot, some Sherlock Holmes, a bit of Ghote...lots of colour, some nice apt comments on Indian Society and a few subtle riffs on Indian politics. This novel involves a 'godman' and his suspicious, perhaps criminal abuse of dupes and lost souls...there is a light theme involving rationalism vs religion which is provocative and refreshing. Plus Vish is quite an eater and a very funny guy.

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