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The Case of the Missing Servant by Tarquin Hall
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Oct 13, 10

really liked it
bookshelves: contemporary, india, mystery, private-investigator
Read in October, 2010

Delightful, even if Vish Puri is a pompous, sexist ass sometimes.
Set in contemporary Delhi, Puri is hired to find out what happened to a missing servant girl whom his client is accused of killing. One subplot has him investigating the prospective groom of his client's daughter, and the other has his mother investigating who is responsible for shooting at him.
All the plots were satisfying, the characterization deft, and there was plenty of dry humor, too. Bonus points for the extensive glossary and for the descriptions of all the tasty food.
There are several reviews comparing this to Alexander McCall Smith's Precious Ramotswe novels. To the extent that they both are outsiders writing about former British colonies, the comparison has merit. However, McCall Smith's works really are love letters to the country and the people of Botswana. They are gentle musings on human nature. Hall vividly depicts modern Indian culture, but I wouldn't characterize the book as particularly affectionate or gentle. It's also a better mystery than most of McCall Smith's books.
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