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The Case of the Missing Servant by Tarquin Hall
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Mar 30, 2011

it was amazing
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I loved this book and hope there are many more to come - Vish Puri is a great hero! "Chubby" to his loving wife Rumpi, "Mummy-ji" and wonderfully mixed bag of friends and associates, he calls himself India's Most Private Investigator and his ego (rightfully) equals Poirot himself. Puri carefully records all of his cases at completion, as he is sure future generations will want to study his methods and even has the title picked out for his future memoirs: "Confidentiality Is My Watchword".

Puri is hilarious and wise, following the investigative methods laid down by his two gurus: the philosopher-statesman Chanakya, "who lived three hundred years before Christ and founded the arts of espionage and investigation", and his own father, a deceased Delhi police detective. The "New India" of 24-hour call centers, hyper-development and booming high-tech industry has created a lot of growth, opportunity, and new money, but also a lot of crime, and Puri is busier than ever. Here he is working on two investigations - one checking into the background and suitability of a potential bride groom, and in the other case he must discover the fate of the missing servant girl of the title to save a client accused of killing her. It's a glorious ride following Puri as he marshalls his many, sometimes dubious resources to get to the bottom of these two challenging cases, and his supporting cast of characters, including his staff, his patient wife and his wise Mummy-ji (a natural investigator in her own right, despite Chubby's misgivings!) are wonderful - I hope to read more about them in future books.
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