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The Case of the Man Who Died Laughing by Tarquin Hall
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Jul 11, 2011

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The first Vish Puri book made some top 10 or notable mystery list in the NYT Book Review, but our library never got it, but they did have this one, so figured it's worth a try.
Certainly comparisons to Alex. McCall Smith's Ladies #1 or (#1 Ladies) are inevitable. Brit author writing PI stories set in outposts of the former British Empire, rather light-hearted (in comparison with usual US or Swedish detective stories), with seemingly accurate cultural portrayals, making for fun, if not deep, reading.
IMO, Hall does a better job, as the plot is more engrossing than what I've read of Mcall Smith. There's an imcomplete glossary of Indian terms, many relate to food. If that's your passion, you'd probably give it another star.

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