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Murder at the Grand Raj Palace

(Baby Ganesh Agency Investigation #4)

4.20  ·  Rating details ·  668 ratings  ·  112 reviews

In the enchanting new Baby Ganesh Agency novel, Inspector Chopra and his elephant sidekick go undercover to investigate a murder at Mumbai's grandest hotel.

For a century the iconic Grand Raj Palace Hotel has welcomed the world's elite. From film stars to foreign dignitaries, anyone who is anyone stays at the Grand Raj.

The last thing the venerable old hotel needs is a murd

Kindle Edition, 368 pages
Published May 3rd 2018 by Mulholland Books
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Aug 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: india, asia, crime, family-ties, fun
An eye for an eye will only make the whole world blind..- Ghandi.

Wonderful! This 4th book in the Baby Ganesh Agency Investigation equals the first book in quality. Entertaining, relaxing and fun! Private Investigator Chopra is now drawn into the Grand Raj Palace in Mumbai to investigate a suicide, or was it a murder? His feisty and lovely wife Poppy is now also showing her talents as a private detective, involved in another mystery in the Grand Raj Palace. And of course, the baby elephant Ganesh
This is my first taste of this brilliant series, and I absolutely adored it! It is set in Mumbai, featuring Inspector Ashwin Chopra and his adorable and scene stealing baby elephant, Ganesha. It is full of quirky characters, with all the colour, culture and vibrancy of India and full of wit and comic humour. The iconic Grand Raj Palace Hotel is the place to stay in Mumbai if you are anyone, this venerable institution is shocked to discover that the much disliked American billionaire businessman, ...more
Liz Barnsley
Jan 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Do you know what? I really *really* love this series.

I read a lot and I read a lot of very different stuff but Vaseem Khan’s Baby Ganesh Agency series is one of the most witty, charming and beautifully written series out there. By about halfway through this one, book 4, I was thinking how wonderful it would be if it ran and ran…

There is a very subtle dark heart here, with clever plotting and that old school feel, once again the sense of place is wonderfully immersive. Chopra – and we must not fo
Vishnu Chevli
If a reader is a fan of fast pace novels and if he still loves a medium or slow placed story then mark my word such tales are worth reading. Same is my experience with Vaseem Khan. He is my favorite detective genre author. His stories and concept are unique. "The Baby Ganesh Detective Agency" concept is just awesome. This is my 3rd read in series after "The Unexpected Inheritance of Inspector Chopra" and "The Perplexing Theft of the Jewel in the Crown", though I have missed "The Strange Disappea ...more
Apr 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The Murder at the Grand Raj Palace means one delightful thing. Inspector Chopra is back for a fourth instalment, with his mischievous little companion elephant, Ganesha. All of us who have followed this series adore it. We are addicted. We love it! It has something for everyone; murder, comic touches and a backdrop of exotic Indian culture. Vaseem Khan delivers a stunning murder mystery, told with flair and humour. It does not get any better than this.

We get a rather classic murder mystery, this
Oct 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
I have enjoyed this entire series which features Inspector Chopra and his delightful companion, Ganesha, a baby elephant. Each book is set in Mumbai and immerses in the sights, colours and chaos of modern day India and takes us back to the extravagant lifestyle of India’s royal houses and their financial decline and loss of influence.

Written with humour, and absorbing the reader in the vibrancy of India we still get a complicated, believable murder mystery. A wealthy and despised American art c
Elaine Tomasso
Apr 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I would like to thank Netgalley and Hodder & Stoughton for an advance copy of Murder at the Grand Raj Palace, the fourth novel to feature Mumbai's Baby Ganesh Detective Agency.

The police are called out to the death of American billionaire Hollis Burbank at Mumbai's premier hotel, The Grand Raj Palace. The police hierarchy is anxious to avoid a diplomatic incident and label it suicide but Inspector Tripathi, the man leading the investigation, isn't so sure and enlists the help of Inspector Ch
Cathy Cole
Jun 28, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When this series began with The Unexpected Inheritance of Inspector Chopra, I wasn't entirely sure which direction it would take. There was a supernatural element that really didn't fit well with the rest of the story. However, with each new book, this series has gotten stronger and stronger, and now I have to get my hands on each new installment as quickly as possible. I first began reading because I was desperately missing my Vish Puri fix-- the superb series written by Tarquin Hall. Now I sti ...more
May 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
Vaseem Khan has written another entertaining edition to this series ! For those familiar with this series, Chopra, his wife Poppy and of course the baby elephant Ganesha return for another mind boggling crime to solve. In this novel Poppy gets her own small investigation to solve with the help of Ganesha, whilst her husband gets his teeth into something more serious. I really enjoyed this light entertaining novel.
Nov 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
I really enjoyed this latest book in the Inspector Chopra series, which just keeps getting better and better. I like the way the author takes common tropes, such as the theft of a large gem or a locked room mystery, but gives them a new twist. I was also glad to see that Poppy had a larger role to play in this one. I really hope this series continues!
Jul 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The Grand Raj Palace-the most sumptuous hotel in Mumbai. When an American billionaire is found in bed with a knife in his chest the hotel and police are quick to call it a suicide. Inspector Chopra (Ret’d) is called in by a friend on the force to investigate. Could it be murder? Ganesha, the baby elephant is as cute as ever.
Such a charming series and great characters.
Highly recommended.
Marco Giorgini
Jun 10, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In my opinion, probably the best case for detective Chopra so far as a whole, with the best mystery part. And Poppy has a greater role in this book and her wit and behavior add an intriguing tone to the narration, without of course changing too much the Baby Ganesh Agency typical structure - that contains also a lot of insights of ancient and modern India - that I love to read - and elephant Ganesh interventions.
A book I'd suggest to every reader of the previous ones, but also to whom just want
Abby Slater- Fairbrother
Jul 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
‘It was said that the Grand Raj Palace owed its existence to an insult’

The novel opens with the history of the Grand Raj Palace. A history that is rotted in the British colonialism. The hotel was then and is now, revered as a symbol of India’s ambition and self-worth. I love how the author has cleverly weaved historical details into the story and the novel itself is scattered with them. It really adds to the beauty of what makes this series to great!

What also makes this series so great is the b
David Fox
Jul 24, 2018 rated it liked it
Chopra is back at it in the newest detective novel from Vaseem Khan. The familiarity's are there from the past three books. This investigation is rich in culture and character. We have an ancient royal family wedding, the enchanting Grand Raj palace, wealthy investors from the West and then at the center of all our humble hero Chopra. It's quite a fun ride as we watch him struggle to get the bottom of this newest mystery, the apparent suicide of Hollis Burbank. Burbank's death is most definitely ...more
Aug 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2018
LOVED this latest in the Baby Ganesh mystery series! The mystery is great - loved its delving into the art world of India, the country's development & past, the legacy & future of royalty, the movie industry, etc. Inspector Ashwin Chopra (Retd.) just keeps getting better - as a detective & a person. Also loved the subplot & development of his wife Poppy in this one, as well as those of their son Irfan & of course Baby Ganesha!

Definitely my fave so far! The first one was grea
Sep 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery-india
Retired police detective Inspector Chopra loves his wife Poppy, he really does. But he's busy investigating the murder of an American billionaire (or is it suicide, as the hotel and police would prefer?) at the finest hotel in Mumbai, if not in Asia. Poppy has had enough of his procrastination about their 25th wedding anniversary, and moves into a suite (complimentary!) at the hotel with their orphaned charge and their little elephant. Poppy soon finds herself embroiled in the search for a missi ...more
Sep 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
Charming. Chopra is trying to determine who killed the American billionaire Hollis Burbank in the Grand Raj Palace. Since he won’t cooperate with his wife in planning their 25th anniversary celebration, Poppy takes a suite in the Grand Raj to be close to him and gets involved in trying to find a runaway bride-to-be that she had just met. Everything’s in good fun in Poppy’s case -the monkey that is tormenting Baby Ganesh, the runaway maybe bride’s grandma Big Mother, even the family feud. Since C ...more
Jul 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: elephants
Another worthy addition to the series. I appreciated the multiple story arcs here, even if if Ganesha was relegated to a subplot. I do hope he returns to the forefront in the next installment, as I missed him being in the true center of things. That said, I am always up for a good mystery surrounding royalty and art and this book had both so I enjoyed being able to escape from real life to go along for the ride here. Chopra and Poppy have one of my favorite marriages in modern writing, so anythi ...more
Susan Morris
Jun 29, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I thoroughly enjoy this mystery series, set in Mumbai, India. A wealthy American is found dead in Mumbai’s poshest hotel. Is it murder or suicide? Chopra investigates, while neglecting his 25th anniversary with his wife, Poppy. (There were a few typographical mistakes with names - I’d be happy to do some proofreading!) (Own)
Clare Chase
May 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I had such a happy time reading this entertaining, heart-warming and amusing mystery. It's the first Inspector Chopra book that I've tried, but I'll certainly be back for the rest. I loved the colourful walk-on characters and the appealing series protagonists. The double mystery in the book also kept me turning the pages. Perfect - a real tonic.
Apr 03, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
VK is really getting the hang of these little gems - a 'cop' story and a life lesson all wrapped up together in the best tradition of AMcS. This is by far the best of the 4, after the original when Baby Elephant Ganesha first entered our lives. And just like AMcS, can be taken as light or as heavy as you like, taking as it does the Bhopal gas tragedy as its inspiration. I love them.
Aug 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
Vaseem Khan is getting better and better. The use of contrasting investigations ongoing simultaneously is entertaining and adds intrigue. Baby Ganesh continues to develop his personality and make a difference. He is a remarkable elephant indeed.
Jul 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
Fun and enjoyable read.
Anne Herbison
Aug 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I laughed out loud while reading this book. I think I enjoyed it the most of all the books in this series so far. I could hear the voices of the characters. Very entertaining armchair travel.
Jul 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 1-2018-library
Best one yet! It’s actually two mysteries for the price of one - a murder and a missing bride-to-be - as Inspector Chopra’s energetic wife Poppy solves a case of her own. (Of course baby elephant Ganesha helps too!) Set in the majestic Grand Raj Palace hotel, but with excursions to Mumbai and more, you get the real flavour of India. Can’t wait for the next one!
Sanjay L
Jul 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The best murder mystery series since Agatha Christie! Makes me proud to be Indian. It includes all things I enjoy and keeps you on your toes right to the last word! And each book gets better and better!! Can’t wait for the next one!! A highly recommended read!! X :D
Matt Tarasuk
Jul 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Five stars for the latest adventure of Inspector Chopra and the Baby Ganesh Detective Agency! Another great story from Vaseem Khan that kept me guessing all along the way. An intriguing insight into the world of art auctions wrapped around a murder mystery.
A well conceived plot with side stories, and a thoroughly enjoyable read. I loved Poppy’s role and the new highjinx from Irfan and Ganesh.
Please keep these quality stories coming!
Wendy Hearder-moan
Jun 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
This fun series just gets better and better! I just love the image of the baby elephant trailing Chopra through the fancy Grand Raj Palace Hotel ❤ Ganesha doesn’t have a big role in Chopra’s investigation into the death of a hotel guest, but he plays a pivotal role in Poppy’s equally interesting search for the reluctant bride who has disappeared right before her wedding. I enjoy Khan’s writing style. Several times he had me laughing out loud. ...more
Jun 13, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Each book in the series gets better and better. I love this family and of course baby Ganesha. I appreciate the fact that the author weaves in facts and historical perspective’s about India. I also, and I don’t know if enjoy is the right word, the fact that he’s not afraid to address India’s past.
Nomad nimrod
Aug 25, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: audiobooks
Another new author for me and i guess i will not be continuing with the series.Had it been good i would have gone to book one.
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Vaseem Khan is the bestselling author of the Baby Ganesh Detective Agency series, a crime series based in Mumbai, India and featuring a baby elephant. The first book in the series, The Unexpected Inheritance of Inspector Chopra, was a Times bestseller, a Waterstones’ paperback of the year, and an Amazon Best Debut. Vaseem first saw an elephant lumbering down the middle of the road in 1997 when he ...more

Other books in the series

Baby Ganesh Agency Investigation (5 books)
  • The Unexpected Inheritance of Inspector Chopra (Baby Ganesh Agency Investigation #1)
  • The Perplexing Theft of the Jewel in the Crown (Baby Ganesh Agency Investigation #2)
  • The Strange Disappearance of a Bollywood Star (Baby Ganesh Agency Investigation #3)
  • Bad Day at the Vulture Club (Baby Ganesh Agency Investigation, #5)