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The Case of the Reincarnated Client

(Vish Puri #5)

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A client claiming she was murdered in a past life is a novel dilemma even for Vish Puri, India's Most Private Investigator. When a young woman comes forward claiming to be the reincarnation of Riya Kaur, a wife and mother who vanished during the bloody 1984 anti-Sikh riots, Puri is dismissive. He's busy enough dealing with an irate matrimonial client whose daughter is ...more
Hardcover, 240 pages
Expected publication: February 4th 2020 by Severn House Publishers
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Barb in Maryland
Jan 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
It was great to see Vish Puri in action again.
Very convoluted case--with a beleaguered Puri being 'assisted' by Mummy-ji. I love Mummy-ji!
She saves the day, as always.

Though this series is usually humorous in tone, the cases are often based on very serious incidents in India's recent history. Here, the person of interest is presented as the reincarnation of Riya Kaur, a young wife and mother, who disappeared (believed murdered) during the 1984 anti-Sikh riots. Vish Puri's late father, a
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K.S. Marsden
Dec 16, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: netgalley
Vish Puri finds himself in the middle of an unbelievable case of a murdered woman being reborn. Is she telling the truth, or is there something more sinister at play?

I received a free copy from Netgalley, in exchange for an honest review.
This is the first book I have read in the Vish Puri series. It kinda reads as a stand-alone, but I would have benefited knowing more of the history.

Puri - aka "Chubby" - is a middle-aged, overweight private detective. His company is busy with several small
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Sarah-Hope
Nov 30, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2019, netgalley
My feelings about Tarquin Hall's The Case of the Reincarnated Client are mixed, but I will admit that they got more enthusiastic as I kept reading. This is an interesting series, set in modern-day Mumbai, one that I've been wanting to check out. Beginning with the fifth book in the series probably wasn't the best way to do things, but that's what I did.

The fact that this is a series matters immensely. Readers are assumed to know something about the relationships among the characters, to
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Neelam Babul
Dec 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is my first book in the Vish Puri Series and it most certainly won’t be my last.

Relentless and resolute Mummy-ji, Vish's mother, begins to harass Puri at his office, to his intense irritation, with her strong belief that a case Puri’s father left unsolved, the murder of Sikh woman named Riya Kaur in the horrific massacre that followed the assassination of Indira Gandhi, is now on the verge of being solved.

A young woman, undergoing past life regression therapy, claims to be the
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Paula
Dec 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Delightful
Cathy Cole
Dec 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I enjoy this series so much that I had to go to Flavors of India to eat onion bhajis and lamb biryani afterward-- especially since it's been a few years since the last Vish Puri mystery, and The Case of the Reincarnated Client met and exceeded all my expectations. You can enjoy this series for the mouth-watering food (I'd never tried it until I made Vish Puri's acquaintance) or the (often) laugh-out-loud humor or all the things you can learn about both modern-day and historical India or the ...more
Elaine Tomasso
Oct 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
I would like to thank Netgalley and Severn House for an advance copy of The Case of the Reincarnated Client, the sixth novel to feature New Delhi’s most private detective, Vish Puri.

When Puri is presented with the case of a young woman who claims to be the reincarnation of Riya Kaur, a young woman who was presumed murdered in the 1984 race riots, he initially wants nothing to do with it but pressure from his mummy-jii and the fact that Riya Kaur was one of his father’s unsolved cases persuade
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Stephanie Dagg
Jan 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I’m kicking myself that I’ve only now discovered this fabulous series. But better late than never!
The Case of the Reincarnated Client is the fifth novel featuring Vish Puri as its hero. Or rather anti-hero, since he’s an unassuming, kind man who much prefers the quiet life and really doesn’t want to be called on to do heroic acts. He is very much at the beck and call of Mummy-ji, who is actually the driving force behind this novel in that she insists that Vish takes this case on. Poor man, he
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Jill Goodwin
Dec 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is my first brush with Vish Puri from Most Private Investigators, and it certainly won’t be my last.

Relentless and resolute Mummy-ji begins to harass Puri at his office, to his intense irritation, with her staunch belief that a case Puri’s father left unsolved; the murder of Sikh woman Riya Kaur in the horrific massacre that followed the assassination of Indira Gandhi, is now on the verge of being solved. A young woman, undergoing past life regression therapy, claims to be the
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Amanda
Dec 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
I love to discover new authors and Tarquin Hall is most definitely a new author for me. Having enjoyed reading 'The Case Of The Reincarnated Client' as much as I did, I can guarantee that I will be reading more of Tarquin's work in the future. I really enjoyed reading 'The Case Of The Reincarnated Client' but more about that in a bit.
The striking title and the equally striking cover certainly grabbed my attention from the start. As soon as I started to read, I knew that this was going to be an
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Chitra Iyer
Dec 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Oh my god! What a read this book was! I don’t know which godforsaken rock I was living under up until now because I cannot believe I missed out on such a unique story teller! Yeah, I’m going to be whining about this for a while now.

Anyways, The Case of the Reincarnated Client by Tarquin Hall is an absolute pleasure of a mystery read. And I cannot wait to tell you guys all about it, so here goes.

Summary

Vish Puri is a private investigator from Delhi and he continues his investigation streak in
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Amidha Porter
Dec 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
There are a number of excellent reviews here, and some masterful expositions of the plot, so I won't go into it much, particularly as I'm still reading, but I will just say that I have read all Tarquin's books about Vish Puri, and they are delightful, funny, and wise, as he articulates what is obviously a deep love of India with all its flaws and all its glories. He takes the reader into a complete world through the vehicle of Vish Puri, and one comes to know India as it is now, not some ...more
Julie
Jan 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
In the wonderful tradition of Alexander McCall Smith, Tarquin Hall’s The Case of the Reincarnated Client is a delightful and charming mystery set in India which is beautifully written, wonderfully evocative and a joy from beginning to end.

Vish Puri, India Most Private Investigator, has heard some tall stories in his time, so when a young woman comes forward claiming to be the reincarnation of Riya Kaur, a wife and mother who had vanished during the bloody anti-Sikh riots of 1984, he is instantly
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Jorge Centofanti
Dec 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The great return of the most Private Investigator

This highly expected book about Vish Puri’s latest exploits, in what appears to be his most difficult case in a distinguished career as a sleuth, keeps us on the edge of our seat page after page as he has to deal with messages from the next world at the same time as resolving a number of parallel worldly cases, to which must be added putting up with his interfering mother, Mummy-ji.
Readers who have followed VP’s four previous investigative feats,
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Julia
Dec 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
The Case of the Reincarnated Client is a fun, humorous and intriguing cosy mystery.

‘Chubby, how many times I’m telling you, diet is required? Obesity is there.’

‘And how many times I’ve told you that detective work is not for mummies?’

Vish Puri is a well-regarded and fiercely law-abiding private detective in Delhi, who seems to owe at least some of his successes – albeit grudgingly – to the help of his mummy-ji.

The Case of the Reincarnated Client sees Puri dealing not only with the mystery
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Hannelore Cheney
Oct 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Thank you NetGalley and Severn House for the eARC.
Vish Puri, India's Most Private Investigator, is asked by his mother (Mummy), to investigate the young woman who claims to be the reincarnation of Ria Kaur, a wife and mother who disappeared
during the bloody anti-Sikh riots in 1984 Delhi. Puri is not interested, but Mummy is adamant and drags him kicking and screaming into the mystery. At the same time Puri is threatened by a former client, who wants his money back, claiming his son-in-law wasn't
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Jessica Belmont
Jan 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The Case of the Reincarnated Client had me laughing as I flipped through the pages to find out the solution to the mystery. I thoroughly enjoyed the humor mixed in with the bits of tugging at the heartstrings. The description of the Indian society was really well done and made this story feel even more realistic. I found the novel informative on the Indian culture as well as purely wonderful entertainment.

I don’t want to labor the point, but I absolutely loved the humor. It isn’t often I laugh
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Jane Hunt
A charming cozy mystery, set in India, with a charismatic detective, whose life is constantly invaded by his Mummy-ji, who knows her son well. She is happy to manipulate him for her ends. A clever woman, observant, well-connected and a natural investigator, she is effectively a silent partner in the private detective firm.

Indian customs and society are integral to the story, and historic events are also included, which add interest to the plot. The cast of characters is eclectic and enigmatic
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Rekha
Nov 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
By god, isn't this one of the best stories I have read this year or what!! Interesting character names, weirdos and even weirder stories, cartloads of jalebis and fun, what else can a reader ask for!!

Rajma chawal, aloo parathas and all the gastronomic delicacies left me drooling for more! Usage of Hindi words and slangs made this read even more enjoyable.

Saanvi and Riya Kaur's mystery was absolutely brilliant. Mummy-ji turned out to be an excellent detective. By god, Vish should recruit her as
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Caroline Venables
Jan 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
What a beautiful book, I thoroughly recommend it. I think the author is incredibly clever as the book pulls you in as a light mystery, but he weaves in Indian culture and history throughout which is incredibly sad. It doesn’t overwhelm the book which shows the cleverness of the writing but it makes you think, long after you put the book down.

Puri is perplexed when he hears from a young woman claiming to be the reincarnation of the murdered Riya Kaur. He is unwilling to investigate but with
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Emma Reynolds
Jan 14, 2020 rated it liked it
I enjoyed this read. The main character, Puri, was not so likeable. So that was an interesting thing to have- I warmed up very slightly towards him in the end. His mother and other characters were a bit more charming. He felt a bit cantankerous/arrogant.

Before reading I didnt know that this was the 5th book in the series (free book) so perhaps I would have understood the protagonist better having read the previous ones. Not to say that you cant read this as a stand alone book though.

There is a
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Joann
Jan 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I loved this Tarquin Hall book. I love the setting, he paints a very vivid picture of India. I love some of the characters, particularly Mummy-ji. Puri was working on more than one case, as usual. The mystery was very good. But the characters and the humor is what make this special. He even manages to touch on some of India's problems.
Martha
Jan 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
Tarquinius Hall writes wonderful mysteries involving real life peculiarities and problems in modern India. His best, The Love Commandos, involved a group who rescue women from forced marriages This one also involves marriage problems but also repressed memories and charlatans who find them.
4 stars for too much chatter
Neva Purnell
Jan 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Tarquin Hall’s outstanding writing just drop the reader onto the streets of Mumbai, letting them follow retired Detective turned Private Inquiry Agent as he takes on some of the both interesting and humorful cases. His crew of helpers are diverse and unique. The lives of Mr. and Mrs. Vish Purée
Ita Marquess
Nov 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
If you enjoy a very well constructed plot which delivers the unexpected until the end of the last chapter, which is brought to life through keenly observed details and lightened throughout with gentle humour, I wholeheartedly recommend this book.
Paul
Nov 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
A very good mystery with a fun plot, humor, and interesting characters. Recommended for mystery fans. This is very talented author.

I really appreciate the copy for review!
Kelley
Dec 24, 2019 rated it liked it
I enjoyed revisiting Delhi through this far fetched but engaging novel.
Martina
Dec 18, 2019 marked it as to-read
Vish Puri #5!!!!! At last! To be published February 4, 2020 by Severn House. I just love this series.
Joan
Jan 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
an interesting and entertaining cozy set in India
Betty Vivant
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Tarquin Hall is a British author and journalist who has lived and worked throughout South Asia, the Middle East and Africa. He is the author of The Case of the Missing Servant, dozens of articles, and three works of non-fiction, including the highly acclaimed Salaam Brick Lane, an account of a year spent above a Bangladeshi sweat shop in London’s notorious East End. He is married to Indian-born ...more

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