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The Case of the Missing Servant by Tarquin Hall
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Oct 28, 2009

really liked it

Need an exotic change of pace from mysteries set in Victorian London or Nowheresville, America? Has your favorite heroine been eating too many cheeseburgers? A trip to India is just the cure! Tarquin Hall emerses the reader into the rich culture and vibrant personalities in a modern day murder mystery - India style.

The lead character runs a detective agency with stylistic nods to Agatha Cristie and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. The humor is often tongue-in-cheek, poking at the inevitable bureaucracy, the difficulties of watching your weight in a culture that also adores fried food, and the conflict and misunderstandings between people of different social caste.

In some ways it is very similar to a historical period mystery in structure, but that may be because so much of Indian culture is unfamiliar to me. It also had a very overtly colorful feel, as if the author wanted the reader to be sure that this is all in fun.

I found this story to be a great mix of humor, mystery, and cultural exploration.
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