The case of the missing servant : from the files of Vish Puri, India's "most private investigator"

by Hall, Tarquin.

Format: Print Book 2009
Availability: Available at 10 Libraries 10 of 10 copies
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Meet Vish Puri, India's most private investigator. Portly, persistent, and unmistakably Punjabi, he cuts a determined swath through modern India's swindlers, cheats, and murderers.In hot and dusty Delhi, where call centers and malls are changing the ancient fabric of Indian life, Puri's main work comes from screening prospective marriage partners, a job once the preserve of aunties and family priests.But when an honest public litigator is accused of murdering his maidservant, it takes all of Puri's resources to investigate. How will he trace the fate of the girl, known only as Mary, in a population of more than one billion? Who is taking potshots at him and his prize chili plants? And why is his widowed "Mummy-ji" attempting to play sleuth when everyone knows mummies are not detectives?With his team of undercover operatives -- Tubelight, Flush, and Facecream -- Puri ingeniously combines modern techniques with principles of detection established in India more than two thousand years ago -- long before "that Johnny-come-lately" Sherlock Holmes donned his deerstalker.The search for Mary takes him to the desert oasis of Jaipur and the remote mines of Jharkhand. From Puri's well-heeled Gymkhana Club to the slums where the servant classes live, his adventures reveal modern India in all its seething complexity.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "*Starred Review* Author of To The Elephant Graveyard (2000), a compelling nonfiction account of the hunt for a man-killing elephant in India, Hall turns to fiction with the debut of what promises to be an outstanding series. Vish Puri, a somewhat overweight (and reluctantly dieting) middle-aged man, is owner and founder of Most Private Investigations (if you're thinking Mma Ramotswe, you're right on the mark). Puri heads a large cast of employees, friends, and family members, each of whom is realistically portrayed and thoroughly distinctive, from the slow-to-start Tubelight, through undercover woman Facecream, and on to Mummy-ji, Puri's obstinate but intelligent mother. Set in modern-day Delhi, the novel is dense with atmosphere, creating a delightful mix of the exotic and familiar through wildly idiomatic American English dialogue and nicely integrated references to food, customs, and clothing. Puri takes on the case of the missing servant after an old friend is accused of his servant's murder. At the same time, more routine matrimonial investigations continue, with Puri working for an old army officer determined to stop his granddaughter's marriage to a successful young businessman. (After Puri is shot at on his balcony, Mummy-ji takes over the investigation, using the Most Usual Suspects file.) An excellent, delightfully humorous mystery with an unforgettable cast of characters, The Case of the Missing Servant immediately joins the No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency as representing the best in international cozies.--Moyer, Jessica Copyright 2009 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Publisher's Weekly Review: "Vish Puri, the head of Delhi's Most Private Investigators Ltd., tackles a rather prosaic domestic case in this first of a projected series, the fiction debut of British author Hall (Salaam Brick Lane). Ajay Kasliwal, a lawyer who has brought cases against corrupt government officials, retains Puri to find a maid, Mary, who has gone missing from his household. Rumor has it that Kasliwal killed Mary because he got her pregnant, and when Mary turns up dead, the authorities arrest Puri's client. While the 51-year-old married detective, who could lose some weight and is affectionately called "Chubby," has a certain quirky charm, the resolution of the mystery of Mary's murder is less than satisfying. Hopefully, a future installment will go into what sounds like a more unusual matter, "the Case of the Missing Polo Elephant," for which Puri won the fictional "Super Sleuth" award in 1999. (June) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved"
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Additional Information
Series The Files of Vish Puri, India's "Most Private Investigator"
#1 - The Case of the missing servant
#2 - The Case of the man who died laughing
#3 - The Case of the deadly butter chicken
#4 - The Case of the love commandos
Subjects Private investigators -- India -- Fiction.
India -- Fiction.
Mystery fiction.
Publisher New York :Simon & Schuster,2009
Edition 1st Simon & Schuster hardcover ed.
Language English
Description 310 pages ; 22 cm
ISBN 1416583688 (alk. paper)
9781416583684 (alk. paper)
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