Wednesday, July 07, 2010

Book Review Club ~ July 2010

Back again for Barrie Summy's Monthly Book Review Club!

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And this month's most deserving book is The Case of the Missing Servant by Tarquin Hall.
The book ushers Vish Puri, India's Most Private Detective, onto the mystery scene, introducing the reader to his winning strategies as a detective, his humanitarian opinions of his country, and his quirky--dare I say endearing--little foibles. A stocky man, fond of his Sandown cap, which he removes, only in the privacy of his own bedroom, and partial to nicknaming his employees(think Door Stop--his very lazy office boy, Handbrake--his new driver, and Flush--who has a flush toilet in his home), is extremely proud of his reputation as a PI: "Confidentiality is my watchword."

A trio of mysteries are investigated in this book, but only two are skillfully solved by the inestimable Puri, one involving a third-party marital objection, and a second in which a servant girl has disappeared, resulting in a reputable lawyer being charged with her murder. The third mystery threatens Puri's very life, and unbeknownst to him, his Mummy-ji handles it with aplomb.

With a colorful and rather eye-opening depiction of Delhi and its environs, Tarquin Hall has created a very memorable detective in Vish Puri. Puri is bursting with personality and self-possession, but there remains plenty of room for his big heart. He runs his investigations business with strict operating procedures and his life with words to live by.

"Don't have tension, sir," the detective assured him. "Vish Puri never fails."

I'm already looking forward to Puri's newest exploits in The Case of the Man Who Died Laughing. (And don't you just LOVE these covers?? Absolutely perfect.)


David Cranmer said...

Well I'm on board. I will add this to my next big Amazon order. Love the off beat characters you reviewed and that is a smashing cover.

Thanks Alyssa!

pattinase (abbott) said...

Yes, the covers really draw you in.

Stacy said...

Yes, I love the covers too. :)

Looks like my kind of book!

Sarah Laurence said...

It sounds like a cool setting. Thanks for introducing me to a new author. The covers are fun.

I've entered you in my drawing, if you have a moment send include your email in a comment in case you win.

Alyssa Goodnight said...

The covers are full of little details, and so bright and exotic.

Thank you, Sarah!

Lucy said...

You come up with the most interesting books. This one sounds like a lot of fun. :)

Ellen Booraem said...

Oh, this sounds like a winner! And it's a new one to me--I love this book review club! (Even if it takes me a full week to read all the entries...)