A Detective in India: The Case of the Missing Servant by Tarquin Hall
Updated: Sep 21, 2020
Immerse yourself in Indian society, culture and politics in the engaging first of the Detective Vish Puri series by Tarquin Hall.
This "most private" investigator is most charming, and his instinct, diplomacy and detecting style is reminiscent of Agatha Christie's Belgium (not French) Hercules Poirot.
Hall's evocative descriptions of India are thoroughly immersive, easily conjuring up the bustle of the city and the hustle of the bureaucracy with all its complications and corruption.
Puri's sidekicks, Handbrake, Flush and Handcream are also most entertaining with their antics and assistance in Puri's cases. Here, one of the cases he is called upon to clear the name of a prestigious litigator who is accused of murdering a young maidservant.
Fans of Alexander McCall Smith's The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency series will enjoy this light mystery.