The Case of the Missing Servant by Tarquin Hall audiobook

The Case of the Missing Servant: From the Files of Vish Puri, Most Private Investigator

By Tarquin Hall
Read by Sam Dastor

Blackstone Publishing, Blackstone Publishing

The Vish Puri Mysteries: Book 1

8.37 Hours Unabridged
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Meet Vish Puri, India’s most private investigator. Portly, persistent, and unmistakably Punjabi, he cuts a determined swathe 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 pot shots at him and his prize chilli 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 his well-heeled Gymkhana Club to the slums where the servant classes live, Puri’s adventures reveal modern India in all its seething complexity.

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Summary

Summary

Selected for the July 2009 Indie Next List

A New York Times Notable Book for Crime Fiction

Meet Vish Puri, India’s most private investigator. Portly, persistent, and unmistakably Punjabi, he cuts a determined swathe 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 pot shots at him and his prize chilli 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 his well-heeled Gymkhana Club to the slums where the servant classes live, Puri’s adventures reveal modern India in all its seething complexity.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Great fun—a seething slice of the sub-continent.” Times (London)
“The debut of what promises to be an outstanding series… The novel is dense with atmosphere, creating a delightful mix of the exotic and familiar… 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.” Booklist (starred review)
“Entertaining…Hall combines an insider’s insight with the eclectic eye of a good foreign correspondent…. The very opposite of the ‘exoticism’ of which this kind of fiction is often accused. Instead of escaping into ‘another world,’ western readers are encouraged to see an unflattering reflection of their own values and desires.” Financial Times
“Tarquin Hall is a distinguished journalist and has no problem marshalling details to create a sense of what everyday life is like in Delhi: the smell of chat and kachoris seems to waft from the page, as indeed does the stench of political corruption.” Daily Telegraph
“India, captured in all its pungent, vivid glory, fascinates almost as much as the crime itself.” Entertainment Weekly
“In addition to having created a marvelous literary personage in Puri…Hall has a fine grasp of the nuances of north Indian life and lingo, as well as an in-depth knowledge in a wide range of subjects.” India Today
“A first novel set in Delhi that offers penetrating insights into the new India.” New York Times

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Available Formats : Digital Download, Digital Rental
Category: Fiction/Mystery & Detective
Runtime: 8.37
Audience: Adult
Language: English