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The Case of the Deadly Butter Chicken: A Vish Puri Mystery

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 In his most daring assignment yet, Vish Puri, India’s Most Private Investigator, infiltrates the dangerous world of illegal gambling to solve the murder of a high-profile Pakistani on Indian soil.

 Dubbed “a wonderfully engaging P.I.” (The Times, London), Tarquin Hall’s irresistible protagonist Vish Puri has become an international favorite through a series that “splendidly evokes the color and bustle of Delhi and the tang of contemporary India” (Seattle Times). Now the gormandizing, spectacularly mustachioed sleuth finds himself facing down his greatest fears in an explosive case involving the Indian and Pakistani mafias.

When the elderly father of a top Pakistani cricketer playing in a new multimillion-dollar cricket league dies frothing at the mouth during a post-match dinner, it’s not a simple case of Delhi Belly. His butter chicken has been poisoned. To solve the case, Puri must penetrate the region’s organized crime, following a trail that leads deep into Pakistan—the country in which many members of the P.I.’s family were massacred during the 1947 partition of India. The last piece of the puzzle, however, turns up closer to home when Puri learns of the one person who can identify the killer. Unfortunately it is the one person in the world with whom he has sworn never to work: his Mummy-ji.

With riotously entertaining prose, a boisterous cast of characters, and a pitch-perfect sense of place, Tarquin Hall has crafted a gripping whodunit that takes us deep into Indian history and society. He brings a hugely appealing culture to life with all its sights, sounds, smells, foods, and complexity. As the title implies, The Case of the Deadly Butter Chicken is a succulent read by a writer at the top of his game.

In his most daring assignment yet, Vish Puri, India’s Most Private Investigator, infiltrates the dangerous world of illegal gambling to solve the murder of a high-profile Pakistani on Indian soil.

Includes three mouthwatering recipes from the Vish Puri family kitchen.

Review:

"The opening of Hall's outstanding third mystery featuring PI Vish Puri (after 2010's The Case of the Man Who Died Laughing) sets the tone nicely as Puri tinkers with the bathroom scale to prevent his wife, who refers to him as Chubby, from learning that he's gained weight. Soon after, a representative of the Moustache Organization of Punjab (MOP) asks him to find the fiend who cut off half of the record-setting long whiskers of one of its members. This case fades as he looks into a more serious matter — the poisoning of a guest at a dinner following a high-stakes cricket match. A resourceful and dogged investigator, Puri follows a twisting trail that connects with corruption in the sport and illegal gambling. Well-drawn colorful characters bolster a whodunit sure to appeal to those who enjoy a dash of humor with their crime. Agent: Christy Fletcher, Fletcher & Co. (July)" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

Synopsis:

 In his most daring assignment yet, Vish Puri, Indias Most Private Investigator, infiltrates the dangerous world of illegal gambling to solve the murder of a high-profile Pakistani on Indian soil.

 Dubbed “a wonderfully engaging P.I.” (The Times, London), Tarquin Halls irresistible protagonist Vish Puri has become an international favorite through a series that “splendidly evokes the color and bustle of Delhi and the tang of contemporary India” (Seattle Times). Now the gormandizing, spectacularly mustachioed sleuth finds himself facing down his greatest fears in an explosive case involving the Indian and Pakistani mafias.

When the elderly father of a top Pakistani cricketer playing in a new multimillion-dollar cricket league dies frothing at the mouth during a post-match dinner, its not a simple case of Delhi Belly. His butter chicken has been poisoned. To solve the case, Puri must penetrate the regions organized crime, following a trail that leads deep into Pakistan—the country in which many members of the P.I.s family were massacred during the 1947 partition of India. The last piece of the puzzle, however, turns up closer to home when Puri learns of the one person who can identify the killer. Unfortunately it is the one person in the world with whom he has sworn never to work: his Mummy-ji.

With riotously entertaining prose, a boisterous cast of characters, and a pitch-perfect sense of place, Tarquin Hall has crafted a gripping whodunit that takes us deep into Indian history and society. He brings a hugely appealing culture to life with all its sights, sounds, smells, foods, and complexity. As the title implies, The Case of the Deadly Butter Chicken is a succulent read by a writer at the top of his game.

In his most daring assignment yet, Vish Puri, Indias Most Private Investigator, infiltrates the dangerous world of illegal gambling to solve the murder of a high-profile Pakistani on Indian soil.

Includes three mouthwatering recipes from the Vish Puri family kitchen.

About the Author

Tarquin Hall has lived and worked throughout South Asia, the Middle East, and Africa. He has also written dozens of articles and three works of nonfiction. He and his family live in Delhi.

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pascarelli, September 2, 2012 (view all comments by pascarelli)
I've been to India only once but this book was a great way to reconnect with the sights, smells, sounds of chaos of Delhi through the lens of an affable cast of characters. It also gave me a better understanding of the dark legacy of Partition. I like the way he weaves issues of land rights at different levels (partition and homeland, the Jin farmer hillbillys who have bought next door to Puri's house--and Puri's mixed feelings about the slippery social divide in the "new" India). Author Tarquin Hall has a wonderful way of making the world seem kinder than it is, but at the same time refuses to whitewash the events of partition, the role of women, and the tricky moral dilemmas that were played out at the household level. I read Hall's previous installment and will look forward to future Puri escapades.
**Check out Granta Summer 2009 for a great essay on contemporary India, the different generations relationship to wealth and class.
>>>"Capital Gains", by Rana Dasgupta
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lahamre13, August 6, 2012 (view all comments by lahamre13)
Tarquin Hall's wonderfully vivid characters spring to life amongst all the sights and sounds of the streets of Dehli. Private detective Vish Puri discovers his latest case is connected to his own mummy-ji's secret past. Interwoven into the story is the dark history of the 1947 partition of India and Pakistan. Although the subject matter is serious, and at turns heartbreaking, the overall tone is humorous and uplifting.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781451613155
Author:
Hall, Tarquin
Publisher:
Simon & Schuster
Subject:
Mystery & Detective - General
Subject:
Mystery-A to Z
Edition Description:
Hardback
Publication Date:
20120731
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Pages:
352
Dimensions:
8.44 x 5.5 in

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Product details 352 pages Simon & Schuster - English 9781451613155 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "The opening of Hall's outstanding third mystery featuring PI Vish Puri (after 2010's The Case of the Man Who Died Laughing) sets the tone nicely as Puri tinkers with the bathroom scale to prevent his wife, who refers to him as Chubby, from learning that he's gained weight. Soon after, a representative of the Moustache Organization of Punjab (MOP) asks him to find the fiend who cut off half of the record-setting long whiskers of one of its members. This case fades as he looks into a more serious matter — the poisoning of a guest at a dinner following a high-stakes cricket match. A resourceful and dogged investigator, Puri follows a twisting trail that connects with corruption in the sport and illegal gambling. Well-drawn colorful characters bolster a whodunit sure to appeal to those who enjoy a dash of humor with their crime. Agent: Christy Fletcher, Fletcher & Co. (July)" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"Synopsis" by ,  In his most daring assignment yet, Vish Puri, Indias Most Private Investigator, infiltrates the dangerous world of illegal gambling to solve the murder of a high-profile Pakistani on Indian soil.

 Dubbed “a wonderfully engaging P.I.” (The Times, London), Tarquin Halls irresistible protagonist Vish Puri has become an international favorite through a series that “splendidly evokes the color and bustle of Delhi and the tang of contemporary India” (Seattle Times). Now the gormandizing, spectacularly mustachioed sleuth finds himself facing down his greatest fears in an explosive case involving the Indian and Pakistani mafias.

When the elderly father of a top Pakistani cricketer playing in a new multimillion-dollar cricket league dies frothing at the mouth during a post-match dinner, its not a simple case of Delhi Belly. His butter chicken has been poisoned. To solve the case, Puri must penetrate the regions organized crime, following a trail that leads deep into Pakistan—the country in which many members of the P.I.s family were massacred during the 1947 partition of India. The last piece of the puzzle, however, turns up closer to home when Puri learns of the one person who can identify the killer. Unfortunately it is the one person in the world with whom he has sworn never to work: his Mummy-ji.

With riotously entertaining prose, a boisterous cast of characters, and a pitch-perfect sense of place, Tarquin Hall has crafted a gripping whodunit that takes us deep into Indian history and society. He brings a hugely appealing culture to life with all its sights, sounds, smells, foods, and complexity. As the title implies, The Case of the Deadly Butter Chicken is a succulent read by a writer at the top of his game.

In his most daring assignment yet, Vish Puri, Indias Most Private Investigator, infiltrates the dangerous world of illegal gambling to solve the murder of a high-profile Pakistani on Indian soil.

Includes three mouthwatering recipes from the Vish Puri family kitchen.

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