The Case of the Deadly Butter Chicken by Tarquin Hall
A Vish Puri Mystery (Vish Puri Mysteries)

No critic rating

Waiting for minimum critic reviews

See 3 Critic Reviews

unrated

Synopsis

 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.
 

About Tarquin Hall

See more books from this 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.
 
Published July 10, 2012 by Simon & Schuster. 354 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

Unrated Critic Reviews for The Case of the Deadly Butter Chicken

Publishers Weekly

See more reviews from this publication

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

May 21 2012 | Read Full Review of The Case of the Deadly Butter...

The Washington Times

See more reviews from this publication

It's very difficult to resist a book about a deadly butter chicken, especially when it boasts characters such as Face Cream, Tubelight and Chanel No. 5, who are also in pursuit of a stolen moustache.

Sep 28 2012 | Read Full Review of The Case of the Deadly Butter...

Shots

He’s fastidious, intelligent, rather on the heavy side and solves cases before the police (although in his case, unlike in Poirot’s, they are less than welcoming to his assistance).

Jul 05 2012 | Read Full Review of The Case of the Deadly Butter...

Reader Rating for The Case of the Deadly Butter Chicken
84%

An aggregated and normalized score based on 114 user ratings from iDreamBooks & iTunes


Rate this book!

Add Review
×