Friday, November 6, 2015

The Unexpected Inheritance of Inspector Chopra (A Baby Ganesh Agency Investigation) by Vaseem Khan

Series: A Baby Ganesh Agency Investigation (Book 1)
  • ISBN-10: 0316386820 - Paperback $15
  • Publisher: Redhook (September 15, 2015),  320 pages.
  • Review copy courtesy of the publisher and NetGalley.

The blurb:
The first is the case of a drowned boy, whose suspicious death no one seems to want solved. And the second is a baby elephant.

As his search for clues takes him across the teeming city of Mumbai, from its grand high rises to its sprawling slums and deep into its murky underworld, Chopra begins to suspect that there may be a great deal more to both his last case and his new ward than he thought.

And he soon learns that when the going gets tough, a determined elephant may be exactly what an honest man needs...

I'm fond of mysteries and detective stories set in unusual places and times, so I was happy to stumble upon The Unexpected Inheritance of Inspector Chopra. Naseem Khan doesn't focus on the crime as much as the personalities of Inspector Chopra, his lovely wife Poppy, the baby elephant Ganesh, and Inspector Chopra's colleagues on the Mumbai Police Force. If you're a fan of cozies set in unusual places, you'll likely be charmed. Inspector Chopra is a stickler for the rules and is surprisingly uncorrupted even after decades of working on the police force. His retirement leaves him a little lost, but he's kept busy with caring for the baby elephant and trying to keep his promise to the parents of a young boy who died a suspicious death. Baby Ganesh gives the story an added complexity and level of fun -- who doesn't enjoy reading about young elephants and their care. As Inspector Chopra follows leads that take him to various Mumbai neighborhoods we peek into unusual neighborhoods. I found The Unexpected Inheritance of Inspector Chopra a fun cozies and a great start to a new mystery series. Looking forward to reading the next one by Vaseem Khan.

About the Author:
Vaseem Khan first saw an elephant lumbering down the middle of the road in 1997 when he arrived in India to work as a consultant. It was the most unusual thing he'd ever encountered and served as the inspiration behind his series of crime novels.

He returned to the UK in 2006 and now works at University College London for the Department of Security and Crime Science where he is astonished daily by the way modern science is being employed to tackle crime.

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