Book Reviews,  FICTION,  India/Pakistan/Afghanistan,  Mystery

The Case of the Missing Servant by Tarquin Hall *** (of 4)

Mr. Vish Puri, chief detective of the Most Private Investigating Company, solves Delhi crimes.  Well, he solves crimes when he isn’t investigating philandering spouses.  The crime in this mystery is not terribly complex and the investigation team is more comic than CSI.  Nevertheless, Hall captures contemporary India in transition.  Every topic, and then some, investigated by Anand Giridarardhas in his scholarly India Calling is on display in this book.  You’ll have to pay close attention to keep track of India’s current class and caste struggles, the exchange of old British-derived stodginess for the mishmash of new India, and the frustration of corruption.  Much of it passes by as humor, but don’t be fooled.  This author has captured India today and the reading is easy.