The Case of the Man Who Died Laughing

The Case of the Man Who Died Laughing

From the Files of Vish Puri, Most Private Investigator

Book - 2010
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The delightful, amusing, and deeply mysterious second novel to feature Vish Puri, a man after Hercule Poirot's heart, in a series that has already won diehard fans on three continents. The bizarre murder of an Indian scientist in public by the goddess Kali is no laughing matter. Yet Dr. Suresh Jha, best known for unmasking fraudulent swamis and godmen, dies in a fit of giggles at his morning yoga class when the hideous deity appears from the mist and plunges a sword into his chest. The case is a first in the "annals of crime" according to Vish Puri, head of Delhi's Most Private Investigators. To get at the truth, Puri and his team of unstoppable undercover operatives must travel from Delhi's Shadipur slum, home of India's ancestral magicians, to the holy city of Haridwar on the Ganges - entering a world in which illusion and the supernatural are virtually indistinguishable.
Publisher: Toronto : McClelland & Stewart, 2010.
ISBN: 9780771038273
Characteristics: 334 pages ; 22 cm.


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Feb 02, 2018

Love the way the author gives a descriptive glimpse into the culture of India. Funny, yet keenly insightful, this is a delightful book.

Jun 02, 2016

Delightful and funny suspense in New Delhi, India.

Apr 26, 2015

This is the second in the Vish Puri series (Most Private Investigator)by Tarquin Hall. After reading "The Case of the Missing Servant", I knew I wanted to keep reading about "Chubby". He reminds me of Alexander McCall Smith's Mma Precious Ramotswe; but instead of Botswana, the location is Delhi.

Chubby is a devoted family man who has a gift for solving mysteries. The characters in the novel are enjoyable and there is a fair bit of humour. There is a good amount of culinary temptations thrown in. In fact, after reading the novel, I would really like to go to an Indian restaurant.

I am looking forward to reading the next in the series, "The Case of the Deadly Butter Chicken." These stories won't become classics, but they are enjoyable and leave you with a good feeling.

Dec 17, 2013

Vish Puri, in the second in this series, finds himself perplexed by the appearance of a god in a local park to kill a debunker of such phenomena. Vish solves the mystery with the help of his talented and interestingly nicknamed employees, but his problems with his expanding waistline still remain to be dealt with. This gives us insight into the marvels of India's food.

AuntJane Apr 23, 2013

I came across a Vish Puri book at a discount table at a bookstore - then found the rest of the series at the library! He is so quirky and funny; the story lines are unusual, the characters interesting. I love reading them because they are so different.

bookfanatic1979 Apr 07, 2013

I don’t find myself as charmed by this series as I was by Shamini Flint’s Inspector Singh books, but this is still a very well done storyline. More enjoyable than the first in this series, particularly because we get to learn more about the secondary characters—especially Facecream.

Jun 03, 2012

Vish Puri is a charming Indian "Columbo", solving crime in Indian. Interesting at a leisurely pace.

Dec 21, 2011

A chubby detective solving mysteries in the big city of New Delhi, spiced with humor and chilly.

hgeng63 Dec 13, 2011

Thought the first one was better.


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Jun 02, 2016

A light hearted detective story about New Delhi detective working on yet another case. Vish Puri tries to uncover the truth behind mysterious case that seems supernatural. The book is a joy especially if one knows a little bit about India and specifically New Delhi area. The book is very funny and characters charming. Very entertaining light read that keeps you guessing until the end.


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Jun 02, 2016

If we are to escape the cycle of birth and rebirth, a guru must and should be there to show the way. But that does not mean one should follow any Tom, Dick or Harry, no?

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