The Case of the Deadly Butter Chicken

The Case of the Deadly Butter Chicken

From the Files of Vish Puri, India's Most Private Investigator

Book - 2012
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"These books are little gems. They are beautifully written, amusing, and intensely readable."
--Alexander McCall Smith, author of The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency
Long-held secrets, deadly lies, a sports scandal, and a poisoned helping of butter chicken -- all in a day's work for the head of Delhi's Most Private Investigators, in this latest book in the delightful Vish Puri detective series. When the father of a Pakistani star cricket player falls dead during a glamorous India Premier League dinner, clearly it isn't just a case of Delhi Belly. But which of the VIPs at the victim's table is responsible for poisoning the man's butter chicken? And was the victim killed for his involvement with a gambling syndicate that controls cricket's illegal billion-dollar betting industry? The answers seem to lie across the border in Pakistan -- the one country Puri swore he would never set foot in. Or do they? For Puri's beloved Mummy-ji, who has a unique insight into the killing, believes there is much more to this murder than meets the eye. Puri and Mummy-ji's search for the truth will lead them to uncover decades-old secrets and tragedies thought best forgotten in their most compelling case yet.
Publisher: Toronto : McClelland & Stewart, [2012]
Copyright Date: ©2012
ISBN: 9780771038297
Branch Call Number: HAL
Characteristics: 360 pages ; 21 cm.


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Jun 02, 2016

Delightful and funny suspense in New Delhi, India.

Mar 23, 2014

A friend recommended this book and rightly so. I can't wait to read the rest of the titles in the series. Vish Puri, the private detective and his relationship with his Mummy-ji is hilarious as she insists on helping him out with his enquiries. All that Indian food is something else, right down to the glossary of terms at the back.As a bonus, Rick Stein's India, currently on TV gives an excellent picture of the places and the food in question.

Dec 17, 2013

Vish Puri evades a murder attempt and faces his fears of Pakistan and of having his mustache burgled, to find two different murderers in two similar murders. His Mummy-ji helps with this case and illuminates the basis for the tensions between Indians and Pakistanis in the 1947 partition. We also get recipes as well as the glossary. I'm not all that interested in cricket or gambling, which fortunately did not impede my enjoyment of Puri's pursuit of justice in all three cases solved in this book.

bookfanatic1979 May 28, 2013

Hmm. I found myself struggling with this entry. With so many foreign names, places, objects, I really had a rough time trying to keep everything sorted. And for the first time, Hall’s glossary in the back of the book failed me. Add to that all the cricket terminology and betting subtexts and I was pretty well lost.

AuntJane Apr 23, 2013

This is a fun series - the adjectives people have used are correct - delightful and quirky! I love reading about India, the characters and the food! Vish Puri is like the Indian version of Hercule Poirot - mustache and all!

Feb 18, 2013

Quite delightful! Endearing sleuth and his Mummy-ji. Vivid picture of modern India. Unforgettable side stories.

rowanquincy Sep 11, 2012

Excellent. Loved the details on Indian cultue. I plan on taking out the pevious books in this seies.

Sep 04, 2012

I very much enjoyed Tarquin Hall's first two books in the Vish Puri series. I learned a lot about every-day modern India and thoroughly enjoyed the way that Vish Puri made his way through twists and turns to solve his cases. At this start of this book, I was not sure it would hold my interest because of the focus on cricket and illegal betting on the games, but the plot developed quite well and was fascinating. I also learned more about the tensions today between everyday Pakistanis and Indians and also of the fate of young women who were kidnapped, left behind, etc. in the 1948 partition. I look forward to reading more books in the series!

hgeng63 Aug 27, 2012

Tarquin Hall is back in top form.

Jul 19, 2012

Love this series. Wonderful descriptions of India (especially the food). Witty. Great characterization. A top of the line mystery.


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Jun 02, 2016

A light hearted detective story about New Delhi detective working on yet another case. This time it is a case of deadly butter chicken. 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

A thief is a thief whether he steals a diamond or a cucumber.

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