The Case of the Deadly Butter Chicken, A Review

The Case of the Deadly Butter Chicken by Tarquin Hall is absolutely delightful. I know that's an odd word to use for a mystery, but I was delighted by so many aspects of this book.

The detective, Vish Puri, is most unusual. To give a bit of insight into his personality, he's called Chubby by his wife and relatives. Though supposedly trying to lose weight, he absolutely loves food which is described each time he is tempted. The setting is India and along with the mystery, the reader is given insight into Puri's view of the customs of his world.

His first mystery is to find the scoundrel who crept into the room of the man withe the longest mustache and snipped one half of it off before almost being caught. But it isn't long before he is involved in a murder case where he was present when the victim died while eating butter chicken.

Despite the light moments of the tale, Puri find himself in dangerous territory as his investigation leads him into the path of organized crime, gangster racketeering, diamond smuggling and even a trip into Pakistan. There is a high speed chase like nothing you've ever read before. And to top it all off, Puri's mother does some clandestine investigation on her own, much to his dismay.

I loved, loved, loved this book.



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