Now featuring mouthwatering recipes from the Vish Puri family kitchen, this installment in Tarquin Hall’s mystery series offers a taste of India alongside the thrill of a rich and fulfilling whodunit mystery.
Tarquin Hall’s irresistibly entertaining protagonist, the “Most Private” Investigator Vish Puri, has become an international favorite through a series that “splendidly evokes the color and bustle of Delhi and the tang of contemporary India” (The Seattle Times). Now, in his most daring assignment yet, the spectacularly mustachioed sleuth finds himself in the middle of an explosive case involving the Indian and Pakistani mafias.
When the elderly father of a top Pakistani cricketer dies frothing at the mouth during a post-match dinner, it’s not a simple case of Delhi Belly. His butter chicken has been poisoned. To solve the case, Puri must penetrate the region’s organized crime, following a trail that leads deep into Pakistan--the country in which many members of the P.I.’s family were massacred during the 1947 partition of India. The last piece of the puzzle, however, turns up closer to home when Puri learns of the one person who can identify the killer. Unfortunately, it is the one person in the world with whom he has sworn never to work: his Mummy-ji.
With riotously entertaining prose, a boisterous cast of characters, and a pitch-perfect sense of place, The Case of the Deadly Butter Chicken is a succulent read by a writer at the top of his game.