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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Baker & Taylor
The mustachioed sleuth hero of The Case of the Man Who Died Laughing tackles his greatest fears in an explosive case involving the poisoning death of a leading Pakistani cricketer, whose demise is linked to the Indian and Pakistani mafias and the 1947 partition of India massacre where several members of Vish Puri's family were killed. 35,000 first printing.

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Mustachioed sleuth Vish Puri tackles his greatest fears in a case involving the poisoning death of the elderly father of a leading Pakistani cricketer, whose demise is linked to the Indian and Pakistani mafias and the violent 1947 partition of India.

Simon and Schuster
In his most daring assignment yet, Vish Puri infiltrates the dangerous world of illegal gambling to solve the murder of a high-profile Pakistani on Indian soil.

 In his most daring assignment yet, Vish Puri, India’s Most Private Investigator, infiltrates the dangerous world of illegal gambling to solve the murder of a high-profile Pakistani on Indian soil.

 Dubbed “a wonderfully engaging P.I.” (The Times, London), Tarquin Hall’s irresistible protagonist 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” (Seattle Times). Now the gormandizing, spectacularly mustachioed sleuth finds himself facing down his greatest fears in an explosive case involving the Indian and Pakistani mafias.

When the elderly father of a top Pakistani cricketer playing in a new multimillion-dollar cricket league 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, Tarquin Hall has crafted a gripping whodunit that takes us deep into Indian history and society. He brings a hugely appealing culture to life with all its sights, sounds, smells, foods, and complexity. As the title implies, The Case of the Deadly Butter Chicken is a succulent read by a writer at the top of his game.

In his most daring assignment yet, Vish Puri, India’s Most Private Investigator, infiltrates the dangerous world of illegal gambling to solve the murder of a high-profile Pakistani on Indian soil.

Includes three mouthwatering recipes from the Vish Puri family kitchen.

Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster, 2012
ISBN: 9781451613155
1451613156
Branch Call Number: F
Characteristics: 341 p. ; 23 cm

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Tanklew
Jul 30, 2018

5 star, ranks with the best Donna Leon Venice mysteries,with the social crimes of gambling, Hindu-Muslim rape cultures, of the partition of India in 1947,cricket mania,and inequality all woven into a humorous, food obsessed tale. The glossary helps you enjoy the New Delhi speech,but an iPad at hand adds even more understanding of modern India 's quirks..

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Polonesia
Jun 02, 2016

Delightful and funny suspense in New Delhi, India.

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jazpur
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.

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Roundcat
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!

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Jeriane
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.

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savtadina
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.

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Polonesia
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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Polonesia
Jun 02, 2016

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

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