Mumbai, murder, and a baby elephant combine in a charming, joyful mystery for fans of Alexander McCall Smith and Harold Fry.
On the day he retires, Inspector Ashwin Chopra inherits two unexpected mysteries. The first is the case of a drowned boy, whose suspicious death no one seems to want solved. And the second is a baby elephant.
As his search for clues takes him across the teeming city of Mumbai, from its grand high-rises to its sprawling slums and deep into its murky underworld, Chopra begins to suspect that there may be a great deal more to both his last case and his new ward than he thought.
And he soon learns that when the going gets tough, a determined elephant may be exactly what an honest man needs....
©2015 Vaseem Khan (P)2015 Hodder & Stoughton
a light hearted detective novel that seems to be setting itself up for a series.
Set in India adds colour and character and of course the elephant!
A light but enjoyable book in the same vein as the No.1 Ladies Detective novels.
What a fantastic "read" enjoyed every single word. I came across the book when the author was interviewed on BBC Radio 2, his enthusiasm for the storyline was evident. This isn't a story about an elephant its a well written story about a central character and the many and varied people who he comes into contact with. The twists and turns keep coming right up to the last word. Really enjoyed it and can't wait for the next episode.
"Indian police officer with a pet elephant."
an Indian police office about to retire inherits a baby elephant. Should he investigate an suicide/murder on his last day of work. He must but has to do it on his own time as he embarks on retirement.
nice soft hearted storyline.
Its a quirky and well written story, weaving a story of a mystical elephant with a real life mystery. I was hooked and couldn't wait for the mystery unfold in the end. Would defintiely recommend
"A gentle mystery"
A nice gentle, quaint read with a flavour of the old and the new India.
"Good old fashioned Dectective Story"
Welcome to the new Dectective and his sidekick - the best double act in Bombay
Haven't read the print version.
Ganesh saving the Inspector's life.
The flavour of India without being stereotypical.
I laughed a couple of times but it was just an enjoyable story
A light hearted read!
"Detective fiction at it's best"
Great story. Can't wait to get the next one. India is a beautiful setting for this original take on the genre.
"A gift of a Baby Elephant??"
Atmospheric, engaging and honorable
Inspector Chopra himself of course. This being the first in the series of the baby Ganesh Detective Agency a lo of time had to be given to him as the main character. Vaseem Khan described him so well he felt very real to me, human and fallible, but genuine and essentially a 'good' man. The effort he went to, to try to help the baby elephant.
Of course Ganesh could also be described as the main character!
Ganesh saving Chopra from 'the baddies' :)
Honestly? Really it was when Ganesh starts to eat. I hadn't realised, but up until then I had been holding my breath rooting for him as he got weaker and weaker and more and more sad.
Narrator, Sartaj Garewal, was excellent too. Thanks to his voice and the writing I could almost smell and taste Mumbai.
There had better be lots more in the series!!
"a great story with an authentic audible experience"
I would actually say it ranks near the top as I was addicted to the main character Inspector Chopra and his second in command.. and I do mean the one with the big ears and long trunk!!
The most memorable moment for me was when Inspector Chopra risks his own life to save his new friend. I do not want to spoil it for other listeners or readers but it was certainly worth the listen and read.
Every scene which took place within this book was my favourite as it developed into one excellent work of fiction, one thing I did enjoy it showed the real India throughout.
I would not say it made me laugh or cry but it certainly kept me on the edge of my seat to see whether Inspector Chopra and his side-kick lived to fight crime another day.
If you liked the Ladies Detective agency series or even Hamish Macbeth etc. this one will suit your taste.
Very entertaining story well told and very good plot and love the elephant and twist
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