In Vaseem Khan’s fourth crime novel about his detective, ex-Inspector Chopra and his lovely elephant, Baby Ganesh, we go to Mumbai’s finest hotel, the Grand Raj Palace, which has served its wealthy guests for a hundred years. It’s my dream kind of place!
And also Poppy’s, Mrs Chopra. We think alike on so much, although here Poppy is concerned with how best to mark her silver wedding day, and how to do it in the company of her husband, when all he seems to do is solve murders.
Is it a murder though? The American billionaire appears to have committed suicide. Chopra thinks not, and sets about to prove murder, and to find who did it. Meanwhile, Poppy finds herself her own wedding-related mystery, also at the Grand Raj, which satisfies her greatly. Irfan and Ganesha come along to help, and what can be more natural at a grand hotel than to have your own elephant with you?
Chopra wades around in the murky Mumbai arts world, and Poppy makes a royal friend. Great women think alike.
This book is even more fun, and thought-provoking, than Vaseem’s earlier novels. You learn much about life in India, in Mumbai and elsewhere, and you do so while almost not noticing. And there is the humour; between them Poppy and Ganesha have got it covered.
Luckily there was very little food described this time, so I didn’t get too hungry. It was mostly just the one samosa, eaten burger-style in a bun, which sounds truly unhealthily appetising.