Monday, November 22, 2010

New-ish Release: The Case of the Man Who Died Laughing

You may remember in April when I reviewed the first Vish Puri detective novel, The Case of the Missing Servant.  I really liked it for its original setting (Delhi) and charismatic lead character.  The second in the series, The Case of the Man Who Died Laughing, was released this past summer and I was slightly less impressed, mostly because Tarquin Hall already seems to have fallen into a pattern and this is only the second novel in the series.  The following things happen in both novels --

1. Vish Puri eats a lot.
2. Vish's mother (widow of an intelligence agent) solves her own case.
3. One of Vish's employees (the same one both times) goes undercover and almost loses their life.

I'm not going to write a full review of this book because I think that the plot itself is somewhat irrelevant.  If you are looking for a mystery that has a unique setting and a glossary of fun Hindi words in the back, pick up one of these novels.  If you like it, pick up the other one a year or so later so that the similarities won't be so obvious.  I'm hoping that Hall switches things up a bit in the third novel because I really do like visiting India, meeting such fun characters and experiencing a culture so incredibly different from my own.

Pulling for something original,

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  1. You know, I was kind of interested in this series until I discovered that Hall is British and not Indian! So I'm a bit glad to hear that you were underwhelmed by the second one.

  2. I am going to read this series next year, it is one of my reading projects next year. They sound like a lot of fun.

    Have you tried any of the Kerry Greenwood books? You might like them, especially the Phryne Fisher series.

  3. Eva - I can see that. I think that Hall has done a good job writing about India though. I think he has some non-fiction about the country that I might check out next.

    Becky - It's definitely fun and I hope you enjoy the books. I haven't heard of Kerry Greenwood but I just looked at the website for the books and I'm sold! I've been trying to read more books set in Australia so they seem perfect!