By Tarquin Hall

The 1st in a detective sequence that “immediately joins the No. 1 women’ Detective enterprise as representing the easiest in foreign cozies” (Booklist, starred review).

Meet Vish Puri, India’s so much inner most investigator. Portly, power, and unmistakably Punjabi, he cuts a made up our minds swath via smooth India’s swindlers, cheats, and murderers.

In sizzling and dusty Delhi, the place name facilities and department stores are altering the traditional cloth of Indian lifestyles, Puri’s major paintings comes from screening potential marriage companions, a role as soon as the look after of aunties and relations monks. but if a decent public litigator is accused of murdering his maidservant, it takes all of Puri’s assets to enquire. along with his crew of undercover operatives—Tubelight, Flush, and Facecream—Puri combines sleek thoughts with ideas of detection verified in India greater than thousand years in the past, and divulges glossy India in all its seething complexity.

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