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La Varde to contend with And if this were not enough Ghote finds himself having to investigate the mysertious theft of one rupee from the desk of yet another Very Important Person the Minister of Police Affairs. The Perfect Murder is the first in a series of detective novels The detective is the Indian copper Inspector Ghote of the Bombay now Mumbai CID After falling in love with the cover design to find that the murder victim is the elderly private secretary Mr Perfect cemented my affection I knew then that this was no crush It was love Mr Perfect had been employed by Lala Arun Varde a very rich man with influence at the highest levels It is soon apparent that Mr Varde s distress at his secretary s death is not because of any deep feeling for a fellow man but because he sees the murder as an attack on him by business rivals The Inspector is assured that any number of people would want to see Varde out of the way However Varde is unwilling to name names and Ghote is hesitant to push such an important man Thenread it yourself It is a murder mystery after allSince discovering Inspector Ghote I have read the first four books in the series They are terrific throwbacks to pre laboratory procedurals There is no DNA traced cell phone calls or magical scientifically found evidence The Inspector gets his man by old fashioned police work knocking on doors interviewing suspects checking alibis deductive reasoning common sense the dogged pursuit of justice and clues There are bad guys good guys a corruption and political posturing On the local color side Keating packs each novel with a tour of Indian life and culture for the high brow the low brow and all the brows in between The Inspector is a diffident man with a great deal of integrity and a humanistic view of mankind He does not have a flashy character traits or an unhappy personal life He s of a marriage of Maigret and Precious Ramotswe than the current crop of cranky Swedes or moody American gumshoes Hooray for that I m tired of ever gruesome murders and disturbed killers I want my victims to be cheating maids money hungry industrialists or distraught housewives and I want my murderers to be understandable greedy jealous or vengeful Thanks to HRF Keating I can get to read sixteen excellent mysteries that will meet all my demands

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And the Arts If people would The Perfect PDF only behave in a simple reasonable logical way sighs the inspector as he struggles through the uagmires of incompentence and corruption to solve these curious crime. Not uite perfectThis is a light hearted crime mystery set in Bombay The hero Inspector Ghote is an attractive character warm hearted and honourable trying to do the right thing by his job and his family in a system filled with corruption and incompetence Unfortunately the rest of the characters too often seemed like caricatures and unlikeable ones at that Everyone is portrayed as either foolish incompetent lying or corrupt and that s just the police And then poor Ghote has to go home to his deeply awful wife He seems to love her can t think whyThe plot was OK but moved along at a snail s pace and with constant repetitions I think the lengthy descriptive passages were spoiled for me by the fact that so much is made in the blurb and introduction of the fact that the author had never actually been in Bombay so how authentic is the picture of the city All in all a reasonably enjoyable undemanding read but I won t be putting the second volume on my wish listNB This book was provided for review by Vine UKwwwfictionfanblogwordpresscom

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It is just Inspector Ghote's luck to be landed with the case of the Perfect Murder at the start of his career with the Bombay Police For this most baffling of crimes there is the cunning and important tycoon La. Spoiler Alert There is NO murder in The Perfect Murder Sorry about that But for all of you who might pick this up thinking that this is one of those impossible crimes or that your murder mystery actually has a murder in it I thought you ought to know I also think you ought to know that this is in my opinion far from the perfect anything story crime novel etc This is my second outing with Keating writing under his own name and I have to say that I am beginning to think that he just isn t for meButback to the story Why you might ask is it called The Perfect Murder if there s no murder and what we do have going on isn t perfect Glad you asked It seems that the secretary of Lala Varde a prosperous businessman has been bashed over the head with a candlestick Lala Varde reported it to the police as a murder because by his logic someone was trying to murder his secretary so by golly it s murder Even if it didn t succeed The name caught on with the newspapers and such and nobody seems to care that the man really didn t die The ever conscientious Inspector Ghote is assigned to the case and is immediately faced with lies disdain and corruptionSoI ll just fess up now and tell you that I did not read every word of this Not even as much as every other word Only enough that I decided that I could legitimately count it for a few challenges and I m shoving this thing off my Mount TBR and sending it back to the library s used book shop where it came from I skimmed to the end just so I could know what really happened Kate over at crossexamingingcrime says that Keating is good at establishing an interesting setting in a culture which readers can identify with but also find difference in I m afraid I didn t find this to be the case I never did settle into the setting that Keating gave us and I certainly didn t warm to the methods of Ghote and the culture surrounding him as represented And don t even get me started on Lala Varde and his never ending need to make silly rhymes about everything when talking No rating because I didn t really read closely enough to hand one out Others have handed out four and five starsso your mileage may varyI have also read a couple of his historical mysteries written under the name Evelyn Hervey I enjoyed those handing out three starsFirst posted on my blog My Reader s Block


10 thoughts on “The Perfect Murder

  1. says:

    Very disappointed with this book There was nothing Indian about the indian inspector Ghote Read Vish Puri series by Taruin Hall and you will see the difference

  2. says:

    Spoiler Alert There is NO murder in The Perfect Murder Sorry about that But for all of you who might pick this up thinking that this is one of those impossible crimes or that your murder mystery actually has a murder in it I thought you ought to know I also think you ought to know that this is in my opinion far from the perfect anything story crime novel etc This is my second outing with Keating writing under his own na

  3. says:

    I love these cute little books with foreign detectives They're so light and airy and so different than the typical American detective When I read the obituary for HRF Keating back in March I decided I wanted to read at least one of his Inspector Ghote books I discovered they're very hard to find outside a library But I finally got my hands on my own copy of his first Ghote book The Perfect Murder Don't get e

  4. says:

    Disappointing I read an Inspector Ghote book 10 15 years ago and really enjoyed it Over the years I got sucked into other series and lost track of this one For whatever reason it popped back into my head and I decided to start the series from the beginning However this first book didn't measure up to what I had previously read The characters were stereotypes and would have been eually at home in a sitcom I will try another book or two befo

  5. says:

    After a 6 book attempt to get on terms with P D James Inspector Ghote came as welcome relief A human being A person involved with other people and not ashamed of it A person with so many neighbours he doesn't have

  6. says:

    The Perfect Murder is the first in a series of detective novels The detective is the Indian copper Inspector Ghote of the Bombay now

  7. says:

    This is not really a detective novel or police procedural It's not even a cosy It might be considered a parody of those but that's all The Inspector wanders around from pillar to post stonewalled at every turn by a wealthy fat businessman who rhymes ridiculously and his playboy sons and all officialdom And what was the point of saddling him with a visiting Swedish sidekick?The author had never been to India and it shows Cardboard caricature

  8. says:

    As a readable detective story this is enjoyable and uite engaging Alexander McCall Smith provides the enthusiastic introduction and one can see

  9. says:

    Not uite perfectThis is a light hearted crime mystery set in Bombay The hero Inspector Ghote is an attractive character warm hearted and honourable trying to do the right thing by his job and his family in a system filled with corruption and i

  10. says:

    I rather enjoyed this the first Inspector Ghote novel what made this detective unusual was having as his city of operations Bombay after the Brits had left This is what makes the book so appealing as the honourable and likable Ghote has to fight corruption cronyism and the ridiculously Indian class system to get anywhere near the actual clues to the case Highly enjoyable

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