The Perfect Murder: The First Inspector Ghote Mystery

The Perfect Murder: The First Inspector Ghote Mystery

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Synopsis

Introducing Bombay CID's most dogged, dutiful officer, and one of the greatest, most engaging creations in all detective fiction, H.R.F. Keating's The Perfect Murder: The First Inspector Ghote Mystery includes a preface by Alexander McCall Smith, author of The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency, in Penguin Modern Classics.

One crime that couldn't have happened, one that probably hasn't. Nothing's ever easy for Inspector Ghote. In the house of Lala Varde, a vast man of even vaster influence, an attack has taken place. Varde's secretary, Mr Perfect, has been struck on his invaluable business head. And try as Inspector Ghote might to remain conscientious and methodical, his investigation is beset on all sides by cunning, disdain and corruption. And then there's another urgent case to be dealt with: the impossible theft of a single rupee . . .

H. R. F. Keating (1926-2011) was born at St Leonards-on-Sea, Sussex. He went to Merchant Taylors, leaving early to work in the engineering department of the BBC. After a period of service in the army, which he describes as 'totally undistinguished', he went to Trinity College, Dublin, where he became a scholar in modern languages. He was also the crime books reviewer for The Times for fifteen years. His first novel about Inspector Ghote, The Perfect Murder, won the Gold Dagger of the Crime Writers Association and an Edgar Allen Poe Special Award. His other works in Penguin Modern Classics include Inspector Ghote Breaks an Egg, Inspector Ghote Trusts the Heart, and Under a Monsoon Cloud: An Inspector Ghote Mystery.

If you enjoyed The Perfect Murder, you might like Keating's Inspector Ghote Breaks an Egg, also available in Penguin Modern Classics.

'May the redoubtable Ghote go on for ever'
Len Deighton

'Beautiful little classics'
Alexander McCall Smith

  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
  • ISBN: 9780141194479
  • Number of pages: 288
  • Weight: 213g
  • Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 17 mm

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The Perfect Murder: The First Inspector Ghote Mystery
Felt old fashioned
The story is about a murder, which isn't a murder - and if that confuses you, then you may find this book a little frustrating. Set in India, some of the p... READ MORE
horsley123
The Perfect Murder: The First Inspector Ghote Mystery
The Perfect Murder: The First Inspector Ghote Mystery
This was in fact written in the 1960's and was first published in 1964 but is now being republished as a Penguin Modern Classic. There is an introduction b... READ MORE
K Sykes
The Perfect Murder: The First Inspector Ghote Mystery
Thoroughly disappointing
The title is disappointingly misleading, and the book continues to fail to reach expectations right up until the end. The Perfect Murder by H. R. F. Keati... READ MORE
Shez
The Perfect Murder: The First Inspector Ghote Mystery
A good read
i found this book a little funny at times, there are a couple of delightful twists and the whole novel reads breezily. Ghote is a small, simple family man ... READ MORE
mariemorgan
The Perfect Murder: The First Inspector Ghote Mystery
a nice one
I enjoy reading about Mr Perfect “murder”, I was really intrigued by the succession of investigations and the answers of the suspected. However, I have to ... READ MORE
cinzietta78
The Perfect Murder: The First Inspector Ghote Mystery
not your typical mystery
I found this book slightly disappointing for what i was expecting. I expected a mystery novel and to be more on the edge of my seat wondering how the inves... READ MORE
Tic Tac
The Perfect Murder: The First Inspector Ghote Mystery
An easy read, but nothing special
This is a pleasant detective story, centred around Inspector Ghote and his investigation in India. There are some funny moments and the main character is l... READ MORE
TESSDURBERVILLE
The Perfect Murder: The First Inspector Ghote Mystery
Cosy rather than scary!
It is fitting that Alexander McCall Smith should have been asked to write the introduction to this new edition of "The Perfect Murder". Like his celebrated... READ MORE
Kate Barr
The Perfect Murder: The First Inspector Ghote Mystery
A light, amusing and enjoyable read
H.R.F. Keating was an unknown name to me when I picked up this book. I finished “The Perfect Murder” today and I’ve already recommended it to another perso... READ MORE
Angela Cottrell