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Bad Day at the Vulture Club: Baby Ganesh Agency Book 5
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Bad Day at the Vulture Club: Baby Ganesh Agency Book 5 (Hardback)

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In the gripping new Baby Ganesh Agency novel, Inspector Chopra and his elephant sidekick investigate the death of one of Mumbai's wealthiest citizens, a murder with ramifications for its poorest.

The Parsees are among the oldest, most secretive and most influential communities in the city: respected, envied and sometimes feared.

When prominent industrialist Cyrus Zorabian is murdered on holy ground, his body dumped inside a Tower of Silence - where the Parsee dead are consumed by vultures - the police dismiss it as a random killing. But his daughter is unconvinced.

Chopra, uneasy at entering this world of power and privilege, is soon plagued by doubts about the case.

But murder is murder. And in Mumbai, wealth and corruption go in hand in hand, inextricably linking the lives of both high and low...

Fiction & PoetryCrime & Thrillers Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton Publication Date: 08/08/2019 ISBN-13: 9781473685369  Details: Type: Hardback Format: Books
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Vaseem Khan first saw an elephant lumbering down the middle of the road in 1997 when he arrived in India to work as a management consultant. It was the most unusual thing he had ever encountered and served as the inspiration behind his series of crime novels. He returned to the UK in 2006 and now works at University College London for the Department of Security and Crime Science where he is astonished on a daily basis by the way modern science is being employed to tackle crime. Elephants are third on his list of passions, first and second being great literature and cricket, not always in that order.

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Another mystery for Inspector Ashwin Chopra and baby Ganesha. Perizaad Zorabian has employed Inspector Ashwin Chopra (retired) to re-open the investigation into her father, Cyrus's death. His body was found inside Doongerwadi, the holy ground where all Parsee bodies are placed after death. Perizaad has called in Chopra because the police investigation, under ACP Suresh Rao of the CBI had ruled it as a “burglary gone wrong”. Chopra, as always accompanied by his baby elephant, Ganesha, must sift through Cyrus Zorabian’s personal life, which appears to be almost perfect, to find out why someone has gone to so much trouble to kill him and make it look like a burglary gone wrong. At the same time, Chopra’s assistant private investigator, Abbas Rangwalla is trying to ascertain if a man, now in prison, has been framed for causing not only the collapse of his building but the death of many of the workers trapped inside the building at the time. Could these two cases be linked? There is something so very special about this series. Vaseem Khan captures not just the heart of living in Mumbai, but also the complex natures of India's citizens, both good and bad. Chopra, his wife Poppy and mother-in-law, Poornima are beautifully drawn. In this novel, Poppy has a new campaign, The Poo2Loo Campaign. Some scenes had me laughing very loud. We also get to know Rangwalla better in this book. Again Vaseem Khan has drawn a beautiful picture of a man who is not quite as smart as Chopra but who through tenacity and hard work, manages to find answers that others have not been able to uncover. What fascinated me most was learning about the Parsee faith and their practice of leaving the bodies of their dead on their sacred burial site, for the vultures to consume. Unfortunately, the vultures themselves are being targeted and killed by poison, and Chopra needs to find out by who. If you looking for a series that is different from the run-of-the-mill detective stories, look no further. However, I would recommend that you start with book 1 when Ganesha first joins Ashwin and Poppy Chopra and changes their lives forever. Treebeard Breakaway Reviewers received a copy of the book to review.

- 16/08/2019
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