Tuesday, February 4, 2014

#BookReview : The Case of the Love Commandos (Vish Puri #4) by Tarquin Hall

On the jacket:

The wonderful fourth outing for Delhi detective Vish Puri.  When Ram and Tulsi fall in love, the young woman's parents are dead set against the union. She's from a high-caste family; he's an Untouchable, from the lowest strata of Indian society. Young Tulsi's father locks her up and promises to hunt down the "loverboy dog." Fortunately, India's Love Commandos, a group of volunteers dedicated to helping mixed-caste couples, come to the rescue. But just after they liberate Tulsi, Ram is mysteriously snatched from his hiding place.  The task of finding him falls to India's "Most Private Investigator". Unfortunately, Vish Puri is not having a good month. He's failed to recover a cache of stolen jewels. His wallet has been stolen and he's having to rely on his infuriating Mummy-ji to get it back. And to top it all, his archrival, suave investigator Hari Kumar, is also trying to locate Ram. To reunite the star-crossed lovers, Puri and his team of operatives must infiltrate Ram's village and navigate the caste politics shaped by millennia-old prejudices.


I am a self-confessed Vish Puri fan. So much, that I have coaxed, bullied and forced friends to read at least one of his books and then go around grinning when they can't stop gushing about him or quoting him. 

The Case of the Love Commandos is Vish Puri's fourth case and author Tarquin Hall has created another hilarious whodunnit, Delhi style. The plot is very close to present day India, in fact, it is one of our society's evils. Tulsi and Ram, coming from different segments of the society, dared to fall in love. Families get wind of this budding love and lock Tulsi in a room while they set out to hunt for Ram. This is where Love Commandos  step in, they are saviors of people in love. They rescue Tulsi from her home, to only find, Ram is missing from where he was hiding. 

Meanwhile, Vish Puri, who is having a bad luck streak, is looking for that one brilliant case which will pull his career up. He sets out to find Ram, but what unravels in front of him is not just a mystery of a missing person, but more!

Hall must have created Puri when he was feeling ticklish. Puri is your quintessential middle class Delhiite of the 80s, and in Hall's writing, where he ensures he mentions every detail of the scene including people, postures and surrounding, one can get a clear taste of Delhi that used to be. There is one more person who is even more charming that Puri, and that is his Mummyji - she is hilarious!

All in all, in this book also, Hall successfully pleases a Vish Puri fangirl.

Rating: ****/5

[This review is for Random House India. The opinions are strictly my own and not been written under any obligation.]

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