It’s become clear over the years that there are a number of types of books for which I am a sucker. So let’s add a cozy, humorous mystery set in India to the list. That is what I expected from The Unexpected Inheritance of Inspector Chopra by Vaseem Khan and that is exactly what i got.
On the eve of Inspector Chopra’s retirement a man is found dead. It is deemed a suicide, but Chopra sees through this flimsy excuse and seeks out the truth, and by hook or by crook he will get his man! Meanwhile, he also inherits an elephant with profound crime-solving skills.
Yes, all of this is a little convoluted, but it’s fun and that’s what people want in a cozy mystery. Besides, given Khan background as specialist in Security and Crime Science, I’m pretty sure he’s made Chopra’s detection skills pretty accurate.
Who would like this book? I turned to this book ultimately because it reminded me of Tarquin Hall’s Vish Puri series. As you may recall, I love those books and have reviewed The Case of the Love Commandos. To me, Vish Puri is still the #1 India Detective for me, but that is not to say that there is anything wrong with Khan’s book. It’s not as humorous, it doesn’t have the same range of quirky characters, but it is still OK. Great if you are travelling to Mumbai and want a light read that will immerse you in the city.
I would like to thank Mulholland Books for providing me a copy of this book for review consideration.